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Plastic Free July

by Garrett Looney |

During July, millions of people around the world come together in a universal effort to reduce their plastic waste and eliminate the use of single-use plastics. Known as ‘Plastic Free July’, this month has become a global movement, aiming to create cleaner streets, oceans and communities. 

The campaign encourages people to reduce their use of single-use plastic at work, home and school - in the month of July and beyond. At RightWater, our canned still water is plastic free and easy to get delivered, wherever you are.

Below, we’ve written a post about some of the different ways you can get involved in Plastic Free July and why you should buy RightWater cans of water and contribute to a more sustainable planet. Keep reading to learn more. 

Making a Difference at Work

Workplaces can play a significant role in reducing plastic waste. If you are looking for some practical steps to take during Plastic Free July, follow these tips;

  • Implement Recycling Initiatives

  • Firstly, you can make a concerted effort to recycle by providing easily accessible recycling bins throughout the workplace. Encourage your colleagues to actively participate in recycling efforts and educate them about the importance of proper waste segregation.

  • Encourage Colleagues to Join

  • Spread awareness about Plastic Free July among your coworkers. Share information about the campaign, its objectives, and the positive impact of reducing plastic waste. Encourage your colleagues to take part and foster a sense of collective responsibility.

  • Embrace Reusable Alternatives

  • Thirdly, encourage the use of shared kitchen cutlery, bowls, and plates, reducing the need for disposable plastic items. Bring your food from home in reusable containers, eliminating plastic packaging. 

    Consider organizing ‘plastic-free events’ such as ‘plastic-free bake-offs’ or collaborative efforts to prepare ‘plastic-free lunches’ together. These activities not only minimize plastic waste but also create a sense of camaraderie and community within the workplace.

  • Engage in DIY Workshops

  • Organize DIY workshops where colleagues can learn how to make their own soap, face masks, beauty products, or wax wraps. By actively participating in these workshops, individuals can acquire new skills while embracing sustainable living practices.

    Overall, by implementing these changes at work, you not only make a positive impact on the environment but also inspire your colleagues to adopt sustainable habits that extend beyond the workplace.

    Promoting Plastic-Free Habits in Schools and Parenting

    Similarly, schools and parents have a unique opportunity to educate and empower the next generation to make a difference too. Here are some tips;

  • Conscious Lunch Packing

  • When preparing your child's lunch, opt for sustainable alternatives. Replace cling film with wax wraps and choose canned water over bottled water. These simple changes reduce plastic waste and instill eco-conscious habits in children.

  • Educate Through Fun Activities

  • If you're a teacher, plan fun yet educational activities that raise awareness about the effects of plastic on the planet. Encourage students to participate in local clean-up groups and brainstorm ideas on how the class can collectively make their classroom plastic-free. Starting an environmental club fosters a sense of responsibility and provides a platform for students to actively engage in sustainability initiatives.

  • Create Visual Prompts

  • Decorate your classroom or school with posters that emphasize the importance of reducing plastic waste. Engage students in creating these posters themselves, empowering them to take ownership of the cause and inspire their peers.

  • Collaborate with the School Canteen

  • Approach the school canteen to explore possibilities for reducing plastic usage. Advocate for the use of sustainable alternatives, such as reusable utensils or alternative packaging materials. By integrating these practices into school and parenting routines, we can cultivate a generation of environmentally conscious individuals who carry these positive habits from school to home, creating a lasting impact.

    General Ideas for Plastic-Free Living

    Beyond the workplace and educational institutions, here are additional suggestions for embracing a plastic-free lifestyle;

  • Recycling Workshops and Creative Reuse

  • Organize workshops where plastic waste is repurposed into reusable items. For instance, learn how to make plant pots from plastic containers or explore the popular trend of crocheting using plastic bags, as seen on platforms like TikTok. By tapping into our creativity and reimagining plastic waste, we can transform it into something useful and reduce our ecological footprint.

  • Join Volunteer Groups

  • Connect with like-minded individuals through social media platforms and local organizations that are actively involved in cleaning up plastic waste from our planet. Participate in beach or street cleanups to contribute to a cleaner environment and raise awareness about the plastic pollution crisis.

  • Spread the Word

  • Be an advocate for the cause by spreading awareness in your school, workplace, and community. Share your experiences and knowledge gained from participating in Plastic-Free July and inspire others to take action.

  • Choose Refillable Options

  • Seek out refillable stations in supermarkets where you can refill your food items, minimizing the need for new plastic packaging. By making conscious choices and opting for refillable options, we actively support a sustainable lifestyle.

  • Switch to Canned Water

  • Consider switching from bottled water to canned water, such as RightWater cans, which are not only plastic-free but also easy to have delivered and reorder. By making canned water a habit, you contribute to reducing plastic waste and supporting a circular economy.

    At RightWater, our plastic free water is 100% locally sourced Californian spring water, untouched by additives, and provides natural minerals and alkalinity. With infinitely recyclable and BPA-free cans made from 70% recycled aluminum, we're committed to a plastic-free future. 

    Every purchase supports clean water projects worldwide through drop4drop.