I am very excited for July to start. I have so many fun plans for July, I am getting a new car, camping a lot and it is my birthday month! It also happens to be plastic free July, a movement one of my coworkers introduced me to. Additionally I am excited to check out all the new fruits and vegetables that will start appearing at the farmer’s market in the month of July.
Recently I was talking to one of my coworkers about how guilty I feel about the amount of plastic I use. I told her how I want to try using alternatives to common plastic items but I am not sure how to start. She introduced me to a movement called plastic free july where you vow to illiminate certain plastic items from your life for july in the hope that you make it a habit in the future. I decided that I can’t eliminate every single single use plastic but I will set some goals for myself. Throughout my month I will keep you all up to date on my instagram.
Plastic Free July Goals:
- No single use plastic to go cups, bring a reusable cup to Starbucks or other places to prevent waisting a plastic one. Also carry a metal straw to use in place of single use ones.
- No plastic bags for lunches. I found some great reusable plastic sandwich bags from Target. They are dishwasher and freezer safe and were a great price compared to other products I have seen.
- No grocery store plastics. I shop largely in the bulk section, I am going to reuse bags for that or bring my own mesh bags. Same for the produce section and farmer’s market. I will use mesh produce bags. Additionally, I am going to stop using single use bags to carry my groceries in.
- Give up Pod Coffee. My work provides coffee in our break room which is super easy. Unfortunately it is via a pod coffee maker. For this month I am going to give that up and bring my own coffee grounds to make french press or iced coffee.
As mentioned above I am also excited for July because of the produce it brings. In June we started to see fresh strawberries, blueberries and cherries but I anticipate that they will continue through July. I am also excited for the start of Tomato season! My tomatoes have been slowly growing throughout the late spring but I am looking forward to them soon turning red. Additionally I am looking forward to the continuation of peas and green beans popping up at the farmer’s market and my garden!
If you would like more information about plastic free July visit: https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/take-the-challenge/