Plastic Free July Tips

Plastic Free July is a celebration that encourages us all to reduce plastic pollution. Rebecca Prince-Ruiz founded this yearly July tradition in 2011.

The Plastic Free Foundation created a challenge that everyone can sign-up for. Participants check boxes indicating where they’re going to participate and how.

Once you’re signed up, you’ll get e-mails daily, weekly, or monthly with tips and tricks for reducing your plastic. This July can be the beginning of you switching to more reusable items.

Environment impact of plastics

UNEP reports that plastic releases destructive chemicals into our soil, which seeps into our groundwater. It’s harmful to animals and to us as well.

High exposure to BPA in certain plastics is known to cause serious issues to human wellness. WebMD notes that 90% of us have BPA in our bodies now.

Plastic releases greenhouse gas emissions into our ocean, contributing to the crisis of climate change. Some sources anticipate it’ll account for more greenhouse gas emissions than coal in 2030.

Reusable items

Plastic Free July 2022 Tips to reduce your plastic use

1. Use reusable bags

In a recent article, we provided an explanation of why plastic bags are bad for the environment. It takes millions of barrels of oil to produce plastic bags.

Oil production is a major cause of air pollution and climate change. Using reusable bags will not only help reduce our plastic pollution, but also our pollution from oil.

2. Stop using plastic straws

While plastic straws are a small part of a larger plastic waste problem, it’s an easy place to start. We can switch to reusable straws and encourage our local community to ditch them as well.

3. Buy bulk food

When you buy food in bulk, there are fewer individually packaged items, which are typically packaged in plastic. With the reduction in the amount of materials used, it’s reduction of energy needed to be used.

4. Recycling chewing gum

Some might not be aware that chewing gum has plastic in it. Make it a practice to buy less of it and try using natural chewing gum.

5. Use reusable bottles

On average, Americans use 500 billion plastic bottles a year. We’ve also discussed in a previous article why plastic bottles are bad for the environment. For those looking for reusable bottle options, here’s a list of the 14 best eco friendly water bottles.

6. Use glass or steel containers

It’s not uncommon for people to use plastic Tupperware to store food. But after it’s no longer used, it’s more plastic waste in our landfills. Instead, opt for containers that are made out of steel or glass.

7. Ditch the plastic wrap

Another way people often preserve their food is wrapping in plastic wrap. Start using reusable beeswax wrap instead.

Related article: Are Plastic Bottle Caps Recyclable?

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