Top 5 Plastic Free tips
Posted on 01 July 2017
Creating a plastic free environment for you and your family is definitely not an easy feat, in fact it can be daunting, just the thought of it.
Here at Earth Mama we suggest starting small, make small changes, look at what you are using on a daily basis and attempt to eliminate those plastics.
We have compiled our top 5 (simple and realistic) ideas to inspire you on your plastic conscious journey.
We cannot deny that plastic has contributed to making food and product distribution more convenient and there are times in our lives where plastic is unavoidable. However in many ways plastics are taking over our lives (and quite literally our planet) and there are ways we can each reduce and limit the amount of plastic we use and expose our bodies to. Our suggestion is start small. Choose one of the below actions to focus on until it becomes engrained in your everyday life and then choose another.
To change our beliefs and behaviour we must first understand the why ...We all know that plastic is no good for the environment but many of us avoid thinking about the actual truths as it seems like too big of a problem. Plastics have a very short life with us, but stick around for a long time. Our landfills and sadly our oceans are becoming plastic minefield’s. Plastic products have a massive carbon footprint and are produced using large amounts of fossil fuels. Plastic pollution is having disastrous effects for our wildlife and environment. If you are still not convinced a few google searchers of ‘Great Pacific Garden Patch’ should be enough to shock anyone into action.
Not only is plastic bad for our planet it is also playing havoc with our bodies. Most of you would of heard of BPA (Bisphenol-A), a chemical which has made its way frequently into the media of late. Unfortunately this is just one of the chemicals found in plastics. Plastics are linked to many, many health issues and diseases from cancers to ADHD. It is also being traced to contributing to immunity, fertility, hormones problems and more. With the speed of changes to technology and products in our lives, there really is little known about the true effect of plastic and the complications to our health. We can see the disaster that plastic is causing for our planet but in reality the human body is just a guniea pig for plastic... is it really worth the risk?
So what can you do?
Are you still guilty of buying plastic water bottles? This is our number one action that you can start today! For something that may take you a few minutes to finish drinking, it can then take over 450 years for one little bottle to break down. Not only that, as plastic warms up or sits around for periods of time, chemicals are seeping right into that water that you are drinking. So do our planet, your wallet and your body a favour and buy a glass or stainless steel reusable bottle and stop buying plastic bottles.
Gladwrap, clingwrap, cling film...what ever you call it, we know one thing, this stuff is downright nasty. Why have we got to the point where we feel the need to wrap every single little thing in a clear plastic coating? In most cases glad wrap can be easily avoided. Although these can be pricey at times, at Earth Mama we are a big believer that a glass or stainless steel lunch box is certainly a worthwhile investment for any household. Not only does it stop your food from sitting in a toxin leaching box all day but with the compartment options available these days it is extremely satisfying looking into your well packed lunch with zero plastic waste. Collect up used glass jars or invest in a set of glass or stainless steel containers for storing leftovers in the fridge – or the old plate over the bowl trick will do in the meantime.
3. SAY ‘NO’
Start using reusable bags when you are shopping and say ‘no’ (thanks) to plastic
bags. Most large supermarkets now offer reusable bags to purchase or a cardboard box is another better alternative. Keep them in your car so they are always on hand and ready to go. If you are in the habit of putting your lunch into a plastic bag everyday that then ends up in the bin that night – opt to take a fabric bag or a little chilly bag to carry your lunch instead. No excuses to use plastic bags!
4. CUT THE CRAP!
Processed and packaged food is everywhere in our faces. But is it really necessary to buy a large pack of 12 chippies, which are all then individually wrapped in 12 more little plastic packets? Little excessive on the plastic when you think about it right? Shop smarter and instead opt to purchase larger portions in once wrapped packaging that can then be divided or kept in glass containers. Or better still ditch the processed food altogether and make homemade snacks.
The truth is “ we don’t know what we don’t know”, so talk to others and help spread the word. Tell your family and friends about the changes you are making and why and encourage others to start making small changes also. You will find the transition is a lot smoother if you have your family on board and they understand as well. It is also a wonderful opportunity to educate your children and to guide them to make positive choices for their own futures.
Written by Ashlee Radovan