10 Swaps for Plastic Free July
Plastic Free July encourages people to give up single-use plastics and rethink their consumption during the month of July and beyond. Replacing plastic items you might use every day with sustainable alternatives can be beneficial for the planet, and your wallet!
Here are 10 swaps to reduce your impact this Plastic Free July.
Bamboo Toothbrushes are a great alternative to plastic toothbrushes because they have a smaller carbon footprint and are plant-based. Plastic toothbrushes take around 5 centuries to decompose, while bamboo toothbrushes can take anywhere from 3-4 months.
Reusable Coffee Cups
Did you know that in the U.S, it is estimated that 50 million paper cups and lids are thrown out annually? Replace disposable coffee cups with reusable coffee cups. Stainless steel cups are a perfect swap and are often insulated to keep drinks hot/cold, leakproof, and have sealable lids. The cups are safe, easy to clean, and a perfect eco-friendly alternative.
Some estimates show that in the US alone, around 40 billion individual plastic utensils end up in waste. Investing in reusable utensils is a great way to kick off your Plastic Free July.
Reusable Water Bottles
A reusable water bottle is a great swap for the average 167 plastic bottles that Americans buy yearly. Bringing a reusable water bottle along with you throughout your day can prevent unnecessary plastic waste.
Replacing multiple plastic bags for a reusable bag can save up to 500 single-use plastic bags every year. Don’t forget your reusable bags when out running errands.
Soap bars are a sustainable and plastic free option. Bar soap is just as effective as liquid hand soap and has a smaller carbon footprint.
Making the switch to a reusable straw whether it be stainless steel, or bamboo, can minimize your costs and emissions. Carry one in your bag to use every time you get a drink while out.
Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash Bars
Instead of plastic packaged products like shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, use zero-waste and sustainable shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bars. These compact bars are not only better for the environment but have far fewer preservatives and chemicals.
Silicone Zip Bags
Silicone storage bags are ideal to store anything from snacks to travel essentials. Reusable and washable, these storage bags are a sustainable alternative to plastic single use storage bags that can save you money over time.
In the United States alone, almost 200 billion razors and refill blades are thrown away each year. Make the eco-friendly swap for a reusable, stainless steel razor that uses replaceable stainless-steel blades.
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