Taking on Plastic Free July? Switch to these reusable coffee cups (2023)

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Britain has a love affair with coffee. As a nation, we drink about 95 million cups a day, with the average fan sipping two cups daily. Some people have their own at-home morning routine, while others frequently visit their favourite cafe or coffee shop for a takeout brew on the way to work.

Britons spend billions of pounds a year at high street coffee chains. It’s a habit that does not come cheap, and it could be costing the earth.

The UK’s fondness for takeaway coffee sees us disposing of 2.5 billion plastic-coated takeaway cups annually, and that number is set to increase by a third by 2030. Only one in 400 cups is recycled. The rest are sent to landfill, generating 152,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year – equivalent to the emissions of 33,300 cars.

In light of this, and the single-use plastic hiatus –aka Plastic Free July – now encouraging us to make more eco-friendly choices, is now finally the time to start making the shift?A breakup between Britain and coffee shops is unlikely, so we need to limit the environmental impact in other ways, and reusable coffee cups could help.

Baristas will gladly make your regular drink in your own refillable cup, and some retailers even offer discounts or extra loyalty stamps if you have one. When you’ve finished your drink, take it home to wash up for use the next day. Your coffee experience will be all the better for knowing that you’re not contributing to waste and are doing your bit to care for the planet.

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How we tested

There are dozens of reusable coffee cups available as brands try to help consumers be more environmentally conscious. To help you find the right one for you, we’ve whittled down the options to the ones we think are best. There are glass, stainless steel and silicone versions, those that look like takeaway coffee cups and others that more closely resemble a bottle.

Each one included in our roundup has been tested with hot drinks and some also with cold. We’ve rated each on drinking experience, functionality, ease of use, leak protection, design and looks. It’s time to quit your takeaway cup habit.

The best reusable coffee cups for 2022 are:

  • Best overall – Circular&Co reusable coffee cup, 355ml: £13.95, Circularandco.com
  • Best for hiking – Klean Kanteen insulated tkwide with café cap, 355ml: £25.95, Kleankanteen.co.uk
  • Best collapsible cup – Stojo on the go coffee cup, 355ml: £12.99, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best for iced coffee – S’well traveler, 470ml: £29.75, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best for a post-workout brew – Lululemon the hot/cold bottle, 500ml: £35, Lululemon.co.uk
  • Best customisable cup – KeepCup design your own, from 227ml: from £12, Keepcup.com
  • Best multi-use cup – Hermosa everything bottle, 350ml: £30, Livehermosa.com
  • Best for tea drinkers – SoleCup travel mug, 310ml: £20, Ethikel.com
  • Best smart mug – Ember travel mug², 355ml: £199.95, Ember.com
  • Best for hygiene – BugBear antimicrobial purple knit cup, 310ml: £18, Ethikel.com
  • Best colour – Smidge citrus travel cup, 236ml: £14.95, Domesticsciencehome.co.uk

Circular&Co reusable coffee cup, 355ml

Best: Overall

Rating: 10/10

We named the Circular&Co reusable coffee cup our best buy before, and we’re doing it again. Even after testing many different mugs, it’s still our favourite in all the factors we consider important – not least because the company helps tackle the problem of takeaway cups in more ways than one. The brand collects millions of used coffee cups from around the country, cleans and shreds them and blends the material with a recycled polymer to form the new cups. The result is a robust, high-quality travel cup that is designed to last a decade and is 100 per cent recycled again at the end of its life.

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The smooth cup allows for a 360-degree drinking experience, which means it feels no different to drinking from a standard mug or coffee cup, and it kept our drinks hot for longer than an hour. Plus, it is leakproof, thanks to a lid that clicks open and closed when pushed. It’s also dishwasher safe on the top shelf, is excellent value for money, and there are several colour combinations to choose from, so you’ll undoubtedly find a favourite.

Klean Kanteen insulated tkwide with café cap, 355ml

Best: For hiking

Rating: 8.5/10

No hike is complete without a warming brew for when you’re taking a well-earned breather. You’ll want a lightweight, leakproof, insulating container to carry it in safely, and we think this cup is among the best for the job. It’s compact, features a durable metal loop for attaching to a bag or belt and is made from 90 per cent recycled food-grade stainless steel that can take the bumps of outdoor adventures.

