It’s Plastic Free July! A month when millions of people around the globe try to reduce their use of plastic.
But this year is different as Covid-19 continues to impact our lives. Some of us might not be heading out as much and those that do might find that reusables aren’t as welcome as before. (As this article was being written, a statement was due to be released which was signed by over 100 scientist from various fields across 18 countries which states that reusables are safe during the pandemic as long as basic good hygiene is followed).
So how can we take part in Plastic Free July in this altered world?
One habit that most people developed during the lockdown was doing the Big Shop. Nipping into the shops for a few bits just wasn’t worth the queues. Planning the Big Shop can really help cut down on plastic and food waste. Mapping out a food plan for the week can mean that you don’t get tempted
by the special offers that often end up languishing at the back of the fridge and often come double wrapped in plastic.
Another way to cut down on plastic coming into your home is the pledge to use what you have before buying more – have you half bottles of shampoo/conditioner/bodywash cluttering up the bathroom? While you are using up what you have, you can be researching alternatives – Green
Outlook (Kildare based business) and Janni Bars (based in Clonfert) stock shampoo bars and The Healthy Way in Leixlip stocks refills of bodywash, hand wash, fabric conditioner and washing up liquid.
Although Zero Waste Maynooth are not running events at the moment, it is still possible to get your dried goods from Bare Necessities. They are doing a collection service in Maynooth on the second Saturday of each month. We will be popping a reminder up on our page.
Throughout the month we will be posting ideas and tips for Plastic Free July on our social media.