I love the outdoors. Climbing, snowboarding, hiking, bike riding, kayaking - anything that lets me be out in nature. When i'm outside, I feel grounded. Being outdoors somehow helps me to put things into perspective. Lucky for both of us, I recently adopted a furry best friend from a shelter that shares the same love of the outdoors.
Often I come across something that I feel so passionate about and care so deeply about, that I would spend days, weeks or even years trying to find a solution to the problem.
This company (Raw Kaya) is probably a good example of that. I felt so passionate about making a difference to the environment and to the conservation of wildlife that I created an entire skincare company to help me support this cause.
About 6 months ago I watched a documentary called The Plastic Ocean on Netflix. My mind was absolutely blown...and not in a good way. I've always been an environmentally conscious person, but this was truly next level. As an environmentally conscious person, I realised that I was still unintentionally contributing every day to a much larger environmental issue of the use of plastic.
A plastic bottle can take up to 450 years to break down. A plastic bag can take up to 1000 years to break down. There are over 7 billion people on this earth. At some stage we'll all realise that we can't eat plastic and neither can animals. Plastic bags either end up in landfill or the ocean. If they keep ending up in landfill, we'll eventually be growing food over the top of a plastic ground. If they end up in the ocean, they end up in the stomachs of marine animals. We eat the animals that eat the plastic, or the animals die first because they can't digest plastic. You get the point...
Here are my 10 steps to help reduce the use of plastic in your home
- Buy a keep cup. If you're a coffee addict like me and drink several cups of coffee every day, save the plastic cups by providing your own keep cup. They're about $10 - $15 to buy and you can keep using them over and over again.
- This one is a no brainer. When you go to the supermarket, bring your own bags. Think about every single plastic bag you take home from the supermarket. I bet you either reuse them for your bin liners or as doggy poo bags (the person that does this knows what i'm talking about). Just because you're reusing those plastic bags once, doesn't mean when they get dirty or torn they don't still end up in landfill or the ocean.
- Never ever ever ever use those little plastic bags in the supermarket to put your vegetables in. Use the mushroom paper bags for your vegetables or keep them loose in your basket. Do you really need a plastic bag to carry 2 bananas?
- Make your own environmentally friendly household cleaning products so that you're not buying unnecessary plastic bottles. Here are our tips for making your own household cleaning products
- Replace the bin and plastic liners in your house with cardboard boxes.
- Buy a reusable water bottle, fill it up multiple times a day, and never ever ever buy bottled water from a shop unless you absolutely have to.
If you do have plastic bottles in your home, turn them into something beautiful once you've finished with them rather than throwing them in the bin - DIY wild bird feeder DIY miniature herb garden DIY hanging flower display
- I feel so passionate about this one that I would immediately throw out any product I found in someones bathroom that contained microplastics. If you don't know what a microplastic is, you really should. Some skincare companies use microplastics, or microbeads, in their formulas as an exfoliant. The beads are made out of plastic and as soon as you wash them off your face, guess where they end up? Yep, straight in the ocean or waterways. If you want to read which brands currently use these plastic beads and which brands are safe to use, check out http://www.beatthemicrobead.org/product-lists/
- Make your own yoghurt in glass jars, rather than buying yogurt in plastic containers every week. We recommend the Kultured Wellness yogurt starter kit
- Create your own vegetable garden by composting your leftovers. You'll be saving money by growing your own vegetables, you'll be eating fresh and organic food, and also reducing the need to go to the shopping centre as often.