A little guide to help you cut down on daily plastic use

Saturday 15th September was World Clean Up Day, in order to mark this day, we organized a clean up in the park outside Fitness Art (the CrossFit gym where Emilio works). The gym is extremely well located, being fortunate enough to have a park on its door step where we can run. Unfortunately, no one takes care of this park and it is often littered with trash. We were joined by a group of great people and managed to clear large amounts of trash! We wanted to share with you some ideas for how to cut down on plastic use.

Why is plastic such a problem?

Plastic is quickly becoming one of the most damaging materials to our world. The domino effect is wide reaching and increasingly worrying. From contaminating oceans and harming nature, to jamming up landfills for decades and never decomposing. It is easy to see the devastating effects that plastic is having on our planet.

Plastic is cheap, lightweight, very easy to mould. It has therefore has been a number one choice for many companies for decades. As a society we have all become incredibly dependent on the use of plastic products. Choosing to live with less plastic can initially seem daunting, perhaps even impossible!

In order to help those of you who are willing to make some changes towards living a plastic-free lifestyle, we have put together a little guide of sorts to point you in the right direction!

Some Tips to Get Started

·         Use a reusable water bottle or mug for your beverages. Many coffee shops are now offering discounts if you bring your own cup!

·         Avoid single use plastic bags, bring some canvas bags with you, we like to just leave a few in the car, or in our handbags at all times!

·         Stop using straws. If you must use a straw, buy a reusable stainless steel or glass straw.

·         Buy some reusable utensils instead of single use plastic.

·         Buy fresh bread that comes in either paper bags or no bags.

·         Shop at your local farmers market, and don’t forget to bring reusable bags with you!

·         Use bar soap instead of liquid hand soap. There is now even shampoo and conditioner bars! (I was initially skeptical, but a very kind friend sent me some from Lush and I love them!!

·         Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container.

·         Don’t use plasticware at home.

·         Make fresh squeezed juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles.

·         Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags. Also, opt for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk items instead of products that come in single serving cups.

·         Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor.

·         Separate plastics, trash and organic waste (organic waste can make great compost!).

·         Take part in local clean ups.

These are a few simple steps to get you started, check this site for some more good resources.

Conclusion

Going plastic free may seem like a daunting task but it really is super easy and by just thinking about some of the things you buy on a daily basis, you can drastically reduce your consumption instantly!

BBC recently reported that the amount of plastic in the ocean is set to triple in a decade unless litter is curbed. By making small changes in our daily lives, we can help to reduce this staggering figure.

Surfers Against Sewage is a great organisation that regularly organise beach clean ups, they can even assist you in organising one of your own. So, gather your friends and family and start making little changes! Keep us posted. Let us know how you are getting on or if you have any further suggestions be sure to comment below!

 

 

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