8 things you can change today to use less plastic

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We hear it and read it everywhere: if we keep feeding the plastic business, by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. It’s a real possibility, one that will still affect us (not just our children) in our lifetime.

And it’s true—if this is what you’re thinking—the effort of a single person or a small community might not be enough to promote a change… but it might just as well be. On the other hand, if nobody ever starts, it’s 100% sure that the change will NEVER happen.

So let’s start it, let’s make small changes in our daily life, let’s spread the word, let’s educate our children and, who knows, maybe all together we’ll be lucky enough to be able to make our earth a better place for the future generations.

These are just some EASY ideas you can start implementing TODAY in your life and household. Please feel free to add more in the comments below.

    1. Stop buying plastic water bottles. We started by getting the Brita filtering system, but we didn’t like it much. On top of that—even though it was less plastic—it was still plastic. We then found the amazing Black and Blum Eau Good glass bottle with charcoal filters, and we absolutely love them: the filter takes away the unpleasant taste of tap water (not much else) and the bottles are simply gorgeous! You can also buy the filters separately to use in different bottles or water dispensers.
    2. Stop buying plastic bags at the supermarket. We bought three or four recycled bags and try to always have them at hand when going to the grocery store. I keep one in my backpack, one in the pram and one in the car. The more, the easier it is to create the habit.
    3. Stop putting veggies and fruit in plastic bags. We started weighing fruit and veggies, and sticking the price on them directly: if I buy pears, for example, I weigh them all and then stick the price on one of them. Some cashier might complain, but it’s nothing that can’t be solved by putting up a good fight ;-)! UPDATE: I started using reusable veggie bags.
    4. At the cafe, ask for your drinks WITHOUT a straw. Sometimes, it’s the tiniest details that make all the difference in the long term. My sister spent three months in Costa Rica studying turtles, and she had to free them daily from straws stuck in every part of their body. Let’s boycott the straw business—we don’t need them!

UPDATE: I’ve been carrying around reusable straws for the kids for a while, but in general I prefer my kids not to use them, as they can drink directly from a glass.

  1. You can use disposable paper glasses and plates at birthday parties or when packing for a picnic. You can use a simple piece of paper to wrap your sandwich, or get a few reusable sandwich bags (I like these ones from Roll’Eat).
  2. You can (and should) avoid plastic bottles—it’s better for your baby’s health to use stainless steel or glass, and the water also tastes better for longer. The best bottle we’ve had so far for Oliver and Emily is this one by Thermos.
  3. You can use reusable diapers for your baby. I admire my friend mums who only use cloth nappies, but to be honest, I’m not in for extra challenges on this mummy journey. What I could easily do, though, was switching to reusable swim diapers for our swimming classes (that’s already a bag of diapers a month between Oliver and Emily). It’s all about the tiny changes. UPDATE: Not long after writing this post, I did decide that switching to cloth nappies was a necessary step in my plastic-free journey. And so I did it, and it wasn’t that hard: now I’m a proud mom of a cloth bum and I couldn’t imagine EVER going back to disposables. If you want, read how I switched to cloth nappies after three years of disposables.
  4. You can use a menstrual cup. I’ve decided that when I get my period back, I’ll say goodbye to normal pads and try a menstrual cup, maybe the OrganiCup (you can also find it on Amazon). It sounded gross at the beginning, but the more I read about it, the more I’m convinced every woman should try it or at least consider it. UPDATE: I did start using the menstrual cup, and I’m absolutely loving it! You can read about it here and here.

When it comes to the environment, any small change counts. Start and spread the word.

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My name is Carlotta, I’m 33 years old, I’m Italian, married to a Finnish guy, and together we raise Oliver (4) and Emily (2) Montessori and multilingual. We’re selling everything to travel the world.

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  1. D’accordissimo con questo articolo! Dobbiamo fare di piu iniziando dalle piccole cose! Noi usiamo borse riutilizzabili per la spesa, pannolini lavabili (non nascondo che siano bel da fare, ma nulla di inarrivabile) ma soprattutto consiglio a tutte la coppetta mestruale! L’ho usata per anni prima di essere mamma ed ora ho ricominciato dopo il parto… mai piu assorbenti esterni od interni! Provatela e vi assicuro che penserete “ma perche non l’ho scoperta prima???”

  2. Ho scelto di utilizzare i pannolini lavabili prima della nascita del mimio bambino riflettendo sul numero di plastica ed inquinamento provocata dai pannolini usa e getta. In realtà è una cosa veramente molto semplice ed il cambio è veloce quanto con un usa e getta. Dopo questo ho deciso di prendere in esame anche le mie abitudini: ho quindi smesso gli assorbenti tradizionali e sono passata alla coppetta (servono un paio di cicli per abituarsi ma poi è un altro mondo!!), ho deciso di non comprare più i dischetti di cotone struccanri ma di utilizzarne in cotone oppure di utilizzare un detergente per il viso da sciacquare via… Se ci si esamina a fondo si può cambiare davvero qualcosa ad un piccolo “prezzo”!

  3. Che bello, io faccio tutto questo da un bel po’ di anni ormai e cerco di riciclare e riutilizzare il più possibile, lottando anche con chi è un po’ meno attento:D
    Devo dire però che rispetto ad altre questioni ecologiche a cui tengo, queste accortezze non le diffondo abbastanza. Cercherò di diffonderle di più:D

    • Ciao Chiara, hai ragione! Spesso razzoliamo bene, ma non predichiamo abbastanza 😉 Dai, mettiamoci le pile e diffondiamo. Se vuoi condividere questo post con amici e amiche, puoi cliccare direttamente sul bottone di Facebook o inviarlo per mail. Un abbraccio 🌸

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