Zero Waste Life – Plastic Free July Challenge

Zero Waste Life - Katie KohlerHi, my name is Katie and I am excited to have been given this incredible opportunity to share my zero waste journey with you, starting with the Plastic Free July Challenge!

I will be sharing my experiences on my journey to a plastic free and eventually to a zero waste lifestyle, including the challenges and achievements, obstacles I encounter and how I overcome them.

I am in my early 30s, love the outdoors and I’m always up for a daft challenge (if you are looking for someone to cycle across the UK with you – I’m the one). I love cooking, my motorbike and I have a small obsession for U2.

Zero Waste

It’s difficult to pinpoint when I became interested in zero waste, I have always believed in recycling and consider it as doing my bit for the environment. Over time, this changed.

Plastic waste - to a zero waste lifestyle

Following different blogs and reading different articles, I started to understand that recycling is great but it still uses energy and finite resources.

It still has an impact on the environment and a lot of plastics are either not recyclable at all or they can only be recycled downwards, meaning eventually we can’t recycle them any further and they end up in landfill.

I have achieved a few small but significant lifestyle changes on my journey so far:

  • I always carry a cotton bag
  • I have glass and a metal water bottle
  • I have a reusable coffee cup
  • I buy most of my fruit & veg loose
  • Most of my wardrobe is second-hand

Recently I feel like I have reached a plateau and that I am not progressing. I decided to challenge myself by taking on the Plastic Free July challenge with the aim of refusing all single use plastics.

Plastic Free July Challenge

Plastic Free JulyPlastic Free July is a simple idea that started 2011 in Perth, Western Australia. The challenge aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it for 1 day, a week or a month. Participants can choose to:

  • Avoid single-use plastic packaging
  • Target takeaway items (the Top 4: bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups)
  • Go completely plastic-free

I took part at the challenge last year and it was a real eye opener for me so I am doing it again. If you would like to join the challenge to reduce your plastic, you can sign up here. You’ll be joining me and a million+ people world-wide from 130 countries in making a difference!

In the meantime, I would love to hear from you; your thoughts on zero waste. Are you interested in taking on the zero waste challenge? What questions do you have? Which parts of zero waste do you find the most difficult?



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