It’s Plastic Free July and here are a few ideas to take your plastic reduction efforts to a new level. If you eat out for lunch during the week consider taking your own lunch. Either make a little extra dinner at night and take the leftovers or make something before you leave. On the days that you buy lunch, pack your own utensils. I carry a bamboo utensil set in my backpack with my metal straw. Plastic cutlery is the seventh most common item found during beach cleanups and considered by the Ocean Conservancy to be one of the “most deadly” items for sea turtles, birds and other marine animals.