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“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." 

- Albert Einstein

Getting Started on your #PlasticFreeJuly Journey

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

Emma Reynolds' Beginner's Guide To #PlasticFreeJuly.


Photo by Jo Lanta


Deciding to go plastic free for one month


This is the first step to making great ecological change across the world. However, it can be hard to make the commitment when you don’t know where to start. As aforementioned in Tru’s launch of #PlasticFreeJuly, you only must commit to refusing to use one plastic item for the whole of July. In this post I want to go through some of the basic plastics you can select to get rid of for July to make it easier for you.


Takeaway Coffee Cups – A really good way to not use takeaway coffee cups from stores such as Costa or Starbucks is to invest in a reusable coffee cup. These are available from most high street retailers and even some designer brands have begun to create them. Some coffee shops even offer to reduce the price of your drink by 30p or similar as an incentive to you if you choose to use a reusable cup.


Fruit and Vegetables – These days in stores there are so many ways that fruit and vegetables are packaged in plastic for no necessary reason when they could easily be packaged in a paper bag. One thing you can do for July is to refuse to buy bags of apples or bananas that are packaged in plastic and instead go to a green grocers and buy all your fruit and vegetables loosely, either bring your own bag to put them in or use some of the brown paper bags that are offered instead.