Are you and your family going to join the Refillery this Plastic Free July?
So what is Plastic Free July?
Plastic Free July is a global movement where you are encouraged to give up Single-Use-Plastics for the month of July. And Ideally, keep those swaps throughout your life.
It targets items like, single use straws, plastic bags, disposable coffee cups, water bottles, plastic sandwich wrap, Fruit and veg bags and to be honest the list goes ON and ON.
Why cut out single-use plastics?
In all honesty, we’re drowning in plastic. Its as simple as that. Take a normal trip to the shops and just take a look around at how much is actually wrapped in layers upon layers on plastic. Did you know that majority of that plastic is not only single-use but also isn’t recycled here in South Africa.
These single use plastics are designed to last a lifetime [and more than that] but used for merely minutes, or just to get you home even.
- Did you know that the world is producing twice as much plastic waste as two decades ago, with the bulk of it ending up in landfill, incinerated or leaking into the environment, and only 9% successfully recycled, according to a new OECD report.
- Globally, only 9% of plastic waste is recycled while 22% is mismanaged
Where can you start?
The beauty with The Refillery is that they take the hard work out of It for you. They encourage you to “Start small, with what you have already and what you know. Then when you know more you can do better and add more single-use alternatives”
Consider what you can physically, financially and personally commit to. When we tried our very first Plastic Free July, we committed to no more straws, water bottles, coffee cups, take away cutlery/containers and plastic sandwich wrap [And we have two kids under two in a foreign country]. We invested in a reusable stainless steel water bottle, a reusable mug, reusable straw set [mostly for the kids ], bought some gorgeous beeswax wraps to use on sandwiches and gave it a go.
Don’t let the stereotypes around being eco-conscious deter you.
It’s too expensive…
It’s really not when considering most of these alternatives are designed to do away with a single use item altogether. It’s a once off cost compared to a daily or weekly expense. Take water bottles, or coffee cups for example. It’s an investment that pays for itself within 5 coffees.
Shop sustainably, Shop Plastic Free
Buying groceries from The Refillery is also extremely economical. They are competitively priced and you can buy in the exact quantities you need already making it much cheaper than your usual visit to the store. You can also use your own containers to refill allowing you to save on any pointless packaging as well. It’s a weigh & Pay system that is changing the way people shop and live. Why have a pantry stocked with items you may never use, rather buy only what you need. From pantry items right through to cleaning products, toiletries on tap, condiments, Oils & Vinegars, superfoods and even sweets and snacks. Yup you can literally walk in and buy ONE bay leaf or ONE chocolate Chip Cookie.
So what swaps are you taking on this year?
“100 Million plastic water bottles are used worldwide every day!”