Plastic Free July is a great cause that challenges you to say no to single-use plastic throughout the month of July (and then by the end of the month it should be habit)!

The vast amounts of plastic in our environment are not only causing havoc to our wildlife, they’re impacting on human health (by entering the food chain …  think plastic microbeads in body products that are eaten by small aquatic organisms) in alarming ways we’re only just starting to get a handle on.

Now, whether or not you’ve registered for Plastic-Free July, there’s SO many small steps you can take right now to reduce the amount of single-use plastic you consume.

Here’s a few of my favs:

  • Got kids who love drinking out of straws? Invest in a stainless steel one (here) and you’ll never need buy a packet of plastic straws again.
  • Buy loose fresh produce. Avoid anything wrapped up on a tray and shop at markets where possible.
  • Choose a reusable stainless steel water bottle (such as Ecococoon) rather than buying bottled water.

Replace snap-lock bags with reusable food pouches, I love the range at 4MyEarth.

  • Say no to glad wrap buy buying reusable food covers or reusable food wrap 4MyEarth make the best on the market, even if they do double as shower caps 😉 or reusable food wrap like the organic cotton / hemp and beeswax ones by Wrap It Green.
  • Rather than buying single-use yoghurts, custards and purees for your kids, make your own and place them in a reusable food pouch such as those by Little Mashies.
  • Use reusable shopping bags. This is a no-brainer in my home state, South Australia because it’s the law anyway, but if it’s not where you live, GET ON BOARD!