Plastic Free July 2021

Over the past few years, Jon and I have celebrated Plastic Free July by (virtually) throwing open the doors of our home to share the swaps and substitutions we’ve made to cut back on plastic. This year I’m afraid I have too many projects on my plate to do this properly, but I still think it’s an important environmental issue to focus on. So, before I get to this month’s Putting Litter First blog post, I wanted to share a quick summary of how you can start (or continue) to reduce your wasteline:

If you live in Chippenham …

  • Squeeky in Emery Gate has joined the ranks of environmentally friendly shops in town and offers a wide range of refills and other eco-products.
  • Cousin Norman’s on New Road has long been a Chippenham eco-champion, and their refill soap shop kept our household in toiletries throughout the pandemic. Keep an eye out for their school uniform and Halloween costume swap shop, as well as tasty treats from Nourishers.
  • Gift shop Just Because You Love It may be bijou, but it stocks a wide range of eco-essentials. And don’t forget to check out their online shop too!

Despite the pandemic, zero-waste and plastic-free shops are continuing to pop up around the country. Unfortunately, the website Zero Waste Near Me is currently out of action after being hacked, but check out the Zero Waste Network to see if there are any shops near you. There are also a number of independent online shops that do incredible plastic-free products that will be delivered to your door in eco-friendly packaging. I haven’t used all of them, but here’s a list to get you started.

Interested in learning more about how you can reduce your wasteline and cut back on plastic from around the house? Check out the Plastic Free July archive:


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