Picture this: you’re sitting on a pristine beach, the sun kissing your skin and the sound of crashing waves lulling you into bliss. But as you take in the breath-taking surroundings, something catches your eye; scattered all along the shore are plastic bottles, straws, and bags. Suddenly, that idyllic scene is tainted by the harsh reality of our plastic addiction. It’s time for change.
Enter Plastic Free July, a global movement that challenges individuals to ditch single-use plastics for an entire month
Plastic Free July is not just a trendy hashtag or a fleeting social media challenge; it’s a global movement gaining momentum year after year. In this age of convenience, where plastic seems to be an inseparable part of our daily lives, taking part in Plastic Free July can be both eye-opening and empowering. The initiative encourages people worldwide to make small but significant changes in their everyday habits, with the ultimate goal of reducing plastic waste and its devastating impact on our environment.
Imagine a world without single-use plastics clogging up our oceans, landfills overflowing with discarded bottles, or wildlife suffocating from ingesting microplastics. Plastic Free July offers us an opportunity to actively participate in creating this vision by challenging ourselves for just one month.
At Green Planet Beauty we are proud to be a 100% plastic free beauty brand. We believe that plastic free beauty is the future, and our aim has always been to be part of the wave of change in the beauty industry.
If you’re on a mission to reduce your plastic consumption, here are some exciting ideas for plastic-free swaps that you can easily incorporate into your everyday life. One great option is to shop at farm shops or local markets, where you can find an array of fresh produce available without any unnecessary packaging. Ditching pre-packaged fruits and veggies not only eliminates plastic waste but also supports local farmers. Additionally, you can opt for loose vegetables instead of buying them wrapped in plastic at supermarkets.
But it doesn’t stop there – think beyond the produce aisle! Opt for bars instead of bottles when it comes to personal care products such as shampoo and soap. Solid beauty bars eliminate the need for plastic packaging while providing a luxurious self-care experience. For personal hygiene products, bamboo toothbrushes and biodegradable dental floss offer sustainable alternatives to their plastic counterparts. Swap your shampoo and conditioner for refillable aluminium bottles that come with refill pouches. Start buying refillable beauty products, Keep and clean your existing containers and purchase compostable refillable products. See our refill shop here.
If you’re accustomed to sipping your drinks through plastic straws, fear not! There are numerous eco-friendly options available such as stainless steel or bamboo straws that can be used repeatedly. And don’t forget reusable shopping bags – perfect for carrying your groceries without relying on single-use plastic bags.
In the kitchen, investing in glass containers or stainless steel lunch boxes can help eliminate the need for cling wrap or disposable bags when storing leftovers or packing lunches. It’s a simple yet effective swap that reduces both plastic waste and exposure to harmful chemicals found in some plastics.
When it comes to cleaning, ditch those multipurpose sprays housed in plastic bottles and try making your own using natural ingredients like vinegar and essential oils. Not only will this help cut down on plastic waste, but it’s also healthier for the environment and yourself.
Lastly, consider switching from disposable razors to safety razors with replaceable blades or even exploring eco-friendly period products like menstrual cups or reusable cloth pads.
By incorporating these simple swaps into your daily routine, you’ll be well on your way to reducing your reliance on single-use plastics while making more sustainable choices for a cleaner future!
How you can get involved
Start by taking the pledge online at plasticfreejuly.org, committing to refuse single-use plastics for the entire month of July. Next, equip yourself with reusable alternatives like water bottles, shopping bags, and food containers. Challenge yourself to shop in bulk or at farmers markets, avoiding products packaged in plastic. It’s also important to spread awareness and educate others about the harmful effects of plastic pollution. Join local or virtual events organized by Plastic Free July communities and share your experiences on social media using hashtags like #PlasticFreeJuly. Remember, even small changes can make a big impact for our environment!