These days being eco-friendly and green are very fashionable, but they are also concepts that can come with judgement and expectations of perfection. This can be off-putting to some people, having a detrimental effect on their attempts to reduce waste and go plastic-free.
So, while we hope one day soon to live in a world without single-use plastics we know that isn’t realistic yet and we support everyone who does their part to reduce the amount of waste they create, through steps small or large!
And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.John Steinbeck, East of Eden
We are strong believers in the idea that small changes can make a big difference, especially if everyone starts making their own adjustments.
So, while we applaud those people who are prepared to go without a cool drink if they forget their reusable bottle, we also stand by the mum who buys her kid a bottle of water on a hot day, when the 20 minute trip to the shops ended up taking 2 hours.
As well as accepting that we’re all human we also find that small changes that add up are often more sustainable than massive transformations. If we try and do everything all at once we’re likely to become overwhelmed but by starting small we can develop positive habits that we can grow and build upon.
Here are our favourite small steps to reducing our plastic footprint – but, remember, you don’t have to try them all at once:
- Keep a canvas tote in your car.
- Leave a fold-up shopping bag in your handbag.
- Leave your water bottle and coffee beaker by the front door next to your car keys.
- Find a bar soap you love, instead of body and face wash.
- Try bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones
- If you can’t give up liquid shampoo and conditioner try and find them in a refill store, or in reduced plastic refill pouches.
- Think about the packaging of your groceries and try and get cardboard, or reusable glass jars, instead of plastic packaging.
- Buy your fruit and vegetables loose rather than pre-packed in plastic, and use reusable produce bags, or even old plastic bags from home.
- Grow your own herbs on your windowsill – as well as adding delicious fresh flavours to your cooking they’ll make your kitchen look and smell lovely too.
- Try and buy second hand instead of new – if you’re looking for vintage clothing and accessories you can often find some really unique and beautiful items at a fraction of their original cost. And because they were high quality to begin with they will end up lasting longer than cheap, fast fashion.
And remember, don’t beat yourself up if you’re not perfect all the time! We believe that trying your best is far more important and will lead to a happier, healthier life.