July 4, 2022
Is your calendar overflowing this summer? How about your rubbish bin?
Now we’re in the hotter months, we all want to pack in the fun plans we’ve rescheduled since 2020.
But “going out” can be synonymous with “throwing out” if we’re not careful: plastic waste skyrockets by up to 40% during the summer.
Plastic Free July came about as an initiative to reduce plastic waste 11 years ago.
Their founders, the Plastic Free Foundation, envisaged a future where we’re totally free of plastic waste.
140 million people participated in Plastic Free July last year and together they reduced global household landfill waste by 1.2 million tonnes.
The official site offers 3 goals for Plastic Free July, depending on what’s most feasible for you:
- Avoid single-use plastic
- Target takeaway items (like bags, bottles, straws, and cups)
- Go completely “plastic-free”.
Going plastic-free doesn’t have to mean compromising your favourite activities – and nor does it mean keeping a load of clutter around. With a bit of planning, plastic-free changes can turn into habits we soon won’t even bat an eye at.
Holland and Barrett have put together some more sustainable swaps to get you through Plastic-Free July and beyond – especially when you’re out out.