Plastic Free July

Although Plastic Free July has ended for 2021, please join with us as we are reducing our use of plastic and trying to live in a greener, more sustainable way.  You can still follow @plasticFreeJuly on twitter or facebook throughout the year for more ideas.

Hints and tips for living with less plastic include:

  • Use reusable cotton cloth or cotton net bags when buying loose fruit and vegetables instead of plastic produce bags,
  • Carry a reusable water bottle or travel mug when you are out and about,
  • Get your milk in a bottle and delivered by a milkman,
  • Swap the plastic sponge and scrubbing brush for ones made of bamboo, loofa, sisal, or other natural materials (compost them when they are worn out)
  • Use bar soap instead of liquid soap – works well for washing hair as well as hands and body
  • For parties, picnics, or BBQs, consider using a “party set” of second-hand glasses, plates, and cutlery instead of plastic disposable items.
  • remembering to use a reusable bag when shopping and not getting new plastic bags each time
  • not using plastic straws
  • buying fruit and veg not wrapped in plastic (use a paper bag)
  • use pots or beeswax wraps to store leftovers and not use plastic cling film
  • consider using a refil shop and refilling your existing bottles/pots - not just for food but also cleaning products
  • you may want to make swaps to greener products, they are not all more expensive, for example solid bars of shampoo may work out cheaper than buying bottles of shampoo, with the added bonus of being better for the environment!

Why not get started by printing off the Plastic Free July Action Picker and pledging to make a difference?”

Plastic Free July