Recently, I mentioned on my Instagram stories that I was planning on participating in a week without plastic, hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, Lee From America. In case you missed the video, here’s the low-down…
In an effort to be more conscious and aware of our daily plastic usage, beginning Tuesday, December 5th, we will go a week without plastic. This can be as mild or intense as you choose to make it- go cold turkey on plastic or maybe just dip your toes into the water by drinking from a reusable glass bottle for the week.
I’m excited to go a week without plastic because it’s a great opportunity to recognize how prevalent every-day conveniences such as straws, to-go cups, disposable silverware, tampons with plastic applicators, and plastic bags (Ziploc & grocery) are in my life and to create new habits that are less environmentally destructive. For me, going a week without plastic is an experimentation of living a zero waste lifestyle. It’s been amazing to witness over my own life-time how much growth and acceptance there has been of habits such as recycling, composting, and the resurgence of biodegradable materials. But all of these environmental advances don’t change the fact that we discard half of all of our plastic products after just one use, even though plastic is made to last at least 5 lifetimes.
Personally, my biggest reason for going a week without plastic is my love for the ocean. 40% of the ocean’s surface is currently polluted with plastic. Plastic pollution kills 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea animals annually- most die from ingesting plastic and fragmented microplastics/microbeads, or from becoming entangled in plastic. I’ve had a special connection and fascination with the ocean since I was a young child (I know, I know, I sound like Moana) and it truly breaks my heart to look at the damage we’ve done to our most precious life source on the planet. I want to play a part in nursing our marine habitats back to health, and even though I’m just one person, going plastic free will make a huge long-term positive impact on our oceans’ recovery.
So now, I’d love to invite you all to go a week without plastic with me! I’ll be sharing updates on the challenge via my Instastories, including tips and tricks I discover along the way and also the struggles of adjusting to living in the modern world without using plastic. I’ve also linked some reusable products below that will make the transition into a zero waste lifestyle nearly seamless! Leave a comment or send me an email/ direct message if you’ll be joining me in a week without plastic!