This week I chatted with Jenny Field from Jen’s Needle and Shed about plastic Free July. Jenny is an amazing advocate for reduce, reuse and recycle and makes some amazing products to reduce the waste in our lives.
What is plastic free July and how long have you been taking part?
This is the second year I am participating in Plastic Free July. This campaign aims to raise awareness about the negative impact of single-use plastics on the environment. By reducing our use of plastic, we can help to minimize the harm that these materials cause to the planet, including the pollution of our oceans and wildlife habitats.
What’s the most positive impact it can have?
It’s about shifting our daily habits. It makes us think about what sort of materials we actively use and their impact in the environment. Not only has it created an opportunity to swap out single use plastic, it has also impacted my thought processes on what and how I buy and use everything!
By consciously avoiding single-use plastics, we have to put more thought into our choices and become more mindful of the materials we use. This creates an opportunity to make more sustainable choices in all aspects of our lives, not just in relation to plastic.
How can we take part?
There are many ways to participate in Plastic Free July. Some simple examples include :
- taking your own reusable bags to carry your shopping,
- choosing products with minimal packaging
- carrying a refillable water bottle instead of buying plastic bottles
- reusable fabric gift bags.
It’s also a good time to consider alternatives to other single-use items, such as disposable razors, straws, and cutlery. By being creative and resourceful, we can reduce our plastic waste and make a positive impact on the environment.
What else do we need to remember?
As we take part in Plastic Free July, it’s important to remember that this is a long-term effort and not just for July. While the campaign lasts for a month, our goal should be to use the initiative to change our habits permanently so having our own personal impact on benefiting our planet.
If you would like to take part in Jenny’s #plasticfreejuly, 31 days of easy plastic swap outs, go and join her group.