10 Steps to be Plastic Free in July!

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the environmental problems caused by single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it.  It has been predicted that by 2050 there will be more tonnes of plastic in the ocean than tonnes of fish! 

Here are several ways you can have a plastic free life thanks to Plastic Free July

 10 Steps to Being Plastic Free:  

  1. Place reusable bags by the front door so you will remember to take them shopping or ask for a recyclable cardboard box. 
  2. Do a bin audit. That's a fancy term for looking in your rubbish and recycling bin and seeing what you throw away. Which are the biggest offenders? Which will be the easiest things to switch? Make notes so you're ready to look for alternatives when you go shopping.
  3. Check your grocery receipt and see if there's anything there that you could make rather than buy. For example, you could make your own simple coleslaw or if you have a blender you can whip up dips in a couple of minutes, plastic-free.
  4.  Ask your butcher / deli / fishmonger to wrap meats straight in paper if you don't have your own containers and ask for fresh bread to be placed in paper bags or bring your own reusable bread bag.
  5. Buy fresh vegetables not wrapped in plastic, order a box of fruit and veg from a local delivery company or shop at your local farmers market with your uber cool shopping trolley! 
  6. Refuse single use plastics such as straws, takeaway cups or utensils. Swap plastic straws for a reusable stainless-steel straws, take your reusable coffee cup to the café and always have a spare bamboo cutlery set or spork in your bag or car.
  7. Use beeswax and resin coated cotton or washable cotton sandwich wraps to replace cling film.
  8. Switch from liquid soaps to shampoo, conditioner or soap bars which you can buy with minimal packaging.
  9. Swap beauty products which contain plastic beads for a face and body brush.
  10. Start a compost bin which is much easier than you think! With a simple compost heap, you can recycle most of your organic household and garden waste whilst enriching your garden’s soil at the same time.

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the environmental problems caused by single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. Mojo’s Health & Wholefoods encourages our customers to use our recycled cardboard boxes or bring in their own bags to save single use plastic. 

Change is never easy and it takes time to form new habits.  So start step by step on your waste free journey and don’t give up!  It gets easier the longer you go Zero Waste.  Imagine the impact on our environment if we could all become Zero Waste?

 

Words by: Sonya Todd-Jones, Dip Health Sciences (Pathology), Dip Practice Management, Dip RM, Owner & Manager, Mojo’s Health & Wholefoods