"And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth." – Raymond Carver
7 Ways to Reduce Plastic Consumption at Home
While there are lots of articles on ways to reduce plastic consumption, I thought I’d show you some of the ways we’ve done this over the years so you can see what it looks like in real life, rather than product ads…
There are so many more involving packaging I could go on for days…and the truth is this: if it comes in plastic packaging, don’t buy it. Most plastic-packaged things at the grocery store you don’t HAVE to buy – rather, you CHOOSE to buy them. Ask yourself these questions when you are considering a purchase that involves plastic:
If it’s not a whole food, ask:
Can I make this at home?(you’d be surprised how much better the homemade alternative can be – my husband and I did this with these Peruvian burritos we loved and will never buy the prepackaged one again! same goes for non-dairy milk…which is also pennies on the dollar compared to the prepackaged cartons!)
If “no”, is there an alternative that is packaged in an infinitely-recyclable material, like glass or aluminum? (there usually is – condiments, I’m talking to you!)
If it is a whole food, ask:
Can I put it in my cart without a bag?(Y’all, bananas and apples and such do NOT need to be bagged!)
Can I put it in a reusable bag or container? (great for bulk items, greens, meat, etc.)
Some food for thought I hope helps take you “next level” when reducing your plastic consumption!
What are some of the biggest ways you avoid plastic in your home?