Hey there, fellow eco-warriors! Did you know that this month is Plastic Free July? It's a global challenge initiated by the Plastic Free Foundation, aiming to tackle our plastic pollution crisis and clean up our planet. In this blog post, we're going to dive into the significance of Plastic Free July, show you how easy it is to commit to a plastic-free lifestyle for a month, and share some tips to help you succeed. Let's make a difference together!
What Is Plastic Free July?
Plastic Free July is all about people uniting to create a positive impact. With over 100 million participants across nearly 200 countries, Plastic Free July encourages everyone to refuse single-use plastics for the entire month. Whether you're at home, dining out, attending school, or encountering plastic in any other situation, the goal is to say "no" to these harmful materials. By doing so, we develop sustainable habits and witness firsthand how achievable and rewarding a life free of single-use plastics can be.
How Did Plastic Free July Begin?
Plastic Free July didn't happen overnight; it's the result of a decade-long initiative that embodies the belief that small changes can lead to significant outcomes. It was started by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and a dedicated local government team in Australia. Since then, the Plastic Free Foundation has transformed the campaign into one of the most impactful environmental movements worldwide. Research shows that participants in Plastic Free July reduce household waste by nearly 4% annually, resulting in a 2.1-billion ton reduction of plastic waste and recycling globally.
Avoiding Plastic Baggies
The statistics surrounding plastic bag usage are alarming. Americans use an average of one single-use plastic bag every day, while in Denmark, citizens use only four per year. These bags contribute to the pollution crisis, requiring significant amounts of fossil fuels for production. As a solution, let's replace those single-use plastic baggies with a more sustainable alternative—the Klean Food Solutions range. These reusable food boxes, canisters, and containers are perfect for storing snacks, lunches, and meals. Made from stainless steel and featuring leak-proof silicone lids, they keep your food fresh while eliminating the need for plastic baggies and traditional plastic tupperware.
Avoiding Plastic Bottles
July is a month filled with vacations and sweltering heat, leading many to reach for convenient, portable drinking vessels. Unfortunately, plastic bottles have become a major source of pollution. The Plastic Soup Foundation estimates that over 583.3 billion plastic bottles are sold annually, with devastating consequences for our environment. To combat this, invest in a high-quality, stainless steel bottle like our TKWide insulated bottles. They're not only made from certified 90% post-consumer recycled stainless steel but also come in various styles, colours, and sizes to suit your needs. With compatible lids for pouring, chugging, or sipping, these bottles keep your drinks at the perfect temperature while reducing single-use plastic waste.
Avoiding Plastic and Styrofoam Cups
Plastic and styrofoam cups have become synonymous with gatherings and parties, but they contribute significantly to plastic pollution. Thankfully, we can make a change by opting for alternatives. Say goodbye to styrofoam cups and hello to the Klean Kanteen Camp Mug. This insulated mug keeps your hot drinks piping hot for hours, without any plastic leaching or burning your hand. For larger events, our stainless steel cups are a fantastic option. They come in various sizes, making them perfect for camping trips, beach days, and outdoor activities. Durable, reusable, and eco-friendly, they're a sustainable choice that helps reduce plastic waste.
Avoiding Plastic Straws
Plastic straws often go unnoticed as a major contributor to pollution. We mindlessly use them when dining out, unaware of the impact they have on wildlife and our environment. By simply saying "no" to plastic straws and cutlery at restaurants, you're already making a difference. Many establishments have already taken steps to eliminate plastic straws or offer alternatives. However, if you prefer using a straw, our reusable stainless steel straws are a fantastic option. They're made from certified 90% post-consumer recycled stainless steel and feature safe silicone tips for comfortable sipping. So, enjoy your favourite beverages without the environmental harm of single-use plastic straws.
Replacing Plastic Shopping Bags
Plastic grocery bags are another significant contributor to pollution. They harm animals and clog waterways, posing a severe threat to our planet. By switching to reusable bags, you can make a substantial difference. We highly recommend ChicoBag, a certified B Corp and Climate Neutral certified company. Their lightweight, collapsible, and machine-washable bags are perfect for grocery shopping or visiting farmers markets. With just one ChicoBag, you can replace over 1,000 single-use plastic bags throughout its lifetime.
Every Step Counts
Remember, every step you take during Plastic Free July matters. By reducing your reliance on single-use plastics, opting for reusable alternatives, and supporting recycled products like Klean Kanteen water bottles, food storage containers, and straws, you're actively contributing to a sustainable future. This month serves as a starting point to develop awareness and implement lasting changes in your everyday life. Let's make a big impact together!