Easy Plastic Swaps Week 1

#NoPlasticNovember is no joke.

For my full challenge check out my #NoPlasticNovember Post or if you’re joining me in the mini Peace Out Plastic Challenge check out the guidelines here!

Plastic is everywhere but I am learning, and it gets easier and easier I promise.

WEEK 1 SWAPS, TIPS AND TRICKS.

ON THE GO OR TRAVELING: Every day I am out of the house for many hours and week one I also traveled, and these were my greatest low waste friends on the go and traveling.

 

DRINKING

Easy Swap: Reusable Water bottle or Coffee Cup

 
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STRAWS

Easy Swap: Metal or even plastic reusable straw. SO SO many options here these days!

OR just skip the straw all together! BOOM.

 
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TO GO UTENSILS

Easy Swap: Reusable Utensils, Bamboo are the hot item right now and I’ve had mine for almost 8 years and they’re as good as new.

 
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TO GO BOXES

Easy Swap: bring your own, find a store with cardboard or recyclable to go boxes.

Day 1 I went to the airport and did NOT think ahead. I knew my next stop I had to rush to the bus and would need dinner. I searched the stores for places with paper to-go boxes since I didn’t bring mine. Eureka! Sushi had boxes! I was set. And now I think ahead and bring a to-go box with me or pack a meal ahead.

 
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MY BIGGEST WEEKLY SWAPS AND TIPS FOR:

GROCERIES (Open Market or Grocery Store)

MEATS and CHEESES

Easy Swap: Bring your own containers

Prep: Just ask. Honestly most people are thrilled at the initiative of less plastic

Most farmers markets have cheese and maybe meats and if they do they’re more than happy to use your containers.

My favorite to use are collapsible Tupperware as they fit in a bag easy and take up less space when i’m not using them. Making them much more practical to travel with at all times. Again, amazon to the rescue. Smart Planet Eco Meal Kits and Name Brand Tupperware are my top favs.

Imperfect Struggle: All cheese comes in some sort of plastic at some point. Even if you buy cheese from the deli its wrapped in big things of plastic. BUT if you bring your own container rather than buying a small bag or tub of it from the dairy section you are decreasing plastic in some way. Some is better than none.

 

VEGGIES

Easy Swap: Just avoid veggies wrapped in their own individual packaging and skip using their plastic bags. Keep your veggies loose.

Alternative Swap: There are veggie bags to put produce in to keep it organized while its in your cart and bag on the way to your house. I don’t use them but they are very easy to buy on Amazon or I’m sure wholefoods.

 
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PLASTIC BAGS

Easy Swap: bring your own Grocery bag. Many come in pock size fold downs and you can just keep them in your purse, bag or backpack every day. Easy.

My favorite bag: BAGGU

Trusty AMAZON

 
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CONDIMENTS

Easy Swap: Buy in boxes, glass containers.

Tougher Swap: Make your own! (one day it’ll happen!)

I buy tomato sauce to cook with each week and I found a great brand that comes in a box I can wash and recycle! WIN! They even encourage you to recycle! Double win!

Things like olive oil are easily in glass and although its more rare, ketchup and mustard are available too!

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BULK ITEMS

Easy Swap: Bring Reusable Jars or Paper Bags to bulk sections

There is so much you can buy in the bulk section. Flours of all kinds, grains, nuts, dried fruits, even pre-made granolas, or trail mixes.

 
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GENERAL TIPS AND TRICKS:

PLANNING AHEAD

Planning ahead helps so much. Plan a grocery list of what you need ahead of time helps for life in general but especially with decreasing plastic. Like this week I need:

Monday:

Rice and Cashews (for cashew milk) -> Bring my own jar to the bulk store

Tuesday:

Market- Meat, Veggies, Cheese -> Bring my own Tupperwear and bags

 

Simple. I just replaced at least 5-6 Items right there.

 

Again, its never about perfection, it’s about decreasing your waste and impact on this world and helping out in the little ways that together make a huge impact.