Plastic Free July is a global movement to reduce plastic consumption and create long-lasting habits for the betterment of our environment.
Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic waste escapes into the oceans. Every time we refuse single use plastic, we are helping to reduce its demand and reduce the amount of plastics and microplastics landing in our environment. Microplastics have been found in every corner of the globe, endangering animals and humans alike. And most plastics leach hormone-like chemicals, impacting human health. This is another driving reason to reduce the amount of plastic in our homes and reduce the amount that ends up in our environment.
As a team, we’ve spent the last month reviewing are at home habits and how we can reduce our personal plastic use. We’ve rounded up a list of habits we have already incorporated, and some easy, accessible swaps that we are not incorporating into our routines to share with you.
Bathroom and Personal Care
- Bamboo toothbrushes, or toothbrushes with replaceable heads
- Silk dental floss
- Sanitary items such as menstrual cups, cotton pads and period underwear
- Bar form items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap and facial wash
- Safety razor
- Silicone swabs
Kitchen and Grocery
- Shop at bulk stores and local markets
- Grow what produce and herbs you can at home or in a community garden - bonus side product of this is growing your mindfulness practice in the garden
- Use reuseable grocery bags and produce bags
- Food wraps - like Earthology Beeswax Food Wraps
- Silicone sealable bags
- Loose leaf tea
- Avoid prepackaged food wherever possible
Cleaning and Laundry
- Shop at refilleries
- DIY cleaning products
- Use powder, or dried strips for laundry detergent instead of packaged liquid
This one is admittedly difficult with current restaurant regulations around COVID-10, but where you can, bring your own coffee and water from home when heading out!
- Reusable cups, straws, food containers, and utensils
- Reusable waterbottle
It is our commitment as a business to maintain eco-friendly business practices and reduce waste where possible. Our shipping is always plastic free, and our yoga and meditation props are filled with natural fibers. Our bolsters and zabutons are filled with 100% cotton, reducing the need for a foam core. Additionally, our fabrics are reclaimed or recycled, saving unwanted fabrics from ending up in landfills.
This ethos carries into our day to day as we reflect on how we can reduce our plastic use in our personal lives as well. Reducing plastic consumption, especially when it comes to feeding ourselves, requires careful planning and a commitment to slow, intentional living. It is difficult to do in today’s busy, modern lifestyles, so be sure to be patient with yourself as you begin to make some switches!