Celebrating Plastic-Free July: Quick Sustainable
What is Plastic-Free July?
Plastic-Free July is a global movement that calls on people to say “no” to single-use plastics. This includes plastic shopping bags, takeaway cups, drinking straws, and other items that contribute to the pollution crisis currently plaguing the planet.
For the entire month of July, people all over the world take part in the global challenge to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic.
For many, the prospect of not using any plastic may sound impossible, but it is not meant to be discouraging. Rather, it is meant to show that Plastic-Free July isn’t about perfection; it is about reducing plastic in a way that works for you and your lifestyle.
Why should I take part in Plastic-Free July?
Plastic is derived from fossil fuels, which means it is a non-renewable and unsustainable resource. Plastic is also not biodegradable, which means it is either recycled into new plastic, (this is only the case for 9 percent of plastic), ends up in a landfill emitting methane, or breaks down into microplastics. Plastic pollution not only has a devastating impact on our oceans, but drilling for fossil fuels is incredibly detrimental to the environment.
How can I take part in Plastic Free July?
Here are 5 great ways you can reduce your reliance on plastic this July.
1. Say no to takeaway coffee cups
A simple change you can make is to start saying “no” to takeaway coffee cups. Instead, bring along your own reusable alternative that you can keep in your bag, on your desk at work, or wherever you’ll remember to use it.
If you do happen to forget your reusable cup and don’t have the time to dine-in, consider going without your ‘cuppa joe’ for a day. It might not be easy, but it will help you to never forget your cup again!
Why coffee cups?
Coffee cups are not recyclable in most locations. By bringing your own cup you’re not only helping to make a difference, but you’re showing others how easy it is to do the same.
2. Say no to plastic cling wrap
Opt for compostable cling wrap to preserve food. Did you know that the cling wrap used in UK households each year could circle the earth 30 times? Although it’s convenient, storing leftovers in plastic cling wrap creates unnecessary plastic waste.
Instead, why not choose Bonnie Bio’s food-grade, compostable cling wrap? Made from corn and vegetable materials that break down into renewable resources, it is the ideal environmentally friendly way to preserve food or wrap lunches.
Why plastic cling wrap?
Avoiding plastic cling wrap reduces the pressure on recycling systems and saves precious resources. You can also help save plastic cling wrap from entering our oceans, where it risks endangering the lives of marine life.
3. Say no to single-use shopping bags
Choose to refuse single-use shopping bags. Instead, keep a stash of your reusable bags somewhere where you’ll remember them or opt for compostable bags instead.
Bonnie Bio’s compostable bags are as durable and leak-proof as traditional plastic, but decompose into renewable resources, making them an easy, environmentally friendly alternative to single-use plastic bags.
Why plastic shopping bags?
By choosing to refuse plastic shopping bags, you can save as many as 500 plastic bags from entering our oceans and landfills each year. This will help to keep our planet clean and it will also prevent an animal from mistaking a bag for food or becoming entangled in one.
4. Say no to single-use plastic straws
While single-use plastic straws have been banned, single-use plastic straws are still available for sale for personal use. For picnics and cocktails at home (or within care homes and other medical facilities where plastic straws are part of life), think before you drink through a plastic straw.
Many non-plastic straw varieties exist – from reusable varieties to single-use straws in different materials. Pros and cons are attached to most, with compostable straws taking first prize when it comes to positive environmental impact.
Bonnie Bio has a range of compostable straws that are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic. With a drinking experience much like plastic, these durable straws are made from PLA and PBS and don’t disintegrate like some other non-plastic varieties. They are a great plastic-free option that is 100% compostable and they won’t leach toxins into the environment during decomposition.
You can also encourage friends and businesses to make the move to compostable straws and educate local schools, day care centres, and other child-minding communities to rethink the use of plastic straws and other plastic materials.
Why plastic straws?
Single-use straws are lightweight and easily blow away – down drains and into waterways, rivers, and oceans. They’re only used for a few minutes before being discarded, where they’ll remain in the environment indefinitely, with the risk of becoming stuck in the airways of animals or mistaken for food and ingested.
5. Choose a compostable alternative
Although many people believe recycling is a great way to reduce your ‘plastic footprint’, it is important to remember that some types of plastics cannot be recycled – and plastic cannot be recycled indefinitely. This is because the process degrades the quality of the final product, which means even recycled plastic will eventually end up as waste.
Biodegradable plastics can also be problematic as they generally need to be disposed of in specialised facilities, which are not yet available in most areas. Because of this, biodegradable plastics often end up being discarded in landfills and do not decompose any faster than ordinary plastic.
This is why compostable alternatives are often seen as the next generation of plastics. Compostable alternatives are made from renewable materials which means they are non-toxic and they decompose back into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass without harming the environment.
Under the right conditions, Bonnie Bio’s corn starch products will decompose in 40-90 days in your home compost heap – alongside your kitchen cuttings and garden waste.
Bonnie Bio supports Plastic Free July
Bonnie Bio is on a journey to reduce our reliance on plastic. This UK-based company makes internationally certified compostable cornstarch products, which are an environmentally friendly plastic alternative.
The range includes home compostable bags in different sizes, cling wrap, straws, face coverings, as well as a selection of cutlery and straws made from PLA (polylactic acid). They are predominantly made from corn starch derived PLA, which is biodegradable, carbon-neutral, and edible.
These plastic alternatives provide real solutions for homes and businesses looking to reduce their reliance on plastic and their products, such as multi-purpose bags, , and industrial cling wrap, provide sustainable options for individuals and businesses looking to build a greener tomorrow.