July is a great month! It’s warm and sunny and it’s Plastic Free July, thanks to a nonprofit organization of the same name. Since plastic has long been a part of most people’s lives in America, it’s a hard thing to eliminate without the help of the government. Thankfully, some cities are taking the reins on minimizing plastic in a big way. But while we wait for others to follow, here are some great ways to cut back on your plastic use—and even go plastic free this summer (or forever!).
Bring a Bag
Good rule of thumb: Never leave the house without a reusable grocery bag. It’ll come in handy no matter what you’re up to, and keeps you from ever needing a plastic one again.
Visit Your Local Farmer’s Market
And don’t forget to bring a bag with you. You’ll be able to get more fresh produce and dairy with less packaging overall, and more non-plastic options.
Return and Reuse Glass Containers
Depending where you live, you might be able to buy glass-bottled milk at your local organic market. Return your glass bottles when you’re done and they’ll get reused again and again and again.
Bring Your Own Coffee Mug
Even paper coffee cups can’t be recycled, so a reusable takeout mug is always going to be your best option. Plus you’re less likely to spill and it’ll keep your coffee hot and cold longer.
Repurpose Plastic Containers
Some products are really only available in plastic—things like yogurt and certain cheeses. If you wind up with a plastic container this way, just wash it and reuse it as a takeout container or to store leftovers. If it ends up breaking or you lose the lid, just double check the recycling number, then wash, dry, and recycle.