Let’s talk about recycling. I have a feeling that you struggle to understand what can be recycled and what can’t. Shows such as War on Waste definitely helped with the confusion, but it’s still not enough. Then there was the debacle about China not taking our recycling anymore! So what is the solution to this recycling mess?
Cut out plastic. It is as simple as that.
Well, the answer is simple, but fulfilling that may be little trickier. You can go back and read all my posts and that will hopefully make it a little less complicated, but what you really need to do is make a list. Sit down for five minutes and write a list of all the plastic items you can realistically cut out of your life. You don’t have to sit there for hours going through and culling everything in your pantry that is packaged in plastic, but it’s important to be harsh.
Once you’ve made your list, I want you to write next to it the replacement that you’ll buy instead. Then all you have to do is action it. Next time you need something from that list, buy the replacement instead, and make a habit of it!
Remember, cutting down your plastic isn’t convenient. Sometimes it might involve heading to a bulk food store along with your usual Coles shop, or maybe you have to make time to pack your reusables ahead of time and make a point of actually using them. But it is worth it! Trust me, once you get into the habit, it gets easier and easier to do.
Here is an example list that I made up for myself, even further reducing my plastic waste.
For those plastic packaged items you still need to buy, here is a little guide i’ve made up for recycling what I thought were the most commonly confused items. Print out this list, stick it next to your bin and use it as a reference. Click Here to download it as a pdf.
New year, new you right? So let’s make the “new you” a way more sustainable one than the 2018 you! I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year, and thank you for all your support in 2018.
As always, if you have any questions about alternatives for items on your list, or just general questions, feel free to comment or email me via the contact page!