Celebrating the End of Plastic Free July 2023 - Reflecting on Our Journey

With just four days left in Plastic Free July, I'm filled with awe, inspiration, and gratitude. This month has been a roller-coaster ride, but we've all held on tight, continuing to navigate the tumultuous waves of plastic pollution, one reusable item at a time. So, let's celebrate our progress, reflect on our choices, and gear up to bid adieu to Plastic Free July 2023, only to welcome a lifetime of plastic-free living.

Celebrating our Wins

We've come a long way together, haven't we? From rethinking our shopping habits, saying no to single-use plastics, to embracing the charm of reusable items – we've transformed our daily routines, and it’s indeed worth a hearty celebration.

Kids at the beach eating watermelon from a reusable silicone food bag

Remember, every plastic straw you refused, every disposable cutlery you didn't use, every plastic bag you swapped with a reusable alternative – these seemingly small choices have already made a significant impact. Every bit counts, and your conscious decisions are nudging those around you towards a cleaner, greener Earth.

Gleaning Insights from Our Journey

As we navigated through the Plastic Free July, we encountered our share of hurdles – the occasional slips, the inconvenient moments, and of course, the perplexing problem of plastic wrapped 'eco-friendly' products. But guess what? We learned. We adapted. And we emerged stronger.

The key takeaway is – it’s okay to falter, what matters is our commitment to rise again, to not be deterred by the hurdles, and to keep striving for a sustainable tomorrow.

Sustainable tomorrow image from Canva

Fine-tuning Our Plastic-Free Strategies

Now, as we usher in the last few days of this transformative journey, I’d like to share some more handy tips and tricks to help you tighten your plastic-free strategies.

1. Pack Your Own Lunch: A significant portion of plastic waste comes from takeaway containers. Packing your lunch in reusable containers not only saves waste but also keeps your food fresher!

2. DIY Your Cosmetics: From body scrubs to face masks, a lot of cosmetics can be made at home, reducing the need for plastic-packaged beauty products. Plus, they are healthier and better for your skin.

3. Invest in a Reusable Water Bottle: This one’s a game-changer. Not only will it help you refuse plastic bottles, but keeping your own water bottle also ensures you stay hydrated.

4. Buy in Bulk: Whenever possible, opt for buying in bulk to cut down on plastic packaging. Use your own reusable containers to store these items at home.

Buying in bulk image from Canva

It's about progress, not perfection. If you manage to implement even a couple of these tips, give yourself a pat on the back. You are making a difference!

Keep the Plastic Free July Spirit Alive!

As Plastic Free July comes to an end, let's make sure this is not the end of our fight against plastic pollution. The seeds we've sown this month need to be nurtured continually. At Coco Stripes, we’re here to support you every step of the way, offering a variety of eco-friendly and reusable products that can help make your transition to a sustainable lifestyle easier and more fun.

Reusable produce bags for veggies and fruit made of 100% cotton mesh

Let’s carry the lessons from Plastic Free July forward, welcoming every new day as an opportunity to make better choices for ourselves and our planet. Because every day is a chance to choose eco-friendly, to choose sustainability, to choose a better future.

Thank you, dear Eco-Warriors, for standing by the planet throughout Plastic Free July. Let’s keep this green wave rolling!