Wanting to start living more mindfully and reduce your use of plastic, but don't know where to start? I've got you covered!
Today I'm sharing my 3 tips to ditching plastic - they're simple but very important and very effective to reducing the amount of plastic coming into your home.
Tip #1: Be Prepared
One of the most important things when it comes to reducing your plastic waste is to be prepared so that when you're out shopping, grabbing a drink or a bite to eat, you don't have to resort to using plastic. So a cool thing to do is put together a "Reusable Tool Box" with all the reusable items you might need in any occasion. Pro tip: have a couple of these "tool boxes" so that you're never without your handy reusables. So keep one at home, one in your car, maybe one at your work or office and anywhere else that might be useful.
Items to Have in Your "Reusable Tool Box":
- shopping bags and lots of them. And not just regular carrier shopping bags but also produce bags (the small ones you use at the weighing station for loose produce!)
- reusable water bottle
- reusable straw if you need/want one
- reusable containers or jars for food/grocery items
- reusable cup
- any other items you think you might need to help you ditch plastic!
Tip #2: Shop Local. Shop Fresh.
Much of the food available at supermarkets is packaged in plastic making it difficult to ditch the plastic. This is where local markets and produce vendors are great, because here most of the food isn't packaged or you can ask for it un-packaged. For example we get our nuts and seeds from our local farmers market and instead of buying the nuts that come in plastic packaging we simply give them one of our reusable cloth produce bags the week before and they fill it up with whatever nuts/seeds we want and bring it the following week.
The other great thing about shopping at local markets or vendors is that the produce is usually fresher, in season, local and cheaper!
Tip #3: Commit
The biggest step to take when starting your plastic free journey is commitment. You have to commit to the process because it might not be easy. It might be frustrating sometimes and you won't always get it perfect. You also need to be real with yourself and put any excuses aside. Really put in your effort so you don't forget your shopping bags or buy the item wrapped in plastic. Be committed, create new habits and allow them to become second nature. They say it takes 60 days to form a new habit, so even if you start with just one thing, like drinking from and bringing your own reusable water bottle, then do that and stick to it and soon you won't even think about it anymore!
Get committed and take the #PlasticPledge to keep yourself accountable and share it with your friends and family so you can all take the pledge together!
Lets stand together for positive change for our planet!
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