As the appetite to shop locally & support local businesses grows, we took part in the first-ever Made in UK Day on Tuesday 9 March 2021. This was something we felt was important & dear to our hearts as I had set the business up before Brexit, before Covid & before the small business movement concentrating on British manufacture as important integral part to this business & the thinking behind its sustainable ethos
Where did Plastic Free July come from?
Plastic Free July originally began in 2011 with only 40 households in Perth! Plastic Free July began as an initiative by the Earth Carers Waste Education team at the Western Metropolitan Regional Council in Western Australia
What is Plastic Free July?
Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.
Why Should I care?
Every piece of plastic ever made still exists and in the first 10 years of this century the world economy produced more plastic than the entire 1900’s!
Plastics do not break down, they break up, creating more of a problem for our wildlife, for the atmosphere & even our health!
To create a better world for our children, animals & the place we live, shouldn’t we all care, just a little?
What can I do?
The good thing is, it can be quite straight forward
No-ones asking you to live any differently, but what you can do, is learn & make better choices.
By better choices, we mean #buybetterfornature when you do choose to buy something.
Here’s a simple list of things that we would suggest:
*Throw away coffee cups – A reusable Travel mug will last much longer & can be recycled if it needs to be replaced in the future
*Plastic Grocery Bags – Reusable shopping bags last longer, can be used over and over again & are more stylish! (Lets face it!)
*Clingfilm – One to ditch from your last use! You can replace with beeswax wraps or vegan wraps that cover or store your food just as efficiently and work out cheaper over time! You can also keep them fresh by adding a boost to them if necessary. They are home compostable when finished with
*Plastic Bathroom Bottles – All of our Bathrooms are a hive for waste. Just look around! We have alternatives when you’re done with your current lot, to replace hand wash, shampoo, conditioner & beauty products. Most of the products are comparable in price or cheaper than the supermarket and what’s good is, they’re all 100% natural, cruelty free & palm oil free, meaning in addition to being plastic free, we’re not aiding rainforest deforestation!
*Cleaning products – Check under your sink. It’s another nest of plastic. The more you look, sadly, the more you’ll find. Again, there are so many options out there to find alternatives, but we’d highly recommend cleaning sachets in glass bottles to do the trick. They look better, smell better and clean just as well! Why go back to anything else?
*Laundry washes – If you’re more picky about plastic free alternatives here, you can always choose products that are at least natural & made from plastic you can widely recycle. Pick a brand that has good values and actually cares for the planet, not just says it does #greenwashers
and…. much more!
Even if this July, is the first time you’ve tried to make a difference, and you’ve only picked one thing. Hey! That still counts! When they say, every little helps out there. It really does!
Why not try that one thing in August onwards too!
What do you think? Do you think we’ve done better or worse this year? Has lockdown had an impact on success?
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1 billion cards will end up in the bin/trash….
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With these staggering figures, it’s easy to find alternatives to our current habits. Particularly with this year being so difficult to get out & about to see anyone. If you are buying this year, #buybetterfortheplanet.