A-Z ALTERNATIVES FOR PLASTIC FREE LIVING


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JOIN THE CHALLENGE AND ‘CHOOSE TO REFUSE’ SINGLE-USE PLASTIC DURING JULY.


Imagine a world without plastic waste. That’s our mission along with Plastic Free July – to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling, worldwide. 


The plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use just for a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever.

These plastics:

  • break up, not break down – becoming permanent pollution

  • have low rates of recycling (only 9% of all plastics ever made have been recycled) and are mostly downcycled (made into low grade product for just one more use) or sent to landfill

  • ‘escape’ from bins, trucks, events etc. to become ‘accidental litter’

  • end up in waterways and the ocean – where scientists predict there will be more tonnes of plastic than tonnes of fish by 2050

  • transfer to the food chain – carrying pollutants with them

  • increase our eco-footprint – plastic manufacturing consumes 6% of the world’s fossil fuels

Every bit of plastic ever made still exists and in the first 10 years of this century the world economy produced more plastic than the entire 1900's!



SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

  1. Bin liner (plastic bag)

  2. Deodorant

  3. Doggy doo bags

  4. Coffee cup (lid)

  5. Gladwrap / cling film

  6. Hair brush

  7. Milk

  8. Nappies (diapers) - disposable

  9. Pasta

  10. Plastic bag

  11. Plastic drink bottle

  12. Plastic straw

  13. Sanitary pads

  14. Shampoo

  15. Tampons

  16. Toilet paper

  17. Toothbrush

  18. Toothpaste



PLASTIC-FREE ALTERNATIVE

  1. Line your bin with several layers of newspaper.

  2. Make your own deodorant (see our recipe)

  3. Folded up newspaper

  4. Request no lid / take a reusable cup

  5. Reusable container / aluminium foil / fabric wraps

  6. Keep an eye out for wooden/bamboo hairbrushes

  7. Look for milk in refillable glass bottles

  8. Reusable cloth nappies

  9. Make your own, buy in bulk or look for cardboard-packaged pasta

  10. Arms /cardboard box / reusable bag

  11. Reusable drink bottle

  12. Lips / metal or glass straw

  13. Make your own or buy washable reusable pads online

  14. Solid bar shampoo

  15. Try menstrual cups (more info here)

  16. Look for toilet paper wrapped in paper

  17. Look for a wooden bamboo toothbrush

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