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As a sustainable business, we recognize the importance of minimizing plastic waste and actively participating in this initiative. In this blog post, we will delve into the significance of Plastic Free July, the benefits of going plastic-free, and share the commitments our team members have made to inspire our community.
Plastic Free July is an annual campaign initiated by the Plastic Free Foundation, aiming to raise awareness about the environmental impacts of single-use plastics and promote sustainable alternatives. Throughout the month, participants are encouraged to refuse single-use plastics and find creative solutions to minimize their plastic footprint. By challenging ourselves to go plastic-free, we can collectively drive positive change and contribute to a healthier planet.
Plastic items, such as straws, bottles, and food packaging, contribute significantly to landfill waste and marine debris. Opting for sustainable alternatives helps minimize the amount of waste generated and lessens the burden on our ecosystems. By going plastic free you could help combat the:
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At Pottery For The Planet, our team members are leading by example and making conscious choices to reduce plastic consumption. Here are some of the commitments our staff members have made:
Aleesha is switching from plastic toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes to jarred toothpaste and bamboo brushes. Plastic toothbrushes contribute to the staggering statistic of over 23 billion brushes discarded annually, and toothpaste tubes cannot be recycled due to their composition. By making this swap, Aleesha is reducing plastic waste and opting for more sustainable oral care alternatives.
Hannah has decided to embrace solid shampoo and conditioner bars, eliminating the need for plastic packaging. Cosmetic and personal care packaging accounts for a significant portion of plastic waste, with nearly 120 billion units produced each year. By opting for solid bars, Hannah is reducing her plastic footprint and promoting sustainable hair care practices.
Stephen will repurpose the clay bags our business receives as garbage bags instead of buying plastic ones from the supermarket. By finding creative ways to reuse these bags, Stephen is giving them a second life while reducing his reliance on single-use plastics.
Bec is swapping out tea bags for loose leaf tea in a tea infuser. While tea bags may seem harmless, they often contain microplastics that can leach into our beverages. By opting for loose leaf tea, Bec will enjoy a healthier and plastic-free tea experience.
Bigna is going plastic-free with her deodorant. Instead, she's found options that come in packaging made from eco-friendly materials such as cardboard, paper, or metal which can be recycled or decomposed! Plus some plastic-free deodorants focus on being suited to people with sensitive skin or those who prefer to minimize their exposure to certain ingredients.
Single-use plastic bags, provided by grocers, contribute to plastic pollution, harm ecosystems and threaten the lives of marine and terrestrial animals. Darien has transitioned to reusable grocery bags. These are generally made from durable and eco-friendly materials such as canvas, cotton, jute, or recycled materials. These materials have a lower environmental impact compared to disposable plastic bags, which require significant resources to produce and often take hundreds of years to break down.
Small actions create big change! Our team's commitments during Plastic Free July serve as examples of how small changes in our daily routines can contribute to significant environmental impact. By sharing our experiences and encouraging our customers and community members to participate, we aim to foster a collective movement towards greener and kinder living.