Updated: Jul 11, 2019
Earth Day provides an opportunity to reflect on our efforts, and ask our self what more we can do for our planet. We can focus on lowering CO2 emissions, avoiding plastic, eliminate (food) waste, planting trees, eat more organic, stop eating animal product, or reduce energy consumption - but no one can do everything at once. Adopting a more sustainable lifestyle takes time and effort, and it can seem incompatible with a full time job and a social life. For me, it helps to think about animals, which gets me in the mindset that every single piece of plastic not going in the ocean/forest matters.
When I started to really minimise my plastic consumption last year, food shopping became way more complicated. After a lot of trialling and error, these are the habits that stuck:
Choosing packaging free fruit and veg in supermarkets
Buying loose-weight grains, nuts, dried fruits, spice, and tea at Whole Foods or bulk shops
Buying package free bread in bakeries or Planet Organic
Refilling laundry detergent from Ecover at As Nature Intended
Being patient in the process is key to building sustainable routines that wont feel like an effort. And remember:
“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”
-Anne-Marie Bonneau, Zero Waste Chef
How do you stay motivated to go plastic-free?