My 5 small plastic free changes
Does anybody else feel like there’s more and more pressure to go green and plastic free lately? I know it’s the right thing to do but the challenge of changing my whole life, (which is fairly full of plastic.) is just so overwhelming! So much so that I generally just put my hands over my ears and sing lalala whenever anybody goes on an environmental preach. However, I accidentally discovered an iTunes game changer on one of my commutes to work….THIS PODCAST EPISODE. The overall message from the episode is to just start small, tackle little corners of your home and routine one step at a time. Fueled with inspiration from Erin from The Rogue Ginger who features in the episode and has transformed her life to completely zero waste, I've made at least a few small positive changes to reduce our environmental impact.
Here are some small plastic free habits (some are very small) that I’m making time for.
1. Porridge & Honey For Breakfast
I’ve discovered by accident that Quaker Oats packaging is plastic free. And obviously so is honey in a glass jar, not a squeeze bottle. So I have shifted from Wheetabix to this every morning and I’m feeling much fuller for longer and there’s no wasteful packaging.
Brooke 1 - Plastic 0
2. Bamboo Toothbrushes
These are not cheap, however the bristles do seem to be standing the test of time better than my usual plastic brush and they biodegrade. If I think of every plastic toothbrush I’ve ever used and thrown in my lifetime I feel a little sad, they will all last thousands of years! Even the the children’s brushes my mum will have used for me in 1998 will still be somewhere in the world today, that’s a scary thought! Now think of all your toothbrushes that you’ve used, and times that by everyone else in the world. That’s a whole lot of grimy plastic sticks we’ve got to make room for on the planet. If I could change one thing for everyone, forever, I think it would be the toothbrush.
4. Charcoal Toothpaste
Again, far more expensive than normal toothpaste, however, I can tell it will last much, much longer. It does take a while to get used to as it’s not as smooth and easy in the mouth as Oral B. Don’t let that put you off though, my teeth do feel clean after using it and 2 weeks later i’m completely accustomed to the taste. I do believe other flavors are available.
This is so simple, the green grocers generally have much less packaging on their fruit and veg and ours is much cheaper than the supermarket. Don’t forget to take a paper or net bag for your mushrooms and tomatoes .
Rather than hitting the supermarket for the regular pre-packaged meat, I took a little extra time out of my week to visit our local butchers. (Conveniently located right next door to the greengrocers!) He was extremely helpful when I said I didn’t want to waste plastic. I took my containers and he stocked us up with much higher quality meat than we’d find in the bigger stores.
Are you making any changes to your life? Whether it be supporting smaller businesses, lowering your waste or swapping chemicals for naturals, I’d love to know! Please leave a comment in the section down below.
Written with love
Old Mother Hubbard
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