When I go to the supermarket I always see people loading their shopping carts with endless plastic bags, filled with plastic packaged foods. In shopping centers people carry around numerous plastic bags from the stores they have purchased endless stuff. It makes me so sad to see that people either don’t care, don’t know or are lazy in regards to plastic wastage. This plastic cannot be recycled, it doesn’t break down and put simply is catastrophic for our planet.
Don’t be discouraged and in no way am I saying I am the most eco-friendly zero waste minimalist out there but the point is that you (and I) continue to strive to implement changes that will benefit everything and everyone.
There are numerous ideas, tips and tricks that you can implement into your life that will reduce your impact on the planet and rid you of plastic wastage.
- Stop using plastic bags. Seriously. Reusable bags are avaliable everywhere so there are no excuses.
- Buy package free vegetables from the supermarket or farmers market.
- Go to bulk food stores and bring your own containers.
- Buy items in recycled paper instead of plastic.
- Buy items you can’t get without plastic in bulk.
- Check online for environmentally conscious companies that utilise paper or minimal plastic wrapping.
- When getting takeaway, bring your own containers.
- When getting drinks, bring your own cup.
- Carry your own set of reusable cutlery and straw.
- Say no to receipts.
- Choose quality and longevity over something that was $50 cheaper but will last a mere 6 months.
- Choose second hand, scope out websites like Gumtree and Ebay as well as op shops like Vinnies for some great bargain steals.
The power is in your hand. As consumers, we have the power to create change. By not purchasing plastic coated things, we reduce the demand for such products and in turn demand far more ecofriendly alternatives.
This also relates to minimalism and general awareness regarding purchasing “stuff” but the ultimate way to avoid plastic waste is to not buy it and in turn you will most likely not be buying random stuff that will clutter your house and your mind.
An example of this might be you want some cute decor for your room, but its covered with plastic wrapping – you choose not to buy it and later realise it would have probably been thrown out on the bin a few months later. You realise you didn’t actually need it, instead you almost gave in to a quick impulse buy. You are still just as happy as before and begin to recognise the benefits of having less “stuff”. Here my friends is the beautiful correlation between zero waste, minimalism and living an ecofriendly life.
Thank you so much for reading.
I would love to read your comments regarding your best tip for zero waste shopping!
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