My Plastic Free Journey
Plastic Free July is just around the corner.
It is a global movement across 177 countries, helping millions of people being a part of the solution to plastic pollution.
If you are here, you might have already started minimizing the single-use plastic waste at home, work, school, and even at your local cafe and restaurant.
If you haven’t, that’s okay!
Because it’s never too late to start something that is good for you and the planet!
Even though all my family have started replacing the plastics in our everyday life since mid 2018, we still haven’t completely stopped the use of plastic products.
We often feel guilty about it, but we are aware of what is required to cut down on plastic waste.
We just go at our own pace.
I don’t think you have to just stop using all the plastic products at once as soon as you decided to start your plastic free journey.
Because if you do that, you will be overwhelmed and might give up.
To think ‘ Yes! It’s possible. I can keep doing it!’ , and to not fall back into old habit of single-use plastics, you can simply make small switches. Make it your new habit / routine, then move onto the harder choices.
As I mentioned all my family have been trying a sustainable lifestyle for nearly two years, I want to share some of the small changes that we have done from 2018-2019.
• Bring our own shopping bags and produce bags for grocery shopping
• Always carry our water bottles
• Carry our lunch and reusable utensils
• Carry our food containers when we want to takeaway food or even when we dine-in in case of leftovers
• Ditch plastic food wraps
• Use bamboo toothbrushes
• Replace plastic dishwasher sponge to loofah
• Use organic cotton cloth nappies and sanitary pads
All of the things above were not difficult for us to achieve.
This is a routine we feel confident in maintaining.
So this year, we have decided to take the next steps which are more advanced waste free options for us within our household.
• Use castile soap for DIY personal and household products such as shampoo, body soap, hand wash and dish washing detergent.
• Make facial masks at home.
＊I use oatmeal, honey, avocado and yogurt for my dry skin. So it’s edible!
• Use soap berries for washing clothes.
• Make our own oat milk regularly.
＊This is how to make Homemade Oat Milk
• Make homemade bread, cheese, miso, snacks etc.
• Clean with vinegar(in glass bottled) and baking soda(in cardboard box).
＊Use a 1:1 ratio of vinegar to the water to make all-purpose spray cleaner.
＊Sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth and lightly rub on the surface you want to clean or make a thick paste and rub the area.
As you can see I’m making DIY products to reduce the plastic packaging.
They are not only good for the environment but also for your health because you can make them with all natural ingredients, chemical free unlike store-bought products.
So my goal throughout this year is to continue making DIY products as much as possible!
It’s not easy to achieve a plastic free lifestyle, but once you set your goals realistically, keep moving forward. You’ll find it very rewarding, satisfying and worthy of a small pat on the back.
So even if you struggle with your journey, please don’t give up. Keep believing and keep it up!
Your small changes can collectively make a big difference to our planet and your future.
GO NO MORE PLASTIC!