BUSTING THE BIG PLASTIC-FREE MYTHS
Plastics are in the news a LOT at the moment, but although we all now kind of know we should be doing things to reduce our use, it's sometimes hard to know where to start, or what to do next.
So I'm going to 'bust' some of the big plastic myths with you to help you get taking action!
So grab your cuppa (plastic-free, obvs), get comfy and read on!
1. PLASTIC-FREE LIVING MEANS BEING ABLE TO FIT ALL YOUR PLASTIC WASTE FOR THE YEAR INTO A MASON JAR
Nope. No. Nein. Non. Not At All.
Yes, the instagram ideal that we often see touted online is beautiful hipsters gaily tripping around the farmers market and local zero waste shops, hessian shopping bags and glass jars at the ready. But for the rest of us that couldn't be any further from the truth.
For me, it's remembering to take my re-usable shopping bags with me as I battle round the supermarket trying not to cave into the kid's incessant demands for packet of plastic wrapped sweets, and those bl**dy magazines festooned with plastic tat.
It's ordering a fruit and veg box to come delivered to my door, plastic free.
It's buying a 5L bottle of shower gel to refill our smaller bottle, when it turns out that no-one else in the family really likes using soap.
All small things, all far from plastic-free perfection. But all plastic-free(ish) and all plastic-free progress.
2. PLASTIC FREE LIVING IS MORE EXPENSIVE
The more mainstream that plastic-free(ish) becomes, the more the retailers will jump on the bandwagon. And it can suddenly seem like you have to spend a small fortune on your 'essential zero waste kit' to feel like you're doing it properly.
Well you know what?
There's no such thing as doing it properly. Only working out what works for you, and then doing that.
If your lifestyle isn't one of daily commutes, and grabbing takeaway coffees, maybe you don't even need a re-usable coffee cup.
If you don't have kids, and never actually use straws, don't feel like you have to buy a set of stainless steel ones complete with (very cute) teeny tiny pipe cleaner to be a bona-fide plastic-free warrior.
And taking plastic-free(ish) steps could actually SAVE you money!
Taking your own water bottle and re-filling it with tap water saves you the cost of all those bottles of mineral water.
Buying loose fruit and veg from your local greengrocer can often be cheaper than the supermarket.
Even making your own deodorant - it takes minutes, it's plastic-free, and it totally works!
3. PLASTIC-FREE LIVING MEANS A MASSIVE LIFESTYLE SHIFT AND DEVOTING ALL YOUR TIME AND ENERGY TO THE CAUSE
It absolutely does not!
Or at least my version doesn't.
For me, it's all about the small steps, the new habits that we can easily incorporate into our daily lives, that make a difference.
No-one is expecting you to become a plastic-free monk who eschews all things plastic, and never eats a bag of crisps again.
It's all about becoming 'plastic-conscious' - becoming more aware of the plastic (and we're talking single-use plastics here) you are using, and one by one, step by step, working out ways to replace or reduce them, THAT WORK FOR YOU.
If you can't shake that nagging guilt each time you put out your landfill bin, if you feel like you're a Very Bad Person each time you forget your re-usable shopping bag, if you want to take action but you're feeling overwhelmed and a little bit helpless at the sheer volume of plastic in your life, then The Essential Guide to a Plastic-free (ish) Home is exactly what you need!
In it I help you to:
- Work out your biggest plastic problems and what to tackle first
- Find swaps and replacements for single-use plastics that work for you and your family
- Get your partner and/or kids on board, so you're not feeling lie your efforts are constantly being sabotaged by the rest of the family
- Tackle plastic in your kitchen, bathroom and the rest of your house, one achievable step at time
- Stop feeling guilty, frustrated and overwhelmed by the plastics issue, and become an informed and empowered plastic-free(ish) consumer, taking action on the things they care about
If you're ready to take action, and you want to do it in the easiest, simplest way possible, without judgement or feeling like you need to be perfectly plastic free, then you can grab your copy here!
I'm donating 20% of all sales to the Marine Conservation Society, so your warm glow of personal action taking can be joined by a side order of satisfaction knowing your purchase is helping to tackle plastic pollution on a global scale too 🙂