Sustainable Swaps for Plastic-Free July

Plastic Free July is a global movement that has inspired over 100 million people across 190 countries to be part of the solution to plastic pollution. According to the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund, an estimated 15-20 tons of plastic wash up on the shores of our islands every year. To protect Hawaiʻi’s natural and fragile ecosystems, we must reduce our plastic consumption however we can. Together, we can work towards cleaner streets, oceans, and communities.

Participating in Plastic Free July can look different for each person, from making one swap, like choosing to use a reusable water bottle, to participating in a beach cleanup, to refusing all single-use plastics during July and beyond. Here are some eco-friendly swaps you can make this July!

  1. Reusable shopping bags: Grab that reusable bag as you head out the door for your shopping trip. Reusable bags made from recycled materials are a great alternative to the typical plastic shopping bag. To avoid forgetting your reusable bags when on the go, consider storing them in your car or purse.
  2. Metal water bottles: As summer approaches, it’s important to stay hydrated. Consider swapping out your plastic bottles with a stainless steel or glass bottle. Reusable bottles are a summer must-have. When purchasing drinks from your favorite smoothie shop or café, opt for paper straws or use your own straw.
  3. Beeswax wraps: When packing school lunches, it’s easy to reach for the single-use zip bag for sandwiches and snacks. Yet, there are sustainable alternatives to reduce plastic use. Reusable beeswax wraps are a natural and biodegradable alternative to storing lunches or leftovers.
  4. Bamboo toothbrushes: Bamboo toothbrushes have been gaining popularity across the country as a sustainable alternative to traditional plastic ones. These brushes are biodegradable and help to reduce the waste during daily routines. Purchasing a toothbrush with a replaceable head can also minimize plastic use.
  5. Find more ideas: Check the Plastic Free July website for more swaps you can make this month to make a difference.

Whether you start small or challenge yourself with even bigger swaps, your efforts can make an incredible impact on our storm drains, waterways, and oceans. Visit our past blogs for some additional suggestions on sustainable swaps for the kitchen and bathroom!

Sources: Earth Day, Plastic Free Foundation, Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund, Plastic Free July