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Challenge: A Day Without Plastic Waste

Woman doing the groceries using reusable grocery bag

Reusable bag saying 'Plastic sucks'

 

Have you ever asked yourself the question what would the world be like without plastic waste? Living without plastic waste is a global trend that is changing our habits and attitudes. Transforming your lifestyle is not easy and it doesn’t happen overnight, but step by step you can change the way you shop, use and recycle.

 

Young volunteers cleaning the beach from plastic

 

If you want to transition to a low or even zero waste life start by doing a plastic-free challenge or try a plastic free day.

A Plastic Free Day

Woman doing groceries with reusable bag

 

If you want to get a taste of what living without plastic really feels like, try a day without it.

 

Man sitting and drinking coffee from reusable cup

This plastic challenge will make you notice all the plastic that you use every day – from your toothbrush and cosmetics to the shopping bag and food packaging.

 

Reusable kitchen paper and flowers next to it

 

Images showing Plastic Free Day logos

 

Only when you give up the plastic for a day, you will realize how much of it surrounds you in your daily life, and of course how much you throw away.

Reduce, Swap, Recycle

Kitchen shelves with plastic free jars

 

The change starts by simply buying less. There’s nothing wrong with buying stuff, especially stuff that will help you or will add value to your life. However, sometimes we don’t need to buy as much as we think we do.

 

Plastic cups and drinking straws in a trash bin

 

It is better to wait for the purchases and not initiate them. This way you can be sure, you’re buying things that you actually need. So, the first step of the challenge is to buy less.

 

Plastic free products

 

The second step is to think of green alternatives to the things you really need. For example, if you need a new toothbrush, why don’t you consider a biodegradable, bamboo one?

 

Biodegradable products

 

When you are done using it, you can throw it in the organic waste bin or even compost it.

Beeswax food wrap with leaves decor

 

Reusable make up pads

 

Reusable sandwich wrap

 

There are amazing alternatives for many of the things we use on a daily basis like razors, cosmetics, straws and coffee cups.

 

Reusable coffee cups and list of their prices

 

Small Steps, Big Impact

Reusable grocery bag filled with asparagus and lemon

 

A day without plastic may seem like an easy and really small step. How can just a day of not using plastic help the world? Well, there are more than 7 billion people living on this planet. So, just imagine the impact if even only 10% of them stopped using plastic things for a day? Does it still seem like something small from this perspective?

 

Fish sculpture filled with plastic

 

Making the plastic free day a regular thing in your household is the first step to the low or zero-waste life. This is the way many people are choosing in order to create a cleaner and healthier environment for themselves and their families. This is also the way towards a cleaner future for the coming generation.

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