I recently watched “A Plastic Ocean” on Netflix. I’m not going to lie, it was kind of devastating to learn about the harm our disposable plastic habit is causing the oceans, animals and us.
The plastic take out box from your lunch 10 years ago? It’s still around. Quite possibly it’s broken up into pieces and ended up in the ocean, where it’s been eaten by whales, birds, turtles and other animals. Plastic doesn’t just stay in the ocean. Microplastics are in all of us humans as well. I’m really not doing justice to the weight of the problem here, but I highly recommend you watch this documentary.
Plastic is a tragedy I can no longer ignore. I can’t do frugality that requires plastic. I need to find alternatives to plastic food storage and containers and cheap shampoo bottles and dish soap, ad infinitum, even if they are more expensive. Hopefully they are not and a lot of this can be DIY. It’s really hard and inconvenient and so much easier to turn a blind eye and not care and make excuses. It takes a lot of planning to avoid plastic in a world that is saturated with it How am I going to buy food? Freeze it? What about shampoo and toothbrushes?
It’s obviously not something that I can eliminate overnight. Just today, I ordered my groceries via Fresh Direct, because I sprained my neck and it’s not possible for me to drive. I’m not perfect. But I’m making a commitment to do better and educate myself.
Here are some immediate changes that I’d ask you to make with me:
- Carry a refillable water bottle and refuse plastic beverage bottles. To do this, put it in your purse or bag, now.
- Buy food (milk, peanut butter, etc.) in glass bottles instead of plastic. Even if more expensive. Recycle what plastic you can’t avoid is possible.
- Stop using soap in plastic bottles–including dish soap and shampoo. I’m going to try this shampoo bar for my hair and Dr. Bronner’s bar soap for my dishes. I already use bar soap for my body.
- Stop using plastic bags. Forever. This is best accomplished by loading your purse or bag with a few reusable bags and always keeping them there.
- No polyester (or other synthetic fabrics) Did you know that many of the clothes you wear, your furniture, and possibly even your pillow/blanket are made of plastic? Neither did I, until my then boyfriend, now-husband told me this. Do you really want to be sleeping in, wearing, eating and breathing in plastic microfibers all day every day? Me neither. Here’s a guide to identifying and avoiding synthetic fabrics: https://empoweredsustenance.com/natural-fiber-clothing/ Also, Rawganique, though expensive, is a good resource. I purchased socks, underwear and boxers through them recently for our family of two and we are loving them. I’m hoping they will last for many years.
- Learn more through this resource: 100 Steps to a Plastic Free Life
Any tips for me?!