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Plastic Free July 2020, Dubai, UAE with Sabeena Ahmed

Plastic Free July 2020, Dubai, UAE with Sabeena Ahmed

Plastic Free July 2020

Plastic Free July 2020 Badge

 

My Goals This Year

 

This is my second year supporting Plastic Free July.

I made a positive start last year and am continuing to reduce my plastic consumption by focusing on reusable and circular products that are easily available in Dubai.

I hope to reduce my consumption of menstrual hygiene and cleaning products and learn how to make my own soap, body wash, bread, conditioner and compost my waste..

It will be a long work in progress.

I hope to continue with Plastic Free July as long as I physically can.

Thank you for reading my blog and supporting a world with less plastic and zero waste.

Love, peace and blessings...

Sabeena X

 

What is Plastic Free July?

Plastic Free July was started by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and a small team of local government in Western Australia, it is now one of the most influential environmental campaigns in the world.

Millions of people across the globe take part every year, with many committing to reducing plastic pollution far beyond the month of July.

Source: Plastic Free July

 

My Plastic Free July Pledge

This year I am determined to reduce my plastic consumption and try to educate others in the process.

 

My Plastic Free July video - Join Me!

Credit: Plastic Free July Official YouTube Channel

 

 

Plastic Free July Gallery - Week 1

This year I've decided to focus my plastic free july journey on my health and well being.

Day 1

 I began Plastic Free July with a Plastic Free Teabags.

 Pure Green Tea, Clipper Plastic Free Teabags - Plastic Free July 2020 with Sabeena Ahmed

 Clipper Plastic Free Tea Bags

 

Day 2

Fairtrade Divine Chocolates!

Divine Chocolate Bars fairtrade - Plastic Free July 2020 with Sabeena Ahmed

  

Day 3

Fairtrade Olive Oils from Palestine and Lebanon

 

Fairtrade Olive Oils from Palestine and Lebanon - Plastic Free July 2020 with Sabeena Ahmed

 

Day 4

Najma al Subah apricot jam - Fair Trade Lebanon 

Najma Al Subah Apricot Jam Fair Trade Lebanon - Plastic Free July 2020 with Sabeena Ahmed

 

 Day 5

Cedar Honey - Fair Trade Lebanon 

Cedar Honey, Fair Trade Lebanon - Plastic Free July 2020 with Sabeena Ahmed

  

Day 6

I love herbal teas!

I love herbal teas - Plastic Free July 2020 with Sabeena Ahmed

 

Day 7

As part of my healing I've been eating healthier. Here's my green salad. 

 My healthy green salad - Plastic Free July 2020 with Sabeena Ahmed

 

Day 8

Fresh fruit and vegetables for juicing 

 Fresh fruit and vegetables for juicing - Plastic Free July 2020 with Sabeena Ahmed 

 

Day 9

Fresh Juice  

Photo (TBA)

 

Day 10

 My year of healing continued with pro-biotics and vitamins 

Photo (TBA)

 

Day 11

I received my parcel from Odylique

Which included the following fair trade vegan, organic and cruelty free skin care for problematic and sensitive skin.

All packaging is recycled

Odylique Sun Screen fairtrade - Plastic Free July 20

 

Day 12

Odylique 3 in 1 Maca Mask - Fairtrade

 Odylique Maca Mask - Plastic Free July 20 with Sabeena Ahmed

 

Day 13

Odylique Gentle Herb Shampoo 

 Odylique Gentle Herb Shampoo - Plastic Free July 20 with Sabeena Ahmed

 

Day 14

A Polite reminder!

Did you forget?

Its never too late to join the Plastic Free July Challenge?

Here's a practical calendar to help you get started. 

Cleanaway.com,au - 31 day Plastic Free Challenge Poster - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Courtesy of Cleanaway.com.au

 

Day 15

Odylique Balancing Citrus Tonic 

 Odylique Balancing Citrus Tonic - Plastic Free July 20 with Sabeena Ahmed

 

Day 16

Odylique Lip Silk Duo Pack 

 Odylique Lip Silk Duo Pack - Plastic Free July 20 with Sabeena Ahmed

 

Day 17

Odylique Super fruit Concentrate Serum 

 

Odylique Super fruit Concentrate Serum - Plastic Free July 20 with Sabeena Ahmed

 

 

Day 18

Odylique Rose Moisturiser

Photo to be added

 

Day 19

Odylique Repair Cream

Photo to be added

 

Day 20

 

Glass bottles reducing plastic bottle consumption - Plastic Free July 19 with Sabeena Ahmed

Glass bottles reducing my plastic bottle consumption 

 

Say No to Plastic Bottles - Plastic Free July 19 with Sabeena Ahmed

Say No to Plastic Bottles 

 

Say No to Plastic Bottles use as glass or steel refillable alternatives - Plastic Free July 19 with Sabeena Ahmed

Say No to Plastic Bottles use glass or steel refillable alternatives 

 

Day 21

Reusable Picnic Set

Reusable Picnic Set - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

 

 

Day 22

My beautiful hand painted fairly traded tiffin set.

