To be honest our family is quite new to this Zero Waste movement and we are constantly challenging ourselves to do more. The products in this collection are just a few of the very first changes that we made as a family trying to remove plastic from our household. People have started to ask us where we found our plastic alternative products so we thought that it might be a good idea to help others on the start of their plastic free journey with offering a few of the easiest switches anyone can make.
Here are a few tips to help you get started...
#1 Start Small – We know a lot of people get quite overwhelmed when they first start out. As long as you’re taking steps in the right direction, that’s what counts. Start off with the easy changes like use reusable shopping totes, produce bags, lunch bags, coffee cups, stainless straws, wooden plates, stainless water bottles, etc.
#2 Educate Yourself – Take a closer look into how our single use plastic consumption is causing drastic environmental negative impacts. Find out how these small items that we use on a daily basis are destroying our planet. There is no Planet B! Some of the worst single use items are plastic bags of course, balloons, plastic wrap, polystyrene and plastic straws. Beware of Eco friendly alternatives that aren’t so Eco friendly like some silicone products. Larger companies are very good at marketing wasteful products and making them look environmentally friendly.
#3 Recycling is NOT the answer – Saying NO to these single use types of waste is the answer. Only a fraction of what we recycle actually gets recycled through the proper channels; most ends up in the garbage. FACT!
#4 Start Now - There is NO excuse! Talk to your children, parents, friends, co-workers and neighbours to find out what others are doing. If they haven't started or don't know much about it, then it's a perfect time to perhaps challenge each other or find out more together. We're all at different stages and it's important to remember that others might not think the way you or your family does and that's OK! It's a great topic of conversation :)