The insulating performance is outstanding, keeping drinks hot for up to 11 hours and cold for 38 hours, perfect for long expeditions (although we’d suggest taking more than one cup because you’ll need more than 355ml to stay hydrated). Instead of a hinged lid, this cup features a twistable cover that reveals a smooth opening for comfortable, dribble-free drinking.

Stojo on the go coffee cup, 355ml

Best: Collapsible cup

Rating: 7.5/10

Having only a dinky bag is no excuse for not carrying a reusable coffee cup because Stojo’s design collapses down to a couple of inches high for easy storage on the go. It’s a clever concept, but you’ll need to be mindful that the cup’s body is made from flexible silicone, because we found that it can leak when it’s full and accidentally squeezed. The insulated heat sleeve can help stop too much pressure from being put on the flexible part, and it keeps your hands safe because the cup can get quite hot.

The cup is pleasant to drink from and features a swivel stopper to close the mouthpiece and prevent leaks, but we wouldn’t risk putting it in our bags if it were full. There are plenty of design options and colours, and we like that there is the option of a straw, which also folds down inside the cup.

S’well traveler, 470ml

Best: For iced coffee

Rating: 9/10

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As the temperature rises, our drinks get cooler, and we need a reusable cup for iced lattes and frappes. Enter S’well’s traveler, which is perfect for both hot and cold drinks. The design is simple, with only the bottle and lid, making it super easy to keep clean and fresh.

We found this to be among the best bottles for mouthfeel because you drink from it like you would a conventional cup or mug, and it’s just as good if used with a straw. The wide opening is also ideal for adding ice cubes, whether crushed or whole, and makes cleaning easy.

We found it kept our cold drinks cool for several hours, up to 24 in fact, not that you’ll be able to resist drinking a delicious frappe for that length of time. But this cup is equally good all year round because it keeps hot drinks warm for up to 12 hours, and the insulation keeps the outer bottle cool enough to handle safely.

Lululemon the hot/cold bottle, 500ml

Best: For a post-workout brew

Rating: 8/10

If all your fitness gear has to be matching, you might as well include your refillable drinks bottle in that too. This one from Lululemon is designed for both hot and cold drinks, allowing you to use it for both throughout the day. And because you’ll be needing plenty of hydration after a workout, it accommodates for a generous 500ml of liquid.

We especially love the look of this bottle and its handy features, including a loop for easy carrying, a shiftable tab for locking the lid closed and a single push-button for quick and easy one-hand opening. Drinking is through a smooth, medium-sized spout, which we enjoyed and placed it second only to those with 360-degree openings in terms of comfort. While this bottle is out of stock at the moment, we have asked the brand if and when it will be back – so do check back for updates.

KeepCup design your own, from 227ml

Best: Customisable cup

Rating: 9/10

There are now dozens of options for drinks at coffee shops, so why should the size and design of your reusable cup be limited? KeepCup doesn’t think it should and offers a design-your-own service on its trusty cups. The sizes available are 227ml, 340ml and 454ml, and there are options for the material the cup is made from, including glass, stainless steel and the original plastic. You can choose between a cork or a silicone heat band on the glass versions, and there are so many colour combinations to choose from, allowing you to create something truly personal.

As with all the brand’s cups, the lid pushes on for a secure fit, and there is a smooth opening from which to drink that can be closed with the swivel stopper. We love that KeepCup also sells replacement parts to keep your cup going for many years and out of landfill.

Hermosa everything bottle, 350ml

Best: Multi-use cup

Rating: 8/10

It might seem strange to buy your reusable coffee cup from a protein powder brand, but they’re spot on with the design of this bottle. It’s a multi-tasking all-rounder that can see you through the day with coffee, tea, water, juices and even shakes after a workout at Barry’s because it doubles as a shaker – without a metal spiral – to create a smooth drink.

