Plastic Free July is a global initiative developed in 2011, to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives; by encouraging people to eliminate the use of single-use plastic during July each year. We’ve used Plastic Free July at Focus Rooms to review how we are contributing to the single use plastic that joins the landfills and recycling centers every day. While we’re taking small steps to be better and do better for our environment, we can’t do it alone. Plastic Free July is an initiative that we’d love our fans to join in on! How can you make a difference?
You wake up in the morning and squeeze tooth-paste from it’s plastic tube to brush your teeth, make your way to the kitchen and pop the kettle on to make your first cup of coffee for the day. You scoop the coffee out the plastic tub and give the mug a splash of milk from it’s plastic jug. Remembering to pack lunch, you throw a bunch of snacks in plastic sandwich bags before heading out the door. Perhaps you stop for coffee on your way and grab a takeaway cup with a plastic lid. You grab lunch with a colleague and get a straw with your cool drink and your sandwich is served in a plastic container. All of these plastic pieces are designed to make our lives fast paced and convenient but there are anything but convenient for the environment.
Don’t fret about how you’re going to make a difference though! We’re created a cheat sheet for you:
Cheat Sheet: Plastic Free July at Focus Rooms
Drink straight out of glass! No need for a straw.
Use a reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water every time.
Bring your own Tupperware containers to bring your takeaways home in!
Look out for brands that package your favourite groceries in glass and other containers rather than plastic. It’s better in glass!
Bring your own shopping bags! Say no to plastic bags.
Skip the plastic produce bag – most loose veg and fruit have their own natural packaging, or bring your own reusable bags for loose veg and bakery items.
Buy a great coffee travel mug for your coffee on the go!
Store left overs in containers and jars or just cover with a plate or bowl – ditch the clingfilm!
Tell all your friends!
Be concious in all your supplier decisions – choose suppliers that are doing more to do better. While we have a long way to go, we’ed like you to join us on this journey. Book your next conference, meeting, training or event with us and opt for no plastic water bottle.
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