As some of you may already know the whole reason behind how The Refillery started back when we tried Plastic Free July in 2018. We did away with plastic bags, coffee cups, water bottles, take away containers, straws and swapped single-use for reusable. Invested in quality bees wax wraps, straws, a great water bottle and reusable mug which we still have today. A family of four with two kids under two, we survived and were quite proud of our achievement and found our main source of single use plastic was from food. So we wanted to see if we could bring the movement and a less plastic life style to more people. And The Refillery was born
So …What is Plastic free July?
‘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. From humble beginnings in 2011, the award-winning Plastic Free July campaign is the result of years of hard work.
It was started by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz (the founder of the Plastic Free Foundation) and a small team in local government in Western Australia, and is now one of the most influential environmental campaigns in the world. Millions of people across the globe take part every year, with many committing to reducing plastic pollution far beyond the month of July.’
OK… ready to take the Plastic-Free challenge?
Our advice is to start small and slow – Make sure you are signed up to our newsletter for helpful tips, tricks and products that will help make living with less plastic easier.
But the trick is to find what’s feasible in your life RIGHT NOW! Given the current circumstance, this may be a little tricky but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to try.
Choose what you wish to try cut out – pick something you can commit to. Something that come the 1stAugust you can continue with. The goal is to commit long term and not just once off. So have a think…
- So is it financially viable? Some items that are intended to last forever can be costly so to buy everything in one month can be daunting and put you off for good. So try one or add to your reusable stash slowly.
- What could work in your lifestyle right now? At the time I started I had two children under the age of two and to visit 3 to 4 different stores to get all my basics plastic free wasn’t possible dragging the two kids around. So to do all my groceries wasn’t viable at this stage. Things may be not viable and some things are – chose something that you can manage.
- What’s important to you isn’t necessarily important to others. It doesn’t matter if Susan is completely Plastic-Free and you’re only managing to take your shopping bags to reuse – PERFECT. Every one’s journey is different, we are all at different stages and its all about trying. “We don’t need a handful of people doing Zero-Waste perfectly, but rather a million people doing it imperfectly” So be supportive, encourage and ‘you do you’!
We chose to add items each year and to keep them up.
- Tooth powder instead of tooth paste.
- Bamboo toothbrushes [even my kids love them] We get them involved in pulling the bristles out and putting the handles in the compost.
- All natural Deo in a glass jar
Our motto is just keep going.
Dom refers to it like a diet, if you mess up and eat a whole cake on Tuesday – you don’t throw the towel in completely, you just start again the next day.