A couple of months ago I decided to make my life more intentional. Hence, I wanted to change a lot of life habits that I never actually liked. And because I care so much for the environment, I decided to make it my NO. 1 priority and take 30 Days Plastic Free Challenge.
So, this month will be steps toward leading a plastic-free lifestyle. In my monthly challenges, I try to be realistic and give practical ways of changing our daily habits. (without the overwhelming and frustration that comes with any new change)
Here is a list of the 25 things you can do this month to lead a more plastic-free life.
Before starting, I just want to say that leading a complete plastic-free lifestyle could be difficult for some. Take it easy, have certain goals in your head and don’t aim for perfectionism. (Some people with certain medical conditions can’t eliminate plastic completely from their life)
30 Days Plastic Free Challenge
Day 1: Why and what?
This day is simply to write down what are your goals at the end of this challenge. Do you want to eliminate plastic completely? Or is it impossible to do that for certain unchangeable reasons?
Day 2: List plastic items in your life!
The list can really be long and difficult for some. But, try to organize things a little bit. For example, you can divide it into rooms. (Kitchen, living, bedroom. etc) You may do this task on several days if you have multiple rooms (Or maybe sharing this challenge with people you live with)
Day 3: Organize the list.
Now that you have the list for all your plastics at home, time to divide them. You will but them into 3 categories:
All the items that you need and can’t replace (when you are buying them next time). Like certain medications and electronics parts.
Items you need but can be replaced with a non-plastic material. (plastic bottles, toothbrush)
Third: Not important/declutter/give away
Things that you don’t need and won’t buy next time. A good chance to declutter and let go of things you buy with no reason (stuff we buy just because!)
Day 4: Know the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
This is applicable to any decluttering you do. Search for ways to DIY what you already have. Understand the rules of recycling and reduce things you don’t need.
Day 5: Join and find online communities.
Throughout this journey, you will figure out a lot of things and at the same time, you will have a lot of questions in mind. My advice to you is to find online communities (like facebook group) to share and learn from others.
Small Steps to Plastic-free life
Day 6: Stop taking your groceries in plastic bags.
Alternatives: Re-use your own bags or buy a special eco-friendly bag. And because I believe in reducing our buying habits; you first should look to what you already have. (DIY old clothes)
For myself, that was hard at the beginning. I tend to forget a lot, and taking bags with me was always something I couldn’t remember. So, I started to put folded bags in all my purses. And when I don’t have bags I don’t buy anything even if I need it!
Day 7: Buy from the farmer market
How that will help? Simply because when you are buying from the farmer market you have more control of your packaging. A lot of the fruits and veggies in the supermarkets are already wrapped in plastic!
Day 8: Buy your bread from the bakery shop.
For the same reason.
Day 9: Buy in bulk.
Saving time, money and bags.
Day 10: Stop buying plastic water/juice/milk bottles.
Have your own bottle with you. Search for other brands with non-plastic packaging before buying. You might also wanna have a traveler mug.
Day 11: Have special containers for your seeds and grains shopping.
Cause you will usually end up with small too many plastic bags at the end of the shopping. Try taking some sort of cotton bags (I mad some from old cloth I have!) or special plastic-free containers.
Day 12: Have your Lunch-box with you.
Not only for breakfast or dinner at work but also for takeaways and leftovers.
Day 13: Take your own reusable utensils/strews with you.
Day 14: re-use the containers of your canned food.
Like the glass pickles jar for example.
Day 15: Composite waste food instead of throwing it away.
That way you will reduce the amount of the trash.
Day 16: Use decomposable trash bags
Until buying one; if you have so many plastic bags at your house you will use those until you find an eco-friendly trash bags.
Day 17: Stop using plastic containers for your pantry
Options available: glass and ceramic
Day 18: Stop using make-up!
I know that for some this might be a problem, but if you start searching for more eco-friendly products, they might be a little expensive. Try some natural products and DIY skin products instead.
Day 19: Don’t buy new Electronics, Use a second hand.
Not only in electronics; but also in everything else. Furniture, equipment, etc.
Day 20: Avoid polyester fabric.
Look for other materials like cotton and linen
Day 21: choose cardboard package instead of plastic
Day 22: Use paper, or beeswax wraps
Recently, I found new materials for food wraps other than the usual paper wraps.
Day 23: Don’t store food in plastic containers.
Opt for glass or stainless steel.
Day 24: Make your own detergents household products.
Day 25: Make your own kitchen towels
Again from old cloths.
Just remember, that it should start with basics like refusing to use or take the single-use plastic bags. And step by step you can reach a plastic-free life.
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