It’s Plastic-Free July next month. Have you heard of it? It’s a global challenge that aims to get as many people in the world as possible reducing their plastic usage.
Imagine a world without plastic waste. That’s the mission – to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling, worldwide. You can sign up to it here.
I took part last year and I loved it! It’s eye opening to see how much plastic you use, and it’s fun to challenge yourself to avoid using it.
It’s very tricky eliminating plastic completely and I found it helpful to change a few things and stick to them completely as opposed to trying to tackle everything at once.
Last year my big changes were making my own bread and changing our toilet paper and toothbrushes to plastic free alternatives. I started making sourdough bread and we switched to Greencane toilet paper and Toothcrush toothbrushes. I’m happy to say these changes are still in place now.
We also removed our rubbish bin from inside. We now only have a recycling bin and compost bucket inside. If anything needs to be thrown away, we have physically walk outside to do it. This discourages us throwing things away unnecessarily.
This year for the challenge, I have teamed up with Plastic Free July Aotearoa and I’m going to be sharing some of my favourite ‘single-use-plastic free snack recipes.
I’ve decided to focus mainly on school lunch box snacks as this is an area where plastic packaging is found a lot.
I hope you choose to take up the challenge as well! We don’t need a few people living plastic-free perfectly. We need as many people as possible just giving it a go.