The cup has a sleek, black design with orange branding and is made from stainless steel, so it is super durable yet compact and perfect for carrying in a bag. It features a double lid, with both options offering 360-degree drinking for the feeling of sipping from a traditional cup. We also found the cup kept coffee hot for about two hours and water cooler for longer.

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SoleCup travel mug, 310ml

Best: For tea drinkers

Rating: 8.5/10

Real tea fans will agree that tea bags are equivalent to the coffee world’s instant drink and loose leaves are king for the perfect cuppa. The only thing is that drinking them on the go isn’t always possible because an infuser is essential, and few travel cups feature them. But the SoleCup is here to make your proper tea-drinking dreams a reality. It features a beautifully designed tea diffuser that attaches to the lid and holds plenty of loose leaves for the perfect brew. A detachable plastic smoothie filter is also included in the box.

The cup is a charming, colourful little number too, with plenty of options to choose from, including whether you have a silicone or cork heat band. Best of all, the cup is made from glass, which we find is the best for tea because it doesn’t affect the delicate flavour.

Ember travel mug², 355ml

Best: Smart mug

Rating: 9/10

Smart tech makes almost every area of our lives that little bit easier nowadays, including on-the-go drinking with the Ember mug². It is a marvellous bit of kit, and you’ll never worry about cold tea or coffee again if you choose to invest in one.

Set your perfect drinking temperature – between 50C and 62.5C – and you will get a notification from a phone app to say it has reached that optimum point, plus the mug will keep it there for three hours. A touch-sensitive display on the front of the mug itself can also be used to check and change the temperature, so no worry if your phone is not at hand.

The black matte cup looks elegant, and it is comfortable to hold and use, with 360-degree drinking. Plus, it is 100 per cent leakproof, with a push of the lid to open and close with a tight seal. We tipped it up when it was full several times to test, and not a drop came out.

The mug comes with a matte black charging coaster, which we keep on our desks because the battery life does not last beyond those three hours. And despite the internal electrics, this cup is safe to handwash and submersible up to 1m in water, but do not put anything but the lid in the dishwasher.

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BugBear antimicrobial purple knit cup, 310ml

Best: For hygiene

Rating: 8/10

Clean freaks will love the idea of this travel cup. The cute design makes it look like the cup is wearing a knitted cosy, but really it is made from food-grade stainless steel treated with AntiBug technology. This antimicrobial silver ion material kills 99.9 per cent of all known bacteria, including MRSA, E. coli and salmonella, and lasts for the lifetime of the cup, which is about five years. This doesn’t mean you can get out of washing it as you would any other cup. It will still need cleaning after use, but it just adds a little extra protection.

Besides its bug-killing powers, the cup is comfortable to drink from and pretty good at keeping the liquid inside warm for over an hour. It’s also leakproof thanks to the hinged stopper that closes the mouthpiece.

Smidge citrus travel cup, 236ml

Best: For colour

Rating: 8/10

Do you have one of those bags where you can never find a thing? One item you’re unlikely to lose in there is this orange cup, which is sure to brighten your day. It’s a double-walled, vacuum-insulated cup made from food-grade stainless steel and designed to last a lifetime. The Smidge cup promises to keep drinks hot for six hours or cold for up to 12 – and we found it delivers for perfectly toasty coffee even if you forget about it for a couple of hours.

We also put its leakproof claims to the test, and the contents stayed securely inside, even when we gave it a little shake with the cup turned upside down. So we’d be confident about carrying the cup in our bags even if it were half full. Drinking from this cup is through a small opening, the standard type you find on coffee shop cup lids. We found the hinged mouthpiece cover a little tricky to open when we first started testing, but it became easier with each use.

The verdict: Reusable coffee cups

The Circular&Co reusable coffee cup ticks all the boxes in terms of insulation, drinking experience and, importantly, environmental consideration. We love how the UK-made travel cup helps to do away with single-use takeaway coffee cups smartly and creatively with no compromise on functionality and insulation performance.

We also love the freedom of choice you get with the KeepCup design your own and think the S’well traveler is a summer must-have for those iced coffees and picnics in the park.