I hope to use the containers and ask restaurants to fill them with excess food when

I'm out and about.

 My beautiful hand painted fairly traded tiffin set - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

My beautiful hand painted fairly traded tiffin set

 

My beautiful hand painted fairly traded tiffin set - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

My beautiful hand painted fairly traded tiffin set 

 

My beautiful hand painted fairly traded tiffin set - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

My beautiful hand painted fairly traded tiffin set 

 

Day 23

I'm a slow reader, still reading a wonderful book by plastic and

zero waste activist Beth Terry.

Plastic Free How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too - Beth Terry.  Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Plastic Free How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too -

Beth Terry

 

Plastic Free How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too - Beth Terry.  Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Plastic Free How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too -

Beth Terry

 

Plastic Free How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too - Beth Terry.  Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Plastic Free How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too -

Beth Terry

 

Plastic Free How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too - Beth Terry.  Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Plastic Free How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too -

Beth Terry

 

Day 24

Recycled Plastic Dust Pan and Brush

Recycled Dustpan and brush - Plastic Free July 20 with Sabeena Ahmed

 

Recycled Dustpan and brush Plastic Free July 20 with Sabeena Ahmed

 

Day 25

I watched Beth Terry's TEDx Talk

Living Plastic Free

Credit: Tedx Talks YouTube

 

Day 26

Since 2016, I have replaced my toothpaste with herbal tooth powder,

hand wash with organic handmade soap and

my toothbrush with miswak 

(a teeth cleaning twig made from the Salvadora persica tree).

Replacing toothpaste with herbal tooth powder - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Replacing toothpaste with herbal tooth powder 

 

Replacing handwash with organic handmade soap - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Replacing hand wash with organic handmade soap

 

Replacing my toothbrush with miswak - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Replacing my toothbrush with miswak 

(a teeth cleaning twig made from the Salvadora persica tree).

 

Bamboo Toothbrush 

TBA

 

Day 27

I pledge to reduce my plastic use by refusing, 

plastic bags, cups and bottles.

My jute bag, refillable glass bottle and reusable cup - Plastic free July with Sabeena Ahmed

My jute bag, refillable glass bottle and reusable cup

 

I pledge to refuse my plastic use by refusing these illustration - Artist Great Grand

I pledge to refuse my plastic use by refusing these illustration -

Artist Great Grand

 

Easy Ways To Cut Out Plastic - Illustrator and Artist Unknown, please contact so I can credit you!

Easy Ways To Cut Out Plastic - Artist unkown

 

Day 28

Many thanks to my other half who has driven to the recycling centre every Friday for the past 4 years in 40+ degrees.

Recycling Centre Al Barsha Dubai - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Recycling Centre Al Barsha Dubai

 

Recycling Centre Al Barsha Dubai - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Recycling Centre Al Barsha Dubai

 

video tba here

 

Day 29

Reusable Sanitary wear

 I finally invested in Bloom & Nora reusable sanitary ware.

Bloom and Nora reusable sanitary towels - Plastic Free July 2019 continued with Sabeena Ahmed

Bloom and Nora reusable sanitary towels

 

Bloom and Nora reusable sanitary towels - Plastic Free July continued with Sabeena Ahmed

Bloom and Nora reusable 3 pack sanitary towels 

 

Bloom and Nora reusable sanitary towels brand logo - Plastic Free July continued with Sabeena Ahmed

Bloom and Nora reusable sanitary towels

 

 

SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

 SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

 

Day 30

More reusable sanitary wear

 I hope to purchase resuable sanitary wear made in the UAE.

Photo (TBA)

 

Day 31

A guide to recycling plastic

Recycling Chart - The Sustainability Guide UK

Recycling Chart

 

Rethink diagram - illustrator and website unknown, please contact to be credited.

 Rethink diagram - illustrator and website unknown

 

 

 

Conclusion and a continuation of Plastic Free July

Due to my three surgeries and Covid-19 I have found the challenge difficult and challenging at times.

The UAE ethical movement is still in its infancy and substitutes for simple things like feminine hygiene, deodorants and circular products are limited.

I hope to continue my plastic and zero waste journey and reduce my consumption of menstrual hygiene and cleaning products and learn how to make my own soap, body wash, bread, conditioner and compost my waste..

It will be a long work in progress one that I am very passionate to change.

I hope to continue with Plastic Free July as long as I physically can.

Thank you for reading my blog and supporting a world with less plastic and zero waste.

Love, peace and blessings...

Sabeena X

 

Further Reading and Links

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July - Resources and Assets

Plastic Free Products 

Odylique - Product Review, Videos and Photo shoot

Fairly traded Chocolate Master Class with Bruce Crowther MBE

Interview with Isatou Ceesay

Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label





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