Can You Go Plastic-Free for a Month?
Plastic is literally everywhere – there’s no avoiding it. We use it at home and in the office; we use it when we shop and in our grooming regiments. And the worst part is that we probably don’t even realise how much of it we actually use. Sure, it’s a looming problem in the back of our minds. We know it’s bad, but it’s just so easy to ignore. But with 100 million tonnes of plastic consumed globally each year (5 million of which are just from the UK), overlooking the issue isn’t an option anymore.
We’ve all seen the images of the plastic-infested oceans; they’re etched into our brains and we can’t help but well up we think about all the beached whales with tonnes of plastic tucked away inside their stomachs. And signs show that it’s only going to get worse. Experts predict that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.
So what can we do to slow down the terrifying rates at which plastic is consuming our planet? With 8 trillion metric tonnes of plastic thrown into the ocean every year, we’ve reached the apex of this century-long issue. In other words, we can’t ignore it anymore.
How can you make a difference?
Although it may seem like one person can’t make a massive difference, there are several small changes you can make in your life to help decrease the amount of plastic waste you’re producing. Did you know that 91% of plastic isn’t being recycled? Just think about how much single-use plastic you encounter every day; all the straws, water bottles and plastic bags that serve a very short purpose and then collect in bins, landfills and ultimately in oceans.
We need to ask ourselves, could we be doing more to decrease the part we’re playing in the plastic pandemic? We think so. Which is why we want to challenge each and every one of you to go totally plastic free for 30-days. Sounds like hard work, but it’s really just about making small adjustments in your lifestyle.
Not sure where to get started? Take a look at the plastic-free top tips from the CharityJob team and see if you can go totally plastic free.
Take the plastic-free challenge
Ready to cut plastic out of your life for a whole month? Use our list below for inspiration. And if you have any other ideas, feel free to share them and we’ll add them to the list!
- Switch to Reusable or glass bottles.
- Bring your own homemade lunch to work in a recyclable container.
- Reuse glass jars to store home-made sauces and soups.
- Take a break from ordering takeaway.
- Make your own beauty products from household items.
- Only buy soup that comes in cardboard boxes.
- Wash old shopping bags rather than throwing them away.
- Use bars of soap instead of shower gels (same goes for shampoos and conditioners).
- Buy metal razors instead of plastic ones.
- Cook from raw instead of buying heat-and-eats.
- Buy a reusable coffee cup, there are even some that can collapse and fit snuggly in your bag.
- Replace cling film with wax or soy food wraps.
- Buy little cloth bags for fruits and veg you buy at the market so you don’t have to use the plastic bags.
- Swap to a bamboo toothbrush.
- Make your own condiments.
Think you can do them all? Download our Plastic-free Checklist to see how of these habits you can keep up for 30 days.
Download our 30-day plastic-free challenge check list!
Finding plastic-free shops in the UK
Understandably, shopping can be the hardest part when trying to go plastic-free. But there are loads of amazing zero waste shops popping up around the UK, making it easier for you to eliminate plastic from your daily life.
You can find a comprehensive list here.
If you’re living in London, here are a few shops the CharityJob team recommends:
- Clapham: Hetu
- Teddington: The Refill Larder
- Wimbledon: Zéro
- Chiswick and Battersea: The Source
- Hackney: Bulk Market
- Wood Green: Harmless Store
Ready to take on the challenge? Let us know how it goes on social media or in the comments below.