Okay, its harder than it seems and when you really think about it, plastic is literally everywhere! I am already finding it hard to completely stay away from rubbish.
I automatically opened the fridge the other day and ate some Alter eco chocolate... and didn't realise until 2 hrs later that it was in a wrapper and cardboard.
I half made myself try to feel better because they do use recycle materials, but still I ain't perfect!
I think that there is a point where you literally, and most likely could not eat a heck of a lot if you were an extreme no waste gal! So, I am at the point where I don't buy anything that's in plastic or in some sort of wrapping or paper. If I can reuse it, I will buy it, If it is recyclable, then maybe? Haven't had to cross that road yet and I'm on day 4.
I was reaching for some fresh ground peanut butter, about to pop the deliciously crunchy substance into my mouth....then realised it was in plastic! I couldn't not have peanut butter so I went out and bought a glass one
So here is a little list of tips and things I have started to do because of this challenge.
- buy in the glass - we often reuse ours and have a cupboard dedicated to them
- take your own jars to fill at your health food store (they can often tear the weight)
- take your own bags (avoid using their plastic bags, onyalife have these awesome reusable ones, available at grub organics)
- shop at places that have bulk bins - they are often cheaper and you get the right amount (uses your jars)
- buy a reusable take away cup for those coffee days! (i have a couple and keep one in the car)
- tea drinkers - use loose leaf and put it in your jars
- farmers markets - they often don't have them in plastic and are fresher
- grow your own - if you can keep it alive....I have been struggling with this one haha!
- avoid the food isles and stick to the fresh areas
- buy recyclable tins or products that have the symbol on it
- get a thermos for the winter days - Montsa thermos here is pretty awesome
- compost - or farm waste
- for the ladies - that time of the month, buy a moon cup - no waste on that time of the month!
- BPA free drink bottle - there is a massive range out there
- smoothie drinkers - get an eco jarz smoothie jar with a steel straw! (they're awesome)
Let me know how you do it! What are you tips? This is just what I have had to adapt to over the last couple of days. I had to go to a bulk foods the other day with massive jars hahaha!
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