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. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?
Even during the global pandemic, Plastic Free July participants have shown that people can still take action to reduce plastic waste and together make a difference for our planet.
As many people spend more time at home and restrictions apply, there have been changes in the way we purchase and use goods and food. Whilst taking care of human health is critical, at the same there is an opportunity to reduce plastic waste, increase reuse and recycling efforts, and use valuable
Everyone can make a difference and reduce plastic waste at home by properly planning meals, cooking with ingredients on hand (‘shopping’ in the fridge, freezer and pantry), and storing and freezing food to make it last longer. This not only saves money and ensures that the most is made of groceries purchased, but also means fewer trips to the store.
Consider making a smoothie or banana bread from over-ripe bananas, turning wilted vegetables to make a stock or soup to freeze, oven baking thinly sliced stale bread to make crackers or using leftover roast vegetables in a salad. A popular choice for leftovers is packing into a reusable container for lunch the next day, even if that office desk is in your home!
At all times, maintaining good hygiene practices when handling food and beverages and using reusables is recommended. Before preparing or eating food, it is important to wash your hands with soap and water and always follow regular food safety and handling guidelines.