1. Carry a reusable coffee cup with you
Did you know that not all paper coffee cups are recyclable, even the biodegradable ones? Most takeaway coffee cups have a thin plastic coating on the inside to prevent the hot liquid from seeping through. We send 50,000 disposable coffee cups to landfill, every hour. EVERY HOUR!! There are so many amazing reusable cups available now to suit every coffee lover taste and style.
2. Use a reusable water bottle
There is absolutely no need to buy disposable water bottles when there are so many great options available for reusable cups. I personally like the Contigo bottles, but you can find many styles of stainless steel or glass if you’re avoiding plastic altogether. Most cities have cold water refill stations now or you can simply refill your bottle at a tap while you’re out.
3. Bring your own food containers when getting takeaway or when taking lunch to work
I’m shocking for this one. My favourite takeaway sushi is the main culprit. This Plastic Free July I am committed to taking my own container with me for my takeaway food. The few times I have brought my own, the people in the takeaway shop had no issues with using my containers for the food.
4. Say no to plastic straws and cutlery
BYO straw and cutlery kit like these ones or simply say no straw please. If you’ve ever watched the video of the sea turtle having a plastic straw pulled from it’s nose, I guarantee you’ll never use one again.
5. Take your own shopping bags and produce bags
Even if you reuse your plastic grocery bags, they eventually end up in landfill where they only start to degrade after 700 years. Unfortunately, plastic bags don’t always stay in landfill; they often find their way to our parks, bushland, rivers and oceans where they pollute the local environment and kill animals that consume or become trapped inside them. This awful cycle will continue for over 1000 years during the bag’s degradation process. You can stop this just by taking your own reusable bag and produce bags when you shop. Keep some by the front door, in your car, your office desk and foldable ones in your handbag.
Will you take up the challenge for Plastic Free July? Tell us what you’re going to do to reduce plastic in your life in the comments below!
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