I guess it has been quite noticeable that a lot of people are trying to reduce the consumption of plastic somehow. Either because the supermarkets now charge for a bag, or even as you see people bringing their own coffee mug as opposed to take the re-usables from the store.
I have to say I’ve joined the club. I know every step feels too little and too late, but I would love for her to follow the same footsteps and care for the planet we live in.
Here’s some ideas I’m already doing
1 – Get your own coffee mug
This was really easy to adapt. All I had to do was to ensure I would go to my desk, wash my cup (if I didn’t manage to do so the day before) and then get my coffee. The beauty of this is that you can get a personalised one that fits your personality or even your mood.
I also have another mug for water & tea. I have the one below
2 – Bring your own Tupperware
If, like me, you get breakfast in the office then bring your own tupperware. I eat porridge every day in the office (no, I can’t be ask to prepare breakfast at 06a.m when I’m leaving the house and it’s too early to eat!) so I bought myself one of these:
I have been asked by a few colleagues on where I got it from. It’s such a simple idea! All it takes is to wash it everyday, but if that saves some random plastic on my desk, why not! I also use normal cutlery and avoid getting plastic ones. If I do get a plastic one (the rare occasions I go out for lunch, I’ll keep on reusing it until it breaks).
3 – Replace liquid soap with traditional soap
I’m sure I’ve got this from my mum but I feel I need to wash my hands all the time! You’ll find liquid soap in every toilet and kitchen. And that’s a lot of plastic right there. So I’ve started to buy traditional soap. They are cute and they are packaged with just paper. No impact on my routine whatsoever, and they smell amazingly too.
4 – Get your own water bottle (and get one everywhere)
Here I would say this would work better if you have 1 bottle in your car, another in the office and a smaller one for your bag. I have bought myself a big one to encourage me to drink more water (stupidly enough I end up not drinking what I should because a) I don’t find the slots to go and refill it and b) because I always go to the loo last minute). So to at least cut point a) I have a bigger one now.
My office one is really similar to this one:
5 – Re-usable bags everywhere (or canvas bags)
I have re-usable bags literally everywhere to ensure I won’t have to buy a new one if I’m on and about. I also love the canvas bags because they are pretty and they can be folded and feet pretty much everywhere. Love these:
Some other really good ideas I’m not yet practicing
6 – Recyclable shoes
It’s because I saw this shoes that I got inspired to write this post. And no, this is not sponsored in any shape or form (who would sponsor such a tiny winy blog anyway?) These shoes are recycled from water bottled, that’s right! They look absolutely comfy and stylish at the same time. You can read more about them in their official website here.
7 – Shampoo Bar
Following from the liquid soap bar, there’s also shampoo bars. There’s some pretty good reviews, but I haven’t tried yet. This is mostly because I keep on forgetting about it when I buy more shampoo stock
8 – Reduce packing
If you have any stores around you that sell bulk, bring your own container and save some packaging. I get annoyed with the amount of plastic for something that could have been wrapped differently. For instance, if I can I will buy bread from a nice bakery and they will put the bread inside a paper bag. At home I keep it in a fabric bag. Places like whole foods allow you to bring your own stuff, at least for pasta, rice, cereals. I know, they tend to be expensive, but little by little hopefully this will become more common and hence more cheap.
Any other ideas that you would like to share?