You may already know this, but it’s plastic free July! This holiday began in 2011 in Perth, Australia when the Western Metropolitan Regional Council decided to avoid single use plastic as an office challenge. Six years later, Rebecca Prince-Ruiz started the Plastic Free Foundation, which eventually started the worldwide Plastic Free July as we know it! As a challenge this month, you can try to avoid the top four single use plastics (plastic bags, plastic bottles, straws, and coffee cups) to see how it feels. You can also start a “plastic audit” for your household, making a list of all of the things the household uses that are plastic, and at the end, decide which ones might be easy switches to something more sustainable when they run out (such as aluminum or glass). Plastic Free July is not meant to shame people for using plastics (hey they are a part of everyday life, as much as we might wish they weren’t) but as a way to raise awareness about them, and encourage more mindfulness when using them.
Most plastic doesn’t actually get recycled (even when we put it in our blue bin) so this is just another way for us to reflect on our plastic use. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- small changes over time can make a big impact! You can read more about Plastic Free July on their website: https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/
Oh and pssss….Pinafores, Dinner Napkins, and Hand Towels have been restocked! (including some new floral linens). We’re pretty excited about it, check them out!
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