Out And About | Plastic Free July

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Welcome to week two of Plastic Free July! How have you got on in the first week of your #SUPlasticPromise? Let us know on our social @EssexSU.

This week we are focusing on how to cut down on plastic usage when out and about. Sometimes plastic usage is out of your control when you’re out, but there are a few switches you can personally make, so you can be as plastic free as possible while on the go.

One massive change you can make which is one of the easiest, and more popular swaps that many people take on, is investing in a reusable travel mug. You can get these everywhere with many beverage companies offering their own versions. A lot of companies also give you money off your drinks if you remember to bring your own mug, so you’ll save money while saving the planet. And don’t forget, you can use your mugs everywhere, not just at the store you brought it from.

To go one step further why not invest in a travel mug made from bamboo, or a keep cup which is built to last a long time.

Similarly to this, you can also invest in a reusable water bottle instead of buying or using plastic bottles. The ‘FindYourWay’ app is a great way to find water fountains on campus to grab an eco-friendly top-up.

Lunch is another place where you can make a big difference. If you bring your own lunch with you, there are many alternatives available to cling film, tin foil and plastic bags. Bring your lunch in Tupperware, or a glass jar. Or why not invest in a reusable sandwich bag or a set of beeswax wraps.

If you are good at crafts, there are many articles online that outline how to make your own beeswax wraps if you want to save some pennies, and there are instructions on how to make vegan alternatives too.

You can also consider making some changes when you go out for lunch. You can re-use takeaway packaging, bring your own box for them to put your food in, or you can choose to eat in.

Finally, another way to save plastic is to refuse plastic cutlery and straws and instead invest in your own reusable versions. You can get these online and in a lot of stores and most come in sets with handy straw cleaners.

It’s never too late to join the SU in creating change for Plastic Free July by making a plastic promise.



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