July is Plastic Free July and throughout this month we all need to try and make an effort to make our lives full of less plastic!
Why do we need to start using less plastic?
Plastic has been an amazing invention and has so many wonderful uses but the problem today is that we are overusing it in places where we don’t need to.
Do we really need plastic bags for our fruit and vegetables at the supermarket?
At the checkout?
Do we really need all that pre packaged food when we can make our own?
Does everything really need to be wrapped in plastic before we take it home? Especially when home isn’t that far away?
The simple answer is no and although it may seem hard to make these changes, you can – slow and steady if that is what it takes.
But how? Try this module out – Only $2.99 – an inspiring start to getting rid of the plastic in your pantry!
You can also just start with some simple swaps.
Not sure how to empower or educate yourself or your child? The following books are excellent reads to help encourage the use of less plastic——- check them out:
Ada’s Violin – True story picture book – Paraguay’s recycled orchestra. Discussion: Why is there so much in landfill and how can we reduce this?
Out of the Blue by Alison Jay – Wordless picture book. Story of looking after the ocean. Why is there rubbish in the ocean? What can you change in your life so you make less of an impact on sea creatures? (what do you flush down the drain that is harmful?)
10 little rubber ducks – Based on the true story of a shipping container which broke in open sea and unloaded thousands of rubber ducks. Where might they be now? How is this an environmental disaster?
My Green Day – Simple tips on how you can have a greener day.
The Seagull – A seagull is tangled up in fishing wire and a young boy rescues him. Why is there discarded fishing wire on the beach and other rubbish entangled in it? How can we use less single use plastic?
The Lorax by Dr Seuss –
This book looks at how greed can cause us to waste materials and cause damage to the earth. By thinking about what our plastic does after we use it we can start to see why we should use less.
Compost Stew by Mary McKenna
By using materials that can be composted – not thrown into landfill we are creating a better place and creating better soil for future food and plants!
The tomorrow book by Jackie French
With imagination, creative thinking, problem solving and open minds, tomorrow can be a wonderful day where we harness the sun’s energy, we repair things instead of throwing them away, we each have our own veggie patch and wind power is just another form of easy to use energy. This book looks at how children can make a difference in the world they live in – not just rely on the adults!!
Whatcha Building by Andrew Daddo
Have you ever thought about reusing something instead of throwing it away? This is a wonderful story to get your creative side into gear.