Plastic-free July
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21st July 2022
by Ohme

Plastic-free July

If you’re an EV driver, you probably already know we all need to do more to reduce our impact on the environment. There are many ways to do this in your everyday life, and this month it aligns with Plastic-Free July, a movement that aims to reduce our use of plastic on a global scale. Here are a few reasons why the decision to go plastic-free is beneficial to all of us, as well as a few top tips on how to reduce your own use of plastic.

Why should I go plastic-free?

  • It starts with you: Every person’s actions count, which means a small decision can eventually lead to a big one, and so the daily choices you make can make an impact on a larger scale.
  • With plastic’s devastating impact on the planet, the oceans, animals, and even potentially our own bodies, the best thing we can all do is reduce its use as much as we can.
  • Becoming more sustainable means learning to value things more – instead of turning everything disposable, each object and action acquires meaning, and so does your life.
  • Becoming plastic-free requires being more mindful of your choices, which then might affect how you make decisions in other areas of your life.

How can I get started?

  • Buy reusables: reusable bottle, coffee mug, lunch box, shopping bag, anything you could use every day whose impact you might not even notice.
  • Shop in plastic-free stores, or ones known to be more environmentally friendly (such as Lidl or Waitrose). Even if grocery shopping at the same places you’re used to or have available nearby, being more mindful of the products you buy, as well as the packaging of fruit and veg, snacks, cosmetics, ready meals, and so on, can have a big impact.
  • Recycle: When you begin to recycle, you then start noticing how much plastic you’re using, as well as on what, and then be more aware of what steps to take to reduce it.

Getting started might seem daunting but once you manage to turn your own tide, it may create a lasting habitual change where living plastic-free will be more effortless than you’d first imagined (and you might even save some time and money doing so).

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