Simple tips for a Plastic Free Lifestyle #PlasticFreeJuly

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How I strive for a Plastic-Free Lifestyle

Tips for a plastic-free lifestyle #plasticfreejuly
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Every year on July 3rd, the world unites to celebrate #WorldPlasticBagFreeDay. It’s a day dedicated to raising awareness about the staggering amount of plastic pollution plaguing our planet and encouraging individuals to take action. For the same reason the whole month of July is observed as #PlasticFreeJuly.While the issue of going plastic-free may seem overwhelming, even small changes in our daily habits can make a significant difference.

Here are some easy-to-implement tips to help you reduce your plastic footprint and embrace a more sustainable lifestyle. Remember to avoid single-use (disposable) plastics especially the smaller ones that cannot be easily recycled.

Tips for Plastic Free Shopping and Travelling 

  • Become a Bag Ninja: I have ditched single-use plastic bags and invested in a few sturdy reusable and foldable tote bags and keep them handy in my car, purse,and office. This way, I am always  prepared for unplanned shopping trips.I also have these fabric mesh bags for shopping for groceries which helps in segregation and storage without the need of plastic bags.

Tips for a plastic-free lifestyle #plasticfreejuly

  • Hydration Hero: To avoid buying water packaged in plastic bottles , I opt for a reusable water bottle made from stainless steel or glass. Not only does it keep me hydrated in style, but I also save countless plastic bottles from ending up in landfills.Else just recycle a small plastic bottle and carry your on water or fill it whenever possible.

  • Bulk It Up: Many stores offer a variety of dry goods like grains, nuts, and spices in bulk sections. Bring your own reusable containers or cloth bags and buy exactly what you need. This not only reduces plastic packaging but can also be more cost-effective.

  • Say No to Straws and Cutlery: These single-use plastic items are rarely recycled and often end up polluting our oceans. Politely decline plastic straws and cutlery when offered at restaurants or cafes. I carry my own reusable straw and when ordering food, we always pick the option of not needing cutlery(plastic) and plates.

  • Coffee on the Go, Green Style: Many coffee shops like Starbucks offer discounts for bringing your own travel mug. Invest in a reusable mug you love and enjoy your morning brew without the guilt of disposable cups.

Tips for Plastic Free homes

  • Soap Up Sustainably: Swap plastic shower gels and shampoos for bar soaps. Not only are they plastic-free, but they often last longer and can be more gentle on your skin. Look for local, all-natural options for an added eco-friendly bonus.

  • Wrap It Up Naturally: Ditch plastic wrap and cling film. Invest in reusable beeswax wraps or silicone food covers to keep your food fresh.

  • Storage Solutions: Glass jars are your new best friends! They’re perfect for storing leftovers, dry goods, and even homemade beauty products. They’re also much easier to clean and reuse than plastic containers.

Beyond the Basics:

  • Shop Mindfully: When shopping for new products, choose items with minimal or recyclable packaging. Look for brands committed to sustainability and eco-friendly practices. Some outlets like H&M have a recycle policy.

  • Get Crafty: Upcycle and reuse what you already have before resorting to buying new. There are endless creative ways to give old plastic containers a new life.There are many brands that offer an attractive discount when you bring your old clothes for recycling or you can just sell them on online portals that encourage thriting.

  • Spread the Word: Talk to your friends and family about your plastic-free journey. Initially was hesitant about thrifting or carrying my own bottles and straw but soon it became a habit.Together, you can inspire others to make small changes that lead to a big impact.

Remember, going plastic-free isn’t about achieving perfection. It’s about making conscious choices and striving to reduce your plastic consumption wherever possible. Every small step you take adds up to a healthier planet for ourselves and future generations.

Inspired to take action? Here are some additional resources to help you on your plastic-free journey:

Let’s celebrate #WorldPlasticFreeDay every day by making small changes towards a cleaner and greener future!

Now it’s your turn to share your tip for a more sustainable lifestyle.Please share your tips in the comments below.

“This post is a part of ‘Sense and Sustainability Blog Hop’ hosted by Manali Desai and  Sukaina Majeed

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with Dr. Preeti Chauhan.

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