Two days in to July. Easy so far, given we haven’t done a.single.thing….However, as we emerge into the world, to the grocery, restaurants, it will get harder. Remember I mentioned my niece who does day 28, well turns out she also does day 17 except when traveling. As we shared space for a few days, I noticed she practices many pro-enviro things.
That brings me to different approaches…. I have a friend who is definitely the plastic police and I say yay for her! She probably makes multiple people a day think about this issue. Me?? I am more an easy-does-it sort of woman. I do get on my soapbox for people buying plastic throw-away water bottles over and over. I see absolutely no need for that. Plus, Nestle is just a glutton for Great Lakes water. For Earth’s sake, just get a fricking reusable water bottle! Even if it’s plastic and you wash & use it over and over…better than 2-3 a day in the landfill. We gave out Nalgene bottles, filled with little treasures, years ago as holiday gifts.( Geeesh, true confession, we probably put little plastic airplane shot bottles in some. This stuff can be daunting!)
Back to the easy-does-it approach… consider picking 2 things on here you can do but don’t do now. Equally, as much as I am an easy-does-it, I am rarely a cold-turkey-type. (There was that one time we spent 2 days as slugs on the couch after getting all sugar out of our system.)
Our first commitment: we will be doing our damnest to stop buying supplements in plastic bottles. Many come in glass bottles and I think they are more consistently recycled. Please correct me if wrong… It may not sound like much effort, but if you saw how many supplements are in our cupboard, you would be applauding. 👏🏼👏🏼🎉
Second: Nearby Evergreen ReFill sells bulk detergents. I take in my (yes) plastic bottle and they refill. First I need to know what their product is…I am picky. They also take empty toothpaste tubes and dead pens. https://sustainevergreen.org/our-programs/zero-waste/refill-station-zero-waste
One more thing I should consider is finding out where the heck I can re-cycle Amazon plastic delivery bags. I know I can somewhere. I have saved a few in a… er, uhm, plastic bag.
If you decide to take on even 1 change, I would love to hear what it is! It’s a process folks!
If anyone has an idea how to stop doing day 24, the plastic garbage liners….I am wide open.
OK next post….who’s really to blame for our plastic crisis.