Will you join us in the #plasticfreejuly challenge? Look, we can’t really say that 2020 has been a smooth year, so we’re challenging you to go plastic free for a whole month, any month, because who knows what month it actually is anymore!

This month we’ll be going plastic free, by making a few changes at home, at work, and when we’re out and about. If you’re not able to commit to a whole month, we hope you find a few inspiring tips in this article to get you started on reducing the plastic in your life!

It can be a bit overwhelming to start, when you think about all of the things that we use that contain plastic. So to make things easier we’re going to break it down for you step by step. 

Step 1
Let’s start with the BIG 4 single use plastics. If you’re still using any of these items in 2020, it’s time to kick these habits and replace them with plastic free ones. 

  • Swap plastic bags for reusable bags
  • Say no to plastic water bottles and bring your own reusable water bottle from home
  • No more takeaway coffee cups. Time to get yourself a keep cup or a thermos
  • Refuse a straw when you buy a drink. If you need a straw, why not buy a reusable one?

Step 2
Swap your disposable plastics for reusable items or items made from eco-friendly materials. Here are a few suggestions that you can start with:

  • Swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush
  • Swap your plastic razor and invest in a stainless steel safety razor
  • Use bamboo cotton buds instead of plastic ones
  • Consider using soap, shampoo and conditioner bars instead of ones that are in plastic packaging
  • Buy stainless steel pegs instead of plastic pegs
  • Buy loose leaf tea instead of tea bags
  • Instead of buying new plastic containers, save your jars, or find containers 2nd-hand
  • Swap cling-wrap for beeswax wraps
  • Ditch the coffee pods! They’re filling landfill by the day! Opt for another coffee method, like the simple plunger, or a stovetop brewer. And remember to always look for fair-trade coffee!
  • Buy reusable dish and cleaning cloths that you can chuck in the wash

Do your research and search for alternative solutions to plastic. If you are on a low budget, there are so many great DIY projects out there for reusable and plastic-free products.

Step 3
Build a collection of reusables to make it easier to refuse plastic. 
These items could include: 

  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Utensils to take out with you 
  • Reusable lunch containers 
  • Glass jars (Save these every time you finish with a glass jar) 
  • Jars are great for smoothies, juices, iced tea, salads, breakfast, storing food etc. 
  • A reusable straw
  • A keep cup or thermos
  • A reusable water bottle

Remember you don’t need to purchase all of these items at once or brand new. Go to the op shop or a Suitcase Rummage event! Save old utensils and jars. Repurpose old clothes into shopping bags. Think about ways you can reuse items already in your household before you throw them away. 

Step 4
Do your best! We know you can’t be perfect all the time. Sometimes we slip up and forget our water bottle or forget to say ‘no’ to a straw. That’s ok – keep trying. And if you do come across some plastic, find the right place to recycle it. 

Art by:
1. “No excuse for single-use” beautiful illustration by @kennaaloha
2. “Build your plastic free go to kit”  illustration by @maria_schoettler
3. “No place for plastic” @artofbrentos