Plastic

Life in plastic, it’s not fantastic 🙅🏼‍♀️ Lets get a little honest about… PLASTIC.

About a year ago, I knew absolutely nothing about the impacts of plastic. I’d heard people discussing how unnecessary & damaging plastic straws were so I made a, quite frankly, pretty pathetic attempt to stop using them or to use paper ones when I could. However, I’d often forget to ask and didn’t make it a priority.

If I’m honest, switching to a vegan diet already felt like such a HUGE lifestyle change that the idea of then having to remember to bring a tote bag, reusable cutlery, reusable containers etc with me wherever I went felt overwhelming and a bit over the top.

I still don’t know as much as I’d like to but I’m learning every day. Now that the vegan lifestyle feels second nature to me, I’m comfortable putting in more effort to make more conscious decisions.

The changes you make don’t need to be huge or dramatic (although if they are, that’s amazing) and I’ve learned that, just like anything else, it’s all about practicing and getting used to a new way of life. For example, here are some changes I’ve made:
• I now use the pictured reusable coffee cup from @pukkaherbs{complimentary} and if I forget it, I just don’t have a takeaway coffee. This has taught me that if I want a coffee, I have to get better at remembering my cup 😂
• I pack a tote bag with me wherever I go. They’re tiny & fit in your bag easily!
• I try to remember to take a reusable container with me whenever I’m out. With the amount that I eat at restaurants, I get a lot of leftovers and it‘d be terrible if I took home plastic from every one. Bonus: It also helps tackle food waste & gives you epic leftovers.
• I pack my reusable cutlery from @brightzine in my bag🍴
• I’m much more conscious of buying food in a supermarket which is wrapped in plastic. Sometimes it’s unavoidable but often there are alternatives

I have a very long way to go and I make mistakes all the time but I’m trying to reduce my impact on the planet as much as I can. What are your tips for reducing your plastic consumption? 🌎

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