How to break up with plastic
Plastic. It's almost impossible to get away from it. We’ve relied on it so much over the years that often it seems inconceivable to consider anything different. From medicine bottles, to food containers, wrappers, cosmetics, cleaning products: the list is endless. So, if the idea of breaking up with plastic for good feels impossible, why not try it for a month? Specifically, this July. Plastic Free July® is a global movement that encourages people to ditch plastic for one month, helping to clear up natural habitats, streets, oceans, rivers and towns. Part of this challenge is to actively choose products and brands that are plastic-free or those that use biodegradable packaging options.
The truth about plastic
Unfortunately, plastic is not biodegradable. Instead, it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces over time¹. Plastic remains a constant threat to wildlife, while also being a major contributor to global warming, escalating the already alarming issue. The world is now warming faster than at any point in history. And with the constant use of plastic in non-stop motion, it’s only getting warmer. Plastic sticks around, harming natural habitats² and spreading toxic chemicals. Plastics are mainly made from chemicals derived from fuels, such as oil, gas, and coal². This means the longer we use plastic, the more we’ll need to keep using these harmful fuels that overheat the earth. Further to this, air pollution and toxic gases are spread via the use of incinerators to burn plastic. Plastic can also be harmful to human health: toxic chemicals derived from plastic have been found in the blood and tissue of humans. Plastic exposure is linked to an array of diseases and causes of ill health¹.
Going plastic free
So, what are the main contributors to plastic overload, and how do we eliminate them from our lives? In the UK alone, it is estimated that five million tonnes of plastic are used every year³. Packaging takes up nearly half of that number. Consider the various ways you could be using plastic every day without realising it. Takeaway coffee cups, for example, are not always recyclable. Even cups specifically labelled as ‘compostable’ rarely are, as they require very particular facilities that aren’t easy to access⁴. Why not bring a reusable coffee mug or cup with you instead?
When it comes to bathroom products, there’s a host of items that can be rethought, changed, or reduced. Instead of choosing plastic containers, actively seek out storage items that are plastic free, such as the Feel Glass Vitamin Container, which is BPA and Phthalate-free. Replace plastic bottles of water with a reusable eco water bottle, such as the Feel Eco water bottle. The world’s first carbon-negative water bottle, it’s made using renewable energy, from 98% sugarcane biomass waste. Featuring a natural cork top created using a carbon-negative process, which reduces environmental impact and your carbon footprint. Cotton pads for removing makeup can be replaced with reusable pads, and toothbrushes can be replaced with sustainable materials, such as bamboo.
Plastic wrappers from snacks are a major source of plastic waste. The Feel Protein bar features plastic-free, biodegradable packaging. Each tasty flavour is also 100% vegan and plant-based, making it even more eco-friendly
Find more ideas for replacing other household goods here: https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/get-involved/what-you-can-do/.
How do we Feel about plastic?
Our mission as a brand has always been to reinvent the wheel when it comes to delivering nutrition for the modern world. We don't use plastic at all unless absolutely necessary: the main priority for each new product we release is to make it as eco-friendly as we can, by using as little plastic as possible. Our minimal outer packaging is 100% plastic-free, and is biodegradable. All our products are vegan, with every vitamin and supplement capsule made from natural substances, specifically: tapioca pullulan. The only exception is our Beauty Probiotic+, made from Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, which is a delayed release vegetable capsule shell.
We firmly believe that there’s no healthy you without a healthy planet. This belief drove us to be as eco-friendly as possible within our production process. From our posting and packaging materials, through to sourcing products from UK suppliers, as well as being avid about recycling at Feel HQ. We recognise that it’s not just about nourishing ourselves; it’s about nourishing the planet too. Because without the planet, there is no us.
Find out more about Plastic Free July® here: https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/