Plastic Free July

Plastic bottles

Plastic Free July is a global movement to try and solve global plastic pollution. Key to this movement is that ‘small changes add up to make a big difference’ – and we can all play our part in helping.

Invented in the 20th century, plastic has helped to revolutionise modern medicine and food hygiene as well as pipes, insulation and flooring in the construction industry.

But the chemical properties that make plastic useful and durable also make it difficult to dispose of. This leads to millions of tonnes of plastic left to degrade in landfill. And with most plastics relying on fossil fuels for raw materials, it means plastic production impacts on climate change and carbon emissions.

Here are some tips to help you take action during Plastic Free July, if you’re not doing these already:

  • Switch to a reusable coffee cup and water bottle.
  • Use a stainless steel or glass straw.
  • Bring your own shopping bags when shopping.
  • Use a cotton flannel instead of face wipes.
  • Switch to plastic-free cleaning products.
  • Say no to single-use plastics such as plastic water bottles.
  • Re-use glass jars.
  • Avoid using glitter.

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