We have become aware that many people are recognizing the issue of plastic pollution. Often times, we find ourselves engaged in conversations with others about steps they are taking as conscious consumers. Other times, there are people who have grasped the reality of the problem, but might not understand that they can contribute to the solution. PlanIt Box has joined the challenge of Plastic Free July to raise awareness and encourage others to reduce single-use plastic waste every day and everywhere! Our Plan is to help you eliminate as much plastic as possible with a highlight on bags, straws, utensils, and cups- the top four most common single-use plastics. Being a part of Plastic Free July helps you to find alternatives that can become new habits that help you reduce your plastic consumption throughout the movement and beyond. So, we want to provide you with the essentials, tips, ideas, and insights that may be useful as you embark on this new journey in your life!
TIP #1: Use What You Have
Often times, when people decide they want to live more sustainably or minimally, they move toward the thought that they either have to get rid of everything and start over or go out and buy new things. From our own journeys, we have learned that the most important tip for living more sustainably is to use what you have. After all, living sustainable or minimal is reflective of reducing your consumption and waste. Take note of what you already have and be creative with other ways that they can be used. Chances are, you might not have to buy anything new!
TIP #2: Learn And Observe
It’s hard to solve a problem when you don’t quite know the cause of it. Take the time to observe your trash, learn where or what most of it is caused by. Once you have a better understanding of its origins, you can establish the best way for you to eliminate or find an alternative for it. Eventually, you might find yourself noticing more ways for you to reduce your trash consumption, there’s always more to learn. Trash doesn’t stop at single-use plastics, and neither should you ;).
TIP #3: REFUSE, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Growing up, we were always told “reduce, reuse, recycle”. However, as we continued to learn more about several sustainable movements, we learned that refusing (single-use plastics, trash, things you might not need, etc...) is also an important habit to build. When you refuse waste, you are eliminating the need to reduce, reuse, or recycle. As consumers, this is our opportunity to directly tell companies what kind of world we want to live in, by either purchasing their products or by refusing their products. You refuse and eliminate the demand for new products to be manufactured, therefore the amount of trash you send to landfills. You have the right to exercise your freedom of choice and make the decision for products that promote the planet, rather than pollute. Every small change makes a difference!
Tip #4: Build A Connection
New things take time to adjust to. Make the adjustment easier with whatever might work best for you. Set goals, write reminders, remember why you started. And why did you start? Maybe because it determines the future for all life on Earth (no pressure, though). Or maybe just because you were open to trying something new. Whatever reasons you may have, always come back to it. Always remind yourself that there IS a reason for what you are and channel this purpose for motivation.
Tip #5: Be Prepared
Plastics have quite literally been designed to be at our convenience. But, we don’t need them to be! Arrange essentials that you can carry with you at all times so you can always be prepared. Plan ahead so you have what you need, when you need it. It may be helpful to have these essentials in a place you know you can’t and won’t forget it. Remember, PlanIt for the Planet ;)
"It's not about perfect. It's about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that's where transformation happens. That's how change occurs."
In this journey, it is important to learn and educate yourself in order to become a conscious consumer. We hope these tips and insights can be helpful as you begin to embrace a more sustainable way of living. These tips are ones that we found helpful to ourselves and we hope you can shape them around your daily needs and lifestyle. We love to see people becoming more and more open to an eco-friendly way of living and trying new things (go you!). Heres to Planning It for the Planet!