Decrease Your Single-Use-Plastic Consumption
* Baby Steps that Really Do Add Up *
Shifting personal habits can feel daunting, to say the least! I know from several folks that I’ve talked with that “going Plastic-Free” is an overwhelming concept, and frankly, for some, a turn-off - just too high a mountain to climb within the demands of daily life. So, what if we, instead, considered this process an exercise in mindfulness, making choices that align with values, and doing what DOES feel possible? That’s where we recommend getting started.
JUST BEGIN: Survey your major sources of Single-Use-Plastic.
THEN: Decide what small changes you can make and see how it feels to make them.
AND THEN: Re-assess and adjust when it’s time. Maybe there’s room for more, positive change.
TOP TEN TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED:
1) Read this article: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/plastic-planet-waste-pollution-trash-crisis. Then survey your own personal major sources of single-use plastics - what fills up YOUR recycling bin?
2) Carry re-useable shopping bags with you. Put them in your car, in your purse or bag, don’t leave home without them! And if you do leave home without them, a) go back and get them b) reschedule your shop c) consider buying more d) check-out, re-fill your cart with loose items (seriously!) wheel them to your car, unload, and bag when you get home, OR, choose paper and re-use.
3) Carry your re-fillable H2O bottle & to-go-mug for hot beverages everywhere you go!
4) Skip the plastic-produce bags. We love ColonyCo. produce bags because they have the Tare Weight on them! https://colonyco.com/
5) Consider what packaged items you COULD buy from Bulk Food Bins. Then bring your own jars to the Bulk Aisle.
6) Refuse disposable straws and utensils. If you love a straw and want a great re-useable one, check out: https://finalstraw.com/
7) Store left-overs in glass jars or Pyrex, avoiding single-use containers or plastic baggies that will wind up in a landfill or ocean.
8) Dine in! Or dine-out, but order what you can eat. If you need to take left-overs home, be prepared with your own to-go box.
9) Upgrade your paper necessities to a renewable, non-plastic packaged variety. These guys also donate 50% of profits to help build toilets for people in need. We love: https://us.whogivesacrap.org/
10) Consider the long-term costs of convenience, and decide for yourself what really makes sense.
As we continue on this journey, we will improve our systems for information sharing.
But, can you imagine if we all just did this? It would, without a doubt, shift the tide.
11) SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. BE THE CHANGE TODAY.