9 Tips for a Successful Plastic Free July

With Plastic Free July just around the corner (yay horray!), I am gearing up for a successful round 2 of this awesome awareness campaign. I am hoping more people take on the challenge, including some of my friends and family (hint hint). Some people may be stumped or need some tips to get started. I came across this post from Zero Waste Chef, which I will share with you now to get you started. Good luck on your Plastic Free July challenge! Share your experiences here 🙂

The Zero-Waste Chef

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“Think about it…why would you make something that you are going to use for a few minutes out of a material that’s basically going to last forever. What’s up with that?” — Jeb Berrier, Bag It movie

Plastic Free July kicks off Friday. For the entire month, tens of thousands of people around the world will forgo plastic. You can find out more about the challenge, sign up for it, and check out a toolbox and many helpful resources at the Plastic Free July website.

Why cut plastic? Consider this from the Plastic Free July website:

“By 2050 it’s estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. Most comes from land and was once in our hands. Refuse single-use plastic and together let’s keep our oceans clean. Join over 40,000 people, schools and organisations from 90 countries and let those same hands be part of the solution.”

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8 thoughts on “9 Tips for a Successful Plastic Free July

  1. Ok, Nadine, I did it, I signed up. You inspire me :). I’m nervous but excited haha. Not sure if I can solidly do the entire month, but I’m looking forward to making a start anyways and being mindful about it throughout the month. Thank you for this post!

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    • You will be great! I’m going on a road trip with Yvonne so it will be difficult to avoid plastic while away from my house, but I will give it a go. Did you go full no plastic or are you doing the 4 major ones (straws, bags, to-go cups, and bottles)?

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  2. Hi Nadine, nice post. I was not aware of it, thanks! I am generally trying to do this at home and will use the tips to make a bigger effort this month. Lately I have also been thinking about how much plastic used in packaging is not recyclable, such a waste!

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  3. Hi Nadine. This is a great challenge! Thanks for reposting. I’ve been in Europe for over a month now and am impressed with their grocery stores- charge for plastic bags and often carry recycled paper bags for bagging groceries. Wish the States implemented more of these ideas.
    Love your blog!

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    • Thanks for your kind comment! I wish Canada would implement more of Europe’s ideas too. They seem to be ahead in their “green” thinking, not just with the plastic bags and offering zero-waste stores, but also in their sustainable energy practices. Not sure why it’s taking so long for us to follow suit! Are you in EU for travels or are you living there now?

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      • Loving your passion, Nadine! I am traveling in the EU for a few months. As you said, they (Western EU) are definitely ahead with the green initiatives.

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