What next?

So I mentioned a while back that I read The Rogue Ginger quite a bit. I’m treading a path she (and many others online) have already broken in. I’m currently at a weird point as I’ve almost done all the first step suggestions made by people online.

  1. Take away coffee: well I don’t drink it and if I get a tea out, I take my cup with me or drink in house. From now on, I’ll only order tea if it’s loose leaf due to the plastic in teabags and I’ll make sure to ask first. Generally, I don’t order tea out as I find it quite expensive for something that is so cheap to buy.
  2. Saying no to straws: I have a metal straw, but I don’t tend to use it because I don’t care or don’t really need it. It’s a rare situation when I feel the need, so I no longer get straws out and always ask for drinks without them in bars
  3. food packaging: Pretty much down to nothing here too. Besides cheese, bread and a few other things, I’m done with that.
  4. Take my own bag: I always do this and have done so for the last 5 years or so
  5. No bottled water: I have a number of refillable water bottles: one at work, one at home and a spare that tends to sit in my car for car rides. I no longer buy bottled water or soft drink and seem to be well on way for kicking my coca cola habit

So besides the food packaging I’m well on the way to being done with no more plastic being in my life. It’s the next part that’s less clear and more vague about what to do and where to travel with it.

Plastic is everywhere. It’s in everything – the horror I felt when I read about the teabags was intense, but now I have to begin to work out my own way to do things. As things begin to run out, I’ll find another way to replace them or change them. The main guide points I’m already done with, so now we’re entering the big leagues – especially when I finish the food waste segment…

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When to buy vs when not to buy

So the whole point of this year is to not necessarily not buy anything ever,  but to consciously think about and decide what I need in my life. What don’t I need. What is extraneous and what is holding me back from succeeding and meeting my goals.

Besides 1 plastic beer cup and 2 plastic water bottles (one of them I had to have at the blood bank) I actually have not bought more drinks that come in disposable containers in a week. I’m down from 1-2 per day. I’m a week off coca cola and feeling ok – like I’ve kicked the worst of it by now. 1 beer, 1 sports drink, 1 water. Otherwise it’s just been tea and water and drinking up my supply of soda water – my Mum bought some at Christmas and I’ve still been going on it.

And now I’m thinking about alternatives to plastic and how to keep my lifestyle. I was thinking about floss with a friend and she suggested buying a water pick. After doing some research, I can’t seem to find anything that categorically states that water picks are better for your health over floss. An alternative to floss might simply be cotton string (once I run out of my current floss supplies). Once I use it I can simply place it in my compost.

I also want to buy more containers for my nutribullet. I like food prep and to work out all the ingredients for 5 smoothies in a row and then blast them each morning would be a huge time saver and would avoid me being lazy, buuuuuut then more plastic. I do bloody love my nutribullet though. It is such a great device and you can continue to get parts on older models which is nice too. So do I buy them, or leave it? I can’t buy glass containers for it (I checked) so now I’m not sure what to do to fix the issue… Hmmmm