In the past year I’ve become more aware of the effects of how we live, and with this has brought me more motivation to embrace change and share it with you. I am so far from perfect, but I try to make all my purchases as sustainable as possible, and avoid single use where I can. However, I want to take the plunge and embrace a totally new challenge and I would love you to join in with me! Next month brings about ‘Plastic Free July‘. They are encouraging people to give up single-use plastic, and to raise awareness of the problems attached to it. This is a pretty scary challenge for me, as I still purchase food, products and household goods that are enclosed in plastic! I’ve sat down with my pen and paper, made some scribbles and have found so many amazing companies with incredible values who promote minimal or zero waste, and products that are far less harmful for our environment. Which brings me to this post, if you’re looking to take this challenge I hope this to be a helpful resource and a place you can learn from. And in return, I would love to hear what changes you’re making over the month of July.
What’s the problem?
The increase in plastic production and consumption in the past 70 years has been staggering, we’re now at a point where it’s almost impossible to live without plastic. We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year. I have already written a full blog post on this, which you can read here. Below are the products I currently use, and what I’ll be swapping over to.
Laundry soap/washing liquid etc – Soapnuts
‘Living Naturally, the 1st Soapnut Apothecary in the world! Award-winning, Biodynamic Skincare, Haircare and Laundry Soap for sensitive skin, created with certified organic wild-crafted Soapnuts.’ Shop them here.
Foil, clingfilm etc – Beeswax wraps
“We’re Carly & Fran, we make reusable, biodegradable Beeswax Wraps, the planet friendly alternative to cling film and tinfoil. We source all our beeswax from our friendly, local beekeeper here in the Cotswolds. We are big believers in making small changes that help the planet and our local community.” Shop them here.
Plastic razors – Safety razor
I’ve been using up my plastic razor, as I didn’t want to throw it away for the sake of it. But once they’re blunt, I’ll be making the change over to this safety razor which you can purchase here.
Plastic shampoo, conditioner & hair products – Lush hair products
I’ve got curly hair, and truth be told I’ve been putting of my hair routine because it can be so hard finding products that work. I have heard so many positive things about Lush, and they do in fact have a curly hair range. Once I’ve finished my current products, I’ll be making the jump over to Lush.
Containers of milk (oat, almond etc) – Homemade
This is going to be a big change because I go through a lot of milk for porridge, smoothies, coffee etc and not to mention my boyfriend too uses almond milk. However I am going to start making my own, this is a recipe I have found for almond milk. I’ll give it a whirl, and let you know how I get on.
And now to round up
I know this all seems really overwhelming, for you and me both! But before you run a mile, please remember this is something I am hugely passionate about. I had a starting point, and now I’m progressing to a new and harder challenge. Just start by making small changes such as using a reusable water bottle and coffee cup. Find my previous post on simple swaps you can make here.