Everyone knows it’s terrible, but how can plastic be avoided in todays society. The keys I press whilst typing this article are made of the stuff. We are surrounded by it. Plastic will not be going anywhere soon. Companies cannot be relied on to start a change here as their product is being purchased by you and me. So this issue remains of who, can solve the plastic problem?
You and me, is always the answer. The most powerful force for change on earth 🙂 and so, on to some legendary tips:
- Choose wisely. When you are purchasing goods give consideration to the quantity of plastic that comes with it. Is there an alternative?
- Don’t use those thin fruit bags in the super-market. Weigh your goods and stick the label to your item(s) or basket, or trolley, or a small child, preferably your own.
- Avoid ‘one use’ items. This tip changed how I dealt with plastic in my life. If you are using super-market bags re-use them as bin bags. Avoid buying individual use water bottles
- Plastic water bottles (They get there own space) They are a disaster. Try to find a way to eliminate them 100% from your life. They are the ultimate one-use plastic items. Buy a quality drinks flask. I would highly recommend Klean Kanteen. It is an initial expense, but these steel flasks will become a part of your every day carry, not like a foreign object that gets in your way. Something you are just wanting to get rid of it as you can as you would a plastic bottle. Look out for people with plastic bottles and see how awkward they are and just get in the way.
- Shop local and use farmers markets. This way, you will be more inclined to bring your own bags to carry items. Often the bags at farmers markets are re-used supermarket bags, so better already. Also the produce will be local and seasonal, helping to tune your body naturally.
- Recycle. Make it a thing that you do.
- Enjoy your food shopping. Why so many people just want to ‘get in and get out’ puzzles me a little. By taking a little more time, you give yourself chance to consider what you are buying and why.
- Recognise consumerism. Much of what I have mentioned is directed at food purchases as they do the most damage regarding our use of plastics, but it is everywhere so be aware and look for alternatives at least recognise the problem and your actions will naturally follow your insight.
- Recognise that you are doing something positive.
- Nothing or nobody is 100% perfect. 1% beats 0% all day long!