Start Small, Dream Big
If you are wanting to participate in Plastic-Free July, or just wanting to start living a lower waste life, my advice – start with something small, or a few small things and once you have mastered these move to a few bigger swaps. You will find that if you take it in steps and add more swaps as your confidence grows and willingness allows you will find that it just becomes part of the way in which you live.
Living a lower waste or plastic free life is not easier. But it’s not hard either. It’s a mind shift to a slightly different way of living. You become more mindful about everything you do and everything you buy then all of a sudden you have halved the amount of times you take the rubbish bin out a week.
- Replace your plastic cling film with reusable wax wraps
- Get a reusable coffee cup that you love so you remember to take it.
- Get a few sets of reusable produce bags, keep them in your car.
- A string bag which can be rolled up small to keep with you at all times.
- Swap from a plastic to a wooden dish brush
- Use body soap instead of liquid body wash.
- Bamboo handle toothbrushes
- Start using reusable wipes for your home and body, including the kids.
- Have a crack at making some of your own natural cleaning products, not only are they non-toxic they are cheap and effective.
- Grab a couple of reusable gift wraps (Furoshiki) to wrap your presents. While most gift wrapping is not recyclable and often not reusable after they are ripped open, these wraps should last generations, and if you are lucky you might receive them back hopefully a few times! Circular economy at its best.
- Check out your local bulk food store. You don't have to stock the whole pantry, just see how it works and try a couple of things.
- Get a compost. This is such a big one. The compost can take so much. We have a compost and worm bin and they take about a small bucket of waste a day – somedays more. I am also looking at getting a Bokashi bin to help with left over cooked food. Plus they create nutrient dense fertiliser for your garden!
Once you start swapping you won’t be able to stop. And don't be hard on yourself if you slip up and purchase something plastic. Just try again next time.