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Celebrate Plastic Free July: Swap these 14 Ocean Invaders

14 Most Found Plastics in the Ocean: What You Need to Know



Happy Plastic Free July! Every year, I look forward to this month dedicated to reducing plastic use. It's a perfect time to highlight the most common and harmful plastics found in our oceans. Reducing these plastics can make a significant impact. Here’s what you need to know and some simple swaps to help you get started.


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1. Single-Use Plastic Bottles

Plastic bottles are one of the biggest ocean pollutants. Instead of buying bottled drinks, consider using a SodaStream to make your own soda at home and invest in a good reusable water bottle.


2. Food Wrappers

Food wrappers make up a large portion of ocean plastic waste. Try to avoid individually wrapped snacks. Buy in bulk and use stasher bags or beeswax wraps to store your snacks.


3. Cigarette Butts

Cigarette butts are a major ocean pollutant. If you smoke, use a portable ashtray to dispose of your cigarette butts properly and throw them in the garbage when you are out. The Earth is NOT your ashtray. They may seem small but that's why they end up in the ocean and fed to animals and often babies who wuickly become malnourished.


4. Takeaway Food Containers

Plastic takeaway containers are terrible for the environment, especially styrafoam. (I won't event bring them home.) Bring your own reusable containers when you dine out.


5. Cotton Swabs

Cotton swabs contribute significantly to plastic pollution. Switch to reusable or biodegradable cotton swabs to make a difference.


6. Disposable Cups

Instead of using disposable cups, opt for reusable ones. Mason jars and metal cups are great alternatives that can be used repeatedly.


7. Sanitary Products

Menstrual cups and period underwear are excellent alternatives to disposable sanitary products. These options are not only environmentally friendly but also cost-effective in the long run.


8. Tobacco Packaging

Tobacco packaging contributes to ocean plastic waste. If you smoke, consider rolling your own cigarettes to reduce packaging waste.


9. Disposable Straws and Cutlery

Bring your own metal straws and reusable cutlery to avoid disposable options. Asking for less ice in your drinks or using one big whiskey ise cube can also help you avoid needing a straw and leaves you with a less watered down drink and less refills!


10. Plastic Bags

Reusable bags are a must. Use fabric bags for your groceries and other shopping needs. Always keep a few in your car to avoid forgetting them.


11. Plastic Lids

Skip the lid on your takeout coffee or bring your own reusable coffee cup with a lid.


12. Plastic Beverage Containers

Similar to plastic bottles, these containers are harmful. Choose beverages packaged in glass or aluminum, which are more easily recyclable.


13. Balloons

Balloons are a fun decoration, but they often end up in the ocean. Consider alternative decorations like paper or fabric buntings.


14. Plastic Cutlery

Always carry a set of reusable cutlery. It’s a simple habit that can significantly reduce your plastic footprint.


Final Thoughts

Reducing plastic use is all about making small, consistent changes. This Plastic Free July, challenge yourself to think about using less plastic in whatever you do. Every little bit helps!


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Simple Swap: Takeaway Food Containers- I never remember to do this- so I will join you on this one! Your friends will be so impressed! Let's lead by example!


Simpe Confession: If they only have styrafoam, guess who is eating EVERYTHING on everyone's plate? - ugggh it me!


Follow me on Instagram @simp.ly.b for more tips on living a plastic-free life. If you’re planning an event, check out my business Simply B Social for sustainable party solutions. Together let's use LESS PLASTIC this July!


Share your progress and tips with others to inspire more people to join the movement.

Alone we so a little but together, we simply DO MORE!



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