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Five Ways to Reduce Plastic for Plastic Free July

Five Ways to Reduce Plastic for Plastic Free July

Charlotte Watkivs

Charlotte Watkivs co-runs the blog A Zero Waste Life and the not-for-profit Zero Waste in the Community. She has sent virtually no rubbish to landfill in over three years. This journey started when Charlotte and her friend Anna took on a New Years Resolution to live zero waste for a year. This was achieved by reducing their need for single-use items, repurposing and reusing old items, recycling what can’t be reused, and rotting organic waste. They now share what they’ve learnt in workshops and talks.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics? These tips should help get you started and encourage you to join Plastic Free July. Once you get into a rhythm with it, it’s really quite addictive!

Quick tips for Plastic Free July

  1.   Pick one ‘eco’ switch and do it really well. It’s far better to focus on acing one habit than it is to try and change too many things. 
  1.   Move your bin! A really simple one, but each time you come to throw something away, you’ll have a mini panic wondering where your bin is, then when you remember, you can work out the best way to reuse or recycle it and even plan if you can buy something in less packaging next time.
  1.   Create a Zero Waste kit. We’re all so used to the idea that to start a new hobby or change our lifestyles, we have to buy lots of things. That goes against the idea of Zero Waste, as a lot of resources are needed to make all of these items. Collect reusable items you’ve already got, like a bag, water bottle, fork and so on.
  1.   Once you’ve created your Zero Waste Kit, remember to take it out with you! It’s great if you can get into the habit of always having reusable items on hand and remembering to use them and not items made from single-use plastics. 
  1.   Talk to others about what you’re doing. Share your struggles and successes so you can inspire and learn from others. If you’re struggling to get motivated, join some social media groups. You’ll get inspired to take your next steps and may even find an accountability buddy.

Good luck with Plastic Free July. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Every new, positive habit you gain in July is a step in the right direction.

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