Plastic Free July challenge 2016

I heard about Plastic Free July a while back but this is the first time I have signed up for the challenge. I have been trying to for a while now reduce the amount of plastic we have in our home, but this is a great way to get started. One can sign up for a day, a week or the whole month and try to refuse All single use plastic or try the TOP 4. I have signed up for the month and am focusing on the TOP 4.

“Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems and amount of single-use disposable plastic in our lives and challenges people to do something about it”

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PlasticFreeJulyOrg Top 4

“By 2050 its estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. Most comes from land and was was once in our hands. Refuse single-use plastic and together lets keep our oceans clean.”

Plastic Free July top 4

So, here is a picture of my TOP 4 alternatives.

  1. Coffee Cups; I rarely buy take away coffee, preferring to make it at home or sit in at the cafe, but I have a stainless steel flask that I keep with me in the car or my hand bag.
  2. Plastic bags; Depending on where we are shopping (farmers markets or supermarket), I have cloth reusable bags, reusable produce bags and if needs be glass jars and stainless steel containers.
  3. Plastic water bottles; This is an easy one for me because I never buy them. I aim to always have my stainless steel water bottle in the car or in my handbag. My children have their own ones as well.
  4. Straws; Something we also rarely use, but I take stainless steel straws with us wherever we go.

*Quotes and images (except my own) came from

Edited 21st July; Here are some photos of our attempt at plastic free when out and about with our children. Usually we take our own food/drinks with us, but there are times when we catch up with friends or family and it is often at a cafe. I have found childrens food and drinks to be the most wasteful. It’s often easy enough to just ‘dine in’ for adults but often places say that they don’t have that option for kids drinks or food, they will come in a plastic cup with a plastic straw or a plastic food container. The aim is, to do my research and find places that are waste free friendly. But like I said, I do prefer to pack our own food and drink wherever possible.

Kids cafe plastic freeplastic free cafe drink

Oh gosh, not sugar free but I managed to get my children’s drinks in either glass or ceramic. The top picture is warm milk in a ceramic mug and the above picture is a kids ‘healthier strawberry’ milkshake using just milk and fresh strawberries in a glass bottle. Hmmm except the sprinkles around the glass bottle, which was stuck on lol.

reusable produce bags and grcocery tote
I used reusable produce bags and a reusable bag for food shopping this morning.
ceramic and silicon reusable cup
I found these ceramic mugs with a silicon lid that I thought my children could use if we are out and about.


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