Want to take the plunge and go plastic free for Plastic Free July? Here's few tips to make it easier for you.

1. Get yourself a plastic free living kit. This will make removing plastic from your life so much easier.

Your kit should include a collection of drawstring bags, a cutlery set (with kinfe, fork, spoon, straw and napkin – and chopsticks if you use them), a reusable lunch box, and reusable cup.

You can buy all the pieces for your kit or get crafty and make them yourself (if you’re not great at sewing, join a local craft group to polish up your skills).

 

2. Set yourself reminders to bring your plastic free living kits when you go out. There’s no use having all the bits and pieces if you forget to bring them.

Erin Rhoads recommends using the old fashioned post it note for this. We think putting them on the back of your front door should make them hard to miss on your way out.

 

3. Get your food from places where it doesn’t come in plastic 

Farmers marketsbulk buy stores and co-ops are great places to start, or pick it yourself (for free). If you’re not sure where to find bulk buy stores near you, get yourself a bulk buy app

 

4. Do a workshop

Find out about composting and worm farming an apartments at this free talk in August, learn some craft skillscooking skills, or life skills.

 

5. Sign the Plastic Bag Free Victoria petition   This petition asks the Victorian Government to take action by passing legislation to ban plastic bags in Victoria, and they need at least 10,000 signatures.   They are already half way there, with over 6,000 people having signed to show their support.   6. Get some inspiration   There’s a screening of Baykeepers and Melbourne Down Under in Elwood on 19 July, and Bag It on 10 July in Docklands (with the founder of Plastic Free July, Rebecca Prince-Ruiz).    7. Connect with people around you who are committed to a plastic free lifestyle   The Transition movement is a grassroots community movement that focuses on skill sharing and connecting with the community around you to encourage and enable sustainable living.   Our local group, Transition Port Phillip, has been meeting for more than five years and holds convivial cooking skills workshops, tours, movie nights, walking tours and more.    8. Join your local Beach Patrol   Every month, local Beach Patrol groups meet on beaches around Port Phillip Bay to help keep our beautiful beaches clean for everyone. Our local groups are ElwoodSt Kilda, Albert Park, and Port Melbourne.    9. Get your coffee from a café that offers a discount for bringing your own cup.   Responsible Cafes lists businesses around the world that have made this commitment to deterring the use of disposable cups.   Even better – ask your favourite café if they want to be part of this initiative that connects thoughtful cafés with conscious consumers.   10. Sign up to be part of Plastic Free July to get ideas, tips and recipes via email each week.    It's easier with someone reminding you that it's not as hard as it sounds. Trust us on this.