My 5 Plastic Free July Challenges

Plastic-free July is a fantastic way for people to kick-start their Zero Waste or Eco-living Journey. And just because you may already feel like a pro when it comes to plastic-free living, doesn’t mean that Plastic Free July cannot be the kick-start you need too. For me, I am using Plastic Free July as a chance to try 5 new eco-living habits.

A guppy bag
A guppy bag is something that I have been thinking about for a while. I purchase almost all of my clothes second hand, and while I try to purchase minimal synthetic materials, I haven’t disposed of all of the ones I already own. When clothes are made of synthetic materials, they release microplastics when they are washed. A guppy bag is able to catch those microplastics so that they don’t end up in the ocean.

A bidet
This is another item that I have been considering since I started my Zero Waste journey. Many people say that it reduces toilet paper use by 75%. While you are using water, the water used by a bidet is far less than the water used to make the toilet paper itself. I am looking into getting a bidet attachment this July.

Driving Less
While I do try to minimize my driving, I do live in a place where it is difficult to commute to my job via public transport, so I still drive more than I would like. This year, I am trying other ways of reducing my driving, such as carpooling, bike riding or walking (when I am traveling a shorter distance) and grouping together my errands as much as possible to avoid multiple trips.

Making Tofu
Tofu is one of the only things left that I purchase in plastic. Unfortunately, there are no bulk options near me where I can purchase it plastic-free, so this Plastic Free July, I will be looking into making my own tofu. I want to look at the costs, the time, and the materials needed to determine if it would be more eco-friendly to make, or whether this is simply a situation where the item that is in plastic is still less wasteful. I found that Yogurt (coconut, almond, soy) is much less wasteful to simply purchase the plastic carton, as the items needed to make it myself, at least where I live, contain much more packaging.

Monitor My Water Habits
I have been much better at taking shorter showers and conserving water where possible, but I am looking to take this to the next level and save more water in my home. I want to try things such as reusing sink or shower water for things like my plants.

These are 5 things that I will be focusing on during Plastic Free July to further my eco-friendly living. I would love to hear what personal challenges you are trying this Plastic Free July, so let me know in the comments below. And for more on eco-friendly living, please subscribe.

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