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Plastic Free July is almost over, but that doesn’t mean you should give up your zero-waste lifestyle as soon as the clock strikes midnight on August 1. With these handy tips, products and sources of inspiration, you’ll find it so much easier to live plastic-free and do your it all year ‘round!

What is Plastic Free July?

If you’re only just hopping on board now (no shame – it’s never too late!) you may not be well-versed on what Plastic Free July is all about. Let us explain…

Plastic Free July was started by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz – the founder of the Plastic Free Foundation – and local government members in Western Australia in 2011. Since then, the movement has spread across the world and seen millions of local heroes getting in on the plastic-free action. In 2018 alone, 120 million people from 177 countries took up the challenge to go plastic free all July long.

How can you go plastic-free all year ‘round?

We know – kissing all things plastic goodbye is no mean feat. The big four single-use plastic items alone – plastic bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups and plastic straws – are hard enough to avoid. So, where to begin?

Turns out, there are plenty of things you can do to avoid – or even just reduce – single-use plastics. Why not try:

  • Purchasing reusable versions of single-use plastics, like metal cutlery and straws, canvas bags, stainless steel water bottles and any of the reusable coffee cups on the market nowadays
  • Avoiding pre-packaged products at the supermarket and shopping for whole foods instead
  • Wrapping rubbish in old newspapers instead of plastic bin bags
  • Saying ‘no’ to unnecessary single-use plastics when you order take-away, or bringing your own (your local café or bakery won’t mind at all!)
  • Repurposing unavoidable plastic items for craft and DIY activities
  • Reusing what you have, or buying second-hand
  • Changing one habit at a time – every bit counts

If you don’t have anything that will get the job done, try these reusable alternatives to your go-to single-use items:

Plastic straws are out, Green + Kind straws are in (from $5.91)
www.floraandfauna.com.au

 

 

Plastic toothbrushes are out, BAMKIKI bamboo brushes are in (from $13.90 for two)
www.bamkiki.com.au

 

 

Plastic razors are out, Kappi safety razors are in (from $59.95)
www.kappi.com.au

 

 

Plastic coffee cups are out, Sol Cups are in (from $27.99)
www.solcups.com

 

 

Plastic bags are out, Seed + Sprout is in (set from $29)
www.seedsprout.com.au

 

 

Snap-seal bags are out, Stasher bags are in (bundle from $54)
www.stasherbag.com

 

 

On-the-go plastic water bottles are out, Water3 is in (from $29.95)
www.water3.com

 

 

Your home cleaning collection is out, koh is in (starter bundle from $89.90)
www.koh.com

 

 

Stay inspired

For inspiration during Plastic Free July (and beyond!) head to www.plasticfreejuly.org or check out these zero-waste bloggers and Instagrammers…

 

Sara Tso, aka @matchboxkitchen

 

 

Julia, aka @simply.living.well

 

 

Sarah Lemkus, @sarahlemkus

 

 

Her Simple Living, aka @stacysullivan_ 

 

 

Rachel + Scott Johnson, aka @plantedinthewoods

 

Anastasia White

Anastasia White  

Anastasia (‘Anny’ to her friends and family, thanks to some nickname experimentation in year 4 that unfortunately stuck) is a born-and-bred Brisbanite with a love of coffee and her cat, Olive. Having recently finished a degree in journalism, Anastasia loves being able to learn and write about so many different topics for a variety of audiences.