Happy Plastic Free July!

As we reach the end of the first full week of July, I figured it would be fun to share some of my favorite swaps and spread some knowledge.

Plastic is … everywhere. When I first started to become more conscientious about my consumption, I found it to be a real struggle to make different choices. And it still is. Either due to convenience or limited offerings, plastic can feel like the only option. It’s easy, cheap, and “goes away” when you toss it in the bin.

I really started to think about how much I consume on a daily/weekly basis when compared to Lauren Singer — the woman who became famous for fitting all of her trash over the past 8 years into a mason jar. Looking at myself, I was throwing away 1 to 2 bags of trash each week in a 2-person household. I knew I could do better than that, maybe not to the level of fitting it all in one jar, but I knew I could improve and produce less waste.

Also, I want to note that this is about personal consumption and does not touch on the handful of companies that produce a majority of the world’s waste. Personally, it is easy for me to feel hopeless about this. I vote with my dollar and hope to inspire others to do the same.

My Favorite Swaps

  1. My favorite swap is the ice cream cone! I love ice cream, and whenever I get a scoop while I’m out, I try to ask for it in a cone instead of getting it in a cup with a spoon.
  2. My second favorite is my metal safety razor from Albatross. The razor costs $30, which seems like a lot, but it came with 10 free blades and buying extra blades is very cheap. I’m still working through my first 10 since I bought it 2 years ago. Albatross also has a Blade Take Back program that accepts used blades and recycles them.
  3. Shampoo bars are a great replacement of large plastic shampoo bottles. Same goes for soap bars instead of shower gel!
  4. Detergent pods (I get mine from Dropps) or powdered detergent that comes in a cardboard box are awesome swaps for the plastic jugs that are mostly water. If you love the liquid detergents, you can always buy a smaller concentrate bottle and dilute it yourself.
  5. Reusable water bottles. This one is a no-brainer for me. I have my water bottle with me when I go on hikes, to the airport, or just out and about.

The 3 R’s?

I like the new and improved version of the 3 R’s which now includes: Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Refurbish, Repair, and last (and definitely least) Recycle.

Rethink your choices.
Refuse single use.
Reduce consumption.
Reuse everything.
Refurbish old stuff.
Repair before you replace.
Recycle what is left after all of the above.

We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly. — Anne-Marie Bonneau

Albatross safety razor
LUSH shampoo bars
Dropps detergent pods
Happy Plastic Free July!

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