Simple ways to give up plastic that are easy to stick with
At this point in the year, a lot of us are less committed to our resolutions. 80% of us will give up on them completely by February. Though this sounds unmotivating, there’s hope. Most people fail with their resolutions because they make unrealistic commitments that require unsustainable change. #theplasticdiet is the opposite – it’s as realistic, and easy to stick to, as it gets.
#theplasticdiet is a 30-day commitment to plastic-free living. It involves swapping out everyday items for their plastic-free alternatives. So far this month, we’ve traded plastic toothbrushes for ones made of bamboo, over-the-counter shampoo for natural conditioning shampoo bars, and disposable sandwich baggies for beeswax wrap baggies.
These changes may seem small, but they make a huge difference for the environment. With nearly 8 million tons of plastic garbage polluting our oceans each year, any change we make, no matter how miniscule, helps reduce this waste.
2 more weeks of swap outs
Lets review the last two weeks of #theplasticdiet 30 Day Challenge, making it our third week or 21 simple everyday household items you can swap out:
- Toilet scrub; skip the plastic scrub brush, there are wooden alternatives that will do the job just as well.
- Wooden toys: they’re more durable and last longer than plastic toys.
- Wooden spoons and kitchen utensils: these cooking tools can withstand the heat of the kitchen, unlike plastic utensils that break down quickly or melt when exposed to extreme temperatures.
- Mason jar soap dispenser: with a reusable soap dispenser, you can simply buy liquid soap and refill it, instead of buying and tossing plastic bottles repeatedly. Plus, the mason jar design adds a nice touch to an item that’s usually boring.
- Wooden cutting board – in addition to reducing plastic waste, wooden cutting boards provide better grip on your countertops and knives don’t create as many grooves, which lessens the spread of bacteria.
And once you’ve made your home plastic-free, rethink the way you shop:
- Reusable shopping bags – these shopping bags have become a way of life for those living in cities where plastic bags have been banned or taxed (i.e. Seattle and San Francisco). You can use them for months, or even years, and significantly cut back on the plastic that you bring home.
- Mesh produce bags – these are reusable and keep your fruit and veggies fresher for longer periods of time.
- Buy loose veggies and fruit – these won’t have plastic wrapping; you can easily toss them into your mesh bags, and they’re fresher.
- Milk in glass containers – these containers can be reused or recycled.
- Fresh bread – you can avoid the plastic wrapping and it tastes best this way.
Easy swaps can make a big impact. Stick with #theplasticdiet and make a difference.
Small swap outs can have a BIG impact on the environment
This January, an estimated 45 million people will start a diet to shed their extra holiday pounds and kickstart their New Year’s resolutions. They’ll try Paleo, Keto, Whole30, and a host of other nutrition approaches to slim down. But January isn’t just about having a healthier body. This year, it’s also about fostering a healthier environment with #theplasticdiet.
What is #theplasticdiet challenge?
In short, #theplasticdiet challenge is an exercise in plastic-free living. It’s a 30-day initiative in which you swap out your plastic products for plastic-free alternatives. For example, instead of buying a pack of plastic straws, which you’ll toss after one use, invest in metal or bamboo straws. You can reuse them and avoid unnecessary waste. The swap out might seem small, but if millions of people participate, #theplasticdiet challenge could have a profound effect on the environment.
Why #theplasticdiet challenge matters
Every year, nearly 300 million tons of plastic are produced, and roughly half of it is only used once. 91% of all plastic isn’t recycled – instead, 8 million tons of plastic garbage gets dumped in our oceans and landfills. This is traumatic for ocean wildlife.
Many animals are mistaking plastic for food, which can have a deadly outcome. Birds who consume plastic can pierce their intestines and die quickly. Sea turtles can become trapped in plastic netting and suffocate. If we aren’t more conscious of our plastic production and usage, we could endanger several vital animal species.
How to make the swap
Participating in #theplasticdiet challenge is easier than you think. The following everyday household items can be swapped for plastic-free alternatives with just the click of a button or a quick trip to your local grocery store:
- Plastic sandwich baggies: Instead of wrapping your kids’ lunches in disposable baggies, try BeeBAGZ™. They’re 100% plastic-free beeswax wrap baggies that are healthy for your family and the environment.
- Toothbrushes: Every year, billions of plastic toothbrushes are thrown away. Opt for the eco-friendlier bamboo toothbrush. Brands like Plus Ultra are available in grocery stores like Whole Foods or your local eco store.
- Plastic coffee cups: Trade these cups for reusable coffee mugs or canteens instead. They’re better looking, more convenient, and keep your coffee hotter for longer periods of time.
- Straws: As mentioned above, simply swap out those packs of plastic straws for metal or bamboo.
- Shampoo: Ditch the standard over-the-counter shampoo in plastic bottles for natural conditioning shampoo bars.
- Yoga mats: Invest in a rubber mat, which is eco-friendlier and offers more longevity.
- Dishwashing supplies: Dish scrub brushes are just as effective as sponges – without the plastic packaging.
In general, #theplasticdiet challenge offers you a chance to examine your plastic use and look for ways to cut back. You have an easy and effective way to help the environment, and in the process, you just might discover some new products that you’ll love. To celebrate the 30 Day Challenge, email subscribers will receive 10% off their entire order for the month on January so sign up today @beebagz.com for great tips on how to start #theplasticdiet.