Well, July is over and that means Plastic-Free July has come to an end for another year.
However, Plastic-Free July is much more than simply a month of denial. It is an opportunity for us all to challenge ourselves to reduce our use of single-use plastics and to continue new habits well beyond 31st July.
I chose to renew my efforts to refuse plastic straws. I do not often have a drink when I am out but I made a conscious decision to ask for my drink without a straw whenever I was ordering.
The highlight was tonight when GMan and I went to the local tavern in a small village near us for dinner. We went to the bar to order our drinks and I ordered a lime and soda. I was asked if I would like ice – yes, please, lime cordial as well as fresh lime – no, thanks and finally, as the glass was filled – would I like a straw? Of course, my response was no, thanks but I also pointed out that I was delighted to actually be asked. I felt that this gives validity to those of us who choose the ‘no straw’ option. The waitress then asked if I didn’t like drinking from a straw and I replied that I chose not to use one as it is single-use plastic and most often ends up in the ocean. I then pointed out that it was a perfectly reasonable thing to do because no-one expects that my husband will drink his beer with a straw! I was excited by her reply of, “You know, I’ve never really thought of it like that, but you are right”. Another seed is sown…………
Did you participate in Plastic-Free July? Are you trying to reduce your use of single-use plastics?
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