Everyone knows how vital our oceans are to the health of this planet (and our very existence), so it should come as no surprise that new environmental movements aimed to protect the ocean have been making waves. One that you may have noticed popping up this month is #PlasticFreeJuly⎯a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic usage and improves recycling world-wide.
Although we do use plastic packaging for our JUS (they're 100% recyclable!), we are very committed to being as environmentally friendly as possible and hope that we can inspire you to do the same! Below are 5 ways you can join the Plastic Free movement this month and hopefully for many months to come.
Give Up Straws
Plastic straws are really REALLY bad for the ocean. It’s been reported that we use over 500 million plastic straws every day in America, and most of those end up in our oceans, polluting the water, and killing marine life. It’s not enough to recycle them either. According to the Strawless Ocean, plastic straws are too lightweight for recycling sorters. They drop through sorting screens and end up in landfills. Thankfully, you can easily buy a reusable glass or metal straw or opt to go straw free completely! Even Starbucks has announced its plans to go completely strawless!!
Bring a Cup to your Coffee Shop
Single use plastic is such an awful offender with such an easy solution. The next time you’re about to head out the door to get your daily matcha latte or morning coffee, bring a cup with you! There are lots of great reusable options and tons of coffee shops even offer discounts if you bring your own. If you’re like us and have trouble remembering to bring it, try keeping one in your purse at all times, one at the office and one at home. Consistency is key and soon you’ll never leave home without one!
Bring Bags To Grocery Stores
So easy and it can do so much good. Invest in a few reusable bags and bring them with you every time you go grocery shopping! Of course some trips to the store aren’t planned in advance, but think of how much plastic you would be saving if you skipped the plastic bags during just one of your big grocery trips? If you have a car, keep the reusable bags in your trunk! If you’re a city dweller like us, just make sure you have them stored near you door in plain sight so you won’t forget them.
Buy In Bulk
No matter how hard we may try, it’s nearly impossible to shop completely plastic-free. It’s used to package too many different foods and if you shop at major grocery chains, we guarantee there will be lots of plastic filling your cart. The best way to avoid this is to shop at Farmers Markets when possible and buy things like nuts, grains, oats, and pasta in bulk at places like Whole Foods.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
For any plastic items you do have at home, put in the extra effort to recycle them! Most apartment buildings offer a recycling bin, and if you are a homeowner you should do the same. When you drink any of our JUS smoothies, be sure to locate a recycling bin on the street and visit THIS site to find out more about what you can and can’t recycle in your state. In New York state alone, people produce about 24 million pounds of waste each day, recycling only about half of what could be recycled. Let’s change that across the country!
There are so many more ways to live more sustainably and reduce the waste that inevitably gets dumped into our oceans. We highly recommend checking this site out for more helpful tips! And remember, every little bit helps. If we don’t act now, by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.