F*CK PLASTIC: Survival Skills of the 21st Century (Part III)
from reduce, reuse, recycle to REFUSE - then reduce, reuse, recycle.
this whole mentality of the masses has to step up a level or two. mass consumption is an issue but almost inescapable with this human population population; however, the plastic consumption is a real issue and is totally avoidable. many of us don’t think twice about it.. do you ever think to yourself? - where does it come from and where will it go? plastic is now a part of us in ways that are not only harmful to the environment, but to our health and wellbeing. it’s pretty much in everything - from the soils that our food grows on, the fish and animals that you are eating, in our water, in the air - its f**king everywhere and it’s highly toxic (and ugly as). here are some great simple reads to get informed. it all starts here y now with us!!!
Say NO to single-use plastic or any sort of single serving packaging
Single-use plastic and other packaging is an addiction - we all know it’s not good, but it’s efficient and easy we keep using. its all about kicking our addiction to avoidable single-use plastic, and changing the system that produces it. meaning it start with us.. with you and I. if their is no us, (the market) that demands single-use (hopefully all) plastic, then the producers of it will have to change their ways.
some things that I do to stay away from single-use plastics & packaging:
carry reusable utensils, bring my own Tupperware, coffee mug, and cup in my bag or car to use at outings, potlucks or take-out restaurants.
if you forget your reusables, ask to have it ‘for-here’ instead of for take-away. If they only do take away, I simply do not support them and fight my need/craving/etc. for that certain thing at that certain time and don’t get it! or go elsewhere. it’s a beautiful practice of self-discipline and self-accountability!
bring your own bag!! and always have extra tote bags or reusable shopping bags on you. You never know:)
Buy in BULK!
Instead of buying a new bottle of shampoo or dish soap every time, find a nearby bulk store where you can refill your bottle with more shampoo. most bulk stores carry local and organic so it’s a plus in every way!
Not only for household needs, look into buying foods in bulk as well! from grains, rice, nuts, to sweets!
(google) bulk food stores near me, or ask your nearest health food store people for more information!! xx
This not only goes for cutting down on plastic or one-use packaging but goes for ALL SHOPPING in general -taking a moment to pause and truly question if what you are about to buy is going to serve you. Again, it starts with refuse - then reduce, reuse, recycle. We need to start moving into the mindset of oneness, of seeing the bigger picture. A lot of our consumption is luxurious and sometimes even selfish. Do you need those new pair of shoes or is it an impulsive decision following a mindless, shallow trend for the time being? Where does it come from, where will it go? We need to step away from the thought, “it’s okay I’ll just get a new one”. We have to start seeing everything as a finite source - in this way, less is more and we will truly start to understand the value of things.
Let us slowly take the steps to take initiative, to become the trend-setters, and to be more aware of our choices. We must hold ourselves accountable! It starts here - with me, with you, with us!! one love many blessings~ xx nene