plastic-free July ideas

Plastic-Free July Ideas

plastic free July ideas

Hello! Happy July everyone! I’m on my holidays right now, so no Ten Things today, but I just wanted to pop in quickly as today marks the start of Plastic-Free July, an annual movement to help reduce the use of single-use plastics.

I thought now would be a good time to re-publish my plastic-free February post in case anyone is looking for some plastic-free July ideas.  I have amassed a few useful plastic-free July ideas over the years that may be helpful to you!

The Plastic-Free Kitchen

Eco-friendly alternatives to cling film to help you stop buying the plastic stuff.

How to make your own beeswax food wraps.

I found some eco-friendly and plastic-free dishwasher detergent!

There’s plastic in your tea – and plastic-free alternatives to teabags.

How to dry mint leaves for tea – I’m still working my way through my batch from summer.

Whilst on the tea theme – I found the world’s best reusable cup for coffee/tea on the go.

You can still have your crisps and eat them with this seriously tasty zero waste crisps recipe

Skip the bagged salad – here’s how to grow snow pea shoots indoors for the princely sum of 13p.

Finally, I wrote on how to go (almost!) plastic-free in the kitchen.

Plastic-Free Health & Beauty

How to minimise your use of plastic in the bathroom – updated for 2018!

How to make reusable cotton wool pads – say bye-bye to disposable wipes or single-use cotton wool pads!

Washing and cleansing the plastic-free way.

A guide to plastic-free make-up.

Eco-friendly alternatives to glitter if you just can’t live in a world without glitter.

How to have an eco-friendly period

Plastic-Free Bathroom Supplies & Toiletries

Plastic-Free Cleaning

My green cleaning favourites

Or there’s this…! ;)

General Plastic-Free Living

How to use reusable nappies – they’re not as scary, difficult or yucky as you might think!

Surprising items that contain plastic – chewing gum anyone?

How to stop junk mail – that barrage of unwanted plastic that comes through our doors every day.

Are you taking part in plastic-free July?  If so, do share with me your top plastic-free tips, or what hurdles you’ve encountered, or any other useful advice!

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Ten Things

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Hello!  How are you?  Things are great here – our builder is finishing up work on our house this week, marking the end of two months of us sleeping in our living room.  I’m so excited about the prospect of having a bedroom back!  School holidays start here this week too so the idea of no homework, no ironing of school uniforms, and no having to get out the house early is very well received.  Whether I’ll be saying these things in 7 weeks time is anyone’s guess though…!

This week’s links:

1.  Asos is to ban products made from/with silk, cashmere, feathers, and mohair from its website, by the end of January 2019, for ethical reasons.

2.  As a follow-up to this article, Quartz asked should silk be the next product that conscious consumers should give up?

3.  Shoppers are turning away from leather shoes, but it’s causing problems.

4.  The most interesting thing I read this week was this article on how to eat like a chef for less than £20 a week.  A great look into a sustainable yet thrifty diet Top tips?  Shop seasonally and use up every part of your food, even the scraps.

5.  MPs are to examine the environmental footprint of the UK fashion industry.  Hopefully, this means change is afoot.

6.  H&M are reopening their Paris flagship store after 18 months of renovations, and it will be the first store to permanently feature H&M’s “Take Care” service.  This service allows customers to repair their clothes in-store, buy garment-care products and get advice on how to take better care of their pieces.  Exciting.

7.  In other exciting news, residents in Graz, Austria are to be offered up to 100 euros a year to repair their items instead of binning them.

8.  The microbead ban comes into force in England and Scotland on Tuesday!  The next step is surely banning plastic based glitter.

9.  There’s a CO2 crisis, but it’s not what you think.  Instead of too much CO2, now there is too little.  You can’t make this stuff up!

10.  Hemp still gets a bad rap, but this article furthers the case for hemp.  This time, you don’t have to wear it if you don’t want to, just plant it on contaminated land.  That being said, hemp has come an incredibly long way since the festival fashions people wore in my youth, and I would totally wear this hemp beauty* in a heartbeat.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!