Plastic Free July: Avoiding Single-Use Plastic

Plastic FreeAre you wanting to use less plastic, but are unsure of where to start?

Well, as it is Plastic Free July, why not take a look below at some steps on how to become plastic-free?

Choose plastic-free water bottles

  • Instead of plastic water bottles, you can purchase a reusable water bottle instead. You will find that they are typically made from glass, stainless steel or safe aluminium.
  • By doing this, you will be helping towards reducing the amount of pollution that is being produced by plastic water bottles. You will also be helping towards scaling down the number of animals and habitats that are being affected by this.
  • Why not try to get local businesses and schools involved? You can suggest they get a refillable water station which will help reduce the amount of single-use plastic.

Choose plastic-free coffee cups

  • You can have your own reusable coffee cup to take with you to the coffee shop. However, make sure you are keeping it somewhere that you will remember to take it with you.
  • Disposable takeaway coffee cups can be extremely harmful to the environment. So, by taking your reusable coffee cup out with you; you will be reducing the amount of damage to the environment.
  • Why not get others involved? Tell your friends, family and colleagues to join in! They can get their own reusable coffee cups to use on their coffee runs.

Choose plastic-free straws

  • If you’ve decided to go out for a drink somewhere, you can advise a member of the bar staff that you wouldn’t like a plastic straw. However, if you still want to use a straw, why not purchase your own reusable one? Typically, they are made from glass or stainless steel!
  • By having your own reusable straw, you reduce the number of plastic straws that are only used for a short about of time. This means you will be helping to reduce the number of plastic straws that end up in rivers, oceans or even in the airways of animals.
  • Why not try to encourage your local bars and pubs to only use plastic straws if they are requested by the customer, or even better, encourage them to stop using them altogether.

Choose plastic-free shopping bags

  • You can achieve this by having your own reusable shopping bags for when your out grocery shopping or clothes shopping etc. but make sure you leave them somewhere you will remember about them, like in your car boot.
  • If you do this, you will be stopping around 500 plastic bags a year from entering our landfills and oceans. Resulting in helping to protect both animals and the environment.
  • Why not make your own reusable shopping bags out of repurposed fabric to use? You could even get your friends and family to join in and do the same

Awareness of the Environment in the Workplace

Take a look here at a few steps you can take in the workplace which will help to benefit the environment, as well as being eco-friendlier.



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