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When I first began to hear about the consumption of plastic and the effect it is having on our earth, I remember feeling really sad inside and kind of helpless. I couldn’t believe our poor little sea creatures and wildlife were so innocently being effected by our own actions.
So, in January this year I tried plastic free for the first time, however I noticed after a while I was slipping back into bad habits. Which is why I was so determined to give it another crack! This time round seems a little different and I feel way more informed and driven to take on this challenge.
I started the week off by getting my grains for dinner from Hetu, my fresh veggies from Abel and Cole (which come in a cardboard box on arrival) and then I nipped out to get my loose fresh and veggies from the supermarket. I’ve been using loose leaf tea and refilling my hand wash bottles up, and WOW I have learnt so much already.
Which is why I’m sharing MY ULTIMATE GUIDE to going Plastic Free. These include my top tips and hacks to help and assist anyone wanting to simply become more conscious of plastic usage or for those wanting to cut out plastic altogether. I hope they help…
1. BE PREPARED
First and foremost, being prepared and ready for this new, exciting lifestyle is key. Leaving yourself with 10 minutes each night to pack your bag with your reusable coffee cup and water bottle and stuffing in a tote bag in case you need to get a last minute dinner from the supermarket. Giving yourself this time, will stop you from grabbing single use plastic throughout the day!
2. SHOP SMART
Choose wisely where you shop. The choice of plastic free shops we have to choose from now is growing (Hetu, Bulk Market…etc). Whilst these glorious shops are super cool and exciting, visiting your local market, stool or farmers markets for your groceries is just as effective and is also super money efficient!
3. PLASTIC FREE PERIOD
I remember the last time I went plastic free back in January, I came on my period 3 days in. Typically, being on automatic, I went to fetch a tampon without even realising. Not too long after, I found out about Moon Cup, a really safe and convenient alternative that means you can ditch the disposables on your period. How amazing!
4. MILK CONSCIOUS
I use milk every day, whether it’s in my smoothie, tea or I’m adding it in a recipe – so this was important for me to get right. So, when I found out about an online shop called Reyouzable. I was so chuffed and got ordering my almond milk in a completely reusable package. Or, if you want to take it one step further, you can make your own milk! Seriously almond or cashew milk is super quick and easy to make – plus when you make it yourself it tastes way better than any other milk. 😉
5. RETHINKING READY MEALS
I know we all love a good old Chinese or Indian takeaway or microwave meal. However, the amount of plastic that gets used to box up the food is crazy and sometimes just unnecessary. Now, I’m not saying to stop eating these, but being more mindful of this, or washing the boxes once you’re done and reusing them for lunches is definitely the way forward.
I also have lots of delicious alternatives on my website, including my prawn and coconut laksa– you will love it!
6. MAKE USE OF YOUR PRODUCTS
When I look in my bathroom, I admittedly see lots of plastic bottles filled with my favourite cleansers and shampoos that once finished, I will recycle or reuse. But it’s great to be aware of what you can recycle in your bathroom, here is a list I compiled for you:
– Shampoo and conditioner bottles
– Shower gel
– Hand wash bottles
– Toothpaste boxes
– Toilet roll tubes
– Bleach bottles
– Bathroom cleaners
What I found out today was that you can refill your hand wash and shampoos at Hetu as well, as if it wasn’t already amazing, how cool is that!
Also, take full advantage of Origins, who will recycle any bottles for you, no matter what the brand is! You can find your nearest store here beautiful.
7. ECO-FRIENDLY CUPPA
“Some of your most famous teabags are not biodegradable”. What! I don’t know about you, but I love a cup of tea, in fact I have one pretty much daily. So, since I’ve gone plastic free, I have started to use loose leaf tea. Not only is it better for the environment, it also means you get a wide range of vitamins, minerals, flavours and aromas from the leaves.
8. THE SMALL LIFE CHOICES
So, my last and perhaps most obvious tip for my ultimate guide is to just try and make a conscious effort in every decision you make. Maybe you are buying a new toothbrush and you are unsure which one to get. Make a conscious decision to buy the one in glass packaging or even buy a wooden one. Small decisions like this, will make a big impact.
I hope this guide has helped you in some way or another! If we all get involved with these small sustainable swaps, whether you use two of them or all of them, I believe we can in some way make a difference. Are you in, or are you in? 😉
To follow me on my plastic free journey, head over to my Instagram where I’ll be sharing my day to day endeavours and what I’m learning on this new, exciting venture.
Feel free to leave comments, direct message me with questions or even share photos of your latest #SustainableSwap.
I can’t wait to hear from you!
Lots of Love, Madeleine Xx