Plastic Free July
Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it.
I have been so inspired by the initiative to refuse single use plastic. It has definitely opened my eyes to how I, as a person and also as a business, can develop more sustainable practices. I am so grateful for the awareness this event has created. This month I have decided to work on three areas which I know I can really improve on to use less plastic and generally be more sustainable in my living practices.
1. Reusable Coffee Cups
Okay, time to admit... I am extremely guilty of this! My daily coffee habit is borderline an addiction, so I really have no excuse but to choose a plastic free and reusable option! I am totally in love with Frank Green Cups. Their designs are innovative, stylish, functional and good for the environment plus they support local industry by designing, engineering and manufacturing right here in Australia. We all know how passionate I am about that! Plus these cups are available in the cutest array of colours, so you know, that's a bonus too.
2. Beauty Products
It is kind of insane the amount of beauty products the average female has, plus the sheer amount of plastic used to package them! A great way to combat this issue is to make your own products using natural ingredients, and I have really enjoyed researching how exactly to do this. I have discovered some really amazing blogs that are dedicated to this cause - check out Live Simply for some inspiration. I can't wait to try out the DIY Dry Shampoo, Homemade Perfume and Peppermint Toothpaste.
3. Menstrual Cups
So I will admit, it took me a long time to grasp the idea of a menstrual cup, but I am pleased to say that I have been converted. Thinking about the impact of tampons and pads on the environment has definitely been a game changer. Did you know that an average woman will use 9,600 feminine hygiene products in their lifetime? That's a lot, considering the plastic and raw material extraction used to make them, as well as the chemicals used in the production process. There are a lot of benefits to using a menstrual cup - they last a long time (up to a year is recommended), you will save a heap of money, you don't have to change them as often, plus there are a whole lot less chemical going into your body. Are you sold? I hope so!
So these are all ways I will be reducing my amount of plastic in my personal life, but what about Lazy Girl Lingerie? I am excited to say that I will be introducing some new packaging, using eco friendly products that are made from recycled materials and are less harmful to the environment. I already conserve fabric as much as possible by using 'lays' when I do my cutting, which is a method that ensures the least amount of wastage. I am looking for a charity to donate the small amount of scraps that I have to, so that they can be reused and have a second life (If you have any ideas, let me know!). I will also be switching to a recycled paper option for my pattern making paper.
It's not too late to join in on Plastic Free July and get inspired to make positive changes that will make a huge difference!
Have you participated in Plastic Free July?
If you are in business, how do you implement sustainable practices?