Pregaming for Plastic Free July
If you read the introduction post, then you know this is my second year participating in Plastic Free July, and I'd say the first year I'm really in the right space to take it head-on. Without going into too much detail, I was a babe on a budget who couldn't find it in herself to justify the necessary expenses to do Plastic Free July right. I'd also just moved a few months prior and purchased a ton of things in bulk that made it hard to switch over. I mean, isn't the rule, use what you have first. Nonetheless, I failed spectacularly last year as far as cutting out all single-use plastic.
On the flipside, without this failure, I wouldn't have been made aware of my plastic footprint, and wouldn't have had the motivation to make a change.
Here I am, almost a year later, more determined than ever to survive a month without any single-use plastic. To help you all do the same, I am going to share my pregaming tips.
Disclaimer: I am a minimalist, who only lives part-time at her apartment because she’s in a relationship. It can take months for me to go through things because they just sit idle at my place.
Step 1: Create A List of All The Single Use Plastic Present in Your Home
Hand soap - a gift from a client that is halfway full.
Q-tips - somehow no matter how often I use them, the container never seems to empty.
Floss – I have 3 containers of floss I am still working my way through, but I’ve got a brand in mind that I’d love to switch to that packages their floss in glass.
Chamomile Tea – When I purchased the tea, I hadn’t realized each bag would be packaged in plastic.
Carton of Almond Milk – Cartons have a polyethylene lining
Daiya Vegan Cheddar Cheese – I just LOVE my vegan cheese, but am looking into finding a more sustainable alternative.
Tampons – In the works of switching to a menstrual cup and some period underwear!
Method Dish Soap
Step 2: Create A List of All The Low Waste to Waste Free Items You Have (Do you like them, or are you looking to make a switch?)
Cetaphil Face Wash Bar – I would prefer to switch something more natural
Dove Body Soap – I would also prefer to switch to something more natural here
Unscented Deodorant – Packaged in compostable cardboard
Mop with Reusable Cleaning Pad
Reusable Grocery Bags
Stainless Steel Straw
Bamboo Dish Washing Brush with Porcelain Glass Soap Container
Step 3: Create A List Of The Items You’re Ready To Purchase
Saalt Menstrual Cup – I haven’t ever used a menstrual cup, so I will also be including a blog post discussing the journey to my first time.
SheThinx Underwear – I hear leaks are possible, but also, there are light days when I think the underwear will suffice.
*this list will most likely grow throughout the month, so feel free to reference back to this article.
Now that you’ve taken the time to take inventory of your waste footprint, your eco-friendly kits, and your aspirational items, you're aware of where you'll be starting the month of July.
Throughout the month, I recommend keeping a journal/pen or creating a note on your phone to track all the times you use plastic – this is ultimately what will motivate to make little to big changes in your lifestyle.
Other than that, stay tuned for next week's article on tips & tricks To going low-waste, as well as brands that we love!