Plastic is a nasty part of our modern day society. Not only is it made of crude-oils which have an enormous detriment to the environment during their extraction and manufacturing, plastics leave behind is a mark on our planet that takes generations, if ever, to go away.
We know how hard it is to avoid plastic. However, there are many easy everyday choices we can make that do have a long-lasting impact. It's our mission to make it easy for busy people to make better choices.
Here are 5 resolutions that you can make to reduce your plastic consumption:
1 - MAKE CONSCIOUS PACKAGING CHOICES
Make 2023 the year in which you evaluate what you buy based on its quality, performance, and impact. By simply choosing the products that have less packaging or are made of materials that are reusable, refillable or easily recyclable you are making a significant impact.
2 - CHOOSE NATURAL MATERIALS + INGREDIENTS
When purchasing a product, read the ingredient list and materials composition on tags and boxes. Natural fabrics like cotton, linen or wool have a much lower environmental impact than synthetics. Wooden, paper or metal materials are easier to reuse or biodegrade than plastic. When looking at food and personal care products, look for ingredients you know and understand like coconut oil and olive oil instead of hydrogenated oils or petroleum lubricants.
3 - SHOP LOCAL + BULK
When you choose local and bulk ingredients you are reducing the carbon footprint of transport, the packaging and often times, you are getting a less processed and more natural food or product choice. These choices are not only better for the environment, but are often also healthier for your home with less toxins and more nutritious ingredients.
4 - SWAP SINGLE-USE FOR REUSABLE
Single-use plastics are most commonly purchased on the go for convenience. In order to change your consumption, it requires a simple habit change of remembering to bring your reusable containers. Refuse to purchase drinks without your reusable cup, bottle, and bring your own containers to take out. We like to keep a bottle in our car, office and front door as a reminder. Instead of buying single portions of products, swap your pantry and personal care products to bulk items that can be refilled using significantly less packaging.
5 - MAKE IT, REPAIR IT, REUSE IT
By simply passing along an item that you no longer use to someone who will use it, you can divert millions of items from the landfill. When you shop secondhand, you are also giving an item a new lease on life. If you've cracked your favourite bowl or lost a button, take the 10 extra minutes required to repair rather than replace it. By choosing higher quality, long-lasting items you are reducing your impact significantly.