Did You Know?
Did you know 250 million people worldwide practice plastic-free July? You can incorporate plastic-free practices in your life in whichever way works best for your lifestyle, whether you pledge to not use or buy any single-use plastics for one month or you choose to practice for one week. Simply taking stock and observing the amount of waste you create is a great way to get started too!
Our local friends at Sea Hugger suggest taking large box and collecting all the single-use plastics you consume during the month. You may be surprised at how much plastic your family uses in just 30 days!
Zero Waste Picnic
Summer is a great time to spend quality time with family and friends outside. Kick back, relax and enjoying a meal outside can be a fun way to get outside and do something different. Join us this month and plan a zero-waste picnic, use the list below to check off all the items you need. No need to go out and buy anything new, you probably have most of the items at home! If you don’t we’ve included some links to get some inspiration!
- Reusable ice packs (DIY guide)
- Pack your food in reusable containers
- Bring lightweight, reusable utensils, plates, cups, and napkins
- Bring water or your favorite beverage in a thermal bottle
- Pack it all up in a cooler, backpack, or basket
- Don’t forget your blanket
Bonus: Incorporate menu items that utilize food scraps, leftovers, or food items that might otherwise be thrown away or composted
- Peach pie made with bruised peaches
- Carrot top salsa verde
- Potato peel chips
- Broccoli and cauliflower stem slaw (recipe below)
Pledge to go plastic free!
Pledging to go plastic free doesn’t have to mean drastic changes to your lifestyle. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve already started to implement plastic free practices in your household PlasticFreeJuly.org has a great list of ideas on how to get started.
Plastic Free July -- What Can You Do?
Zero Waste Home -- Bulk Store Finder