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Participate in 'Plastic Free July' with FILL Kelowna

The month of July has begun, but have you ever heard of the 'Plastic Free July’ movement? Let’s take a closer look at this initiative aimed at making the world a greener place, one piece of plastic at a time.

What is Plastic Free July?

Plastic Free July is all about reducing single use plastics by refusing to buy them in the first place! It's a personal challenge, but it is part of a global effort.

Plastic Free July invites you to choose to refuse plastic, inspire others and discover plastic free alternatives that just might turn into permanent habits well beyond July!

To make it easier to join the movement, let’s look at simple swaps and easy solutions that you can do on the individual level. We've divided up our easy tips for reducing plastic into 4 different topics : laundry, on-the-go, cleaning, and personal care!

Tips for Laundry

  • Refill your bottles!
  • Choose plastic free packaging options like laundry powder
  • Use a stain remover stick instead of spray.
  • Choose natural fibres to prevent microplastics entering the water ways (avoid polyester, nylon, acrylic, viscose, rayon, fleece).

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Tips for Cleaning

  • Refill your bottle to save a container!
  • Avoid chemicals + toxic ingredients including ‘fragrances’ to stay away from carcinogens and endocrine disrupters.
  • Make your own DIY cleaner using cleaning vinegar or Castile soap or baking soda.
  • Repurpose old towels into rags.
  • Save old toothbrushes for cleaning.
  • Swap out plastic brushes for bamboo brushes and use compostable dishcloths

Tips for On The Go

  • Have a 'car kit' with grocery bags, reusable produce bag, cutlery, straw, mug, etc.
  • Take your own containers for leftovers at restaurants.
  • Pack lots of water for hot days to avoid needing to buy on the go.
  • Take your our mug or cup to coffee shops

Tips for Personal Care

  • Purchase in glass or sustainable packaging
  • Avoid impulse purchases
  • Buy 'naked' products such as shampoo bars, bar soap, etc
  • Reusable & sustainable period care.
  • Use a plastic free razor like a safety razor.
  • Lip chap in compostable packaging.

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You'll find many of the solutions we mention at FILL - Kelowna’s Refill Store, where our team are passionate about plastic alternatives! Feel free to stop by this month and ask us for suggestions - you'll be surprised at just how many plastic free options exist!

Be sure to check out FILL’s Plastic Free July giveaway on Instagram. Find all the details on their page @fillkelownasrefillstore!

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