Since I’m still not over my cold, today’s blog post is going to be a shorter one. Lately, these incredibly tragic videos on plastic pollution have been popping up in my social feeds. I’m very aware of the of how plastic affects our marine wildlife, yet I haven’t really altered much about my lifestyle to lower my own plastic usage. This changes today, and I hope that my five resolutions for a less plastic dependent life will inspire some of you to do the same. I’ve embedded one of said videos below, as well as links to some interesting articles on the subject.
1. Always bring a tote bag to the shops.
While I do reuse all the plastic bags I bring into my home, always grabbing a plastic bag is a terrible habit. If I put a tote bag in my backpack before leaving for school, and one in my jacket pocket, there is really no reason for me to ask for a bag to carry my groceries home.
2. Avoid using plastic bags when buying produce
Speaking of doing groceries, this is going to be a tough one. I find it easy enough to not grab a plastic bag when buying items like bananas or leaks or onions. However, when it comes to fruits like apples, pears or tomatoes, I’m finding it a bit more difficult to not reach for the plastic bags. However, it is necessary! If you have any good suggestions on how to cut plastic when buying produce, please leave them in the comment section below!
3. Avoid using plastic utensils
Usually, I’ve only bought plastic utensils for when I’m having picnics or other special occasions where I want to avoid major amounts of dishes. Instead of doing this, I’m going to try to buy more regular metal utensils for my kitchen, and slowly phase out the little plastic utensils I have left, and recycle them properly.
4. To stop wrapping my packed lunches in any form of plastic
I’ve developed this bad habit lately because I’ve been too lazy to find decent Tupperware to bring my lunch in. I’ve decided that instead of overwrapping my lunch in fear of it spilling out into my backpack, I’m going to put it in my designated backpack tote, and that way I’m killing two birds with one stone!
5. Separating my plastics from other rubbish
While I do separate food waste and cardboard from plastic and paper, the other categories have a tendency to end up mixed before the trash gets taken out. Here I’m going to be as strict when it comes to plastic as I am with food and cardboard.
Things that I’m already doing, and have done for a while, are things like; always carrying a reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water, avoiding toothpaste and soaps that have microbeads in them, and never leaving behind trash of any kind outdoors.