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5 Tips for Plastic Free July

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Plastic Free July is here! We’re passionate about reducing waste, so we’re big fans of this global movement to refuse single-use plastics. While we have a long way to go to entirely eliminate plastic in our own business, we’re actively working to reduce plastic in our packaging and have built our own Packaging Return Program to take back our gel packs and insulated liners for reuse and recycling. 

If going plastic-free sounds daunting to you, know that you’re not alone. Give yourself permission to be imperfect and then pick one area to focus on and see where that takes you. You’ll be surprised where you end up! 

Need a little inspiration? Here are 5 tips for Plastic Free July:

  1. Refuse, then reuse, then recycle. Learning to say no is one of the most valuable skills when we’re talking about sustainability. Try saying no to those plastic utensils when you get takeout, that plastic bag at the grocery store, and yes, that pesky straw at the coffee shop. It’s a huge step towards taking full ownership of how much plastic you’re inviting into your life. And it just takes a little practice! 
  2. Don’t be clingy. Instead of wrapping your favorite foods in single-use plastic cling wrap, try a reusable alternative like Abeego or Beeswrap. You’ll enjoy not having to wrestle with uncooperative plastic wrap so much you might just forget that you’ve also cut out a huge source of plastic in your kitchen. 
  3. Clean differently. Cleaning products are one of the biggest sources of plastic we bring into our homes. So cut out the store and make your own. Try making this easy, non-toxic cleaner with your citrus peels. It’s safe to use around kids and pets and is guaranteed to make your home smell amazing. 
  4. Opt for boxes over bottles. When you buy household products, pick a format that doesn’t involve plastic. Choose powdered laundry detergent in cardboard boxes instead of liquid detergents in plastic jugs. Try buying bar soap instead of bottled body wash. You’ll be surprised at how little plastic you need to get the results you’re used to. 
  5. Dress for success. How you dress yourself matters just as much as how you dress your salads when it comes to reducing plastic waste. Learn about the environmental footprint of fast fashion and avoid low-quality plastic-based clothing where you can. 

We hope you’ll try a few of these tips for Plastic Free July. Remember, as Zero Waste Chef Anne-Marie Bonneau says: “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

6 Comments

  • Steve
    July 8, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    I love imperfect and have been using the site for many years now. But my biggest objection to their products as the company is grown is that it seems every “imperfect” branded packaged products sold on the site come in a unrecyclable, zip-close plastic bag, with large sticker labels on them. Even if they were recyclable, these soft, single-use plastics are among the hardest and most expensive material to recycle. Posts like these seem disingenuous. If they are really fighting it, then find alternate ways of delivering some of your own in-house made products. Bring in compostable plastics, or at the very least “recyclable” soft plastics for pre-packaged products. Again, love the system and love your products, but this is by far the biggest complaint I share when friends ask me about the service vs going to my local grocers. (Also, I’d love to see box recycling come back as well.) Thank you.

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    • Imperfect
      July 20, 2021 at 8:31 pm

      We appreciate this feedback and we hear you. We’re continuously looking for more ways that we can grow into being more sustainable, while also making sure that our food stays in tact, fresh, and edible upon its arrival, and for its shelf life. Currently, the packaging we’re using is the best option we have for ensuring the deliciousness and safety of these items when traveling home to you, but we hope to move away from the plastics soon and into different sustainable alternatives instead.

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  • Wend guy
    July 15, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    Need to cancel. Thank you. Wendy

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    • Imperfect Foods
      July 18, 2021 at 11:15 pm

      We’re happy to help out! You can cancel your subscription by following these instructions [bit.ly/2mpJyyq] or you can drop our team a line here: bit.ly/2FYqBdx 💚

      You could also give us a ring at (510) 595-6683 and we’ll be happy to help between the hours of 6:30 am – 9 pm (PST) Monday through Friday, and 8 am – 4 pm (PST) on Saturdays.

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  • Allison C Buckner
    July 22, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    I recently read that beeswax wrap (which we use too) isn’t actually a net win for the environment. I don’t recall how they determined this…it was surprising/disappointing to me.

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    • Imperfect Foods
      July 23, 2021 at 1:02 am

      Hmm we haven’t heard this, but would be interested to learn more!

      Reply

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