My husband, Mark, and I are very eco-conscious at home. For starters, we seek out planet-friendly products even if they cost more, we refuse to purchase a second car, and we make our own household and food products to avoid extra packaging.
We have lived consciously together for a couple years, but noticed lately that we it’s been a long time since we’ve made any new improvements towards our goal of reducing our waste.
So we decided to challenge ourselves for the entire month of July to not bring any new plastic into our home.
Why are we hating on plastic so hard?
Well, we just got woke to our city’s recycling procedures and found out that they only process plastics marked 1 or 2. Most of the plastic we thought we were recycling, we weren’t, and even recycling wastes energy. Since learning about this recycling handicap, we have been forced to throw away more and more plastic. Frankly, it’s really getting to us.
How are we going to pull this off?
I’d be lying if I said it was going to be easy, but we are going to have to plan a head a lot. This means no purchased lunches or take out unless they come in paper, foil, or compostable containers. If we go out to dinner, we bring our own containers for leftovers. It also means not purchasing products that come in plastic containers (guess I’m making a ton of almond milk!) It also means bringing my own silverware to work so I'm not using the disposable stuff.
Sure, there will be some things that we can’t avoid, so we’re going to save those items to review at the end of the month. Not to scold ourselves, but to celebrate the difference we made and reflect on how we can update our day-to-day to keep up the good practice.