7 Plastic-Free Hacks That Will Help The Environment
Politics and Activism

7 Simple ways To Go #PlasticFree This July

Unfortunately, in a world that is constantly on the go, it is more convenient for many people to take a paper cup, purchase a plastic water bottle, or buy meals in prepackaged containers when they are in a hurry, especially here in America.

plastic free

As some of you may recall, from my 18 Thing to Do Before 2018 Ends, one of my goals in 2018 was to reduce the waste that I create on a day-to-day basis. Whether you #ChooseToRefuse or get in the mindset to #StopSingleUse items, you're making a difference in the world around us.

Below is a short list of seven easy ways to reduce waste this July.

1. #ChooseToRefuse the use of plastic straws.


More recently, more and more of the population have been taking the challenge to #ChooseToRefuse the use of plastic straws at restaurants and drive-thru establishments. Many have replaced these with stainless steel, plastic or silicone straws. I purchased mine from Amazon or use these handy bendy stainless steel/silicone combination straws from Target.

2. Start your mornings with take-away / to-go mugs.


I know what you're thinking – "yeah, yeah, so I'll buy a stainless straw, but that only solves my issue for cold drinks, Riss, now what about hot?" Great question random reader! How many empty corporate coffee cups do you have strewn across your passenger seat, from zooming through the drive-thru on the way to work for that morning coffee? Next time you're flying out the door, take a few extra seconds to grab a reusable coffee mug or takeaway cup.

Pro Tip: some establishments offer discounts to patrons who bring their own cups! What's better than discounted coffee and saving the planet?

3. Sip from a reusable water bottle.


As we've learned from past articles, caffeine shouldn't be the only liquid you drink throughout the day, keep yourself hydrated by bringing your own reusable water bottle. Your body and the environment will thank you.

One of my favorites has to be this Wide-Mouth 32oz bottle from Nalgene's Marvel collection or this 20oz glass Contigo bottle.

4. Carry your lunch in style by using a reusable lunch box or bag.


Brown paper bag days are over. Find yourself a stylish lunch bag to pack your food on the go.

5. Bring your own reuasable utensils.


Never be stuck using one of those terrible plastic utensil sets again, pack your own on the go and give them a good wash. Lunchtime is now anytime, anywhere.

6. Bring your own tupperware containers and avoid styrofoam or plastic containers.


While it may feel awkward at first, consider bringing your own tupperware to the restaurant, this will help cut down on the use of plastic and styrofoam containers.

7. Buy some reusable shopping bags!


Do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind wanting to start again? We've all been to the store where you purchase one item and they place it not only in a ridiculous amount of packaging but then go even further to place it in a plastic shopping bag. Nobody wants to be the reason Katy Perry wrote that song.

Pro Tip: take this into consideration when ordering from online retailers like Amazon or other middleman companies and if possible, consider ordering things together, in bulk, so it comes in one big box, instead of seven, with loads of bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and other fillers.

"The Plastic Free July campaign raises awareness of our growing plastic waste problem and supports behavior change by helping people to avoid single-use (disposable) plastic. But it's not just about changing our own behavior, we want to scale our impact by sharing solutions and be part of a wider movement for change. Community groups, businesses, schools and other organizations can also participate in Plastic Free July - get started with our handy toolbox of resources."

To read more about the Plastic Free July Foundation, you can visit their website here.

Note: As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Caribbean is a place where people go for vacation, but if you set out from a cruise ship you miss out on all the beautiful culture. Their exotic beaches are nothing without their zinging food and hospitality. Locals in the Caribbean are warmhearted with a zest to live life to the fullest.

This is exactly where most of their words and phrases come from, having a good time. I definitely enjoyed myself living in the Caribbean, but it's not always about lounging. They get work done too and I've learned proper phrases for accomplishments.

Keep Reading... Show less

According to Urban Dictionary, a "simp" is defined as "a man that puts himself in a subservient/submissive position under women in the hopes of winning them over, without the female bringing anything to the table." There are many other definitions for a "simp," but basically it's shaming men who are kind to women without getting anything in return.

