Caving to Convenience

No Plastic November Recap….

I delayed this post as I truly want my trial and experience to help inform and hopefully inspire friends to make their own changes, no matter how small.

I only focused on covering daily swaps I made during my challenge. If I didn’t have to try and replace it, I didn’t cover it.

Many swaps I did make were so easy! While a few I found extremely difficult. The photo above is every single use slip up or things I finished off and tried to replace..

I was no where near perfect, I still am no where near perfect OR Zero waste nor do I expect this post to make you want to be. There truly are items that have no good substitutes. The point of this post is hopefully to help those who want to make a chance realize how possible so many changes are. I won’t be perfect, nor will you, but everyone together can influence a positive change in that direction.

EASY SWAPS

 When it comes to decreasing single use plastic the world is woke to the basics at least in idea of not practice, there are tons of easy daily swaps.

These swaps are smooooooth!

Just buy once and bring it with you!!

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My Fav Reusable Bag: Baggu It comes in cute patterns, it’s cheap, and mine has lasted me over 5 years so far. No rips. No tears.

Produce Bags: Amazon has endless choices for every price range. Any will work.

Spice Bulk Section: I keep bags and reuse or old spice bottles when they empty.

 
 
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Endless Choices of Reusable Water Bottles: Insulated are the shiz

And Coffee Cups. Insulation wins again.

And Straws: Metal is my best frand.

And Reusable Sandwich Bags. I highly recommend Stasher Bags Totally worth it. (10% off your first order too)

An old tradition revived in the Every Popular Beeswax Wrap (15% off your first order)

Collapsible Tupperware is where it’s at. These are my exact ones. No regrets.

To-Go Ware: My Fav Bamboo Utensils but metal and wood are great too.

Simple Tips:

**when it came to an ice cream scoop and small straw I just kept ones I accidentally ordered and now don’t use anymore.

**when it came to an ice cream scoop and small straw I just kept ones I accidentally ordered and now don’t use anymore.

Pack your daily swaps ahead

I keep my straws, utensils, and sandwich bag in an easy to grab pouch together.

Pack Lunch To-Go or bring your to go box.

Grocery: I keep Grocery Bags, Produce Bags, Reusable Tupperwear, and Bulk Item Containers together. Every time I’m done with them I stick them together to grab each week when I shop. Simple and less thought then leaving them all over the kitchen. Just grab-n-go.

 

MODERATE SWAPS

These lack an abundant source from which to purchase, require a bit of searching but then are easy to swap.

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Bulk Items: I just save old containers and jars from foods I already ate, olives are the best or use Tupperware.

Metal Tupperware is the latest reusable trend for great storage.

Solid Shampoo, Conditioner and Shaving Bars: LUSH and Ethique are highly recommended . Stay tuned for my review.

Sunscreen: On my list- Avasol and All Good. Both protect you and the Reef!!

 

HARD SWAPS

Hardest swap? Other Peoples Opinions -> Your Own

Just remember You’re Saving The World and they’re Caving to Convenience. Its so easy to be deterred by the “ew dirty hippy” looks or scoffs at you seeming “extra” but there is nothing wrong with wanting to help our earth. We only get one. We need our culture to demand more things that help conserve it. Those who make fun are either guilty they don’t do enough or truly don’t realize the danger our world is in. Our small changes can influence those around us and eventually society as a whole. So keep it up! Every change counts, particularly your own opinion for the opinion of others.

But really. There are so many daily things that just do not have good or easy swaps, or even any at all. And the below list are harder to find many swap options, or I couldn’t find one at all.

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I haven’t gotten to the DIY party of helping the world, but one day…. Until then these are def on the hard to swap list.

I hear toothpaste is easy to make but I just don’t trust it yet ha!

 

I am not conning you.

Yes, There are small downsides to plastic free

CONS:

Buy.You have to buy a reusable item in some cases. But they pay for themselves faster than you think

Plan Ahead. You have to think ahead and bring the reusable items with you to avoid the single use.

Space. Bringing them all with you can take up some space. But with each single use item you don’t throw away that’s more space in the ocean for animals to be plastic free.

But really if that is all you have to complain about you’re doing pretty good.

Is decreasing waste a Privilege?

There is a huge discussion out today about Zero Waste being a privilege, how it can be expensive. But that is NOT the case for lowering your waste. There are SO many cheap and even money SAVING options to decrease your waste.

Many swaps may seem to cost you more money in the moment, but really over time they save you money. Think if your reusable water bottle costs $15. But you use it for years. Instead of buying a water bottle for $1 or more every day that could be $365 or more saved in just one year. It may cost you more initially but will pay for itself and more. I may post on that another day breaking down what items save money. But if you won’t swap for the animals and our ocean, do it for your wallet.

Plastic does have a time and place

Let’s make one thing clear, I’m not against all plastic. It can have its time and place. I am against improper disposal of plastic. All plastic, single use or not. I am in favor of making the swaps for single use plastic that are easily replaced by something else, cases where plastic isn’t necessary. Like water, plastic utensils, or packed lunches. There are so many easy non single use swaps available. And for the harder things, or the items that plastic has a defined purpose (like medical sterilization etc.), I’m for making sure there is a way to recycle the materials properly. OR overall i’m in favor of reuse for any and all plastic items. (Check out this new initiative come internationally that does just that: LOOP)

Conclusion

Honestly with a little conscious thought, planning and desire to help the world be a little better each day, you can reduce a TON OF WASTE. It all boils down to convenience. We prioritize our convenience in that moment over the health and sustainability of the rest of the planet. Just remember every small change you make can help make a difference in steering our society into a greater future and…

don’t cave to convenience.