‘We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.’Unknown Source.
This is not the perfect guide to being completely plastic free and having a zero carbon footprint on the world. That is a huge commitment and requires a lot of change on a personal level, kudos to all of you who are working so hard to minimise their carbon footprint, and generally being less wasteful.
My personal philosophy surrounding being environmentally friendly is all about making small mindful changes. Mindfulness is my approach to becoming more environmentally conscious, making small individual changes and reducing everyday impacts on the worlds waste and plastic use.
This is not a flawless list of recommendations, but just my own simple everyday changes that hopefully put being more mindful around waste into your own mind and everyday cycle. It can be really hard to change habits, but it is so important to make little changes daily.
An easy way to mindfully minimise plastic use by either simply refusing plastic straws or BYO your own. There are some really fabulous foldable metal straws that can be attached on key rings, which makes it perfect for brining out with you.
- Tropeka (Online).
- Freedom Furniture.
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE:
This is a huge way to reduce plastic usage and reliance as well as waste. Also a really great personal reminder to drink more water. Those who work in an office or have easy access to a clean drinking water wether is be a tap or fridge with a jug, its an easy to way to increase water intake without damaging the environment. Another easy thing to implement into daily life and affordable to purchase.
- Harris Scarfe.
- Rebel Sport.
- Big W.
REUSABLE COFFEE CUP:
‘Keep Cup’, ‘Frank Green’ & ‘Sol Cup’ there are so many different reusable cups on the market and they are so readily available not only in homewares stores but also lots of cafe’s and deli’s have them as well. Another item that can be left in the car, or at the office. A perfect way to minimise plastic and general waste impact.
- Habitania Homewares.
- The Iconic.
- Peter’s Of Kensington.
REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS:
Widely available and super easy to incorporate into your daily life. I really recommend if you drive, leaving them in your car or fitting one in a handbag or backpack. It makes it so much easier to refuse plastic bags or shop at places without plastic bags when you have them readily available. There are your basic 0.15cents more durable plastic bags, woven bags and classic tote bags.
- Plain Janes – Online or psychical store in Long Jetty.
- Big W.
Other things to be mindful of include using plastic in supermarkets, purchasing fresh food with plastic on it (why Australian supermarkets, why), avoiding single use plastic containers, turning off power points and lights not in use and purchasing products without excessive packaging.
All about reducing waste in general, not just plastic. Waste in general is a huge issue, and as someone who works in the retail sales industry I personally watch the huge amount of waste from the individual attitude of ‘it’s just one bag’, ‘it’s just one straw’ & ‘it’s just one coffee cup’ so many people have the attitude that their impact won’t make a difference, but all together it makes a huge impact.
Amazon also has a really fantastic range of metal straws, reusable tumblers, nylon bags and lids that can be used rather than plastic wrap. I’ve found Amazon to be a really fantastic resource and opportunity to affordably purchase items that minimise waste and reduce plastic reliance.
This is also not a judgement for people who are not perfect in there intentions and attempts to be more environmentally friendly. I often slip up, and am not perfect in being zero waste and carbon neutral, I drive a car often, and purchase items wrapped in plastic. I am not so naive as to think that I can personally change the world, and understand that the real change needs to come from governments and big business. However, I’m all about the little changes and believe that if every person world wide makes small differences, it creates a large difference.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy this little change in direction, but this really is something that I feel quite passionately about and think that mindfulness from the general population will make such a huge difference for us all. Let me know if you have any great tips of ways to minimise waste in general or reduce plastic dependance.