Plastic Free July: Week One

If you follow me on Instagram (@GrowingGreenGirl) you’ll have noticed I’ve been posting daily tips for #PlasticFreeJuly.
If you want daily tips head over to Instagram but if you just want weekly updates you’re in the right place.
So far Plastic Free July has been going well. I’ve made a lot of changes already, so I’m mostly continuing the same way as before. Except with a trash jar! Not something I want to keep forever but it is an excellent way to see the waste you produce. For this plastic-free month, I’m not including any plastic from things bought already (I just finished a giant bag of quinoa, and it’s going in the recycle because I bought it a year ago), or from my family. I can’t control the plastic my family (I live at home) makes, so it’s not going in the jar.
So far my only #plasticfreefail is one styrofoam container from a chip truck. I wish more places would switch to paper/cardboard containers because they can be composted. My work (food booth at a local farmers market) switched to cardboard, so I know it makes no difference to the companies.
I won’t end up with a tip a day because I’ll also be posting my fails along the way, and I don’t want to post more than once a day on Instagram, or you guys will have enough of me, now on to the important stuff.

 

 
Now for a round-up of this week’s tips:
1. Bathroom swaps
~try choosing bar soap over liquid
~silk floss over plastic
~tooth powder, or homemade toothpaste over plastic tubes
~safety razors over disposable
~bamboo toothbrush over plastic
2. Bring Your Own Containers
~Bring stainless steel tiffins, glass jars, or reusable plastic containers when you buy food to-go
3. Bring a Produce Bagstraws
~Use a mesh or cotton bag when buying fruit and veggies
4. Reusable Straws
~Use Stainless steel, plastic, glass or bamboo straws that last forever
~Just rinse out after using and wash them                                                                       5. Use Your own Reusable Cup                                                             ~Use your own reusable glass, metal or plastic tumbler for iced coffee, smoothies and more
6. Use Glass Jars
~Store your leftovers, or prepped fruit and veggies in a glass jar
I store sliced lemons and limes in a jar so I can add them to my water whenever I want to
~They’re also a great way to store leftovers, or prepped meals
~You can get bonus points for reusing jar from pasta sauce, salsa, nut butters, whatever you’re buying!

 

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