After another hectic few weeks (I say hectic, but what I really mean is I was trying to make the most of my time chilling at home…) I’m back in Mexico with A LOT of time on my hands to finally get my sh*t together and produce A LOT of content. So, without further ado, let the blogging of 2018 commence!
My main resolution for this year is to do my bit for the environment. I know, in the grand scheme of things, there’s not a lot that each individual person can do to stop the planet from hurtling towards a certain, global warming-related demise, but over the past few months, I’ve just been extremely aware of how much waste I produce, and if I’m producing that much, and everybody else is also producing that much, well, it’s not looking good for the future of the planet.
My biggest pet peeve is plastic packaging; there’s so much of it and it’s so unnecessary. For that reason, today I’m just jotting down a couple of ideas that I hope will help me, and anyone who is reading this, to cut down on the amount of non-recyclable junk that ends up in landfill or in the sea. (Just think of the poor turtles 😥 )
1. STOP USING PLASTIC BAGS. This is probably the easiest thing we can all do to cut down on plastic usage. It’s not a new idea by any means and I’m sure we’ve all got hundreds of bags-for-life and canvas totes lying around, but I’m also sure we all forget to take them with us 50% of the time. My aim for this year is to basically wave goodbye to plastic bags forever.
2. STOP USING DISPOSABLE COFFEE CUPS AND WATER BOTTLES. This is also a topic that has been floating around for a while – it came to light last year that the take-away cups from most coffee shops are actually not recyclable, and more recently we heard about a ‘latte levy’ – a proposed 25p tax on disposable cups. I really hope that this will encourage people to invest in a reusable cup – I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t, considering there are so many cute designs available! On the same note, it’s high time we all stopped buying bottles of water every day and started bringing it from home in a reusable bottle.
3. AVOID PACKAGED FOOD WHERE POSSIBLE. Actually, it would be nice to avoid packaged anything in general, but the biggest area for improvement is supermarket food. We seem to be becoming more inclined towards convenience and saving time than saving the planet, which I understand, but seeing prepared fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic makes me cringe. I know it’s not reasonable to suggest we all avoid packaged foods completely, but I do think we can be more conscious of what we buy and look for options with less packaging. We can bulk buy food that will keep, choose fresh food that isn’t all individually wrapped, and if you’re really hardcore, there are even shops that allow you to take your own jars and bags and weigh out what you need, avoiding plastic altogether.
4. PACK YOUR LUNCH IN TUPPERWARE CONTAINERS. I know that meal deals are tempting, but why would you buy a pre-made, pre-packaged sandwich when you can make your own at home and not produce any rubbish? The beauty of tupperware is that there are so many different shapes and sizes, they are easily washable and reusable, and will save you money in the long run as well as reducing the amount of waste you will produce. Basically, tupperware can completely eliminate the need for disposable plastic in your lunchbox. Another great idea is to invest in some washable beeswax paper to wrap your sandwiches in – it’s also great for covering leftovers in the fridge, so you need never use cling film again.
5. INVEST IN A MENSTRUAL CUP. I wrote a post about all the reasons you should try reusable sanitary protection. It might not work for you, but many women swear by them and they really do cut out a hell of a lot of waste that ends up in landfill. Instead of throwing out 3-4 or more tampon applicators or pads per day, a menstrual cup is just one piece of silicone that lasts for up to 10 years. It’s also cheaper and safer for you!
6. GO PAPERLESS. This is something I’m working on, since I can’t seem to resist buying notebooks and planners and then never filling them…I’m trying to save paper by using my laptop and phone for everything I can, from notetaking to planning to reading the news and paying bills. Again, hand-writing certain things is very important for a lot of people, so I’m not suggesting we all stop using paper altogether, just to use it sparingly and don’t waste, and recycle when you’re done.
I hope you find some of these ideas helpful! I’m sure a lot of people have made the same New Year’s Resolution as me, so I want to wish everybody good luck with anything you are trying your hand at. Even if you didn’t resolve to reduce waste, I hope you have been inspired!
As always, thanks for reading! Don’t forget to leave a comment, let me know if you’ve got any more ideas!