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Plastic FREE July 101: Your six travel summer habits

Cindy Rangel


Plastic FREE July: Your 6 habits while traveling this summer


What is plastic free July?


In 2011, founder Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, began the Plastic Free July campaign in Western Australia to explore the issue of plastics pollutions in the oceans through a Churchill research fellowship. The purpose was to explore the impact of plastic use on the oceans.  Plastic Free July campaign focuses on bringing more awareness to the single usage of plastic and to refuse single plastic use on a regular basis.  Today, Plastic FREE July campaign has a tremendous 1 million participants in Australia and globally with an even bigger audience anticipation in 2017.  Schools, organizations, and individuals can participate with their Plastic FREE July registration.


So how can you participate?


1)    Go register here and it’s free.  They even have a tool box to help you out.

2)    Follow Beth Terry’s My Plastic Free Life Blog for inspiration: 100 WAYS to live a plastic free life.  She's is speaker and blogger on this topic.

3)    Travel Light as much as possible and cloth linens for packing, bags, etc.


4)    Read Zero Waste Home and go to Bea Johnson’s page where she gives tips on a zero waste home which is an excellent resource on zero waste home.

5)    Follow Kathleen Zero Waste Wanderess, blogger living with less trash/plastic for a travel perspective.

6)    Three must haves when traveling: 16 oz. mason jar, napkins for take-out or snacks, and 2-3 size cloth bags. These bags can be purchased or you can make them if you are in a crafty mood from clothes not being used or old linens. That’s it. Keep it simple as you travel. 



Plastic free shouldn’t be a burden but a new way of thinking about your impact on the world and the oceans.  I hope you try these 6 simple steps in your home and while traveling and comment below to tell me how your journey began and any stories that come out of your zero waste travels.


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Day 13 What is zero waste?

Cindy Rangel


In Bea Johnson's book, Zero Waste it is defined, as a  "philosophy based on a set of practices aimed at avoiding as much waste as possible."   Johnson goes on to explain a very clear and refreshing perspective on how to approach your zero waste first steps and recycling being one of them but not the first one.  In particular she goes into detail about how living a zero waste life begins outside the home.  

Here are the 5 Steps she refers to in her life-changing book, Zero Waste:

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I'll admit, I am just beginning my journey on zero waste.  It's a great resource to begin with even if you are entertaining the idea of living a zero waste lifestyle.  It's an eye-opener on how much waste has been in our society or tolerated as human beings.  

I've always considered the idea of where something goes after its functionality.  What the HELL do I now? Throw it AWAY??!! What?  UGH. It's like this ugly word I consider in my experience.  I like the way things were back in the day.  It was more simple.  But it was before the Industrial Revolution and before the textile industry took a hike overseas so the profit could be even more for the larger businesses.  But I ask, who is paying the price?  Someone has to pay for the price. And Zero Waste brings an alternative solution that begins with you.  I invite you to check out her TED talk .

I really enjoyed how she writes about being an ambassador in your community and gives the A-Z on guidelines to adopt this lifestyle including many other initiatives like letting your voice be heard through letter writing campaign and refusing or active discards.  For example, she refers to actively refusing things that have extra packaging or having "active discards".  When we return things with unnecessary packing to the manufacturing you send a message of change to the manufacturer instead of "inacton" of condoning it, the extra packaging.  In our decision to actively discard it, we send an empowering message to say enough is enough and I'd like to change the way things go.  

I like that message.  A message of change is important.  It doesn't mean right away. You need to do all of this now kind of change.  It means, what is your next change?  What is your next step? What will happen if I make this one decision?  She gives sample letters which is super helpful when starting to make changes in your lifestyle.  I encourage you to read her book.  It's quite inspiring and a wonderful read.  

WE cannot wait for the system to change. We individuals are the system.
— Colin Beavan, No impact Man