Plastic Free July is nearly at an end, but why stop there? At New Pastures we believe that we can all take small steps in our personal life to help our community, and planet.

So what is Plastic Free July exactly? It is a global movement that makes people a part of the solution to plastic pollution. This results in cleaner communities, streets and oceans. During July we hope you made the active decision to refuse single-use plastics and the best part is that it doesn’t end July 31st! You can refuse and reduce plastic wastage anytime, all the time! It’s time to break plastic habits. Let’s take a look at 3 easy ways to ditch the plastic:

1- Refuse single use café plastics

Say no to plastic straws, plastic cutlery, coffee cups and the like. You can either bring your own reusable product or if you forget, choose to not use the plastic throwaway or choose to sit down in the café and enjoy your meal or drink.

Think about it. Why would you make something that you’re going to use for a few minutes out of a material that’s basically going to last forever, and you’re just going to throw it away. What’s up with that?

-Jeb Berrier, Bag It movie

2- Avoid plastic wrap

We understand that cling wrap is an easy and convenient product, but is so wasteful and harmful to the environment.

By saying no to plastic wrap, you say yes to so many great alternatives! You can store food in reusable containers, seal a bowl with a silicon bowl topper, or reusable cloth cover.

3- Say no to plastic packaging and get cooking!

Feeling snacky? Sometimes it’s oh so easy to buy a quick and easy snack from the corner store or supermarket, but chances are it’s wrapped in plastic…

Weekends are a great time to get cooking and create lots of delicious snacks for the week ahead. Make muffins, slices, biscuits, crackers and dips- the list is endless. By doing this you are saving money and reducing the amount of plastic wrap you are using (make sure to store them in a reusable container!). If you do buy ingredients that come in a plastic bag, don’t forget to REDcycle them.

Want to know more about Plastic Free July and get access to great resources? Click here.