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FAQs

How can I switch to plastic for free? ›

Food Consumption
  1. Carry reusable utensils and containers to work. ...
  2. Carry lunch and other meals in a reusable container. ...
  3. Carry sandwiches and snacks in reusable lunch wraps. ...
  4. Use your own reusable container for takeout and leftovers. ...
  5. Use reusable coffee cups and drink bottles. ...
  6. Cut out frozen meals. ...
  7. Use a reusable bread bag.

Why is plastic free July important? ›

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people come together to be part of the solution to end plastic pollution. By being part of the campaign to end plastic pollution we can all have cleaner streets, oceans and communities. The idea of the campaign is to avoid single-use items where possible.

Why we should go plastic free? ›

Plastic sticks around in the environment for ages, threatening wildlife and spreading toxins. Plastic also contributes to global warming (almost all plastics are made from chemicals that come from the production of planet-warming fuels like gas, oil and even coal).

How do people celebrate plastic free days? ›

The best way to celebrate is also the easiest to do. Wherever you find yourself on July 3rd, from the grocery store to the park, to a restaurant, make sure not to use and not to ask for any plastic bags.

How do you replace plastic with eco friendly products? ›

It's time to abandon single-use plastic and embrace these eco-friendly alternatives to plastic instead.
  1. Glass Bottles and Jars. ...
  2. Beeswax Food Wrap. ...
  3. Organic Cotton Bags. ...
  4. Natural Fibre Cloth. ...
  5. Steel Containers and Drinking Straws. ...
  6. Cassava Raincoats. ...
  7. Edible Water Bottles. ...
  8. Edible Forks, Spoons, and Chopsticks.
23 Mar 2022

How do I get rid of plastic in my life? ›

Make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner. Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags. Also, opt for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk items instead of products that come in single serving cups.

Is it possible to live without plastic bags? ›

There are now a variety of options to help you avoid using plastic for storing food...and avoiding polluting and leaching disposable take-out containers: stainless steel and glass containers – airtight and non-airtight – with stainless steel lids.

What is the best material for reusable cups? ›

Stainless steel: One of the most durable options, stainless steel mugs will last for years. And they're more likely than other reusable coffee cups to be insulated, keeping your drinks warmer for longer. These mugs may be a little more pricey up front, but they more than pay for themselves over time.

Who invented plastic free July? ›

In 2011, Prince-Ruiz started the Plastic Free July Challenge, where, what started as a grassroots campaign with a handful of participants in Western Australia has now grown to millions of people across 170 countries taking up the challenge to refuse single-use plastic every year.

What is the plastic free July challenge? ›

Plastic Free July is a global movement that empowers people to be part of the solution to plastic pollution. The concept is simple: Participants are challenged to reduce their reliance on single-use plastics by eliminating one or more single-use items from their daily lives.

Is plastic free July a non profit? ›

Plastic Free July is run by a passionate team from our offices in Australia, but we operate across the globe. The Foundation is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC).

How can I live plastic free UK? ›

Shopping
  1. Shop with reusable shopping and produce bags. ...
  2. Buy milk in glass bottles you can return. ...
  3. Shop at the farmer's market. ...
  4. Buy beer and spirits in glass bottles and/or use refillable containers. ...
  5. Buy non-perishable goods in bulk. ...
  6. Grow your own produce and/or have it shipped to your house in plastic-free packaging.

What is plastic free lifestyle? ›

A less-plastic lifestyle is doable to an extent, with conscious and continuous effort. 100 people choosing a sustainable product over one that's not, also helps. I have a long way to go. It looks like a five-year project as I slowly attempt to replace what I can with more eco-friendly everyday use items.

Is plastic free sustainable? ›

Plastic-free is not, in itself, a sustainable packaging strategy. If you are eliminating plastic, you need to replace plastic with sustainable and functional alternatives. Specifically, you'll want to replace plastic with eco-friendly natural fibers (such as paper) instead.

