|Plastic and other rubbish floating in a harbour|
It's one good reason to get on board with Plastic Free July, being part of a movement shows children they aren't alone. Read on for some craft ideas.
The first thing to get clear is that Plastic Free July doesn't necessarily mean throwing out existing plastic containers at home and replacing them with new ones, or this could get rather expensive! Remind them that we are trying to reduce waste overall, so throwing things out might not be the best first step.
What it does mean is
- saying 'no' where possible to new plastic coming into the home, especially single-use plastic bags, plastic food wrap, and other single-use plastics
- finding alternatives to plastics where possible.
- make your own muesli bars and dips, reducing the amount of plastic packaging that would come from individually wrapped bars or dip containers (here are a few of my favourites: Tahini Bars, Banana Tramping Bars, and any kind of hummus dip).
- make beeswax food wraps, these are a great replacement for plastic wrap
- sew shopping bags out of fabric remnants (don't forget to take them with you when you go shopping)
- make newspaper bin liners, using some simple origami
And when you're done with indoor activities, head to the beach for a fossick and while you are there pick up rubbish, every little bit helps!
Plastic Free July - http://www.plasticfreejuly.org and http://osof.org/july/
Muesli bar recipes -
Photo credits: Indonesian harbour photo, L. Longuet Higgins