Plastic Free July 2020

If you didn’t know its Plastic Free July… Will you be joining in and making more of an effort to cut down your plastic waste?  This is not new news, but even if you haven’t taken any steps so far, you can easily start NOW!

Here are a few quick and easy tips to help you out:

Reusable Water Bottle: These are EVERYWHERE, its so much better for the environment when you reuse a bottle rather than buying one every time you’re out, and might I add a hell of lot cheeper long term.

Reusable Travel Mug: Again, super easy to get hold of and you get money OFF your take away coffees when you buy in a store.  We invested in a coffee machine a few years ago.  Heres some quick math for our yearly coffee expenditure: x2 coffees five days a week at an average of £3.50 is £1820 per year!!  Break down the cost of our coffee machine and the coffee we buy for it, and it comes to £268 per year.  Thats a saving of £1552 per year… if that’s not an incentive to get a travel mug then I don’t know what is.  And knowing that you’re NOT contributing to the millions of takeaway cups being thrown away every day is a good feeling as well.

Flask: As a family we are outside as much as possible.  We take supplies with us for the day for a number of reasons.  A couple are that we can eat when we want, we don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to buy food from and we are not buying more food in plastic packaging.  One thing we always take out with us is a flask filled with hot chocolate for the kids, they absolutely LOVE sitting on a log in the ‘wild’ and sipping on a hot choccie.  I also fill it with coffee for long bike rides..

Cutlery: Invest in some portable cutlery so that you can eat your homemade lunch, or store bought lunch that needs a fork, so that you’re not using a plastic fork once and then binning it.

Reusable Bags: This should be second nature by now otherwise I presume you’ve mastered the balancing act of all your groceries.  I’ll admit, its a skill.

To help you on your Plastic Free July Journey, I’ve teamed up with MIZU and snagged you a 20% discount code for the entire month of July!  Just use the code MIZULEX on checkout to get your 20% off anything you wanted to help you along your Plastic Free Journey 🙂

Global WAKEcup: 1 Day Plastic Free Challenge

I’m stoked to have teamed up with Global Wake Cup for their 1 Day Plastic Free Challenge!  The idea is pretty clear, challenge yourself to go one day, just one day, without using any single use plastic.  Can you do it?  There are some helpful tips on the cotton tote pictured above….

If you want to find out more about the challenge, head on over to their dedicated website page: HERE and make sure you follow them on Insta: @globalWAKEcup and use the hashtag #1dayplasticfree when doing your challenge!

There is also a just giving page set up with The Marine Conservation Society where you can donate the cost of your daily coffee if you like.  These guys do sooooo much work with our oceans and coastlines, check out their site if you’re not familiar with them.

You know my story, I don’t go anywhere with out my reusable water bottle (and for the whole family), my travel coffee cup, I now use metal straws in my smoothies, I take carrier bags with me everywhere and keep some in the car. And the best thing we ever did was invest in a proper coffee machine.. it was £150, however, we no longer spend upwards of £6 a day on coffee between myself and my husband (potentially £186 per month), AND we make it at home in the morning in our travel cups.. so even easier to avoid a disposable coffee cup.

My hardest plastic challenge is to do with the weekly food shop.  Some of you might have seen in my insta stories that I’m testing out different supermarkets for price and plastic.  My aim is to find one that offers the most products without packaging and recyclable packaging AND affordable.  I will blog about my findings so far (when I can!).  So far I’ve done Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tescos.  I am on a mission to cut our waste as a family and be more mindful of what we use.