1. SWAP PLASTIC FOR ECO ALTERNATIVES
Go room by room in your house starting with the kitchen, laundry and bathroom to think about how you can swap a common plastic item for a more sustainable one. This shouldn't mean spending tons of money all at once - take it day by day and gradualling invest in eco alternatives. For easy eco swaps to make your laundry and kitchen more plastic-free, see our blog on it here.
2. LOOK AT THE FABRIC OF YOUR CLOTHING
Clothing made of synthetic fibres is harmful for the environment. For a look into what's inside your clothes, visit our blog on it here.
2. PLANT A TREE
NZ Companies such as Trees That Count want to make it easy for Kiwis to make a difference and plant millions more native trees. There's even some awesome companies out there working to support the environment in everything they do. Brands stocked at Flo including Little Difference, Goodfor and Caliwoods all work to support tree planting in Africa with each purchase.
3. GET DIY ABOUT IT
Thinking you can't give up crackers in plastic or your favourite store-bought granola? Try making your own. Homemade is not only easy but often cheaper than bought ones. Here's a recipe for our favourite.
4. FOLLOW ACTIVISTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Be a sponge and be open to learning from those who have been in this space for quite some time. . Increasing their following and engagement by ‘liking’ and interacting with their posts will help boost their messages. If you really like one of their posts, share it on your Instagram story, Twitter, or Facebook.
5. ORGANISE A BEACH CLEAN UP WITH YOUR FRIENDS
This is one of the easiest and cheapest things you can do to help the environment! Gather a bunch of family and friends and head to your nearest beach - whilst you might not think you'd usually find a lot of plastic along NZ's shorelines, you'd be surprised about how much you'll find. Check out our beach clean up with Our Seas Our Future here.
This is just a few example of thing we can all do - there's so many other things we can change about our lifestyles to look after Mother Nature better. Something we've spoken about it how what we do in #plasticfreejuly should carry on into our lives not just during this month, but beyond!
Good luck team,