July marks the first global movement to help millions of people reduce plastic pollution.
Led by the Plastic Free Foundation based in Australia, Plastic Free July urges people from all around the world to be part of the solution and reduce the amount of single-use plastic they use.
The aim, as published by the Plastic Free Foundation, is to “help people refuse single-use plastic and improve recycling practices.”
The campaign has kicked off with real momentum thanks to a speech from David Attenborough, who visited Glastonbury to praise the festival for ditching plastic bottles.
It was in part due to David Attenborough’s BBC documentary, Blue Planet, which really ignited people to take action, and now plastic free July is well underway with people from all over the world sharing their plastic-free swaps on social media.
So what swaps can you make during plastic free July?
Switch to Glass Milk Bottles
As we reported last year, if you switch from using plastic milk bottles to glass milk bottles you’ll save an incredible 288 plastic bottles.
Even making a small switch such as this can make a huge difference. Just imagine if you took on this change and encouraged those in your local area, your entire village would be saving thousands of plastic bottles every year.
In 2018 we sold 2 million glass bottles of milk because our customers wanted to reduce their use of plastic, so we’re well aware of how much of a difference this can make.
Refuse Plastic Straws
According to GreenWatch, there is currently 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic in the world, 7 percent of this consists of plastic straws.
When ordering that drink in a restaurant you may not be aware of the bigger impact that straw has on the environment.
Plastic straws have been deemed so damaging to the world, that the UK government is planning on banning the sale of single-use plastics, including straws as part of their 25 Year Environment plan.
When it’s been revealed that the UK uses 8.5 billion plastic straws per year, equating to an average of 130 straws per person, making this small switch can have a far bigger impact than you can imagine.
So instead of choosing a plastic straw, ask for a paper straw, or simply carry your very own stainless steel straws.
Ditch Black Plastic
It may come as a shock but there are currently no clear guidelines in the UK for recycling.
At present, there are currently 39 different types of plastics in circulation, but it is down to local councils to decide how and if they can recycle these products.
The biggest problem in single-use plastics, is black plastic, as the dye within the plastic is coloured using carbon black, which cannot be easily detected using current recycling technology. As a result black plastic often ends up in landfill or incinerated.
If you have to buy something that is coated in plastic, make a conscious effort to stick to clear plastic as this is widely and easily recycled across the UK.
Choose Naked Products
Our beauty and hygiene routines also contribute to the growing plastic pollution problem. From wet wipes, cotton buds to disposable razors, there’s an extensive list of offenders who only have one single-use.
With this in mind, there are now numerous places you can purchase sustainable products which decompose when added to your compost bin. As well as ‘naked’ products which are not covered in plastic, such as soap and shampoo bars.
While making this switch may not seem like a big change, it’s been estimated that switching to plastic-free products can help you save money in the long run, as much for the cost of toiletries is associated with the packaging.
These are just a handful of simple switches you can make during plastic-free July. Kick start your challenge and order your glass milk bottles from Plumb’s today.