It’s that time of year again! Millions of people around the world will commit to abstaining from single-use plastic products this month, and while it may sound like a difficult task, we have prepared some tips that will help you rise to the challenge. If we work together, we can make this Plastic-Free July a success!

 

PASS ON PLASTIC STRAWS

Hot temperatures mean we like our drinks cold- and often times those drinks are enjoyed through a straw. Rather than buy a pack of disposable plastic straws, look for more eco friendly alternatives such as FinalStraw or these biodegradable Hay Straws.

 

BYOB – BRING YOUR OWN BAGS

How many plastic bags do you go through each month? Most grocery stores sell reusable bags that you can use beyond the store on all your camping trips, BBQs at the park, and more!

 

CARRY A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE

Having a reusable bottle will allow you to fill up at water fountains and coffee shops, and will save you money on single-use plastic water bottles. What’s more, find yourself an insulated bottle and you’ve instantly doubled your beverage options! 

 

SKIP ZIPLOCS & TRY BEESWAX WRAPS

Plastic ziploc bags may seem like the most convenient way to transport your sandwiches and snacks but they usually end up in a landfill. Instead, pack your favorite foods in all natural packaging like organic cotton and beeswax from Meli Wraps. All of their wraps are made from natural cotton, beeswax, tree resin, and natural oils that help preserve your food. The best part, these wraps can washed and reused for up to a year!

 

DIY WIPES

It’s hard to think that everyday wipes are made with harmful plastics, chemicals, and other substances that we can avoid. Create your own wipes to last you a weekend of summer fun with this simple concoction: soak a dozen wash clothes, or fabric squares from an old flannel in boiling water, aloe vera, witch hazel, castile soap, and essential oils. Store these wipes in a lunch box and you will have clean hands and faces all throughout your summer fun.

 

In honor of Plastic-Free July, make sure you are being conscious about the products you use and bring with you on your adventures! Summer in an endless road of possibilities and we couldn’t be more excited to get out in the sun, responsibly.