Trimming my waste: Week 26 (#plasticfreeJuly) | the ReFab Diaries

Goals - Week 26: 
  1. Commit to #plasticfreeJuly
  2. Make an extra effort to avoid single-use plastic items
  3. Spread the word

It's week 26! That means I'm now halfway through my challenge to trim my waste. To celebrate, I'm committing to yet another challenge for the month of July. The #PlasticfreeJuly ask is a simple one: can you avoid single-use plastic items this month? For the whole month? For a week or even just a day? It's annoyingly hard to do... our world is full of the stuff. 

Here are 15 ways to reduce your reliance on plastic this month: 

1. Avoid plastic bottles of body wash by switching back to hard soap

2. Deodorant packaging is notoriously difficult to recycle. Make your own deo and store it in a glass container.

3. Say "no" to bottled water - refilling your own bottle is also much cheaper!

4. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush

5. Buy a few items from the bulk section of your supermarket (if it has one) and store them in repurposed glass jars

6. Replace plastic sandwich bags with reusable ones 

7. When it's time to replace old kitchen utensils, consider bamboo and steel options

8. Look at the plastic packaging in your recycling - what could you turn it into? Here are some ideas

9. Say "no" to plastic straws and "stirrers", especially the little cocktail ones!

10.  When shopping for products like eggs, consider your options: a plastic container, a styrofoam container or a paper-mulch container. No brainer really.

11. Make some of your own cleaning products so you don't have to buy them in plastic bottles

12. Refuse to buy face scrubs, body scrubs and toothpaste that contains plastic micro-beads. Here's a recipe for body scrub! 

13. Try harder to remember your reusable bags when you go to the store or the market

14. Never buy plastic food wrap again. Reusable beeswax wraps are amazing.

15. Avoid plastic "silverware" whenever possible

Visit Plastic Free July for lots of great ideas for living plastic free and commit to their challenge.

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