6 Ways To Make a Successful Plastic Free July

What is Plastic Free July?

Plastic Free July was founded by a Plastic Free Foundation in Perth, Australia in 2011. This movement has drawn many people’s attention and raised awareness to lower plastic consumption. It is celebrated throughout the globe in 150 countries in an effort to reduce disposable plastic use as much as possible. Every year, Plastic Free July encourages people to be more aware of their plastic use and get started on the change. Share this campaign with people around you online with the hashtag #plasticfreejuly and get more people involved this month. Small changes make a great impact overall. Don’t be pressured to completely ban all single-use plastic all July long because it’s not easy. Set your goal and give your best effort to try to keep up with it.  

Learn more about “Plastic Free July” here and join million others to start making the change today.

Why July?

July is the most carefree month you can spend to enjoy the hot sunny summer days outside. Our appreciation for nature and environment is at its peak as we just simply take a stroll outside, sunbathe at the beach, or relax and swim in the ocean. It’s the best month to raise the awareness of increasing plastic waste worldwide to solve the plastic pollution issue.

6 Top Tips For A Zero-Waste Lifestyle

1. Create an eco-friendly kitchen with sustainable storage & dining table setting
For any occasion you are planning, decorate your tables with eco-friendly ideas. There are plenty of sustainable options for the table to choose from. Start with adding natural textures and neutral color to your kitchen or dining table with our natural jute & seagrass placemats and matching coasters or trivets. Use sustainable wood utensils and store them in small natural woven storage baskets and display them on the table. These bowls come in many different sizes, so you can spread them out and use them for multiple purposes on your table. Put green herbs or colorful fruits in one of these bowls for a vibrant and aromatic centerpiece. You can also store napkins, spices, butter, lemons or limes that people can freely grab and enjoy during the meal.

2. There are plenty of non-plastic solutions for any storage problems
We understand that it’s not easy to say goodbye to every bit of plastic around you. But try to give your best efforts to spot items that you can make your place a plastic-free home and embrace artisan goods in your space. Definitely avoid buying plastic storage that is not recycled, rather look for baskets that are sourced locally from where they are made, are made from natural and sustainable materials, and are biodegradable. The natural tones of baskets will add warmth, and their variety of sizes and shapes will blend so comfortably in any kind of interior you have.

3. Look stylish yet be practical with natural woven bins and baskets in your bathroom
Bathroom space never seems enough, no matter how many drawers and shelves you’ve got. There are so many things you need to store, and nobody wants all their essentials cluttered all over the counter, floor or toilet tank.
Use hand woven baskets to store everything you need and look stylish at the same time. You can create a fashionable bathroom space with some help from natural storage baskets. Accessories, cosmetics, toiletries, towels, and magazines can all find their right places in your bathroom.

      4. Enjoy green nature with a green picnic
Fill your ethically made picnic baskets with environmentally friendly supplies. You can start by avoiding plastic drinking bottles and plastic bags. Use more reusable or compostable disposable products such as glass bottles, bamboo plates and cutlery, and wood trays. Food can be prepared and stored in tin or paper containers for less waste. You can also replace paper napkins with cloth napkins and just toss them in the washing machine after use. Outdoor activities tend to create excessive waste. Another idea is to host zero-waste picnic and promote BYO-supplies. Try asking your guests that you need some help accomplishing the goal. You may be surprised how people are willing to help out. 

5. Complete your sustainable gift with ethical gift wrap

Gift bag: Do not hide your gift under wrapping paper anymore. Display it proudly in a coordinating reusable gift bag that gives back to nature, our planet, and Fair-Trade women artisans in rural Bangladesh communities. Small-sized jute gift bag can be reused as a daily purse to store your essentials.

Fabric wrap: Say goodbye to hard-to-recycle wrapping paper. What can be better than using a reusable cloth for wrapping gifts? Wrapping cloth is one of the most sustainable options for wrapping as they are zero-waste. Upcycle these clothes as napkins, storage for your valuables, and tea towels.

6. BYOB - Bring Your Own (Reusable) Bag
Giving up plastic shopping bags is a good way to start reducing plastic use everyday. Use market bags made out of jute when grocery shopping. Challenge yourself to avoid purchasing another plastic bag when you check out at the register this month.  

KORISSA products feature high-quality handmade goods with locally-sourced and sustainable materials. Check our plastic free packaging commitments to practice a zero-waste and low impact lifestyle. We encourage the modern shopper to purchase consciously by offering environmentally and socially responsible handmade goods. Be motivated this July to set your goals and participate in Plastic Free July with our eco-friendly collection.