Buy a little less plastic
Until recently, I didn't understand why people were so worried about plastic. I assumed we used plastic and then recycled it and all was well.
But UGH it turns out that plastic recycling is not very reliable. The short story is: plastic is expensive to recycle, many plastics can't be recycled, and plastic loses quality each time it's recycled, so the majority of it ends up in a landfill anyway. All of these facts bum me out. Luckily, there is a simple solution!
Instead of just recycling plastic, we can stop buying so much plastic in the first place.
It may seem like buying less plastic is a minuscule solution to a giant problem, but consider this. Companies like to respond to demand--so if we buy less plastic, companies will likely produce less of it and make better-for-the-earth alternatives instead. Think about how many more eco-friendly products you see at the store these days!
You don't have to cut out plastic cold turkey. Instead, see if there is a small way you can improve, and start there. Once you have that down, look for another small way to cut back. Rinse and repeat.
If you need ideas to get you started, here are a few:
-If you're regularly buying plastic water bottles, invest in a nice reusable version and carry it with you everywhere.
-Switch your body wash/hand soap/shampoo to bar soap form.
-Buy a lunch box with compartments for storing food instead of using disposable plastic bags.
-Keep an eye out at the grocery store for products with less plastic packaging.
Even small changes help!
This week in Greenishland:
I got a new (to me) car and I'm taking suggestions for keychains. So far, this is the frontrunner.
These wrangle my chargers and headphones into satisfying little bundles. Added to my ongoing list of favorite eco-things.
My friend Jessi described this show as "such a treat" and she was exactly right. Made by the creator of Downton Abbey and only one season, so it won't take over a month of your life.
If you're celebrating Easter this week, save your plastic eggs for next year! My mom was very good at this. She kept a collection of Easter eggs from year to year, along with our Easter baskets. Plastic was made to be indestructible, so my mom drew from the same gallon-sized bag of Easter eggs every year for about a decade.
Just a happy little bathmat
Greenish F I T S:
Progress over perfection!
I'm proud of you!