Somehow we are already in July, which is kind of unbelievable, but also a great opportunity to help save the planet. Today marks the beginning of Plastic Free July, a global movement encouraging individuals to make small changes in their everyday lives that can collectively make a significant impact on the health of the planet. While climate change has been pushed to one side amid recent global events, we’re excited that it’s back on the agenda this month and wanted to take the opportunity to remind you of a few simple changes you can make that will have a big impact.
Swap Plastic Straws for Reusable Alternatives
I’ll take a long island iced tea, hold the straw! Asking your favourite bar or restaurant to simply not give you a straw is one easy way to ditch these little plastic tubes that are one of the top ten items collected in beach clean ups. But some drinks are just better with a straw, which is why the most dedicated choose to carry reusable straws like these ones from Caliwoods with them when they dine out. These are also great at home with smoothies and juices, and are easily cleaned with the miniature brush that comes with your purchase. Just think of all the animals you’ll save because they won’t be ingesting your discarded straws.
Don’t Forget Your Reusable Coffee Cup
Let’s face it, most of us have purchased or been gifted a reusable coffee cup at this point, but there’s nothing more frustrating than popping in to grab your takeaway coffee and realising you’ve left your cup at home. Establishing a routine of washing your cup each night and placing it in your bag, or purchasing a number of reusable cups such as these to have at home, work and in the car, could help you remember. And next time you think “At least the takeaway cups are compostable,” think again - most takeaway cups require very specific facilities to be recycled or composted, and end up in landfill.
Refuse Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles
This one seems like a given, but with one million plastic bottles of water being sold globally every minute, it’s worth driving home. Less than half of those plastic bottles are recycled, meaning they end up on our beaches and in our oceans. We can make a difference by choosing a sustainable alternative, such as a bottle made from stainless steel or glass. Fortunately the huge range of reusable water bottles now available means you can make a fashion statement while you’re saving the planet - we love our S’well insulated bottles available in a huge range of colours and designs.
De-Plastic Your Home
July can be cold and grey in New Zealand, so there’s really no better time than to hunker down and make some sustainable changes to your home. Get rid of the plastic clothes pegs and swap them for stainless steel or wooden alternatives. Turn off the lights and heat pump when they’re not needed. Cross cling wrap off your shopping list and invest in some Honeywrap's to keep food fresh. Take two minute showers. Prepare lunches at home and bring them to work in ceramic containers. Start shopping at your local wholefoods or bulk grocer and store your pantry items in glass canisters. These are all small, practical changes you can make that will ultimately save you money while saving the planet.
These are just some of the many, many ways you can be the change and make a difference this Plastic Free July, with more ideas and info available on the event website. So what are you waiting for? If this sounds like something you might be interested in doing, you can sign up here. At Crisp, we’re taking the challenge, and hope we can form some new habits along the way. Good luck!
x Team Crisp