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How My Plastic Free Changes Are Going

Plastic Free Changes

On July 1st I started another #plasticfreejuly. So how is it going? Is it easy? Or am I finding it tough going. These are my plastic free changes.

Quotation Plastic Free Changes

  • Food packaging. The biggest challenge – sometimes it seems that everything is covered in plastic. Getting some fruit and veg is relatively easy; but the choice isn’t as good and it’s more expensive.
  • Soap. An easy one. Once the usual squirty kids soaps are finished it is all bars for good.
  • Shampoo bars. I bought two from Adam and Eco. I really like them. The kids are suspicious I’m just using soap lol.
  • Single use bottles. Easy. Very easy. I have either been using my reusable bottle or buying a can instead. I don’t take the children out for the day without them having a bottle of drink each, so it makes sense I include myself in those preparations.

How Can I Improve It?

  • Morrisons have new zero plastic aisles. I usually get a big shop delivered from them but they don’t give you a carrier bag free option. I’m going to have to brave taking the toddler lol.
  • My nearest high street greengrocer has been a great find. It’s a 15 minute drive but the selection is much better than if I go to Asda which is closer to me.
  • Research! Where can I bulk buy goods.
  • Research! Check everything I buy whether the plastic is recyclable. If it isn’t then put it back on the shelf.
  • My local butcher thinks I’m bonkers but he puts my meat into my Tupperware.

Half way through. It is progress and more importantly sustainable progress. All of my changes will definitely stay for the long-term. Like most people I’m finding food packaging is the hardest thing to avoid. Until shops have a financial penalty for the amount of plastic packaging they use I can’t see that changing either.

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#plasticfreejuly

#plasticfreejuly

You will see that hashtag a lot in July. Maybe you will hear people talking about zero waste and not using being plastic free during July. Currently around 8,000 people have registered to take part. I am one of them. Eco Infinity is doing #plasticfreejuly too. I did it last year on my blog Toy Infinity and it is actually really hard to cut out all plastic. This year I am concentrating on eliminating single use plastics rather than living without plastic.

#plasticfreejuly

My Challenge

  • No plastic drink bottles. If we’re out and need a drink because we’re not organised enough to have remembered our bottle we’ll buy a can.
  • 90% of bathroom waste isn’t recycled and the bathroom is probably the place I use most plastic. I’ve made a change by buying shampoo bars and soap bars. No more plastic bottles!
  • Using my own containers in the local butchers. No more plastic bag to throw away.
  • Not using the plastic bags for loose veg.
  • Buying clothes made of natural fibres; no polyester.

Plastic Free July Reusable Tea Cup

Party

I have already made one change. At our family barbecue we’re using my compostable party supplies and composting them afterwards. Minimal washing up for my Mum and no landfill for Cardiff Council. It’s a small change but when you consider there will be waste from around 20 people eating that will make a big difference.

Are you doing Plastic Free July? Tell me your challenges in the comments. For more information on #plasticfreejuly visit the Marine Conservation Society