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PLASTIC FREE JULY - HOW TO GET STARTED

Plastic Free July is a global yearly event that started in Australia in 2011 where millions of people are challenged to reduce their single-use plastic usage during the month of July - and hopefully way beyond!

It aims to raise awareness for the effect single-use plastic has on our natural environment and the importance of reducing our consumption of disposable plastic items to make sure that all life and natural habitats can flourish.

In order to take on and succeed with your Plastic Free July efforts, we would like to give you some tips on how to get started or improve your sustainable journey with the highest likelihood of success!

ANALYSE AND IDENTIFY

The first and easiest thing you need to do is to analyse and identify. Meaning you need to analyse your daily routines, from morning to night. And then identify the actions and items you consistently use in those routines.

So for example: in the morning you usually brush your teach, followed by a shower and you buy breakfast and grab a takeaway coffee on your way to work. The actions and items in this situation are your toothbrush, soap or shampoo, on-the-go breakfast, and a takeaway coffee cup.

It is important to identify these ongoing daily or weekly routines because it is where you can have a really great impact when moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Preferably write these actions down and then move on to consider how you can make them more sustainable.

Keep an eye out for our other blog posts during Plastic Free July to learn more about what you do with your identified actions and further understand why we need to refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, repurpose and recycle plastic.

START SMALL

The second thing to consider when you want to become more sustainable is to start with the small easy changes that do not negatively impact your everyday life. Because if you start with larger changes that affect your daily routines too much you are more likely to get tired of them and not only stop doing it but not be very excited to take on any other sustainable changes. We want to take on small conscious changes that eventually will turn into unconscious behaviors.

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