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10 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste

20 May 2018

10 Simple Ways You Can Cut Down Your Plastic Waste

Here are some simple and easy ways that don’t take much effort to help get you on your way to living a plastic-free lifestyle.

1. Stop Using Plastic Bags! – this is a big one that will have a lot of impact. Find yourself some colourful re-usable produce bags and get into the habit of using them. So often you have them in your car or ready to go at home – but so many people simply forget to take them actually into the shop! And stop using plastic bags as bin liners – you don’t need them! Use a high quality durable re-usable bin liner if you have to put things in the general waste – but the goal is to reduce the need for this completely – so that nothing goes to landfill.

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2. Use a Keep Cup for takeaway coffee and have a re-usable take away kit – utensils, straw, & container. Coffee cups are a huge one. Just make a rule for yourself – if you’re not sitting in to have coffee or you didn’t bring a keep cup – no coffee for you today. So if you enjoy drinking coffee and don’t often have time to sit-in – you’ll soon make it a habit to bring the keep cup. Same for any other kind of take-away, either dine-in or use your re-usable kit!

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3. Buy a re-usable Water Bottle. Plastic water bottles are one of the most damaging things currently in the environment because the quantity is so prolific and everyone needs water. Here at Vesica this is one of our main goals to reduce the need for plastic water bottles, so we have an awesome plastic-free high quality alternative solution.

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4. Buy Whole Foods – not packaged food. Start shopping at the local farmers market, organic produce store and whole foods pantry rather than the supermarket. This will dramatically cut down your plastic consumption – as well as instigate healthier eating patterns. Just don’t bring into the house food that comes in packaging. I challenge you to try it for a month and see the difference it makes.

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5. Buy things second hand rather than brand-new and try to reduce shopping online. Not only will you save the packaging that usually always comes with buying things brand-new and especially online (all those styrofoam chips, plastic inserts and bubble wrap), but you’re also not increasing the demand for the resources to produce those new products. Not to mention all the other kinds of waste and pollution that goes along with the manufacturing and transportation process. As well as that, it will force you to do more research when you want or need to buy something and start thinking more consciously about what you buy, if you Really need it and where it comes from. Plus opp-shopping, thrift stores and garage sales are so much fun to scope out and find those gems that you wouldn’t find at the mall!

6. Buy local, handmade and artisan goods. Not only are you supporting artists and the community, but often these products are much better quality, last way longer and have that uniqueness and creativity that you simply cannot get with mass produced products.

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7. Support sustainable and ethical fashion brands and clothes made from natural fibres like bamboo and hemp – don’t buy fast fashion. I think this one is pretty self-explanatory and ethically it’s a no-brainer. So easy to incorporate into your life, because there are many amazing brands out there these days creating high quality affordable clothing products for every day wear.

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8. Stop using plastic toothbrushes and make your own toothpaste.

 

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9. Make your own alternative cleaning products.

10. Make your own beauty, hygiene, body care products and shampoos.
Each of these last three points are super easy and fun, plastic-free and toxin free. It’s absolutely surprising what you can use to clean your body and house – and so much cheaper! Try vinegar, lemon and eucalyptus oil (or any essential oils) for degreasing and disinfecting surfaces. Diluted eucalyptus oil is also a great natural mosquito repellent. Mix essential oils with coconut oil, bentonite clay and bicarb soda for toothpaste and you can use anything like coconut oil, coffee grounds, bentonite clay, oats, avocados, apple cider vinegar, bi-carb and much more to make all kinds of yummy body scrubs and shampoos… it’s amazing! I heard the saying once “If you can’t eat it, then don’t put it on your skin and body” and this goes for cleaning products too. So have fun with these ones – and eventually you can start coming up with your own recipes and solutions to things – The possibilities are endless!

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11. And an EXTRA BONUS tip for any Parents out there – Re-usable, washable, cloth nappies!

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And remember take these things step-by-step and don’t be too hard on yourself and have fun with it, enjoy the process of discovery and learning as you add more and more plastic-free solutions and alternatives to your life!

 

Article written by Lillian Adele

(visit: www.lillianadele.com)

 

About Lilly

I am an artist, healer, writer, speaker, eco-advocate, entrepreneur, blogger and content creator interested in exploring the intersection between human creativity and spirituality. Conversations surrounding creative self-expression and wellbeing generally arise, and the importance of this innate spiritual connection that we have with the land, where art and creative expression in all of it’s diversity becomes the language and communication of that one spirit called cosmic consciousness… Or whatever ‘name’ or ‘expression’ you want to give to it. This is where the subject of eco-conscious awareness comes in, as we begin to expand our consciousness outward through practices such as art and meditation, you begin to draw the sacred connection between yourself and everything else that is arising moment to moment – including the environment. You notice the birds outside on the trees, the trees themselves, their roots all the way down there connected in the soil. You feel the air on your face, but you are no longer experiencing the air on your face – you are the air. You become one with everything. I am you. You are me. We are the earth – we are not separate from it. Therefore bringing the ecological balance back into perspective is a natural aspect of the creative and healing work that I do because it’s all connected. This is what drives my passions, interests and true calling in life – my ‘Dhamra’. This where the science and healing art of creative eco-conscious living has become so important to me and interlinked with what I am doing. I am also a meditation teacher and holistic counsellor and love to work with people creatively to help them discover their true creative purpose here on this planet in vibrant alignment with themselves and their eco-consciousness. Feel welcome to contact Lillian through her website to find out more about her work. www.lillianadele.com

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