How do you say no to plastic? ›

Here are some useful tips:
  1. Drink tap water or buy glass bottles. ...
  2. Avoid plastic bags. ...
  3. Get rid of single doses. ...
  4. Travel with your water bottle. ...
  5. Get yourself a travel kit. ...
  6. Avoid snacks. ...
  7. Pick up alternative straws. ...
  8. Use fabric napkins and handkerchiefs.
10 Dec 2019

What is the slogan for not using plastic? ›

Do something drastic, cut the plastic! Go green, Plastic is Obscene! Be safe to earth, and reduce the use of plastic. Don't be drastic, Say 'NO' to plastic.

What is the theme of the International plastic bag Free day 2022? ›

International Plastic Bag Free Day 2022: Significance

The main goal of the day is to raise awareness of the growing harm that the use of this non-biodegradable substance is causing to the environment.

What is going to replace single-use plastic? ›

Reducing plastics by replacing them with non-plastic equivalents may be an option for products with essential functions. In the case of single-use plastic cutlery, stir sticks and straws, options exist that are made from a range of non-plastic materials, such as wood, paper and moulded pulp fibre.

What is the best alternative to single-use plastic? ›

20 eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastics
  • Beeswax. Instead of buying endless rolls of plastic wrap, opt for beeswax wraps instead. ...
  • Silicone food covers and lids. ...
  • Paper or metal straws. ...
  • Paper bags. ...
  • Toothpaste tablets. ...
  • Bamboo toothbrushes. ...
  • Eco-friendly toilet paper. ...
  • Glass soap and detergent bottles.
11 Jul 2022

What is replacing single-use plastic? ›

Use reusable or biodegradable containers made of eco-friendly materials like glass, food-grade stainless steel, bamboo, rice husk, etc. Use reusable cutlery made of stainless steel or use biodegradable ones made of wood, bamboo or other natural fibres.

Is chewing gum made of plastic? ›

The short answer is yes, there is plastic in gum. An ingredient listed as “gum base” in many gum formulas is plastic, and it's the aspect of the gum that gives it its chewiness.

How do I eliminate plastic from my diet? ›

What are some simple things you can do to reduce your risk?
  1. Never heat food in plastic containers in the microwave.
  2. Use glass or stainless steel water bottles.
  3. Reduce take-out and fast food.
  4. Eat more fresh food.
  5. Use glass or ceramic bowls or dishes to heat food or drinks in the microwave.
21 Feb 2017

Why people shouldn't use plastic bags? ›

Plastic bags start out as fossil fuels and end up as deadly waste in landfills and the ocean. Birds often mistake shredded plastic bags for food, filling their stomachs with toxic debris. For hungry sea turtles, it's nearly impossible to distinguish between jellyfish and floating plastic shopping bags.

Why do hospitals use plastic? ›

Hospitals use plastics in a variety of ways from disposable plastic syringes to surgical devices. Single-use plastics were viewed as an attractive option in healthcare as they allow for maintenance of a sterile environment and any infected plastic material can be easily disposed of.

What would happen if all plastic disappeared? ›

If we eliminated plastics from our lives, we'd save hundreds of marine species from entanglement and plastic ingestion. Plastic can also negatively impact our health – some of the compounds and chemicals found in plastic, such as BPA, have been found to alter hormones or have other potential human health effects.

Which coffee cup is best? ›

Our Top Picks
  • Best Insulated: Yeti Rambler Stronghold.
  • Best with Lid: W&P Porter Mug.
  • Best for Travel: Miir Travel Tumbler.
  • Best Large: Sweese Stackable Mugs.
  • Best Stoneware: Le Creuset.
  • Best Smart Mug: Ember Smart Mug 2.
  • Best Glass: Joco Reusable Coffee Cup.
  • Best Artisan: East Fork "The Mug"
19 Jul 2022

Which thermal cup keeps coffee hot the longest? ›

Stainless steel is the best to keep coffee hot. Because it's suitable for insulation systems such as double wall, which keep coffee hot for several hours. In the case of Takeya, it will stay hot for up to 12 hours thanks to its advanced vacuum insulated system.

What are the reusable coffee cups called? ›

What is a Travel Mug? A reusable travel mug is an insulated drinks container that's designed for use on the go. Most come with leak-proof lids that screw-on or push-on, and some have with handles. The best travel mugs are made from double-walled stainless steel that keeps drinks hot or cold for hours.

