Hello July! It’s our very first day of 31 in this beautiful month!
In recent days, it has come to my attention a campaign is running called “Plastic Free July” and I signed up to take part this morning. Over the past week, the amount of plastic I consume has been brought into my conscious and I’m trying to help raise awareness of the issues plastic causes!
I’ve been loyal to recycling over the years, but I’ve realised I could do a whole lot better at “reducing” how much plastic I use. A cursory scan over my room reveals LOTS of plastic – plastic storage boxes, plastic bin bags, plastic tupperware, plastic coat hangers, plastic water bottles, plastic toothbrush and shampoo bottles. Of course, there’s no sense in throwing these out, but it really highlights how MUCH plastic we use, and there’s a definite need for alternatives.
Plastic use causes so many environmental problems, but the worst is single use plastic items. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year, with lethal effects. Aquatic life is being severely impacted by plastic – it pollutes the water, and many creatures also die from ingesting plastic. This also affects human life, as the ocean is responsible for producing over 2/3rds of the oxygen we breath. Incinerating plastic also releases many harmful toxins into the air, which can lead to respiratory problems. This is just a few examples of the ills of plastic, but a simple google search will reveal thousands more reasons why reducing plastic use is a pretty good idea.
It’s easier said than done, and I know trying to participate in Plastic Free July will be a real challenge for me! I plan to reduce my plastic use by:
- Bringing reusable cups and bottles with me when I go out
- Taking tote bags with me when I go shopping so I don’t purchase plastic bags
- Purchasing ‘shampoo bars’ instead of bottles of shampoo
- Refusing plastic cutlery or straws
- Buying ‘loose’ fruit and veg!
- Lobbying the government and companies to use less plastic!
I encourage everyone to try and use less plastic! There are many more ideas/tips available online 🙂 It’s also important not to become overwhelmed by all the different ways you can reduce your plastic consumption! Take it one step at a time, and just try your best!
If anyone wants to follow my Plastic Free July attempt on instagram @beeblossoming, please do! Any tips or words of support would also be super welcome!