In an earlier blog on five tips to reduce use of plastic, I noted that we have become so habituated to the convenience of plastic it is a stretch to consider making changes.
There are a few things we can do which will make a difference and aren’t particularly onerous. After all, the stakes are large and seem to be getting larger still. Win win.
Here are 5 more things you can do.
1. Shop the loose veg rather than prepacked. Use one of the paper bags they provide for mushrooms. If your store doesn’t provide those, consider buying a package of paper lunch bags and keep them in the car for your shopping trips.
2. Instead of buying salad dressing in plastic bottles, make up your own dressing. It doesn’t take much time and lasts. Saves money, too.
3. Limit your use of plastic wrap by using beeswax wraps whenever possible. I was skeptical until I tried them. A beeswax wrap is great to cover a bowl of leftovers for example.
4. Keep a container in the car that you can bring into a restaurant with you to bring home the inevitable leftovers. The servers at our regular haunt are used to see using pull out our container and they give us a thumbs up. Every little bit helps, right?
5. Replace wisely. As your plastic items run out or wear out, think in terms of glass, metal, bamboo and other sustainable materials. Disposable wooden cutlery, bamboo toothbrushes, planners and calendars with paper rather than plastic covers etc. Reuse glass jars as storage containers. Lots of possibilities.
Developing a mindset of awareness is a first big step towards making a difference. So much of our routines involve using plastic but if we first stop and think about it, we realize there are options. We won’t ever eliminate our use of plastic but let’s try to cut down on frequency and volume. I’m reminded of the quote,
“What difference will one plastic bottle make?” Said one million people.”
My goal is to help us all find ways to make a difference that we can readily fit into our individual lifestyles.
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