Let's just stop attacking nice men. Work out your own issues, don't project your shortcomings onto another man. What happened to the brotherhood? Y'all can lie for each other, but can't raise each other up? You guys can encourage murder, gang rape, and violence against women — or at least stay silent about it — but can't let your brother know it ain't cool when they bring you down for being nice to women with no expectation?

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Self-Love Is The Best Love, That's Just How It Is

Do you ever feel like you can't please everyone? Self-love will do the trick.

I've been feeling a little down lately, with the understanding that friends don't last forever and that I can't always please my parents. Life has been rough for everyone lately and it's not easy to stay happy and optimistic during these times. But I promise you, you are on this earth for a reason. You are here because God formed you, to love, and to be loved.

When things are tough, realize that you have yourself always. No one can take that away from you. You will always be you. No matter who you are, what you believe, or where you've been in life, at the end of the day, you are you. You can love you, therefore giving you one reason to stay here on this Earth.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Nobody Wants To Grieve, But That's The Price We Pay For Love

Grief never comes when you think it should. It comes when a certain song comes on or the sun shines through the window just right.

Death always seems to come when life is good and everything starts to be going alright. And then out of nowhere, you're reminded of how cruel life can be. The stages of grief don't always go in order, they come in waves or all at once. Grief never comes when you think it should. It comes when a certain song comes on or the sun shines through the window just right. I take comfort in the fact that everyone experiences grief, even when you feel all alone knowing that everyone goes through a process that helps a little bit.

Keep Reading... Show less

What's Coming To And Leaving Netflix In August For Your Summer Viewing Pleasure

Just in time for another your end of summer binge-watch list.

Flower Films, Warner Bros, New Line Cinema

August is here, which means we will be losing some of our Netflix favorites but gaining some new ones. Here is a list of TV shows and movies we will be losing and gaining on Netflix during August.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Living With Bipolar Disorder Is An Everyday Battle, But I'm Fighting It

I went from depression, to anxiety, to bipolar disorder.

I've thought about how to write this since my diagnosis. I've thought about what kind of feelings it might bring up from my mom, former friends, and even myself. I've rewritten it a thousand times in my head, but never could quite get the words onto my notepad, but tonight I'm going to sit down and write it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

There's No Reason To Delay The 2020 Election Because Mail-In Votes Count Just The Same

Plus, Trump can't actually the delay the election even if he tried.

Donald Trump started Thursday out in a fury, taking to Twitter to suggest the 2020 election be delayed.

Keep Reading... Show less

I'm A Black, Gay Fashion Lover Who Grew Up In The South, And I Want To Be A Beacon For The Future

Giving your life story is never easy, but it can be, if you want to make a difference.

Jacorey Moon

Growing up in Georgia was not always the accepting place we know it to be today thanks to Atlanta. Let me preface this by saying, I had a pretty good life growing up. I was raised by a single mother who sacrificed so that I could live the life that I lived. I was spoiled rotten. One way that my mother spoiled me was through clothing.

Keep Reading... Show less

These 10 Black Women Were Our 2000s Fashion Icons — We're Still Replicating Their Looks Now

We recollect on some of the Black stars who served as fashion icons during the 2000s.

When we talk about the 2000s, it's always filled with nostalgia. For most of us, we grew up during that era with the razr flip phones or sidekicks, and decade staple designers like Juicy Couture, Von Dutch, and Ed Hardy. It was time of daring fashion choices and red carpets that we now look back on and say, "what were they wearing?"

A sector of people that exemplifies the fashion icons who ruled the 2000s, were Black women. So, I feel as though it's my duty to shine light on these fashion icons. Here they are:

Keep Reading... Show less

As a college student (really as a broke person with no cable,) Netflix is my go-to for solitude- style entertainment. My favorite types of shows to watch on Netflix by far, are dating shows.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments