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Plastic-Free July: The Beginning – GenTwenty

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In the event you haven’t already heard, we now have a plastic drawback. Plastic isn’t as recyclable as we initially thought, it clogs our waterways, will get into our oceans, kills marine life, and since it by no means goes away—it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller particles, like rocks into sand moderately than crops into soil—we’re consuming, consuming, and respiration plastic. That’s not for me!

I’ve written earlier than about modifications I’ve made in my life to reside a extra zero-waste way of life, however I’m nonetheless battling trendy comfort and every day life. So, in an try to enhance my efforts and way of life, I’m going to participate in Plastic-Free July  to do my greatest to scale back plastic waste.

That is simply half one! I shall be again on the finish of the month with my findings, learnings, teachings, inevitable failures, and naturally, the wins.

So, what’s Plastic-Free July?

From plasticfreejuly.org:

“Our motion has impressed over 120 million individuals in 177 nations. You making a small change will collectively make an enormous distinction to our communities. You possibly can select to refuse single-use plastics in July (and past!). Better of all, being a part of Plastic-Free July will show you how to to seek out nice options that may turn into new habits eternally.”

All through the month of July, I’ll endeavor to absorb NO NEW PLASTIC. Not solely will I refuse single-use plastics of comfort, I’ll do my greatest to keep away from shopping for longer-term merchandise in plastic too.

No extra impulse buys of merchandise from Sephora that may remedy my hair from dryness, no extra hangry snacks from the grocery retailer in plastic luggage and wrappers, and if I’m shopping for one thing for my condominium, it higher be made out of something aside from plastic! I’m going to do my greatest to be considerate in my purchases, and set myself up for a greater, plastic-free future.

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Plastic-Free July

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Disclaimer:

Plastic appears to be unavoidable. For me, it feels evil, but in addition typically a mandatory evil. What I’m hoping to find, this month, are methods for options.

For instance, I’ve been refusing plastic straws for over three years now, however some individuals want straws to have a greater high quality of life, for higher independence and self-feeding capabilities. And that’s why I need to spotlight options. Saying no to plastic straws doesn’t imply saying no to all straws! There are some nice options on the market already—straws are being made with metal, glass, and silicone! There are additionally some not-so-great straw options, particularly in bars and eating places, the place straws are made out of bamboo or paper… not making an attempt to be a hater, however I don’t need a soggy straw in my drink!

I do know, as I set out on this journey, that I’ll fail.

I do know it as a result of I’ve been making an attempt to scale back my plastic and general waste for years and I all the time really feel like I’m failing. I’m not good, I’m human.

That’s why, slightly than concentrate on a “Zero Waste” way of life, particularly for the month of July, I’m specializing in Plastic-Free. I have already got a whole lot of plastic in my house, although once I moved in I informed myself I might have a plastic-free dwelling area. However life catches as much as you, conveniences and choices typically outweigh the options. I’ll fail, and that’s okay.

It’s about studying, rising, and making an attempt to do higher. That’s why I’m taking you on this journey with me!

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Plastic-Free July

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My Plastic-Free July Objectives

1. Keep away from shopping for any new plastic.

I have already got plenty of plastic issues in my house, from shampoo bottles in my bathe to condiment bottles in my fridge. I can’t throw away or recycle any plastic gadgets till the product inside is totally used up. I’m not made of cash, for one, and the plastic already exists, I don’t need to waste additional by throwing out unused product.

2. Discover the options, substitute with higher.

As I exploit up plastic, my goal is to switch something with a plastic-free various. And my hope is that as a result of it is going to take me time to make use of issues up, I can analysis and discover the best choice for my way of life, moderately than making a fast determination that finally ends up with extra plastic.

Once I first moved into my house, I needed an empty spray bottle so I might make my very own cleansing options for the home windows and mirrors (three elements water, 1 half white vinegar, it’s superb and all the time streak-free!) however I used to be in a rush, determined to make my condominium really feel clear and homey, so I purchased an affordable plastic spray bottle from my grocery retailer and I’ve regretted it ever since as a result of it isn’t good high quality!

three. Get monetary savings!

My third aim for the month is to economize. By discovering options and shopping for reusables, my hope is that my checking account both will get somewhat fatter or simply stops emptying so shortly!

Many individuals I’ve talked to ask if this can be a costlier way of life, and it may be costly when you exit and purchase all new issues, however actually, it’s a cash saver in the event you take your time and do your analysis, as a result of you should purchase many issues second-hand, which provides the merchandise a brand new life and retains it out of a landfill or recycling middle, you solely purchase the belongings you want whenever you want them, and by shopping for reusables, you get rid of the necessity to re-purchase one thing.

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My Worries/Apprehensions:

Plastic when touring. I already use cellular boarding passes, not often verify my bag, and convey my metallic water bottle with me. I don’t ask for another drinks on the flight, and check out my greatest to say no to the scrumptious speculoos cookies they provide on board (wrapped in plastic, tragically!) however I wrestle with avoiding plastic once I journey as a result of I can by no means appear to pack the fitting snacks or discover plastic-free snacks within the airport, until you’ll find a banana or apple that isn’t wrapped in cellophane, and actually you possibly can solely eat a lot fruit earlier than your abdomen hurts.

Avoiding plastic whereas touring, whenever you’re bodily touring after which simply away out of your regular routine and residential, is SO HARD. I’m headed again east for every week on the seashore with pals, and I do know that might be my largest hurdle. STAY TUNED!

ALSO: I really feel like lots of people who’re plastic-free or zero-waste are absolutely vegan or plant-based. Consuming extra crops is best for you, and higher for the setting. BUT I’ve tried earlier than to go vegetarian and vegan and plant-based (I’ve actually tried all of the diets on the market, however that’s a submit for an additional day) and discovered due to my physique, I can’t do solely crops.

I’ve IBS and there are specific meals I have to keep away from to have a happier tummy and GI tract, and so with a purpose to be certain that I get sufficient to eat, sufficient protein, and so forth. So I do eat a bit of little bit of meat. I don’t eat pink meat or something from the ocean, as a result of I don’t just like the style, texture, or how unsustainable these proteins are, and I do my greatest to eat an 80/20 plant based mostly weight loss plan as a result of I do assume extra crops the higher.

Additionally, I’m not a dietitian, nutritionist, or physician FYI. However simply needed to share my expertise, as a result of I do know altering your way of life could be intimidating or really feel overwhelming!


Modifications I’ve Already Made:

I’ve talked about my metallic reusable water bottle and metallic straws. I even have two metallic bento-box sort containers for packing snacks for on-the-go. I do my greatest to purchase merchandise on the grocery retailer in glass, aluminum, or cardboard, as a result of these are higher recyclable options.

For my magnificence routine, I purchased reusable cotton rounds, that I simply wash on laundry day. It provides me an excellent peace of thoughts to know I’m not sending single-use face rounds to the landfill on the every day, AND that I don’t need to maintain shopping for them!

This can be TMI however I additionally switched to a interval cup and Thinx underwear for interval days. It was undoubtedly a studying curve, however I’m happier and less-stressed about all issues interval thanks to those modifications, and whereas it was initially an costly up-front value, I’ve saved a TON of cash general. I even have common tampons with cardboard applicators for emergencies or in case a pal is visiting and wishes provides.

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Plastic Audit

As of July 1st, 2019, that is all of the single-use plastic I’ve in my house.

In my rest room:

*I’m not counting something medicinal gadgets at this level. I’m making an attempt to stay life smarter not more durable, and whereas I do my greatest to remove allergens in my condo, I’ve no management over the surface world and can’t reduce out allergy drugs. Or my anti-anxiety meds, as a result of some plastic is a necessity at this level in our system.

  • 7 plastic bottles in my bathe (2 shampoos, three conditioners, 2 physique washes)
  • 15 plastic containers in my vainness/rest room sink of “magnificence potions” or face wash, lotion, serums
  • 2 plastic bottles of hand cleaning soap (one on my sink, one underneath the counter)
  • three plastic bottles of toilet cleansing provides
  • 5 plastic tubes of physique lotion
  • three plastic tubes of sunscreen
  • eight plastic spray bottles of hair styling merchandise
  • 1Plastic bottle of nail polish remover
  • 1Plastic tub of face masks product
  • 20+ plastic containers of make-up / magnificence merchandise (I misplaced rely!)

Complete toilet plastic rely: 65+ plastic gadgets that shall be tossed once they’re emptied—although I do my greatest to recycle them!

Are you overwhelmed but? I’m. And that was simply the toilet.

In my kitchen:

  • 1 roll of plastic trash liners (100ct)
  • 7 plastic containers of meals gadgets within the fridge (purchased in plastic on the grocery retailer)
  • 1 plastic water filter pitcher (I’ll reuse so long as I can, however it’s nonetheless plastic)
  • 9 plastic containers of cooking spices and oils
  • 13 plastic-wrapped snack gadgets (protein bars, popcorn, chips)
  • 15 plastic container/bag pantry gadgets (pasta, rice, espresso, and so forth)
  • 6 plastic containers of cleansing provides
  • Tons of particular person tea luggage (plastic lining) that I’ve been making an attempt to get by way of! I made the change to unfastened leaf tea years in the past, however typically I’m given presents of tea which are the plastic wrapped variety.

Complete kitchen plastic rely: 52+ plastic gadgets that will probably be thrown out (a lot of the plastics in my kitchen are the sort that can’t be recycled)

In my bed room/front room:

Oh boy. That is going so as to add up.

  • 9 plastic click on pencils (saved from the trash when my brother was cleansing out his childhood desk)
  • 30 plastic click on pens (I lastly stopped stealing them from resorts and made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t purchase any extra pens. It’s a author drawback.)
  • 17 plastic marker/highlighters
  • four plastic folders
  • 21 notebooks with plastic covers or wrapped in plastic (once more, author issues)
  • 20 plastic tech issues (I’ve an “electronics” bin the place I maintain all issues present or lifeless)

Complete bed room/ front room rely: 101+

I do know I’ve missed stuff, as a result of there’s plastic EVERYWHERE and typically it’s so small. I’ve a glass salt shaker nevertheless it has a plastic lid. COUNTS AS PLASTIC. Guys, these things is hard, it’s no joke. A part of the answer although, is consciousness and schooling. I’ve to start out someplace!

Complete house plastic rely: 218+ single-use plastic gadgets that may primarily die and relaxation in a landfill as soon as they’re used up.

Are you discouraged but? Overwhelmed? I’m. However I’ll persist, as a result of I actually care about this challenge, and although it seems like only one individual can’t make a distinction, small modifications are actually what this motion is all about. As a result of, selecting reusables over plastic is like voting together with your greenback, and corporations are beginning to discover. Plastic luggage and straws are being legislated and banned, as are styrofoam merchandise. We don’t have to vary every part in a single day, we simply have to start out making small modifications.

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For extra inspiration, listed here are a number of of my favourite plastic-free and zero-waste content material creators:

Kathryn Kellogg, from Going Zero Waste – She has a brand new guide out, 101 Methods to Go Zero Waste, in addition to her weblog. Plus she posts very enjoyable and humorous instagram tales. Go verify her out!

Marissa Jablonski from Plastics With Marissa – she shares plastic-free ideas and straightforward swaps on her instagram, and ends each video with “Go Workforce” which I really like, as a result of this Plastic-Free motion is all about group.

Monica Rosquillas, who was dwelling plastic- free and 0 waste in San Diego, and now’s dwelling overseas in Spain together with her similar way of life. I’ve discovered quite a bit about second-hand purchasing, the significance of high quality, and have a greater understanding of waste and the setting from a worldwide perspective because of her instagram! She and her husband also have a candy boxer canine, and he’s dwelling a low-waste way of life, too!


Would you think about taking the Plastic-Free July Problem with me? I do know with even small modifications, we will make the world a greater place.

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