Being eco-conscious has always been something that has been on my mind. It is what drives me decision to make certain purchase over others, to always have reusable bags when I go shopping to do all the effort possible to recycle (even if I know ultimately those items might not have a second life), it’s why I care for and hold on to items for many years.
I have been thinking about how to move toward a zero waste lifestyle for a long time now, but it has often seemed to be such an insurmountable obstacle. After having spend a few months living with my significant other and seeing our recycling bins pile up each week. I’m really started to feel the impact of my decision to live passively on this topic.
My partner and I decided that we could combat the problem in our household together. We have decided to challenge ourselves to living 1-week completely plastic free and using it to condition ourselves to use less plastic and build a healthy habit. It’s definitely not going to be easy, but things worth having rarely are so accessible.
We will officially start on Monday, so I spent the Friday afternoon and Saturday morning preparing. Like going on a diet if you still have contraband in the house, you’re highly likely to slip, so I want to make sure that we are prepared and not adding any new plastics to our home starting on Monday.
Our rules for no plastic week
- Don’t purchase any new items that come with plastic unless they are long-lasting, reusable items like tupperware, menstural cups, etc.
- Toilet paper, cleaning products, and personal care products (shampoo, soap, etc.) are an exception until we can investigate the best options for us
- It is okay to use the items that we already have in the house that have plastic, but they should not be replaced should they run out
- It’s okay to make a mistake, sometime we don’t know that something has plastic in it when we buy it, but we will keep note for future purchases
I think the most important consideration when trying to live more cleanly, is doing so in a way that is not inconvenient. If it’s inconvenient it is highly likely that we will not follow through. Luckily for us, we live in a neighborhood with many small shops, markets, and ecologic shops where it is possible to get products free of plastic.
After going to 8 different stores in our neighborhood I was able to get many items in glass bottles and paper packaging, and even unwrapped cheese to start our week off right.
With the items we already have at home and what we will buy throughout the week this will help stock us up for now.
How much will it cost?
We will know the total costs by the end of the week, but so far I have spent 73,09€ to prepare us to start next week, without having bought any meat items.
This included the following items: biodegradable garbage bags, eco tissues, 2 heads of lettuce, 3 avocados, cous-cous, coffee, cereal, chocolate, 2 red peppers, 4 mandarins, soup, coconut milk, 2 bottles of sparkling water, blue cheese, goat cheese, spicy olive spread, vegetable pate, 2 mango yogurts, 1 large blueberry yogurt, cookies, sunflower seeds, 2 types of nuts, and banana chips.
I purchased the items that we eat very frequently and would need to buy for the coming week. This coupled with the food we already have in the apartment will make it easier to keep up with out challenge.
Soon we’ll be ready to tackle our overall waste problem, not just plastics. Follow along with us.