If you are thinking of going plastic free or interested in reading why you should – read on for 3 top tips from someone who’s made the changes bit by bit and can tell you how…
The problems with plastics has been covered in mainstream news coverage more and more recently; from piled high dumps full of plastics that will take hundreds and thousands of years to decompose, to starbucks announcing its comitment to reducing their enviromental footprint (https://www.starbucks.com/responsibility/environment/cups-and-materials). So it won’t be so much of a surprise why so many people are now deciding to become “plastic-free” or at least more eco-friendly.
What is the problem with plastic?
For me, it was learning about the industrial chemical BPA and other cancer causing or dangerous chemicals being used in plastic bottles and plastic tubs (plastic items labelled “PC” or recycle groups 3 & 7 usually contain chemicals BPA, BPS, BPF etc.) that can affect our estrogen hormone levels, lead to toxic-overload and have also been linked to some forms of cancer. Those industrial chemicals used in plastics seep into the food and drink we place inside them, as not all the chemicals are sealed in when items are made – but that’s for another blog!!!
For now here are my 3 TOP TIPS when thinking of making the decision to go PLASTIC-FREE…
Every small change counts!
Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to replace every single plastic thing in your house in 1 big mega sort out and throw out.
I literally started off by taking a tiny step that would make a huge difference – I got myself a reusable eco-friendly straw!
Now I was using 1 plastic straw a day in my smoothies, so this stopped me adding 365 plastic straws each year to the rubbish heap, with each individual straw taking 200 years to decompose! So you can’t tell me Tesco are wrong in using the slogan “Every little bit helps” because every straw not being used can count for a LOT!
2. Share your changes with others.
After all it’s from sharing a picture on my personal social media about me throwing away plastic food containers that got people commenting and telling me to set up a blog to keep them posted on my changes.
You never know who else you can inspire to make changes to their plastic use and improve their exposure to nasty chemicals etc. A hashtag I love to use sums this up perfectly #sharingiscaring
3. Don’t get overwhelmed by research and decide not to try at all!
This was a big thing for me, as at first when doing research and learning more and more worrying things about plastics and chemicals used in them, i got more and more overwhelmed. Once you realise how much plastic things you use in your home, esp in our kitchen’s, it seems like a daunting task to find alternatives to replace them all.
However, use tip 1 and realise that every little change adds up and before you know it you will be ticking off those items in what seemed a never ending list of things to replace. You have to start somewhere to get anywhere with it and as Nike say “Just Do It!”
One of the first things I replaced was plastic straws I used daily for my smoothies. I write all about it in my blog post: “Stop being a Sucker!” The best way to STRAW SWAP the ECO-FRIENDLY way…” Click the post title now to go and read all about this easy but empowering change…
I will keep doing blog posts to list the changes I’ve made, including information on the replacement items I purchased. This information will be useful if you decide to look into making plastic-free alternative choices for your home – which is definitely something I would recommend and that I’m truly glad I did!
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