Plastic Free July: 31 days to ditch the disposables

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Plastic does not decompose, plastic only breaks down. Did you know that? The tiny plastic parts end up in the rivers, the sea, the soil, the whole food chain and at the end with us. Do you want to do something against this? Then join Plastic Free July!

Since 2011, the month of July is dedicated to the slogan #choosetorefuse – Plastic Free July.

Disposable products made of plastic are the norm these days, but actually quite abnormal if you think about it.


Why are disposables made of a material that is designed to last forever?


“Every bit 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!” Plastic Free July


The more plastic is used for bottles, bags, packaging and straws, the less plastic is available for medical or technological purposes. But that is were the use is justified! As long as we do not have another material, plastic is essential for clinically hygienic conditions in laboratories.

Let’s make sure together that plastic can be used where it should last forever and is avoided where it never should have been used in the first place.


Follow the guide of Plastic Free July:


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Movie recommendation: A Plastic Ocean

The documentary „A Plastic Ocean“ was the first one after a long time that really shocked me. Sure, the facts are well-known, but having the extent of the pollution visualized on screen made it suddenly perfectly understandable.

One million plastic bags are used PER MINUTE. That results in 500 billion plastic bags per year. Completely intangible numbers. You want to see the impact this has on our planet? Watch the movie!


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Plastic Free July has something for everyone. You can choose to avoid single-use packaging, straws or coffee-to-go cups only for a day per week or a week per month. You can say no to straws for the whole month or aim for no plastic packaging at all.


Sign up for the challenge here and get information and support during the whole month!

Because we all know by now: trying something new for 30 days does wonders for your good habits to stick around even longer 😉



Give up plastic:

refuse – reduce – recycle


You are not ready to refuse everything? No worries, I have a few ideas for you to start with each on of the plastic culprits:


No coffee-to-go cups.

The “paper” cups you get with your coffee-to-go have most often than not a layer made of plastic on the inside. Thanks to this nice coating, the cup cannot be recycled. In most cities it will end up at the landfill, in Vienna it gets incinerated.


Refuse and Reduce: coffee-to-go cups.

Use: Jars with protective covers or reusable thermos cups.


#zerowastechallenge day 13: repair 💚 nothing I like more 😋 no, honestly, I am not the most gifted person when it comes to repairments 🙈 which is really unfortunate because I am clumsy as hell and would need it more often than not 😄 this coffee cup looks like a camera lense (genius! thx sis 😘), but started leaking 😕 as was my other coffee cup, so I had to fix at least one 😉 this one was first and a little glue and patience worked wonders 😊 #zerowastetip : don't throw something away because it stopped working properly – save money and resources and try to repair it first 😍 if you don't want to or if you can't do it yourself, go and find someone else or see if there is a #repaircafe in your area! #supportlocalbusiness #zerowaste #circulareconomy #repair #greenliving 🔸 challenge by @bezerodenver @zerowastenerd

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No straws.

Oh, straws. I never really understood why we need them. And I still forget to mention “no straw” with my order because I just don’t seem to get why the always put them in my drinks!


If you like a straw, choose a sustainable alternative:


Refuse: straws made of palstic.

Recycle: straws made of paper.

Use: reusable straws made of glass or stainless steel.




No plastic bottles.

Plastic bottles are light, do not break easily and after you are done drinking you just throw them away. Well… I can only ask: throw away – where is “away”?

Recycling is not the solution either, as plastic gets “downcycled”. This means that the resource is not recovered a 100% and it is used for inferior products. In the worst case exactly once more.

If you are interested in this topic, I can highly recommend to check out Treading my own path.


Refuse: mineral water, shampoo, body wash, oil and other liquids in plastic bottles if there is an alternative (e.g. glass).

Reduce: soft drinks out of plastic bottles.

Recycle: shampoo bottles (check out the number on the bottom oft he bottle! Not everything can be recycled).

Use: your own refillable bottle made of glass or stainless steel.




No microplastics.

Do you know these little bullets intended to have a peeling effect? These little grains in your toothpaste? Microplastics. If you shower, it gets into the drainage system and then? The river, the sea, the fish, the wildlife 🙁


Refuse: shower gel in plastic bottles.

Use: bar soaps or body wash in the biggest container possible, which can be recycled.



No single-use plastics. No plastic packaging.

This is the hardest one for me. If I buy something not package-free, it is because I only have the option to buy in wrapped – most of the time in plastic. This is most often the case for mozzarella and feta cheese… Looking forward to track my habits this month and see what sneaks into my home!


Refuse: plastic bags (!!!), fruit and vegetables in plastic film.

Reduce: take-away or milk products in plastic packaging.

Use: cloth bags, glass, stainless steel container (or sit down to eat).



I can only recommend: get informed and watch the movie! Everyone can avoid plastics. Every straw counts!

Would be a shame if you did not try 🙂



Join #plasticfreejuly !!!


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