Plastic-free July is a global initiative that aims to raise awareness about plastic waste. To this month’s challenge, anyone can participate in refusing single-use plastic and supporting this cause. All details are well described on their website. I also wanted to do my part taking this challenge. This month I will try to avoid as much plastic as I can pushing myself towards a plastic-free lifestyle.
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As mentioned in my previous blog post – Zero waste lifestyle for beginners – I’m trying to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle being more conscious about what I’m buying and trying to avoid single-use plastic.
In my opinion, the transition to a plastic-free lifestyle takes time and dedication. I’m trying to do my best but it’s not so easy. Furthermore, I think that in this transition we don’t need to get rid of all our plastic items to replace them with bambù or glass ones but instead try to use and re-use what we have till it is no longer usable. For example, I’m using old cosmetic plastic jars for my DIY creams or DIY deo.
Basically, use what you have before buying new stuff.
My Plastic Free July Challenge
If you already followed me, (if not click here) you will know that I started doing DIY to reduce waste and to save money. Producing your own skin cream, soap and shampoo will reduce the amount of plastic waste disposed of in a landfill. But here, you will say “the containers are made of plastic and they are recyclable”. Yes, you are right but many containers are made of different materials like plastic, wood, metals, etc.. and sometimes are glued together. In this case, your container will not be identified from the sorting system and will be sent to the landfill.
Some of my favorite DIY recipes are described in the section “DIY” if you want to have a look.
DIY Laundry detergents
This month, I’m going to avoid commercial laundry detergents and produce my own at home. In the meanwhile, I’m going to use a soap bar to wash my clothes. A valid example is the soap bar by Dr. Bronner’s. You can find it here.
I’m definitely going to avoid plastic bags when I’m shopping. Reusable bags are cute and lovely. I have at home several of those made from natural fibers as ethically-produced cotton or jute. I want also to transform an old T-shirt in a shopping bag. Since I loved that T-shirt, I would like to give it a second life. To do this, I will ask my mum to help me with it because I’m not so good at sewing as she is. Stay tuned to see this changed. 🙂
If you are looking for a good reusable bag, you can find it here.
Together with it comes the most difficult challenge for me such as buying unwrapped vegetables and fruits. At the supermarket, it is so difficult to find products not wrapped in plastic bags but I will do my best to find small markets that sell vegetables and fruits without packaging!
Since I need to buy a new toothpaste, I will consider the idea of replacing my current toothpaste with a solid alternative. I have always been attracted by this product and now it’s the moment to try it.
I chose Toothy Tabs from Lush but on the market, there are really a lot of them and not expensive ones! Just give it a try.
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