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Go plastic-free this July

All Areas > Environment > Save the Planet

Author: Hannah Basnett, Posted: Monday, 26th June 2023, 09:00

Plastic Free July is a global movement which unites people from all over the world in their mission to reduce plastic waste. In a slightly different style of article, I’ve decided to share lots of ways you can join in this month and beyond.

Whether you choose to embrace all the ideas or focus on just one, together we can make a significant impact on plastic pollution right here in Gloucestershire.

1. Get involved in a community garden and promote sustainable practices, such as using compostable materials and avoiding plastic plant pots.

Stay hydrated by using a refillable water bottle instead of single-use plastic bottles.

Support local bookshops and libraries by borrowing or purchasing second-hand books.

Shop at the county’s zero-waste stores like FoodLoose, Roots Refill, and Empty Jars for plastic-free shopping options.

Choose to enjoy your coffee in cafés instead of taking it away in disposable cups.

Switch to eco-friendly toothbrushes made from bamboo.

Consider using reusable menstrual products instead of disposable options.

Buy loose fruits and vegetables wherever possible.

Switch to toothpaste tablets or powder instead of plastic toothpaste tubes.

Use natural fibre dishcloths or sponges.

Opt for refillable fountain pens instead of disposable plastic pens.

Explore opportunities to make plastic-free switches in schools, workplaces, churches and other community spaces.

Make your own natural insect repellent using essential oils like tea tree oil in a reusable spray bottle.

Make homemade yoghurt or fermented foods.

Choose loose-leaf tea and use a tea infuser instead of tea bags with plastic coatings.

Visit your local Repair Café to repair broken items.

Purchase fresh, locally grown and plastic-free produce from farmers’ markets.

18. Switch to a safety razor with stainless steel blades instead of disposable plastic razors.

Explore vintage and second-hand shops.

Write to your local MP to advocate for the installation of more water fountains throughout your community.

Choose toilet paper that isn’t packaged in plastic.

Visit your local library and borrow books on the subject of plastics.

Get your milk delivered in reusable glass bottles.

Purchase a plastic-free deodorant.

Participate in clothes swap events, reducing the demand for new synthetic fibres.

Get involved in plastic-free awareness events like film screenings or panel discussions.

Initiate a plastic-free campaign in your workplace and encourage colleagues to reduce plastic usage.

Support local artists raising awareness of plastic pollution through their work.

Choose plastic-free alternatives for personal care items like shampoo, conditioner and soap bars.

Make your own homemade nut milk.

Avoid purchasing snacks and make your own using bulk ingredients.

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