Can You Live Plastic Free?

Granville Online

Vancouver resident Taina Uitto has made the decision to be plastic free for an entire year. Think there's no way you could possibly do the same? Check out her tips for living without plastic after the jump.

Featured on Granville Online Taina has provided some tips for people who want to go plastic free:

Plastic challenge 1: Refuse and reduce plastic waste

• Rethink your use of plastics. Remember that every plastic item ever created still exists, and ask if that disposable convenience is really worth it. That plastic granola wrapper, for example, will be on this planet for thousands of years--could you do without it, or make/find a better treat?

• Recognize where all of the disposable plastic items in your life come from. What are your own bad plastic manners? What items are you buying out of habit? Are others constantly imposing plastics on you without notice?

• Refuse single-use disposable plastics. Start with easy things: coffee lids, drinking straws, plastic bags, cutlery and wrapped muffins. Then move to "harder" things, sourcing one alternative at a time. Be creative, and visit Plastic Manners for tips and alternatives.

Plastic challenge 2: Take stock of your plastic habits
• For one week, collect all the plastic you acquire. This means all the caps/lids, bags, wrappers, cans (yes, they are lined with plastic), bottles and containers etc. Be sure to follow your normal routine, and carry a big bag!

• At the end of the week look at the trash you've accumulated. Remember, all this plastic will be on the planet forever. Ask yourself: Where is it coming from? What items did I not need in the first place? What items can I replace with a non-plastic/plastic-wrapped alternative? What items can I not live without? (Be realistic!) What items have no alternative?

• Adjust your habits accordingly. Set ground rules for the things you plan to eliminate and goals for the things you plan to replace--just be sure to allow yourself time to find alternatives at your own pace.

TIP: Do this challenge with a group. At the end of the week, get together and compare your trash!

Plastic challenge 3: Take a plastic inventory
Your kitchen and bathroom--where most disposable plastics live--are the perfect places to start becoming more aware of your plastic habits:

• Gather every item from these two rooms that's plastic or has a plastic component--and we mean everything!

• Make a big pile, stand back and take it all in. Remember, all this plastic will be on the planet forever. Ask yourself: Where is it coming from? What items did I not need in the first place? What items can I replace with a non-plastic/plastic-wrapped alternative? What items can I not live without? (Be realistic!) What items have no alternative?

• Adjust your habits accordingly. Set ground rules for the things you plan to eliminate in the future--just be sure to allow yourself time to find alternatives at your own pace.

Find out more about her pledge over at Granville Online.

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