Plastic Free July: 3 Easy Ways to Avoid Plastic Every Day

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July, with its long, sunshine-filled days is one of the warmest months of the year. Many of us celebrate this summer month by flocking to the beach, grilling in the backyard, picnicking, or spending more time outside. Going green this July, however, doesn’t mean any of that has to change. Reducing plastic consumption within the flow of daily activities is an easy step you can take that doesn’t take much extra time or effort. Here are a few plastic-free tips for taking on summer in style.

Alternative Packaging

Look for sunscreen options that come in a tin as opposed to a non-recyclable plastic tube. Lotion can also be purchased in bulk and stored in a reusable glass or plastic container. Many moisturizers are also available in solid bar form and can be kept in a reusable storage tin.

Reusable Picnic Ware

Who doesn’t love a crisp cold salad or some BBQ on a hot summer’s day? In order to make your picnic or takeout meal plastic-free, bring along washable napkins and reusable silverware. If you are bringing food from home, consider using a reusable container and plates to keep your picnic zero waste.

Bring A Bottle

Americans consume over 50 billion bottles of water are consumed in America each year. Of those, 80% are not recycled and end up in a landfill. Use a reusable water bottle when you need water on the go. If you’re not in love with the taste of your tap water, use a water filter. Second, if you need to grab a plastic water bottle in a pinch make sure to recycle it!

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