Welcome July

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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/

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