I always wanted to do a year of ‘Compacting’ ( buy nothing new for a year) … but that’s exactly what happened… I always ’wanted’, but never did… So when Plastic Free July came along… I thought: “Brilliant, that’s going to be a breeze. After all, I am one of the Founders of the Two Hands Project. I got my reusables sorted!
So what is Plastic Free July?
The challenge is quite simple. Attempt to consume no single-use plastic during July. “Single-use” includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging…basically anything that’s intended only to be used once and then sent to landfill. If refusing ALL single-use plastic sounds too daunting this time, try the TOP 4 challenge (straws, plastic bags, plastic bottles &coffee cup lids).
Plastic Free July was started as a local challenge by Earthcarers in Western Australia – this year over 4000 people around the world have registered!
What stood out was clearly that I didn’t have all my reusables sorted! And those tetra packs from the Soymilk! – I knew there would be heaps over the year. Also the contact lens packaging made me sad, as I can’t seem to come up with a solution (glasses are sadly not an option for me) All the other bits were clearly avoidable quite easily.
Back to the Soymilk –TETRA packs: easily solved!! Ever seen a ‘soymilk maker’? … I am HOOKED! And the tiny amount of ( organic ;-) Soybeans needed! – what a saving every time you make soymilk! I AM IN LOVE with this MACHINE! –
Picture: the actual amount of soybeans needed for 1 litre ! – ( bottle isn’t full because I had my coffee already ;-)
So why the title? – Well girls, if you are doing this challenge for a month… you might be stuck with some questions that you aren’t sure who to ask… fret no more: LUNETTE MenstrualCup It’s silicone. Once done for the month you sterilise it by boiling it a few minutes. It’s yours for life. Best thing ever. Yes it takes a week to get used to& trust it, but that was no different when you tried your first tampon. And with the LUNETTE it just ‘catches’ rather then absorbing. So it is much better for your natural balance… no more thrush..
for those that are not convinced: on Average one woman will use over 11,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime, of course : single use, which will end up in landfill or in the sea…
Whilst we are with the Girls themes… How to organise a plastic free HENS send off?? – I ‘highly’ (pardon the pun) recommend to send her off with style: “ High Tea” ( this one at Sydney’s famous Queen Victoria Building) …came with sparkling wine… that’s plastic free too..
So on the day after Hens and all that sparkling you maybe craving some COFFEEE…but PLEASE, don’t buy into these…For me they were just silly, expensive, wasteful and I didn’t even like the coffee!! … And then I visited Paul who was helping at the Fremantle waste audit.. and that’s when I realised that they are a much bigger issue: there isn’t anywhere to put them : metal or compost?? So unnecessary.
And to the question on ‘Bio’ plastics, check out my shocking 47seconds Video… I got nothing else to add ;-)
also this video from the star studded Plastic Free July ‘ Google Hang out’