Can you put coffee pods in recycling bin? ›

Can coffee pods be recycled? Yes! Thankfully, many coffee pods are recyclable in the traditional sense, meaning they can be recycled in the same manner as other plastics and metals. Even some coffee pods that are labeled non-recyclable can be responsibly recycled in both traditional and non-traditional ways.

How do you dispose of coffee pods? ›

Pop the capsule and the foil in your household recycling

You won't find a speck of plastic in sight. That means they are fully recyclable and can go in your usual household recycling (yes, even the top lid). You may wish to brush out any residue coffee grounds beforehand.

What coffee pods are not plastic? ›

Tayst Coffee Roaster

The container is 100% compostable pods and doesn't contain any plastic waste making it eco friendly, which is also certified by the Rainforest Alliance. Tayst Pods are compatible with the Keurig 2.0 only, so make sure you watch out for that.

How much does a reusable coffee cup cost? ›

One simple way to reduce your footprint is to buy a reusable coffee mug (or travel mug – the same thing by a different name). These tend to cost between £5 and £20, and come in a frankly astonishing range of materials, shapes and sizes.

Can you put hot coffee in a stainless steel mug? ›

The best material for a mug that keeps coffee hot is 18/8 stainless steel. Not only is it indestructible, but it's also non-toxic and has no flavor transfer, so your drinks will always taste exactly as they should.

Are stainless steel cups safer than plastic? ›

Stainless steel tumblers contain no BPA's and are much safer than plastic ones. It doesn't cause poisoning: Aluminium tumblers could potentially cause poisoning if the liner degrades over time, whereas stainless steel does not. It doesn't dent easily: Stainless steel is steel and is very strong.

How many people participated in plastic Free July? ›

First things first…. what is Plastic Free July? Plastic Free July is a global campaign to see a world free of plastic waste. Founded by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and a small team of local Western Australian government officials in 2011, the campaign has since grown to an impressive 326 million participants!

How did plastic free July start? ›

History of Plastic Free July

They originally began through the organization Earth Carers, a community that focuses on a wide range of environmental issues in the world and educates people about the consequences of hurting the environment.

Is plastic banned in India? ›

India has banned the manufacture, sale and use of identified single-use plastic items like plates, cups, straws, trays and polystyrene from July 1, 2022. One of the single-use plastic items listed among them is the plastic carry bag.

Why is plastic free July important? ›

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people come together to be part of the solution to end plastic pollution. By being part of the campaign to end plastic pollution we can all have cleaner streets, oceans and communities. The idea of the campaign is to avoid single-use items where possible.

How can I support plastic free in July? ›

Other switches you can make might include:
  1. Dine in, rather than getting takeaways.
  2. Swap store-bought bottled drinks for a reusable water bottle.
  3. Bring your own reusable mug.
  4. Go without a plastic straw.
  5. Refuse single-use plastic cutlery and opt for reusables instead.
  6. Refuse single-use plastic produce bags.
5 Jul 2022

Why we should go plastic free? ›

Plastic sticks around in the environment for ages, threatening wildlife and spreading toxins. Plastic also contributes to global warming (almost all plastics are made from chemicals that come from the production of planet-warming fuels like gas, oil and even coal).

How can I get free plastic in the summer? ›

Save money and reduce packaging waste by packing lunch in reusable containers. If making a quick stop at a restaurant, ask them to put your meal in your clean reusable container and bring your own reusable utensils. Purchase snacks in bulk and portion into reusable containers or reusable resealable bags.

How do people celebrate plastic free days? ›

The best way to celebrate is also the easiest to do. Wherever you find yourself on July 3rd, from the grocery store to the park, to a restaurant, make sure not to use and not to ask for any plastic bags.

Is silicone A plastic? ›

Silicone isn't plastic, and silicone isn't biodegradable, but when we look at silicone vs plastic it seems to come out on top. Which is a good reason why we should reduce our use of plastic and replace it with silicone where we can. Silicone has a lot of properties that make it a good plastic alternative.

