Plastic Free Living!
Do you think it’s possible to live life without plastic? Wondering how to do it or at least get started? Here’s a list of steps I took in my own life to move forward Plastic Free Living for me and my family.
How to Live a Plastic-Free Life
- Carry reusable shopping bags:
Carry whatever works for you. Some people like reusable canvas totes. Others prefer to put their purchases into a backpack or messenger bag. Do you often forget your reusable bags? In my car I always carry several reusable bags, and also small canvas totes in my purse so I am never without a bag. And one more thing: reusable bags are not just for groceries! Carry them for all your purchases, from electronics to clothing. Literally, I use them for everything!!
- Give up bottled water:
Not only does it come in a plastic bottle, but tremendous resources are used to extract, bottle, and ship it. And many brands of bottled water are simply filtered tap water. or stainless steel travel mug, fill it up with tap water before leaving the house, and refill it wherever you happen to be. I don’t recommend reusable plastic or aluminum bottles. Plastic may leach chemicals into the water and aluminum bottles are lined with an epoxy resin, some of which has also found to leach into water depending on the brand. Why take a chance? use glass bottles, stainless bottles or even bamboo cups, they are light, easy to bring behind and pretty!
I get mine from Coconut Bowls!
- Carry reusable utensils and glass drinking straws:
I keep a To-Go-Ware bamboo utensil set and a couple of Coconut Bowls in my purse at all times. And actually, I also have my bamboo straws with me . Say no to giving you a plastic straw or cup and that is totally ok to say that you want your drink to be served in your own cup you have on you, especially in this period with all the Pandemic situation.
- Cut out sodas, juices, and other plastic-bottled beverages:
I’ve made the decision to eat fresh fruit instead of buying juice. This eliminates the need for all disposable bottles — glass as well as plastic. I don’t drink sugary sodas, but I do like seltzer water. Especially in the summer. So I got a Blender to make my own juices and smoothies for those times I crave some smoothie.
- Say no to plastic produce bags:
They are generally unnecessary. What are we worried about? That our apples won’t get along with our broccoli during the trip home? Or is it that the produce will get dirty? Hey, it grew in the dirt, and we’re going to wash it anyway, right? At the grocery store, I put most produce directly into my cart and then into my reusable bag.
If you do feel you want a separate bag for produce, cloth options are available. Some alternatives are like these product bags.
- Shop your local farmers market:
Farmers markets are a great way to buy fresh, local produce without plastic, as long as you remember to bring your own bags. Normally, the fruits and vegetables at farmers markets don’t even have those little plastic stickers on them. And for small fruits like berries and cherry tomatoes, use your own container or bag and product bags.
- Shop green ingredients :
Buy food which are in season, if you crave some mango and it is not mango season then try your best to look for eating food which is a local production and season. Your consumption decisions have a big impact positive and negative, depends what is the decision you are making, on the planet. Make smart sustainable choices.
- Avoid the worst types of plastic:
If you do nothing else, try to steer clear of Polyvinyl Chloride (#3 PVC), Polystyrene (#6 PS), & Polycarbonate (#7 Other). PVC is found in many, many products and causes a whole host of environmental problems. PS contains styrene, which is toxic to the brain and nervous system. PC contains BPA. If you must use plastic, make sure it’s not #3, #6, or #7 polycarbonate. (Note: #7 is a catch-all for many types of plastic that doesn’t fit into the first six categories. Biodegradable plastic is also labeled #7. So when in doubt, ask.)
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