Did you know that plastic products are made from non-renewable fossil fuels? And that they can take up to 1000 years to break down?

This means that your single-use shopping bag, your single-use sandwich bag and your plastic toothbrush will live in the landfill much longer than you.

Throughout the month of July, otherwise known as Plastic Free July, we’re here to teach you more about plastics and how you can make lifestyle changes to cut down on (or maybe even cut out) single use plastics.

10 ways to reduce plastic:

  1. Carry a reusable straw with you
  2. Carry a set of reusable cutlery with you
  3. Bring your own shopping bag with you to the grocery store
  4. Shop at bulk stores using your own refillable container
  5. Use a reusable produce bag rather than the plastic ones provided at grocery stores
  6. Switch from a plastic toothbrush to a bamboo toothbrush
  7. Bring your own reusable mug/water bottle with you
  8. DIY! Make your own household products or get your household product containers refilled
  9. Start using a shampoo bar rather than a bottle of shampoo (and soap bars rather than body wash)
  10. Switch to reusable sandwich bags and beeswax wrap from plastic bags and plastic wrap

Want to learn more about living plastic free? Visit us at one of our Plastic Free July events:

Thursday, July 5th, 11:30am-1:00pm – Plastic Free July Kick-Off at the Hargrave + Portage Downtown Biz Pop-Up Park
Thursday, July 12 – DIY Workshop
Wednesday, July 18 – “A Plastic Tide” Documentary Screening
Thursday, July 26th, 4:30-7:30pm – Plastic Free Patio Party Celebration (Details TBD)