It’s hard to believe July is upon us again and that it is time for Plastic Free July! It feels like just yesterday we were sharing our 50 thoughts on plastic to start off last year’s Plastic Free July. We are excited to jump into our second ever Plastic Free July this year!
What is Plastic Free July?
Plastic Free July is a month long event that encourages people to examine their plastic use and to minimize plastic in everyday life. Plastic Free July started with a small group of people in Western Australia and has since become a part of the Plastic Free Foundation. Events are held worldwide with millions of people participating.
In July 2020 alone, an estimated 326 million people across the globe took part in the challenge from 177 countries.PlasticFreeJuly.org
The great thing about Plastic Free July is that anyone can participate and that you can join in at your own pace. You don’t have to ditch 100% of your plastic right from July 1st. If you do, that’s great! We’re impressed! But we’ve said it a number of times on the blog: small, continuous changes over a period of time make a huge difference. What one change can you make today?
How to Participate in Plastic Free July
The great thing about Plastic Free July is that it can be done at your own pace, focusing on areas you need to make changes. There is no right or wrong way to participate. The main idea is to gain greater awareness of your plastic useage and to use less plastic.
There are a number of ways to take part in Plastic Free July. Here are some ideas:
- You can take Plastic Free July as an individual challenge
- Gather your family or a group of friends and take the challenge together
- Follow along on Instagram with the #PlasticFreeJuly2021 hashtag
- Sign up on the Plastic Free July website for the challenge
- Look up local events in your area
- Check out our Pinterest Idea Pin for 5 weeks of daily Plastic Free July Challenges
Going Plastic Free Room by Room
For our first Plastic Free July last year, Krista and I went room by room to look at our plastic useage. And it was a lot! Plastic weaves its way into so many areas of our lives.
Take a look at our posts from last year and see what changes we made throughout our homes:
Going Plastic Free in the Bathroom
Once we started looking for plastic in our homes, we couldn’t stop seeing it! And the bathroom is one of the worst places for plastic to accumulate. The upside to that is there are some great, easy swaps you can make in the bathroom to reduce your plastic. Last year we looked at everything from toothbrushes to shampoo to deodorant and shared some ideas on plastic alternatives.
Read the post here: Plastic Free Bathroom
A Plastic Free Period
We discovered shocking statistics when it came to plastic last year. This included the fact that it takes 500 – 800 years for one sanitary pad to decompose. One woman can use almost 11,000 pads on average in her lifetime which is a lot of plastic waste sitting in our landfills.
This motivated us to try out some cotton reusable pads and to share our experience with them. (Spoiler alert: we LOVE them!)
Read the post here: Plastic Free Period
Going Plastic Free in the Laundry Room
Have you ever thought about the plastic in your laundry room? We confess to being on auto-pilot with our laundry routine, so we pressed pause and took a look at where the plastic was sneaking in. From the tubs of laundry detergent to the microplastics in our clothes, we took a look at ways to cut down on all of this waste.
Read the post here: Plastic Free Laundry
Going Plastic Free with Food
It can be so challenging to find food without plastic. It can feel inconvenient since plastic wrapped food is so easily accessible and fast to make. Last year, Krista looked at the plastic packaging in her house and some solutions she was trying.
She’s also shared some super easy recipes and ideas for going plastic free with your food.
Read the post here: Plastic Free Food
Going Plastic Free in the Kitchen
In addition to food packaging, there are a number of ways plastic appears in our kitchens. We started tackling this by looking at how we stored our food and found alternatives to single use products. We also looked at how plastic appears in our dish cleaning routine and what can be done about it.
Read the post here: Plastic Free Kitchen
Plastic Free July 2021
We’re really excited to be participating for our second year in Plastic Free July! This year we will be focusing on some more niche areas of our lives that plastic sneaks into. We’re looking forward to sharing those things and some solutions with you.
Have you participated before? Will you be joining in this year?
We’d love to hear about your experience or thoughts in the comments!