Sunday, 1st July is the first day of Plastic Free July for 2018. Are you excited?
I’ve already shared a big tip about how to avoid overwhelm, but today I wanted to share a few other quick tips before the start of the month.
Take stock of your plastic use
Consider keeping any plastic you do use, that you can’t, or don’t, or forget to refuse throughout July. This will happen. Do not despair or give up. Learn from it.
Then, at the end of the month, spread it all out, grouped by category.
This will show you clearly where your plastic is coming from. Then you can search for alternatives to your main offenders.
Snap a photo while it’s all spread out so you can compare from year to year!
Use what you already have
Rushing out to impulse-buy a heap of reusables is not only expensive, but often you already have something that will do the job.
Don’t have a reusable coffee cup already? Ask your barista to make your coffee in your mug from home (or the office!), or commit to spending 5 minutes drinking your coffee at the cafe in their crockery cup.
Lusting after a new bamboo spork? How about stashing a plain old fork and spoon you already own in your bag instead?
If buying, buy well
Decided to buy something to help you on your journey towards plastic-free? There are so many great reusables out there that it can be hard to choose the ‘best’ one.
What is ‘best’ for me may be different to what is ‘best’ for you.
Take your time, do your research. Find the one that is
- the highest quality you can afford
- that you love and will look after
- that will last a long time
- that is made to your values (eg fairtrade, cruelty-free)
- and preferably is made from materials that won’t cause harm once the item is no longer useful.
There is no rush.
Getting ready for the plastic bag ban that starts in Western Australia on 1 July?
Check out Lindsay Miles at Treading my Own Path answering Is There a “Best” Kind of Reusable Bag?
Don’t let insta-perfect inspo get you down
I would love to have all my food stored in glass. A lot of it is, in mismatched jars, but some of it is still stored in reusable plastic containers. It would be more wasteful to throw out a functional plastic container and replace it with a beautiful glass or stainless steel container, than to use the still-working plastic thing I already own.
Going plastic-free is a journey. Be inspired by, but don’t beat yourself up about, where others are on their journey (or what their journey looks like on social media!) Set your own pace.
I can’t say it any better than Sir David Attenborough in this short video.