Simple swaps to make for Plastic Free July...

Simple swaps to make for Plastic Free July...

Plastic. It's everywhere: in our grocery bags, holding our lunches, and even clinging to our vegetables. While plastic offers undeniable convenience, its environmental impact is a growing concern. From overflowing landfills to microplastics polluting our oceans, plastic pollution poses a significant threat to our planet.

The good news? You can make a difference! Plastic-Free July, a global movement championed by the Plastic Free July Foundation, is a fantastic opportunity to re-evaluate your plastic footprint and embrace better-for-the-planet alternatives. Here,we'll delve into simple yet impactful swaps you can make for a plastic-free July – and beyond!

Kitchen Conquerors: Banish plastic from your kitchen

The kitchen is a battleground for plastic. From cling wrap to food storage containers, plastic seems to dominate our food prep routines. Fortunately, there are some great alternatives waiting to be discovered:

  • Reusable Food Wraps: Ditch the cling wrap and opt for reusable beeswax wraps or silicone covers. These versatile wraps create a secure seal over bowls, containers, and even cut fruits and vegetables. They're washable and reusable, significantly reducing plastic waste.
  • Glass or Stainless Steel Food Storage: Plastic containers may be convenient, but glass or stainless steel options offer a more sustainable alternative. They're non-porous, preventing odors and stains, and they can be used safely in the microwave and dishwasher.
  • Produce Bags: Say no to flimsy plastic produce bags - instead invest in reusable mesh produce bags. These lightweight bags are easy to wash and come in various sizes, making them perfect for fruit and vegetables. 
  • Reusable Water Bottles: Plastic water bottles are a major source of plastic waste. Invest in a stylish, reusable water bottle that you can carry with you everywhere.
  • Refillable and concentrated cleaning products - why not switch to our Concentrated Multipurpose Cleaner - simply add the 30 ml concentrated to an existing cleaning bottle and top up with water or try switching to our refillable Concentrated Washing Up Liquid
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    Bathroom Bliss: Ditch the plastic for a more sustainable self-care routine

    The bathroom isn't immune to plastic's grasp. But with a few swaps, you can create a haven of plastic free self-care:

    • Solid Shampoo and Conditioner Bars: Ditch the plastic bottles and embrace solid shampoo and conditioner bars like our Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner BarThese concentrated bars offer long-lasting lathers and ours is packed recyclable cardboard packaging making it plastic free.
    • Natural Loofahs or Reusable Bath Poufs: Exfoliate naturally with a loofah or reusable bath pouf made from recycled materials. These alternatives eliminate the need for disposable plastic shower puffs.
    • Bamboo Toothbrushes: Make the switch from conventional plastic toothbrushes to bamboo toothbrushes. Bamboo is a fast-growing, renewable resource, and these brushes can be composted at the end of their lifespan.
    • Reusable Makeup Remover Pads: Ditch the disposable makeup wipes! Invest in a set of washable and reusable makeup remover pads. These gentle pads are effective and significantly reduce waste.

    Laundry lovables - better-for-the-planet products for clothes washing

    • Laundry Sheets - Make the simple switch to Laundry Detergent Sheets and save up to 20 single-use plastic liquid detergent bottles each year. (Based on putting a wash on every day)
    • Choose products that come in stainless steel containers, like our highly effective plant-based Stain Remover, have recyclable packaging or are refillable. 
    Beyond the Basics: Eco-Friendly Swaps for Your Everyday Life

    Plastic's reach extends beyond the kitchen and bathroom. Here are ways to create a plastic-free lifestyle throughout your day:

    • Reusable Shopping Bags: Always have reusable shopping bags on hand. Opt for sturdy canvas or mesh bags that can hold your groceries and other purchases.
    • Coffee on the Go: Ditch the single-use coffee cups. Invest in a travel mug or thermos to keep your coffee hot or cold. Many cafes offer discounts to customers who bring their own mugs.
    • Straws  - Say No! Plastic straws are luckily now banned but were a significant source of plastic pollution. Opt for reusable stainless steel or glass or bamboo straws, or simply go straw-free when enjoying beverages.
    • Say No to Plastic Utensils: Refuse plastic cutlery when you're out and about. (It's now a banned item to manufacture anyway.) Carry a lightweight set of reusable stainless steel utensils in your bag for unexpected picnics or takeout meals.
    • Food Wraps and Containers on the Go: Pack your lunch in reusable containers made from glass, stainless steel,or bamboo. Wrap sandwiches in beeswax wraps or other reusable food wraps.

    The Power of Small Changes: Why Plastic-Free July Matters

    Plastic Free July is more than just a month long challenge. It's a wake-up call to become more mindful of our plastic consumption and its impact. Even small changes can create a significant collective impact.

    The benefits of going plastic-free extend beyond environmental protection. You might be surprised to discover:

    • Cost Savings: Reusable alternatives, while having an initial investment, often pay for themselves over time as you avoid buying disposable plastic products.
    • Improved Health: Some plastic products can contain harmful chemicals. Choosing plastic-free alternatives can be a healthier option.
    • Empowerment: By making eco-conscious choices, you empower yourself to be part of the solution to plastic pollution.

    Let's all make small swaps for a big impact this Plastic Free July! 

    We'd really love to know what swaps you're making for #plasticfreejuly so please let us know via social by tagging us @simplelivingeco

    Use the code PFJ24 to get 20% off our plastic saving products when you spend over £15. Code cannot be used against bundles or any discounted products. Expires July 14th 11.59pm.

    Also, towards the end of July, look out for our joint competition on Instagram with sustainable kids clothing brand Ducky Zebra where you have the chance to win
    £60 of plastic free goodies!

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