You know one of my concerns with plastic, BPA, as well as three reasons I personally want to reduce the amount of plastic my family contributes to the landfill. This requires not only new habits, but new investments as well. I’ve found that many of the “plastic free” changes I’ve made cost very little, while others cost a bit more.
To continue to fully move in the direction I desire to go, I will continue to invest time, thought, and some money into reducing our plastic use. If you, like me, don’t have unlimited resources, I realized that it could be a little overwhelming to think about making all of the necessary changes to really thoroughly reduce plastic usage. So before I give my many ideas on how to start reducing your plastic consumption, let me give you a few sanity saving thoughts.
1) Make Changes One Step at a Time
It can be overwhelming to both our sanity and our pocketbook to make every possible change at once. So don’t do it. I am a “goal making” sort of gal, so I like to make small, reachable goals for myself. For example, one month my goal could be to replace plastic sandwich bags, the next month my goal could be to figure out better ways to freeze broth, and the next month I could tackle replacing all of those plastic yogurt containers I use for leftovers. There is no reason, unless you have the energy, time, and money, to do everything at once. While I am definitely concerned about the effects of plastic, spreading out the changes you make may help keep things manageable for you.
2) Invest in One Item at a Time
Making the changes slowly also allows you to invest slowly in both the cheaper and more expensive options for going plastic free. This is important if you are on a budget like me. Remember that these aren’t disposable items so they truly are an investment, items you should be able to use for a long time. But spreading out the investment certainly helps with my budget!
3) Be Creative and Resourceful
You often don’t have to buy much, or buy expensive things to get started. If you are creative, you can even make many of your own items. You can also keep your eye out for second hand items or sale items to save money. And since you are doing this process slowly, you have time to watch for good deals.
In the next post in this series we will tackle replacing sandwich and snack bags. I am excited to share some ideas with you!