Hiya! Hope you’ve been well. It’s well and truly September now and July doesn’t feel so long ago – how have we all been fairing with our waste free ways?
Just when you think you are saving the world one coffee cup at a time you need to buy a new cable for you hard drive or open your next pill packet wrapped in plastic. The world! WHY!
I was of the opinion that the Plastic Free July challenge was going to make me an invincible waste free ambassador ready to change the world (my housemates loved me!…). And in fact it did make me 100% accountable for my actions which was so enlightening, I found myself taking the challenge really seriously to the point where I did everything I could to avoid putting a single scrap of plastic in my ‘jar of shame’. I went out of my way to avoid plastic by thinking ahead before shopping for food, cleaning products, cosmetics and drinks. That jar was such a strong visual trigger that it kept me on track.
Since then I think I have inadvertently used 3 straws…which sounds like nothing to most..but for me who is aiming for a zero-waste lifestyle its a massive blow to my confidence. Poses the question how do people do this!? And more importantly what do I need to do to make this lifestyle stick long term?
For those of you reading this that feel like they need some guidance after the excitement of #PFJ then I hope this helps. Likewise if you have any pointer please share!
My #wastefreegoals for 2016
Be proud to say NO THANKS to single use straws, coffee cups and plastic bags at the shops.
Show initiative. I recently found an amazing local and ethical produce box that ticks all the boxes, except that they often package soft leaves such as spinach and rocket in plastic bags. Instead of accept that as the status quo I asked the owner of The Vege Box, very kindly, if he would mind making an exception for me and only ever use brown paper bags for my order. He kindly agreed. #win
Think ahead when buying meat or fish. Take your own containers and make conversation with the person at the counter, if they understand why you avoid plastic they are very likely to support you!
Avoid dairy products. Sadly it is basically impossible, in most shops other than select deli’s, to buy any dairy products without plastic or packaging. I choose to avoid all together until the time comes for me to master making yogurt & cheese myself. NB: I substitute milk with home-made nut milk – nutritious and delicious.
Make your own. Their are certain things like tim tams and rice crackers that are simply impossible to buy without plastic packaging. So the answer I have arrived at is to make as much as possible from scratch using ingredients I can find in my local Source Bulk Food store. It sounds annoying but in the long run I hope to avoid succumbing to temptation and if I really want it, I have to make it.
Heres a good place to start for making your own cleaning products >>> CLEAN
My motto for the waste-free lifestyle is ‘practise makes perfect’. The more you search for alternatives and really push yourself to be considerate the easier it gets. I find myself now doing things daily, like buying meat and fish in tupperware containers, which used to take effort are now completely second nature.
Stick with it we can do this!
PS: If you want to more information about the steps you can take to live plastic free follow this link >>> WASTE FREE ME!