We all know by now the damaging effect that single-use plastic is having on our environment. Micro plastics, broken down from consumer products waste are finding their way into our rivers and oceans and harming animals, humans and the environment. This month there’s a global initiative to reduce our plastic usage, and we’re all for it! But there’s a reason plastic is so prolific, it’s just so convenient, and to cut it out of our already busy lives takes extra work and organisation. We’ve put together some of our top tips to help you cut it out this July.
Plastic Free Shopping:
Get organised! Remember to take your reusable shopping bags with you each time you shop. But lets take this one step further – buy reusable mesh bags for your vegetables and fruits, and be selective about which products you purchase and the wrapping used. Where possible shop at Farmers Markets, now is a great time of year to do so! You’ll not only be purchasing food with less plastic wrapping, but you’ll be supporting local farmers. Win-win. Our fave pick is Westboro Farmers Market on Saturday mornings (between Richmond and Byron) https://ottawafarmersmarket.ca/byron-park-westboro/. Bulk food stores are another great place to shop to cut down on extra packaging – bring your own containers. We love Nu Grocery on Richmond Road https://nugrocery.com/.
Plastic Free Kitchen:
Save all your glass jars and reuse them to store food, take them to restaurants for leftovers, make your own salad dressings and sauces. Another huge waste in the kitchen is plastic food wrap, which has to be up there with one of the worst offenders. Invest in some reusable beeswax food wraps (we are currently selling them in the studio!) or make your own if you have the time https://www.biome.com.au/blog/diy-reusable-beeswax-wrap-recipe/. Refill dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent directly into your own containers at the bulk food store.
Plastic Free Lifestyle:
BYO coffee cups and drinking bottles. This is a given – the horrendous overuse of plastic drinking bottles is widely publicised yet people still use them. Whether it’s forgetfulness or sheer indifference, make it happen this month. Don’t leave home without your reusable drinking bottle, reusable coffee cup, and reusable glass jar if you’re into going out for smoothies or juices (and don’t forget the reusable straw too)!
Plastic Free Bathroom:
The bathroom is one place that can easily become cluttered with single use plastic containers, but a few small steps can make a big difference. Switch your toothbrush to a bamboo one – plastic toothbrushes are a big culprit in single use plastic waste, and rarely recycled. Use bar soap and shampoo (Lush has some delicious ones) https://www.lush.ca/. Ladies, replace tampons and pads with a reusable cup, the waste saved by doing this is huge (it’s a game changer – take this quiz to find out which one will suit you best https://putacupinit.com/quiz/).
By stopping to look at and become aware of the amount of plastic we’re using in our everyday lives, and making small steps to change that, we can personally contribute to reversing the damage that is being done to our one and only planet. Using less plastic can also have the lovely effect of making us eat healthier, being more organised, and making us feel better about ourselves in terms of our environmental footprint.
For more information on plastic free July, and tips on how to cut your plastic usage, visit: https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/