Transitioning into a more sustainable lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, when people approach it from an ‘all or nothing’ standpoint, that’s when expectations fall short and feelings of failure set in. I believe every little bit counts. Doing SOMETHING to help the planet is better than nothing at all, and imagine the difference we would make if we ALL did a little something. Nobody is perfect, so don’t strive for perfection. Strive for progress.
Here's how to try to reduce your consumption of single-use plastic.
At first this task will take some thought and planning, but once you get the hang of things it will become second nature. The most common single-use plastic goods are plastic water bottles, disposable coffee cups/ lids, plastic straws, plastic grocery bags, plastic utensils, and the list goes on.
Try swapping out the below:
- Swap plastic water bottles for a resuable water bottle - we sell LOLE water Thermo bottles, that come with a very handy carry strap.
- Swap disposable coffee cups for a resuable coffee tumbler.
- Swap plastic straws for a paper straw or better still ditch straws entirely.
- Swap plastic grocery bags for a reusable bag. We are actually pretty good at this one - since we 'forced' to pay 22 cent a bag!!
- Swap plastic utensils for a bamboo when you’re on-the-go, and don’t forget to tell the restaurant not to send utensils with your take away meal.
SHOP LESS, AND SHOP SMARTER.
Before deciding whether to purchase something, ask yourself the following questions:
- Cost per wear - the good old Japanese way - how often are you going to wear it? The more you wear it, the cost per use reduces.
- Is this an item of quality, will it last?
- Does this item add value to my life?
- Does this item make my life easier or better in some way?
RECYCLE CORRECTLY & DONATE REGULARLY.
One of the easiest ways to do your part and go green is to recycle. Don't just throw it away. Winter & Summer I will clean out my wardrobe. Assess what I will wear & keep. However no matter how hard I try there are always a few pieces I just no longer want &/or need. So first decision - can it be sold?! If not - it is given away or donated! Easy peasy. All that hoarding comes to nothing you can never find it when you need it anyway!!