"Plastic Free July® is a key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation that allows us to work towards our vision of seeing a world free of plastic waste." - plasticfreejuly.org
Here at LivBar, we strive towards being waste-free and believe that baby steps lead to habits which lead to long term success. The Plastic Free Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that shares a lot of the same values as us which is why we want to show our support during Plastic Free July and help give you some tips and tricks recommended by the organization.
The impact they have made is incredible, estimating that 250 million people participated in Plastic Free July in 2019, and that their household waste was reduced by almost 5% per person, and that 9/10 people were able to make it a new way of life. You can see more of their stats here.
How do I get involved?
There are many ways you can reduce the use of plastic on a day-to-day basis. Plastic Free July has made us realize that we may be using plastic in ways we don't even recognize which is what this is all about! The following provides examples that can be a great place to get started:
1. Reusable coffee cups
- If you're going to pick up your morning cup of caffeine from a coffee shop, try bringing in a reusable cup or opt to make coffee at home. You can read more here about how you can improve your coffee habits.
- If you have a birthday or are celebrating a special occasion, try getting a little creative and plan a party that does not have any balloons or single-use plastic such as confetti. Try using fresh flowers, lights, and more reusable options that you can see here.
3. Buy foods in bulk
- There are many stores where you can buy food in bulk and avoid the pre-packaged foods that are often in plastic. There are some brands that have compostable packaging, such as LivBar, which is important. Keep an eye out for other companies who also value this, such as Alter Eco, as it is a great way to avoid plastic. You can read more here about buying in bulk.
4. Ditch the plastic wrap
- Although it may seem convenient, the use of plastic wrap for food storage is completely unnecessary. Try opting for one of many alternatives such as using reusable glass containers or silicone bowl toppers such as these. Click here to read more about food storage.
5. No more plastic straws
- Although a lot of cities have banned the use of plastic straws, this is something that should be done at home as well! There are many options for reusable, non plastic straws that are easy to clean and help move into the right direction. This is a great option for reusable straws. Click here to read more about plastic straws.
6. Get a reusable water bottle
- There is zero need to have dozens of empty plastic water bottles thrown away each week if you're drinking multiple a day. Instead, try an insulated water bottle like this and reuse! Plus it keeps your water cold for longer and won't heat up when left in a car - we'd say that's a win win. Click here to read more about plastic water bottles.
There are so many more ways that you can make small changes in your day to day life, and taking the Plastic Free July challenge can be the perfect boost in the right direction! You can check out all of the ways their urging people to make the switch on their website here.
Plastic Free July Events, Resources, & More
If you're interested in participating in Plastic Free July, there may be an event you can go to near you! You can go to their website here and see if there is one being held nearby your location. Subject to new COVID guidelines of course.
We believe one of the best ways you can help is by spreading the word and encourage others to educate themselves on plastic use and why it should be limited. Plastic Free July has many resources you can find here that can be of assistance.
If you are going to participate in Plastic Free July, we encourage you to sign up on their website here so they are able to gather all the data they need of those involved. If you're curious about why LivBar is passionate about sustainability, you can read our background on the subject here, as well as other blogs such as Composting 101, Going Green, Zero Waste Gift Wrapping, and more!