3 TOP TIPS when deciding to go PLASTIC FREE! Encouragement & advice to start making easy changes…

If you are thinking of going plastic free or interested in reading whyย you should –ย  read on for 3 top tips from someone who’sย 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 โ€œplastic-freeโ€ 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 thatโ€™s for another blog!!!

For now here are my 3ย TOP TIPS when thinking of making the decision to go PLASTIC-FREE

  1. 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 โ€œEvery little bit helpsโ€ because every straw not being used can count for a LOT!

 

ย  ย  2.ย 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

 

ย  ย  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 kitchenโ€™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:ย “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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23 thoughts on “3 TOP TIPS when deciding to go PLASTIC FREE! Encouragement & advice to start making easy changes…

  1. AstridKaniele says:

    I’m so happy to see that this list isn’t overwhelming to any newcomers to a more eco-friendly lifestyle! I’m trying to make small changes here and there, rather than all at once. The small things I want to start with is getting bamboo toothbrushes and eliminating shaving waste by sugar waxing instead of using razors, hair removal cream, wax stripes, shaving foam, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Astrid
    http://www.astridkaniele.com

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    • Helen's Journey says:

      Thanks Astrid, yes I tried to make it less daunting for new comers – as we all start off in same place making that 1st decision to go more eco-friendly, wether we do it all at once or bit by bit. Your suggested changes are great & it’s good you have your goals in mind. The shaving waste is 1 I haven’t done yet myself. Good luck ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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  2. Jane Fowler says:

    Your first tip is so pertinent to everything in life. It’s always the first step that’s the hardest, whether it’s cutting out plastic, changing to an organic lifestyle, growing vegetables, a yoga routine, decluttering, journal writing… the list goes on. But as you show with your drinking straws, ‘Every small change counts’.

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  3. Leana Bailey says:

    A very interesting read, definitely made me think how I could start this change in a not so drastic way and I was able to.
    Instead of buying plastic bottles I brought water in a glass bottle and squash in a glass bottle.
    Now looking at another small change I can make. Thank you Helen.

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  4. Somethingsotrue says:

    Loved reading this! Being a huge fan of Starbucks thatโ€™s really good to hear! I make sure we always recycle in my household and if I ever see any beer can rings in-cut I cut them myself as I worry about the wildlife getting stuck. More people should care about the planet. Brilliant write up! โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

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    • Helen's Journey says:

      Thanks, yeah good shout ‘re the beer can rings – what is nothing but rubbish to us is a death trap to others, but not everyone chooses to see it. I’m just writing up a future blog about plastic straw & the poor sea turtles atm actually ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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    • Helens Journey says:

      i know right, its truly astounding and shocking the length of time and also the damage it can do & the yuckie chemicals we come into contact with from plastics too! That would be great to know that the blog even got 1 person to look into their plastic use & alternatives etc (glass, ceramic, copper etc) – then it was most certainly worth writing ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Inspired soul says:

        Absolutely, I certainly think it is important for us to all try and demonstrate a better understanding and effort to reducing pollution. It not only affects our environment but our overall health. Honestly, most of us do not realize the harm that comes from regular everyday objects we use. It is worth staying informed on matters as important as this.

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  5. Jane Gealy says:

    Thank you for your insightful post. I do my best for the environment by buying and using less plastic, creating less waste and recycling. I use canvas bags, don’t buy takeaways (luckily I don’t like coffee), and am more conscious of what I consume and throw away. But it’s not easy, I’m old enough to remember a time when food was wrapped in paper, not plastic. I think packaging and labelling controls should be stricter; the fat/sugar/salt/calorie content on foods should be displayed on the front of packaging alongside the recycling information, with companies given a deadline of when to make all packaging recyclable.

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    • Helens Journey says:

      Thanks for your comments. I totally agree, I’ve signed so many petitions to the UK government regarding food packaging, plastic free supermarket aisles, big company plastic use etc etc. I think slowly things will be brought ingo force, esp now China have told UK they cant take our recycling waste anymore. Lets “watch this space” & hope for the best while we play our part…

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  6. Castanislawski says:

    I love this post! Thanks for sharing. Definitely, any little change can help a lot ๐Ÿ’—.
    I became more conscious when I go grocery shopping. I avoid buying, for example, those packed salads. I just buy everything separeted I make my own. ๐Ÿ˜

    Keep doing this great job. #sharingiscaring and I hope you keep inspiring people.

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    • Helens Journey says:

      Ahh thank you thats lovely! Thinking my words can inspire change is a comforting feeling for numb typing fingers lol.
      Yes I think our shopping habbits defo play a part in it all too for sure. Good shout re the salad ๐Ÿ‘Œ
      So glad you loved the post ๐Ÿ’ž im with you #sharingiscaring ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’›

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