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Plastic Free Edition

What does it mean to go 'plastic free' and why it should be important to us all...

A term that I keep hearing is "plastic-free". What is it? What does that mean? I had a clue but I had no idea really. I decided to do some research on it and see if any of it aligned with my lifestyle.

I learned that being "Plastic Free" is all about being a part of the solution to plastic pollution – so our children can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. I made a decision to be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics this month. Going plastic free can reduce the Earth's carbon footprint and fight against global warming. Not only will it help on an environmental scale, but a business one. Businesses will have to cater to the needs of the majority and if that is plastic-free, then they must accommodate us.

The benefits of reducing plastic consumption include: Preventing pollution by lessening the amount of new raw materials used. Saves energy. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute towards climate change.

If people reduce their plastic usage, fewer pieces will travel to oceans where they would trap or injure marine animals and seagulls. Every major body of water would be much cleaner, and more organisms would return and grow in their natural habitat.

Using reusable bags and bottles and opting for package-free products can make a significant difference. For business owners, having eco-friendly practices can reduce operating costs and attract environmentally-conscious customers.

After doing my research and seeing that there was nothing but benefits to committing to being plastic-free for 30 days. Here is a list of the essential things. I have been and will probably continue to use.

Plastic Free July Checklist

  1. Carry a reusable water bottle.

  2. Bring your own coffee cup

  3. Pack your own lunch

  4. Bring your own produce bags

  5. Bring your own shopping bags

  6. Shop at bulk stores

  7. Store greens in a glass of water

  8. Store carrots in water

  9. Store potatoes and onions in a basket in a dark place.

  10. Reuse glass jars

  11. Store food and glass containers

  12. Freeze food and stainless steel containers

  13. Reuse plastic containers

  14. Cover leftovers with a plate or a cloth

  15. Use reusable food wraps

  16. Buy loose tea leaves.

  17. Bring your own reusable straws

  18. Bring your own cutlery.

  19. Use washable cloth napkins

  20. Use refillable household products

I am so excited to start this journey. I think we all have the capacity to change and grow even if it is something as small as this. As you can read, this small thing will have a large impact all over the world and hopefully help people feel less shame about wanting to be a champion for Mother Earth. We only have one of her and we should all want to protect her. I am inspired to do my part.

I challenge you, Dear Reader, to try one of the things on the list. If you already do then try one that you haven't. Let me know in the comments what your Fav sustainable items you like.

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