Waste is a huge topic in the world today, and for damn good reason. I have always thought in the back of my mind that I should put more of an effort towards this ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ thing but have always kinda half-assed it. It was reported that there was more than 8 million tons of plastic dumped into our oceans last year. It takes roughly 450 years for plastics to decompose in a landfill with over 90% of plastics not even being recycled.
Don’t get me wrong, we do regulary recycle at home. The plastics and paper, etc in one bin and the glass into another. I feel quite happy by doing this because in Texas I found it takes much more of an effort to actually recycle. In Malta we are able to place our trash, recycling and even compost on the street curb in front of the house and it gets picked up on a rotating schedule throughout the week.
So things are all good and dandy as long as we pay attention to actually sorting the recycling from the trash and picking the compost out in between. That is where things get tricky and you have to put fourth more of an effort and make some changes in your everyday lifestyle. Truth be told, Jon and I have never once put out for the compost pick up and our recycling bins tend to overflow because of the amount of plastic we purchase in the first place.
Which brings me to the topic, Plastic free July. As I mentioned, I want to make more of an effort in this reduce, reuse, recycle thing and quite frankly just try to help save the poor planet. I recently started doing some mild research of a zero waste lifestyle and honestly it seems a little intimidating. Not because the lifestyle changes are necessarily difficult but because I have lived my life always using plastic cutlery or grabbing a coffee on the go (most disposable coffee cups are not recyclable by the way) among many other detrimental things we get so used to doing in our everyday busy lives.
There are TONS of resources and how to guides on how to start a zero waste lifestyle out there. I have been pretty interested and really diving into this stuff. In efforts to weed out some unnecessary staples in my life, I have since purchased an OrganiCup (a menstrual cup), Bamboo toothbrushes for Jon and I and even a portable cutlery set on Etsy to toss in my bag on the go. I have a ton of cotton bags for grocery shopping so I will be sure to carry one at all times for unexpected occasions and use my reusable water bottle daily.
This will no doubt take some time to get used to, a lot of hard work and probably even a few comments from friends and family. I just want to feel like I am making a difference and doing all I can to prevent waste. That being said, I have committed to Plastic free July! For me this means I am going to commit to at least one week in July that I cut out all single use plastic.
I can only imagine that switching to a zero waste lifestyle does not simply happen overnight so I am starting small in hopes of bigger accomplishments.