I’m phasing plastic (as much as I can) out of my life. However, I don’t want to leave the impression that I’m rounding up every bit of plastic and hauling it to the trash bin or unloading it all at the thrift store. I’m taking a slow and thoughtful transition.
Here’s my approach to going plastic-free:
- If I don’t use the plastic item, it gets donated. This isn’t any different than other items in my home that don’t get used.
- If I can find a plastic-free replacement secondhand then I’ll make the switch and donate the plastic item.
- If the plastic item was given to me and not something I chose or want, then I will return or donate it.
- If food or beverage is stored in the plastic container, then I’m likely to find a replacement more quickly.
- For single use plastic, I use up what I have and then look for plastic-free alternatives.
- Otherwise I wait until the plastic item is broken or no longer used before I replace it.
Some additional thoughts:
Rarely do I find it necessary for plastic-free replacements to be purchased new. In most cases, I’ve found plastic-free alternatives already exist in my home, can be purchased secondhand, or I can live without. Determining when and how to get rid of plastic is not always an easy or obvious choice. I am happy that by choosing plastic-free now I’m freeing myself of those hard decisions in the future. Please stay tuned for some creative ideas for plastic-free alternatives in upcoming posts.
(The tricycle in the image is over a century old. It came before plastic was invented and well before plastic was widely used. Although I wouldn’t encourage my three-year-old to ride it, it still goes. )