Is July plastic free month? ›

It's officially Plastic Free July, a month where millions of people pledge to reduce their plastic waste. If you want to join the movement, it's a lot easier than you think.

Who invented plastic free July? ›

In 2011, Prince-Ruiz started the Plastic Free July Challenge, where, what started as a grassroots campaign with a handful of participants in Western Australia has now grown to millions of people across 170 countries taking up the challenge to refuse single-use plastic every year.

What is no plastic July? ›

Plastic Free July is a global movement that empowers people to be part of the solution to plastic pollution. The concept is simple: Participants are challenged to reduce their reliance on single-use plastics by eliminating one or more single-use items from their daily lives.

What is the theme of international plastic bag free day? ›

The International Plastic Bag Free Day is held on July 3 around the world to spread awareness that a plastic bag free world is possible and that sound environmental alternatives to single use plastic bags are available.

How do you say no to plastic? ›

Here are some useful tips:
  1. Drink tap water or buy glass bottles. ...
  2. Avoid plastic bags. ...
  3. Get rid of single doses. ...
  4. Travel with your water bottle. ...
  5. Get yourself a travel kit. ...
  6. Avoid snacks. ...
  7. Pick up alternative straws. ...
  8. Use fabric napkins and handkerchiefs.
10 Dec 2019

How long does it take for plastic to decompose? ›

That is not to say that plastics can't breakdown, they do, but it takes a long time; plastic bottles take up to 450 years to decompose in landfill.

How can I use less plastic? ›

Tips to Use Less Plastic
  1. Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants. ...
  2. Use a reusable produce bag. ...
  3. Give up gum. ...
  4. Buy boxes instead of bottles. ...
  5. Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. ...
  6. Reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk.

How many people participated in plastic Free July? ›

First things first…. what is Plastic Free July? Plastic Free July is a global campaign to see a world free of plastic waste. Founded by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and a small team of local Western Australian government officials in 2011, the campaign has since grown to an impressive 326 million participants!

Is plastic banned in India? ›

India has banned the manufacture, sale and use of identified single-use plastic items like plates, cups, straws, trays and polystyrene from July 1, 2022. One of the single-use plastic items listed among them is the plastic carry bag.

How much plastic is there in the ocean? ›

There is now 5.25 trillion macro and micro pieces of plastic in our ocean & 46,000 pieces in every square mile of ocean, weighing up to 269,000 tonnes. Every day around 8 million pieces of plastic makes their way into our oceans.

Why is plastic a problem? ›

Most plastic is not recyclable and the vast majority does not biodegrade. Further, plastic products often break down into very small fragments called microplastics that can pollute ecosystems and harm organisms.

Is silicone A plastic? ›

Silicone isn't plastic, and silicone isn't biodegradable, but when we look at silicone vs plastic it seems to come out on top. Which is a good reason why we should reduce our use of plastic and replace it with silicone where we can. Silicone has a lot of properties that make it a good plastic alternative.

Why is plastic bad for the environment? ›

Plastic fills our dumps, homes and oceans. Plastic pollution takes a huge toll on wildlife: More than 700 species, including sea turtles, fish and whales, eat plastic or get tangled up in it. Plastic will soon outweigh all the fish in the sea, and it's in our drinking water and on our plates.

What is the theme of International plastic Free day 2022? ›

If You're 'fantastic', Do Something 'dramatic' To Cut The 'Plastic', Use 'Paper Bags'. Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle Plastic Bags, Instead, Renew, Reuse And Recycle Paper Bags. Make a pledge to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastic bags. Switch to paper bags and avoid plastics.

How do you celebrate International plastic bag Free day? ›

On July 3, when you go to the grocery store take a cloth or paper bag with you because it is International Plastic Bag Free Day.

How do you get rid of single-use plastic slogan? ›

No Plastic Slogans
  1. Reduce. Refuse. ...
  2. Reduce the use of plastic. Save the Earth.
  3. Handle with care, plastic is everywhere.
  4. Heal the planet. ...
  5. Plastic waste cannot be erased. ...
  6. Every day actions matter, choose a plastic free life.
  7. We want evolution, not more pollution.
  8. We say no to plastic not just on Earth day but every day.

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