Plastic Free July… We’re taking the challenge!

So here at Pretty Local we have set ourselves the challenge to go plastic free for the month! This is going to be pretty tricky as in our household we have children that eat yoghurt by the bucket load and drink milk like its water (thank goodness for Challon’s Combe Organics who have agreed to refill out own bottles for milk and yoghurt).

It’s day 2 and I’m not sure if we have taken a challenge too large. Its crazy to think how difficult it is to totally cut out single use plastic.

I do try to avoid the supermarket for general shopping, so on this front I think we can succeed, just by buying through Pretty Local we can avoid packaging for all the essentials that we use on a day-to-day basis.

The trickier times are when it comes to cleaning products, shampoos, conditioners etc., I think we can overcome this issue by popping to Totnes to the new Zero Waste Shop to see what I can find but in all honesty I’m hoping that we don’t run out of anything until August!

And then there’s the kids... packed lunches for school trips and days on the beach will be difficult as the quick go to snacks I would usually buy are generally wrapped in single use plastics. My 4-year-old son also has a birthday party coming up, so I will be looking at alternative to plastic straws, balloons and party bags. In fact the more I think about it the more I realise we are in such a throwaway world, and this is essentially the reason for us taking on the challenge, becoming aware of what we buy what we use and what we can do without. It’s going to be a huge learning curve for us all….

I will let you how the month goes… If you would like to join us then there is a website where you can sign up and get some tips on how to set yourself goals and cut down on plastics, just go to the website Plastic Free July and another useful site that has some great ideas for living with less plastic.

If you would like to refill your own bottles for milk and yoghurt then please do get in touch and we explain how the process will work

Essentially you will need to supply me with clean bottles which are either 1L or 2L and then I will get them to Challon’s Combe to be filled. It is essential that the containers can be closed with a lid and have been cleaned, closed and labeled with your name. The farm does not have the ability to sterilize the bottles, so it will be down to the individual to do it.