It’s been two weeks since Plastic Free July kicked off. In June, I found out about the initiative while scrolling through Twitter. I have been using a reusable coffee cup and tea flask for months now, as well as slowly bringing in other initiatives but the opportunity to really commit was exciting, so I signed up with a focus on targeting takeaway items and single-use plastic packaging. As a foodie, this means a number of things that I thought I would share with others who may want to improve their environmental footprint:
Ditch the straws
I am happy to see a lot of places already implementing this themselves, but this is also something I am trying to push myself. I recently bought some metal straws for a friend and decided to get a few for myself as well in those situations where you can’t avoid using a straw.
Get the keep cups
This is something I have been doing for the better part of a year now and feel it is such an easy thing to do with such a big impact. In fact, every minute over one million disposable cups are discarded to landfill – how insane is that? I own a KeepCup and a Pottery for the Planet mug, both of which I chose due to their fun design.
Use your own cutlery
One of my friends at work does this and I really admire it. She has a little pouch with a spork and metal chopsticks. They were a gift I believe but what a great idea. Many Asian restaurants especially use disposable chopsticks. While not plastic, they are still harmful. I am hoping to start doing this, once I find my own cute set!
Use green bags
Queensland recently passed a law banning single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags. This means plastic is out and green is in! This is another area I have done a little but not as much as I could. The ban is a great way to enforce this movement and it is so nice seeing everyone with all their different bags at grocery shops!
One way to avoid unnecessary plastic when buying a meal or drink is to eat in. Take the time to relax, enjoy the atmosphere and spend some time with another person (or even yourself!). This is something I sometimes struggle with, especially with the advent of Uber Eats, but even if you make a conscious effort to reduce your takeaway meals, it’s a step in the right direction.
Are you participating in Plastic Free July? How are you trying to make environmentally friendly changes in your life? I’d love to hear about it!