In another 9 days it will be July. Six months of 2016 will be gone – that is half of the year. The winter solstice (in the Southern hemisphere) is gone and now the days will begin to get longer, although the coolest days are still ahead of us. Here in Australia the financial year ends on 30th June each year and then there will be a flurry of activity of tax returns and hopefully, refunds.
This year, the beginning of July will also herald a Federal election on 2nd July after an inordinately long campaign of about 8 weeks. In some respects, it seems much longer as we were subjected to much speculation regarding the date prior to the actual announcement.
None of this fills me with particular joy and optimism but there is one highlight and that is ‘Plastic Free July’.
‘Plastic Free July’ began with one Council in one city in Australia 5 years ago and last year the concept was embraced by groups and individuals in 69 countries around the globe. You can read more here.
I have read various discussions in which people have mentioned that are are setting themselves up for the challenge by buying or making tulle vegetable bags and beeswax wraps as a substitute for plastic film.
My plan is continue much as I currently do and redouble my efforts to get rid of more single-use plastic from my life.
What single-use plastic could you eliminate? What alternatives would you use? Are you looking for ideas?
I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas to develop a discussion where we can all learn from each other.
Here are some plastic-free treats from our vegie garden.