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Five Ways To Be More Sustainable For Plastic-Free July

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 3 weeks ago | Features

It is Plastic-Free July right now, which is why we're making it a priority to reduce our use of plastics (particularly single use plastics) – everywhere from our wardrobes to our kitchens. 

As a result of the global addiction to single use plastics, more than 80% of the world's tap water is now contaminated with tiny plastic fragments. And many of these microplastics have come from the washing of synthetic clothing fabrics, like nylon and acrylic. 

So, to help be part of the solution, we are adopting five sustainable habits for Plastic-Free July. Here's how you can do the same.

1) Buy less, buy better

Vivienne Westwood said it best when she said: "buy less, choose well, make it last.” This is an important message in the context of Plastic-Free July, because buying less and buying sustainably are critical parts of minimising our impact.

2) Shop sustainable clothing

Shopping sustainably means prioritising plastic-free fibres like organic cotton (which doesn't use the toxic chemicals of conventional cotton), hemp (which requires little water and helps soil biodiversity), or Modal (which is very fast-growing, renewable and easy-to-grow).

3) Buy reusable

Reducing single use plastics can have a significant impact on our environmental footprint. Swap your plastic water bottles for a Klean Kanteen, for example, and minimise menstrual waste with Hello Cups. Because "tampons and pads can take up to 500 years to break down in landfill," says co-founder Robyn McLean.

4) Invest in a microfibre filter

According to Patagonia, the vast majority of ocean plastic pollution comes from microfibres – tiny strands that shed off synthetic garments when they’re washed. So investing in a microfibre filter or GuppyFriend washing bag is a great idea, for preventing microfibres from entering waterways when you wash your synthetics.

5) Say no to plastic bags

Since supermarkets banned single-use bags, Australia's plastic bag consumption has dropped by over 80%. Which has stopped 1.5 billion plastic bags from entering the environment, according to the National Retail Association. So remember to bring your tote instead, like Baggu's pre-consumer recycled cotton bags.

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