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Plastic Free July by #SOLMATE Rocket & Honey

by Rebecca Veksler on August 26, 2019

Pssstttt It's super fun experimenting and knowing that you're making a difference.

How much did you say?

Now I know we did a blog post on this last year, but repetition is key when it comes to learning right? Every year we are growing and coming up with new ways of being more environmentally friendly. Which is why I thought I would do an updated version of this post. I also wanted to remind you that our plastic intake is still a humungous problem worldwide. So however conscious it may feel like you're being, there is always more that can be done.

In the US an average of 2.5 million plastic bottles are used hourly. Over 500 million straws are used for less than 15mins and then 'disposed' of into the world of unknown and denial. Unfortunately, the truth is that plastic does not disintegrate. So even if these items are out of sight, it doesn't mean that they have completely disappeared.




Plastic Free July

Which is why I wanted to bring up the whole plastic free July. This is a great opportunity for all of us to take a step back from plastic and see what we can change and improve. Now when I say plastic, I mean that our main concern is that of cutting down on single-use plastic. Plastic is designed to be durable and never disintegrate, which is why single-use plastic is literally the devil in disguise. We go through 10 billion plastic bags a week worldwide. I don't know about you, but even the thought of that makes me feel physically sick.

Anyway, I want to keep this blog post more on the positive side of things, (now that I've bombarded you with numbers). So let's talk about what we can do to make a difference.





Plastic-free July is a great way to make you aware of how much single-use plastic you are actually using. I remember when I left Byron Bay and moved back to the city, I was actually shocked to see so much plastic in the supermarkets. I was used to shopping in little local fruit and veg shops. So when my capsicums and green beans were suddenly all covered in plastic I wasn't best pleased that's for sure.

This aim of this is to do your best. Don't get upset if you occasionally don't reach your targets, because every little helps. Much like exercising, anything is better than nothing. The fact that you are even conscious of the efforts you are making is bigger than many people already.




Change can be good!

I've found that much like going vegan, reducing my plastic waste has made me creative. I'm more open to exploring other options when it comes to reusing and recycling. Recycling jars is one of my favourite past times, as I am on a mission to have the most beautiful eco-pantry ever. Old fabric is also something I keep to make plastic-free shopping bags.

My next mission is to start exploring ways in which to create my own essential kitchen and bathroom products, such as washing up liquid and mouthwash. It turns out these kinds of things are actually super easy to make, save a ton of money, and also the planet all in one go.

Pssstttt It's super fun experimenting and knowing that you're making a difference. Also the fact that you actually know what ingredients are in your products is extremely satisfying.





Plastic Free July is for a great cause and it's a really exciting project to be involved with.

If you want to make a difference when it comes to the massive plastic pollution problem we are facing, now is your chance!

Don't forget to tag me on Insta @rocketandhoney with your plastic-free alternatives and inventions!

I'm here to support you all on your journey :)

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