Are you doing Plastic Free July - if not - why not? (Like…Seriously!)
Based on current projections, it is estimated that 12 billion metric tons of plastic will find a home in landfills by 2050, all with a lifespan of over 400 years. That means that skinny latte you just had in your disposable cup will be around 4 times longer than you will. 😢
And yes all those cups you’ve already used in your lifetime are still looking brand spanking new perched on top of a dirty pile in landfill.
(Let’s do a quick mental note - first coffee at 16 - say at least 1 a day since then … that’s an average of 5840 cups you personally have added to the earth waste ….. anyone else see the horror in that simple statement!!!)
Or in just 2019 - 6 months - roughly 2 coffees a day since Jan - that’s at least 360 cups you as an individual have contributed to this global plastic problem!!
Ok ok I’ll chill. I know that the majority of you who read my blogs and follow Liar the Label actually are ethical advocates and a little bit activists so I want to say to everyone already reducing there plastic consumption - amazing job!! 💕💕
But it actually really frustrates me that the outside our lovely little eco community, there are sheer numbers that still don’t give a s**t (excuse my French) about this issue. I continue to see countless people getting a coffee in disposable cups or putting 3 lemons on a plastic fruit bag. :(
As we all head into Plastic Free July, I just wanted to give everyone some super simple solutions to start your plastic free journey or some new ideas to keep you going.
I am a bit of a cheapskate so most of my solutions actually come from things I already have in the home that can be reused into something else.
These are EASY changes for novices as well as our resident zero waste and plastic free activists that can influence others to do the right thing! 💕
We know it can get expensive if you are buying a new reusable coffee cup, tote bag, stainless steel straws, reusable make up wipes, biodegradable ear buds etc in order to be plastic free -. but we are looking at what’s in our home or if we own anything thats can do the job first!
It’s way easier than you could have thought!
Please share this list with your colleagues, friends and family and keep talking about the issue - the more we can spread around the issues and easy changes - the quicker there will be lasting change happening!
Wasteless jars - I eat copious amounts of peanut butter and these glass jars come in so useful for storing my bulk foods buys - Hemp seeds, chia seeds, paintbrushes- infinite uses! Create your own beautiful pantry from different the size jars you obtain.
Smoothie Jars - Ok same point as above, but jars are so useful for smoothies and juices on the go. If I do not have time to make my green smoothie in the morning or need an extra pick me up after the gym, I will chuck a reusable jar or a mason jar in my bag with my metal straw for my journey.
Mushroom Bags - Instead of buying packaged dry foods or fruit and veg - check if you can get them from bulk foods or the loose food section of your supermarket.
Instead of taking the plastic bags (yes these are culprits too)- use mushroom bags (and keep rescuing them until they break) or sew old pillow cases into little your own little food bags that will last you for life… just remember to pop if bag in your reusable bags after packing away your shopping so they are with you when you need them.
Flannels or hand towels - chances are you have a few flannels or hand towels stashed away in your linen cupboard and these are perfect for make up and face wipes. Use them for a few days and when they get a bit grimy chuck them in your laundry basket to be washed. Easy peasy!
Mugs - ok some of those ceramic reusable coffee ups are beautiful but a little exy, I don’t see the point in buying someone so delicate for everyday use. The number of friends I know who have broken one - such a shame!
Chances are you are getting a coffee before you sit at your desk at work, why not take a mug from home or borrow one from work and get your local coffee place to pour it straight into this before starting work.
But just in case you want to invest - cost vs use is pretty minute for reusable keep cup.
My treasured and long lasting Joco cup has been at my side for probably 3 years since my last one broke - quick maths (let’s pretend I only have the 1 coffee a day 😂) that’s at least 1095 plastic horrible disposable cups I have proudly saved from landfill. At a RRP of $23.95 for a cup that’s less than $0.02 for each use and counting!
Cutlery - anyone else cringe when they get those crappy, plastic forks with your lunch. If I get them with my lunch, I give them back and instead go on a bit of a hunt for a metal one and absolute last case I’ll settle for a wooden one. What a ridiculous design, flimsy disposable forks with prongs that snap off with the first bite and the fact they will last for 400 years - 😩😱 Oh here’s an idea - that draw full of cutlery at home - oh yeh that one - just take what need for lunch, bring it home and wash it! Ta-da plastic free! It is not rocket science.
Water Bottles / Hiking flasks - My parents always had a couple of flasks stashed away for road trips for a cup of tea on the way to our destination - so either borrow one or get your very own! I bought this Klean Kanteen flask a couple years ago and it lives with me in my bag everyday for a hot green tea on my way to work, cold water for the gym or with me when I travel. I have refused plastic bottles for so many years now - It i forget it, I will literally go on a long winded hunt to find a glass water bottle that I can reuse.
Tote bags - chances are you have a handful of tote bags stashed away from mags, events or that guy handing freebies out at the station. So pull them out and use them for your shopping!
Fold them up small and make sure they are in the bottom of your bag or keep them in you car. These are (usually) 100% cotton so natural and therefore biodegradable - ditch crappy plastic bags (yes even those - que Joey from Friends “reusable tough bags” - those are still plastic and the worst!) for jute or cotton totes.
What we think of the “Tough Reusable Bags” made from thicker plastic and that will still break and be sent to the landfill! Just stop.
Please make an effort to do your bit for the environment. It take minimal energy for amazing results. And if you are already doing wonderful things - try to convince 5 people in your network to do plastic free July with you and check in every now and then to see how you both are faring!
Let’g go gang - let’s try to make a difference!
Hashtag #plasticfreejuly or #liarthelabel to share your results and waste free ideas - ill keep sharing the genius ways you have refused plastic!