A-Z Alternatives for Plastic Free Living

 Featured from PlasticFreeJuly.org

Featured from PlasticFreeJuly.org

Join the challenge and ‘Choose To Refuse’ single-use plastic during July.

Imagine a world without plastic waste. That’s our mission along with Plastic Free July – to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling, worldwide. 

The plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use just for a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever.

These plastics:

  • break up, not break down – becoming permanent pollution
  • have low rates of recycling (only 9% of all plastics ever made have been recycled) and are mostly downcycled (made into low grade product for just one more use) or sent to landfill
  • ‘escape’ from bins, trucks, events etc. to become ‘accidental litter’
  • end up in waterways and the ocean – where scientists predict there will be more tonnes of plastic than tonnes of fish by 2050
  • transfer to the food chain – carrying pollutants with them
  • increase our eco-footprint – plastic manufacturing consumes 6% of the world’s fossil fuels

Every bit of plastic ever made still exists and in the first 10 years of this century the world economy produced more plastic than the entire 1900's!


Single-Use Plastic

Bin liner (plastic bag)


Doggy doo bags

Coffee cup (lid)

Gladwrap / cling film

Hair brush


Nappies (diapers) - disposable


Plastic bag

Plastic drink bottle

Plastic straw

Sanitary pads



Toilet paper




Plastic-Free Alternative

Line your bin with several layers of newspaper.

Make your own (see our recipe)

Folded up newspaper

Request no lid / take a reusable cup

Reusable container / aluminium foil / fabric wraps

Keep an eye out for wooden/bamboo hairbrushes

Look for milk in refillable glass bottles

Reusable cloth nappies

Make your own, buy in bulk or look for cardboard-packaged pasta

Arms /cardboard box / reusable bag

Reusable drink bottle

Lips / metal or glass straw

Make your own or buy washable reusable pads online

Solid bar shampoo

Try menstrual cups (more info here)

Look for toilet paper wrapped in paper

Look for a wooden bamboo toothbrush

Make your own (see our recipe)