The ever-growing list of inspirational resources and ideas for the reduction (or elimination) of plastic in our everyday lives...
For a much more extensive list of ways to generate less waste and consume less plastic and other packaging, check out my 2016 100 Days Project portfolio!
Cool Alternatives to Plastic:
There are too many plastic alternatives to list individually here, but a few of my favorite examples are included below to spark your imagination. Check out the blogs in the next section for much more comprehensive information.
Skip buying bottled water and instead carry a reusable bottle with you - preferably made of metal or glass! If you're addicted to Seltzer like I am, get a Sodastream to reduce your plastic consumption (and save money). If you're a coffee or tea drinker, break out your reusable, transportable mug or thermos at your favorite local vendor - many places will offer a discount for bringing your own receptacle, and you can make a big difference by reducing even your individual use of disposable mugs.
Work in an office? Bring your lunch from home- in a reusable container, of course! Rather than stocking up on traditional plastic Tupperware, try supporting the circular economy by purchasing recycled products such as Preserve containers, which are made from recycled bottle caps! Better yet- go for glass or metal.
And, of course, this wouldn't be a proper "eco-list" without a reminder to cut it out with the plastic bags already. Use cloth (or other reusable material) shopping bags- they're not just for grocery stores!
Blogs and other Resources:
Rather than re-invent the wheel, I'm going to direct you to several blogs already dedicated to informing people about how to reduce plastic consumption.
- Life Without Plastic (store and blog)
- My Plastic Free Life (offers a Plastic-Free Guide)
- Plastic Manners
- Plastic is Rubbish
- Bag It, a documentary about the over-use of plastic in the U.S., particularly with respect to plastic bags
- Salvage, a very cool company that diverts building materials from landfills by finding them new uses! This is a must-see if you are a homeowner or construction contractor. Apparently, over 40% of waste in landfills in the U.S. comes from construction projects!