I still live in modern day society, so I’m being realistic and accepting that plastic will sneak up on me more than once during July, but heck; I’m going to try my best. I’m turning my eco-warrior dial up a notch. Are you with me?
6 ways to take Plastic Free July to the next level
1. Avoid metal cans & glass jars with plastic rims
A little birdy once told me that some cans are lined with a plastic coating. Although they can usually still be recycled, that plastic still existed so that I could have canned peaches on my buckwheat porridge. It’s not worth it.
Moving on from cans, what about the plastic that follows us to our glass jars too? That glass bottle of gluten-free soy sauce in my fridge had a little plastic strip I had to rip off to get the nozzle open. My jar of organic vegan aioli also had a thin plastic sheet around the rim. This month, I’m going to try my very best to avoid ALL plastic packaging. Instead, I’ll do things like making my aioli, remember to refill my soya sauce at the bulk bin store and use fresh fruits instead of canned.
2. Plastic Free Cleaners
I often see pictures of ‘eco-friendly’ cleaning products in thick plastic bottles. This feels ironic, don’t you think? I’m a big fan of the refill system, and when it comes to cleaners (I’ve never met a cleaner that has expired), it’s easy to buy these in bulk and refill every few months; perhaps even every year. I’ve been doing this for a few years now, but I have cleaning products that still need to make the switch.
3. Say no to receipts
In January 2018, a study found that 93% of receipts contain BPA or BPS. These two chemical compounds are used in the production of hard plastics. Do you know what that means? 9 out of 10 receipts contain plastic. They aren’t the innocent thin paper pieces we thought they were. During the month of July (and forever more!) I’ll be asking for digital receipts or avoiding them altogether.