04 Mar Why I love my plastic free life!
I’m not gonna lie, there are frustrating things about choosing to live without plastic. Plastic has been invented for convenience, ease, variety.. There are a lot of things that you give up when you choose to reject plastic. But there are a lot of amazing things about living a plastic-free life!! It’s easier than you think to integrate refusing plastic into a normal and healthy lifestyle.
- Healthier – when refusing plastic packaging, it requires a lot of planning and thought about where you’re getting your nutrients from and what you’re putting into your body. You’re a lot more aware of what you’re choosing to eat and how that impacts your health, and it’s great!
- Social relations – supermarkets have fundamentally changed the way we interact with the people who handle our food. Now we can get a full week’s worth of food without interacting with another human being, which I find sad. When giving up plastic, I have to make trips to different stores to buy different types of food – my veggies, my cheese, my bread.. And each interaction is always different and fun!
- Reduced air miles – a lot of the food I buy is locally grown, meaning I’ve been cutting down on my food miles. I buy my veggies from a local organic farm as opposed to buying them from all different parts of the country or even from places across Europe or even across the world!
- Exploring recipes – doing this project I’ve tried tons of new different recipes. We are not used to eating seasonally, and by limiting myself and my diet I’ve had to come up with different ways of fuelling myself!
- Ethical living – I feel happy about the decisions I’m making as a consumer to live ethically and support businesses that I think deserve my custom. I’m trying to follow the principle that many campers use – ‘leave no trace’ behind on where you choose to settle!
- Upcycling – buying things used! Thrift stores, charity shops and generally supporting to buy things “pre-loved” can save money and offer you a huge variety in your wardrobe and your household items! Supporting these places not only means that your money goes towards worthwhile causes, but it also means that you’re leaving behind the idea that we have to buy new all the time!
Let me know if there are any other things you guys think are cool about a plastic-free lifestyle!