Going plastic-free can seem like a really daunting task. But with plastic being one of the major polluters in landfills and the ocean it is something that more and more households should try and do. Take a look at your recycling and the products that you use in your house. Are most of them in plastic bottles? The answer is most likely yes. Most hair and cleaning products come in plastic bottles as well as beverages and other food containers. If the plastic is BPA free and can be reused this is good but you can eliminate plastic from your life completely. Here are three tips to get started.
At this point, if you are ready to embark into the world of plastic-free items then you may have started to look for beauty products which are natural and paraben free. A lot of natural and earth-friendly companies are moving away from plastic packaging in favor of materials that are compostable or easy to breakdown if they find their way into a landfill. You will need to source out products that do not have plastic packaging which can take some time and research but in the end, it will be worth it. Some stores even allow you to bring your own packaging to them, like mason jars for dry goods. Check out Anarres Natural Health and Aquarian Bath for beauty products that come in glass and metal containers.
Make Your Own Products
A lot of products can be made from easily attainable ingredients such as soap, face masks, and granola, the sky is pretty much the limit. The main aim is to not create any excess waste from purchasing ingredients that come in plastic containers. You may need to do some research to find what you are looking for but when it comes to finding DIY recipes you do have the ability to make or grow what you need. Starting a vegetable or herb garden can give you some extra food as well as the herbs needed to create scents in soap and other homemade products.
Stick To It
Typically it takes 21 days to form a habit which means the first three weeks of your plastic-free life will be tough. You will always need to have a mason jar or stainless steel water bottle on you to avoid purchasing a disposable plastic one. It might also be hard to explain to friends and family why you now bring your own utensils when eating out to avoid using the provided plastic cutlery. But like eating healthy, living plastic-free is a way of life and if you work through the hard parts the gains are immediately noticeable. The amount of recycling and even products that you would normally buy will decrease exponentially. You will end up saving money and playing your own small part in preserving the Earth