Plastic Free July is an initiative that aims to raise awareness of plastic pollution and encourages people to reduce everyday single-use plastic. Millions of people across the globe take part every year, with many committing to reducing plastic pollution far beyond the month of July.

To celebrate the month, we took to social media to share tips for going plastic free with our followers. This blog is a round up of our activities – we hope that our tips have been helpful!

glass kitchen jars filled with dry goods

Did you know?

13 million tonnes of plastic waste leak into our oceans every year.

Did you know?

7.7 billion plastic bottles are bought across the UK every year.

Did you know?

Less than a third of all plastic in the UK is recycled each year.

We know there are countless ways of switching to better sustainable practices. The trick is to start small. Below are tips we shared across our social media to help people get started going plastic free. Small steps are sometimes much easier to integrate into our everyday lives than much larger lifestyle changes. It is important to remember that no step is too small to start your sustainable journey.

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Swap plastic carrier bags for reusable ones.

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Avoid buying shampoo and conditioner in bottles – buy bars instead.

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Swap a plastic bottle for a reusable one (read our blog for how we encourage this as a company)

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Try buying produce with minimal/zero packaging.

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Get your milk from a milkman in glass bottles instead of plastic ones from the supermarket.

Want more ideas?

We teamed up with local zero waste shop The Bare Alternative to get their tips on how to get started going plastic free in your kitchen. They bring affordable, plastic-free shopping to Abbeydale Road and the surrounding community. They offer a wide selection of whole foods and cooking ingredients for making healthy meals, all available package-free, so you need to remember to bring your own container.

Matthew, the founder of The Bare Alternative suggests finding something that you buy frequently and research if there is a more eco-friendly version of that product available. Compostable bin liners are very popular. They’re slightly more expensive and just as strong as their plastic counterparts, but most importantly, when they inevitably do make their way to the incinerator, they will at least burn cleaner with less emissions. Another easy win is to try to find plastic-free alternatives and cleaning refills for the kitchen.

Read our full blog with them here.

the bare alternative shop front

We hope that this blog has given you some ideas of how to start your plastic free journey. For more news and behind the scenes visit our blog.

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