For the month of July, millions of people across 177 countries have pledged to cut down on the amount of plastic they use. That can be going without single-use plastic for one day, one week or the entire month. The Plastic Free July movement started in Australia in 2011 and has been growing steadily ever since. Last year more than 250 million people pledged to participate. This year however, plastic pollution has been booming during the coronavirus pandemic.
A lot of the masks people wear are laced with microplastics. Most grocery stores won’t allow customers to bring their own reusable bags (but you can bag your produce outside the store, so you can still bring your own bags) and efforts to ban plastic bags in cities across the United States have stalled. Many disposable containers and flatware are used by restaurants that are open for takeout service only.
Not all is lost, you can take care of yourself and still care for the planet. There is a lot you can do to reduce plastic waste. We spoke about some of it in 12 Sustainable Household Solutions, but we can't be reminded often enough.
Here's how to reduce plastic:
Choose an environmentally friendly mask.
Get a Ghluv Anti-Microbial Hand Protector (instead of disposable gloves)
Buy glass water bottles instead of plastic ones, or refill water in a non-plastic portable container such as stainless steel.
Bring your own shopping bags (and bag outside the store).