Thank you to Planet Angels featuring in our September 'Nourish You' 2020 Beautifully Well Box, for this terrific article.
6 Tips to Live Sustainable!
We understand there is a lot happening in the world at the moment,
but our precious environment needs our help too!
If you’re looking at ways to stick to your commitment to reduce single use plastic and live sustainably, here are our 6 top tips to help you:
1. Tackle the big four
The Plastic Free July website refers to single use plastic bags, water bottles, straws and coffee cups as the top four.
It’s just a matter of replacing your existing habits with new habits.
Replace these items with reusables: a shopping bag made of natural fibres; reusable water bottle and a reusable coffee cup.
Most of us can simply say “no plastic straw” however if necessary, metal straws are a great alternative
2. Create your everyday reusables kit
Try to make it part of your daily routine to pack these items when there’s a chance you’ll buy something or need a coffee by creating an everyday reusables kit.
• Buy your veggies without packaging or take your own reusable produce bags
• Use reusable food wraps, silicone zip lock bags or containers instead of cling wrap and zip lock bags (we love the ever eco containers)
• Say no to a plastic straw or choose to use a reusable straw instead
• Carry a reusable water bottle with you and fill it up during the day
• Remember to bring your reusable shopping bags (onyas bags are made of recycled plastic bottles – how cool is that!)
• BYO reusable coffee cup (Ecoffee cups are made of 100% bamboo – the best alternative!)
Of course you can tailor your reusables kit to suit your needs and activities.
We have lots of zero waste reusable alternatives here as well as some great value bundles here, but you don’t necessarily have to buy new things to live with less single use plastic – make do with what you have.
Additionally you can get organised by keeping your reusable bags in handy places, like at work, in the car, or in the hallway at home.
Onya produce bags are perfect to fit easily in your wallet, handbag or pocket. Get into the habit of returning them to each spot as you unpack groceries.
3. Look at other plastic items in your household
Once you have put together your reusables kit to help you avoid single use plastic day to day, the next step is to consider other common plastic disposable products around your house.
We suggest it is a good idea to tackle one area at a time like the kitchen, bathroom, laundry or shopping (so that it isn’t too overwhelming).
• Swap your plastic toothbrush to a bamboo toothbrush packaged in cardboard
• Invest in a stainless steel safety razor, which will last a lifetime and give you a nicer shave
• Use bamboo cotton buds instead of cotton buds with plastic sticks
• Consider using multifunctional skin care and cleaning products packaged in glass or plastic free packaging, like That Red House soapberries
• Or, why not try making your own DIY skin care or cleaning products
• And, never deal with plastic pegs going brittle and disintegrating again with our stainless steel pegs
4. Consider where you shop
• Is there a bulk food store near you, or perhaps a fresh fruit and veggie store, bakery or deli?
• If not, can you ask the person at the deli if they will accept reusable containers (many do!),
• Choose products packaged in glass, cardboard and tin, which can be recycled.
• Are there items you could purchase without plastic packaging?
• Or does your supermarket have nuts and chocolate (my favourite) available in bulk?
• Could you choose the pasta in the cardboard box as opposed to the soft plastic package?
• Can you opt for fresh fruit and veggies that are in season, instead of plastic packets of frozen fruit and veggies?
And if you shop online, seek out online stores that use as little plastic packaging as possible. You can always send them a quick message to clarify. If they’re not shipping with minimal plastic, your message might encourage them to consider it!
At Planet Angels we ship all of our packages with as minimal plastic packaging as possible, using cardboard envelopes and boxes, biodegradable tape and paper stuffing and we recycle boxes and packaging that is sent to us.
5. Spread the word
Tell others about what you are doing and encourage them to reduce plastic use as well. Don’t be afraid to guilt trip them if you spot them using unnecessary plastic!
Share this blog with your family and friends and use the hashtags #beautifullywellbox #planetangels
We would also love to hear about your journey on social media!
Tag on Instagram @planet.angels
6. Try not to feel overwhelmed
Once you decide to go plastic-free, you will see plastic everywhere. That’s because it is everywhere.
You may start to feel disheartened and hopeless and wonder what’s the point. However, you are taking action!
If tens of thousands of people work together to tackle this problem, think of the huge difference we can collectively make.
My favourite quote sums this up,
“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly.
We need millions of people doing it imperfectly”.
Anne Marie Bonneau, Zero Waste Chef.
Don’t beat yourself up if you fall short. You can only do your best.
Just keep trying. It’s called a challenge for a reason.
However, cutting the plastic is easier than most people realise.
Wishing you all the best on your low waste journey to live sustainable!
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