Lately you probably have read or see a lot of information about the #PlasticFreeJuly Challenge. It was mainly shared through the social medias.
For those who might have missed this information, are asking themselves what we are referring to…
So, let’s have a closer look at this current topic!
What is Plastic Free?
It means try to not generate any waste, not more waste than needed, and not more waste than what is already existing. So, instead it is preferable to reuse all your things or do some compost in your house or garden or apartment, or use leftovers to make your own natural dyes for example, or you can even also make a delicious dish out of your leftovers. There are actually plenty of options. You just have to be willing to change a little bit on your daily basis, to adapt to the current situation, inform yourself as much as possible, and be creative! Try to make those small changes something fun for you, otherwise changes will not last.
Plastic free refers mainly to reduce single-use plastic. This way, you should bring your own reusable bags while you go to the market or for groceries. At home, try to reduce and avoid single-use plastic, or reuse your plastic items as long as they will last. And also, when you go out, try to bring with you, your reusable water bottle and reusable bamboo or steel straw, and maybe also your reusable coffee cup if needed!
And how is MAYDI Plastic Free?
MAYDI, as a slow sustainable fashion brand, only produces the ordered quantities. She does not work with stock. All her orders are wrapped with a sustainable reusable packaging, made out of 100% organic cotton. These packaging pouches are made out of MAYDI’s own fabrics leftovers. And her clients are very happy, as they can reuse it for anything they possibly like or need, as a tea bag one client mentioned for example.
And most of the natural fibers used are biodegradable. Also, all the garments and accessories are colored thanks to natural dyes obtained from native plants of Argentina and South America. And, for her new collection, Maria, the founder and designer of the brand, is currently finishing to design and create it, she decided to reintroduce old pieces from her previous collections and reuse her own dead stock and leftovers, to avoid creating and generating waste, and by giving all the pieces another chance and the ability to be worn with style.
Some tips you should adopt!
Buy and shop products in bulk, just buy what you need and will use on time.
Bring your own reusable bags with you every day, as you never know!
Also bring your reusable water bottle with you daily, it is important to stay hydrated!
You could also bring your own reusable coffee cup with you, if you like buying your coffee outside.
When you go out, make sure you bring your own reusable bamboo or steel straw. In some countries it is already forbidden to serve and use single-use plastic straws, as it is very contaminating for our environment and wildlife.
Several companies and organizations are already adapting our ways of consuming, using, living and buying. They think and rethink, they use their creativity and the new available technologies, to develop the products of the future. So, let’s try to use all the tools and resources we have around us and just reuse everything single object we own. And do not forget that the most sustainable you can be, is to use and reuse all you already have.
There exists also many DIY (Do It Yourself) options, to make your own cleaning products and beauty products at home for example.
And when it comes to clothing, lately buying second hand or swapping or renting clothes has result in a great option, to avoid producing unnecessary garments that will not be worn. But if you are willing to buy something new, the best option is to buy from sustainable slow fashion brands, that work with natural materials and produce in limited stock.
We hope everyone understands and realizes the challenges we are facing today. We think that we should all take small steps towards a more responsible consumption.
You can find below our selection of resources, if you are interested in knowing a little bit more about this subject:
Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, Beth Terry, 2012.
Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy, Chantal Plamondon and Jay Sinha, 2017.
More information about the movement: https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/