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In recent years, we have all become more aware of the detrimental effects that plastic has on the environment. Plastic is an enormous problem that needs to be tackled worldwide, and sometimes it might feel like there’s not a lot we can do as individuals, especially when trying to raise a family. 

However, there are actually plenty of ways that you and your family can reduce the amount of plastic you’re using. Just a few basic lifestyle changes can significantly reduce your plastic waste, and they’re much easier than you might expect.

What is Plastic Free July?

Plastic Free July is an award-winning campaign by the Plastic Free Foundation. First starting back in 2011, the initiative sees millions of people take part every year. The aim is to provide participants with resources and ideas to reduce single-use plastics in their everyday lives. The hope is that those taking part will see how easy reducing their plastic use is, and form lasting lifelong habits. 

How to do Plastic Free July with Children 

There are plenty of fun and practical ways to get children of all ages involved with Plastic Free July 2021.

Teaching Kids the Impact Plastic Has on the Environment

Talking to children about climate change can feel daunting, but you don’t need to get into the nitty-gritty details to get them thinking about the environment and how to look after it. Getting your kids outside, spotting different wildlife and thinking about how plastic might affect their homes is just one way to introduce the topic. 

Introduce Reusable Products into Your Day-to-Day Routine

A lot of products we use to take care of our little ones are unfortunately not always good for the environment. However, there are some super simple swaps you can make! One of the easiest is to ditch the baby wipes for reusable muslin cloths. 

Baby wipes are highly damaging to the environment, causing sewer blockages and ending up in our precious oceans.  Using reusable muslins, like the ones on offer from Frugi, are a great option as they are very absorbent and kind to a baby’s sensitive skin. 

Another easy swap is changing to reusable sanitary towels. The Trial Kit from Bloom & Nora is an ideal place to start, allowing you to try four different sizes of pads to find what works for you and your flow. 

Play With Plastic Free Toys 

Toys don’t have to be plastic to be fun to play with! Babies and toddlers use their mouths to explore taste and texture as they develop, so wooden toys are not only a better option for the environment, but they are also safer for your little one thanks to being made from non-toxic materials and paints. 

Go On a Plastic Free Picnic

A plastic-free picnic is a great way to get a handle on preparing food without plastic whilst having fun in the process. Bring drinks in reusable bottles, make your sandwiches and bring them in reusable containers, make your snacks to bring along - follow a recipe for healthy snack bars, or just bake some cakes! As long as they’re not wrapped in plastic, you’re good to go. 

You could even take it a step further and try to dress as sustainably as possible! What better time to model those charity shop buys than at a plastic-free picnic? For little ones, we have a great range of organic baby clothes here at Tilly & Jasper, from fantastic brands like Kite Clothing, Frugi, and Maxomorra

Going completely plastic-free is no easy task, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Just do what you can, and have fun in the process!

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