In case you have been living under a rock or been off enjoying the world instead of looking at social media or the news (congrats if you fall into this category!) but, it turns out our ever reliable, oh so convenient favorite go to cheap material plastic is actually horrendous for the environment.
Who knew? I at the time had NO IDEA.
Not until I went to London last spring and asked for a straw with my cocktail. The waitress looked at me like I was living under a rock and responded with a snark "do you even care about sea turtles?" like I had just personally killed a sea turtle in front of her. Straw-less and confused. I did what anyone else would do and googled it.
So a little research, and a lot of news coverage later, I realized how terrible plastic was for the environment. The same plastic we use for almost everything. Did everyone else know that it does not decompose? How were we not told that oh by the way, if they doesn't get burned up leaving a chemical fume byproduct in our atmosphere it will be around for longer than the USA has even been around?
As a on the go, very busy, consumeristic society we are heavily reliant on the material. On the down side we also don't have time to stop and think about how to reduce our waste impact on the world. There are like 9 million other things on my to do list and only 24 hrs in a day. I get it!
So I have created an easy list to make small but sustainable changes to your everyday habit which will have almost no impact to your daily life, but will have enourmous impact on how much plastic, if implemented, you use over the span of your life. If everyone could adopt these small changes it could change the world.
1.. Ask for paper bags instead of plastic bags at the grocery store. Or better yet, bring your own reusable shopping bags. Be aware that many of the reusable bags are actually also made out of plastic, try to opt for a canvas style bag. Also, as an additional bonus (we understand baby steps), bring your own produce mesh bags instead of using the in store plastic bags.
2. Bring your own reusable water bottle when you are on the go to refill from water fountains or at work, and use during the day. Plastic water bottle companies are just selling you the plastic package and our taking the water from viable water sources. You are just paying to use plastic which does not decompose or gets burned releasing harmful chemical fumes into our atmosphere.
3. Chose a wooden or bamboo tooth brush over the normal plastic toothbrushes. Every two months we are told to replace our toothbrushes and we forget that is plastic too.
4. Buy less packaged foods which are usually not as healthy as fresh foods anyhow. Try and avoid stuff like individual wrapped chips, candy bars or cookies. Instead opt for a healthy alternative or an option in bulk. This is both better for our waistlines and the environment! I am not saying quit cold turkey or absolutely ban individual wrapped items but just be aware.
5. Last but not least, & probably the easiest one! Say NO to plastic straws and save yourself from the dreaded paper straw and buy our b'freely stylish & sustainable metal ones. Click our collections to shop now.
b'freely & b'you