I’m sure you already are all too aware of the state of our planet today. If you are like me you are tired of excuses both from politicians not taking the necessary actions and from yourself taking the road of least resistance. We have the knowledge of our destructive behavior and the tools to change this.
In my family, we have done small alterations over the years but nothing drastic. This all changed when I started this blog. I started using the solutions and concepts available to create a lifestyle where my family and I become an asset to this planet. We started out with the great concept of zero waste a journey we continue. Now I’m looking at the interesting ban plastic movement.
I gave us a challenge not to buy any plastic one week ago in my blog. This turned out to be very hard and didn’t work well at all. We are so wrapped in plastic in most everyday items we buy. Both our kitchen and our bathroom are filled with plastic containers. There are new ways of making plastic-like material that is actually biodegradable but right now fossil-fuel derived plastic is almost everywhere.
When I look closer at the issues around plastic it is hard to understand that it is legal to sell these containers. I believed that recycling of plastic was an answer, but plastic is not really recyclable. Some containers cannot be recycled at all and the rest can only be recycled 1-2 times. Then in the best case, it’s made into something like fleece, which cannot be recycled in any way. Our discarded fleece sweaters will end up in a landfill or get burned. Then we have the issue of plastic waste being shipped around the world for some countries to buy themselves free from their own waste. If it wasn’t so sad I would laugh about humans not understanding that we all live on the same planet!
This is such a visible issue and still, we continue to buy and threw away more plastic waste than ever.
Down to solutions! There are things we can do already today. There are many great sites about this. On myplasticfreelife.com you have 100 suggestions on how to reduce the plastic our own plastic use drastically today! I’m sorry to say that some of those great suggestions don’t work in Sweden where I live yet. That has to change, and to ask for it is the first step.
We do some things already in my family. We never buy bottled water, but I’m happy to say that most people never do this in Sweden, at least not for using the water at home. We have limited our use of plastic bags using reusable shopping bags. What I’ve been trying last week is to find alternatives to foods we generally buy, alternatives without plastic wrapping. I’ve not been very successful. I need to try harder and in some areas, I think we need to change our diet. One of my sons is gluten intolerant and special foods like that is really hard to find without plastic wrappings.
When looking at the commercials all around us it is amazing how companies show their plastic products with pride! Selling eco products in plastic containers! I hope this will change fast. I hope this will be a strange thing when we look back on our time in years to come!
What I will change next:
- Not buy any drinks sold in plastic containers, only choose paper, glass or metal containers.
- Look closer into the market of hygiene products that come in paper, glass or metal bottles and jars. The amount of plastic in our bathroom is just too much.
- Find alternatives for cleaning and laundry products we use.
- Not buy chewing gum containing plastic (most of them do, but from what I heard there are other kinds available)
What could you change right now?
I hope we continue this journey to become an asset to the planet together! I look forward to see your comment on this blog!
Take care of yourself, each other and our planet.
If you would like to follow our journey from the very first day this is the first blog post on this journey:
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