4 weeks ago
Ideas for plastic free July
Suggestions for what to take with you when grocery shopping for two people for one week:
💚 5-6 reusable shopping bags.
💚18-24 produce bags.
💚Reusable bread bag (or ask your local baker to slice the bread for you and transfer it into a paper bag).
💚Your shopping list written on notepad on your mobile or cell phone.
💚A “say no to all plastic” attitude
The first time you attempt to do a shop that is 100% plastic free, expect to visit more than one store or shop in your local area. In addition, prepare for a usual one hour shop to take up to two hours. Once you’ve sourced where to buy particular items without plastic or any kind of packaging, your next shopping expedition will be a breeze
Say “no” to any kind of plastic packaging. If you don’t buy it, they won’t sell it. Demand environmentally friendly packaging by not purchasing anything wrapped in plastic, and sellers will have to supply it or they won’t make any money
Something interesting also happened during my plastic free shopping adventure. I exchanged smiles with the lady in front of me while waiting to purchase my groceries. She saw the reusable shopping bags in the shopping trolley and the produce bags on the conveyor belt and, at the last minute, proceeded to put away the single-use plastic bag she was about to purchase, exchanging it for a reusable shopping bag. No words were said - only two women smiling at each other whilst waiting in a line. On two other separate occasions, the women behind me asked where I had bought my produce bags from, because they wanted to buy some for themselves. Slowly, but surely, the world can be changed by your example (not by your opinion). People are influenced by your actions and not your words alone
✨BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD.✨
Another idea I recently came up with is to use laundry mesh bags to put your produce in. Laundry bags can be found at your local homewares store. From an environmental perspective, it is probably better than buying online (i.e. packaging and delivery).