I usually focus on the positive, but last week we talked about 14 ways our over-use of plastic was killing us and the environment.
After all, knowledge can help motivate us to take positive actions.
On a more cheery note, it’s not just the environment that benefits when you reduce your reliance on plastic. Here are some of the numerous positive side effects for you!
Once you ditch the plastic, you’ll find yourself taking better care of the things you have and your bathroom bin will no longer be full of used razors, packaging and feminine hygiene products
You can save money by buying more from the market or farm shop; where you can often buy the exact amount you need, rather than excess food in excess packaging.
Fewer impulse buys means more money stays in your bank account.
We put our bin out every few months because there’s hardly anything in there!
By the time you’ve loaded up your trolley, unpacked onto the conveyor belt, packed it back up again, carried it to the car, taken it out of the boot, carried it into the house, unpacked into the cupboards, it can be quite a task. By buying only what you need, the volume of groceries to carry and unwrap reduces, meaning you do your job quicker and get to spend more time doing the things you love.
By being a more mindful consumer you have less ‘stuff’ taking up space in your home. More space. More time. Less housework.
Supporting local business like the baker, butcher, farm shop and greengrocer means your money is being used to support your own local community.
By buying less junk food and convenience meals you’ll be able to purchase better quality food, which in turn will help you eat more healthily.
Did you know you can make toothpaste, deodorant, cleaning products – and that’s just the start! By adopting a zero waste lifestyle you might learn how to sew, knit, repair things and some DIY.
Here’s some inspiration to design plastics that never become waste