Our Plastic World
This week Shell has been kind enough to write for us again. If you did not read her other post The Souses Point Of View then you can check it out at http://www.levelsofminimalism.com/levels-of-minimalism/minimalism-the-spouses-point-of-view
Hi Everyone, I get to write again!
There has been a lot of discussion on “What Level of Minimalist are You”. In my opinion (ask Mark I usually have a strong one) there is no wrong answer. It’s what fits for YOU, and your life.
Even Mark and I are at different “Levels”, which is sometime causes some…shall we say…differences of opinions! I for one could Never travel with as little of stuff as he does/can. I could never take my wardrobe down to 33 items. ( I did make it to about 65!)
As we go through our days I do think about what I can get rid of, what I could do without etc. and I do get rid of the items that I’ve come to realize I really don’t have an attachment to, or what I don’t need. It’s really quite nice to be living in a home that I’m not cleaning so much anymore. I have more time to do the things I’d like to, such as my crafts, knitting, reading more and most importantly re-connecting with my friends.
The one place I keep looking at is the Fridge! Why do we have so much stuff in there? Why do we overbuy? We throw out so much in a week, it’s autrocious and it really is throwing money away, and there are SO MANY containers, packaging etc. Growing up we never had all these things in or fridges or cupboards? Very little was packaged unless it was canned at home.
So onto what I actually wanted to write about. Minimalizing our garbage. All this packaging. I’ve become so aware of the garbage we are creating each and everyday. Especially the plastics.
Realize that I am not what you would call an environmentalist, or tree hugger, nor do I protest such.. I’m just a person, who wants to be more aware of my place on our beautiful Earth, and I want it to be a better place for the next generations. If we all became just a little more conscious we will make a difference.
We’ve watched 2 documentaries recently, one called Bag It which you can watch on TubiTV, a free site and another called A Plastic Ocean, which can be seen on Netflix. If you haven’t seen them, take the time to watch, it’s amazing and very sad what is happening to our world because of plastics. I’m not saying don’t ever use/buy anything plastic. That would be extremely hard in this day and age, and IF…big IF, you could get rid of all the plastic in your life, I would imagine it would be very expensive and not very time efficient.
I’m just suggesting to be aware…cut it out where you can.
We have been recycling for years, and are lucky to live in a community that has a great recycling program. We also realized how much organic waste we throw away a couple of years ago and bought a set of Composters, which I’m proud to say actually get used! However they are plastic! LOL But I’m ok with that, I’m not throwing them out anytime soon.
We also use re-usable shopping bags and have become much more diligent about remembering them when we go shopping.
I realized yesterday when I got home from the grocery store, how many plastic produce bags I brought home with me!! Horrible! SO today I got on Amazon and ordered some great mesh, washable, re-usable bags to start using. Leave those plastic bags hanging above the produce!
My shopping will also change, instead of buying my spinach in that nice neat plastic container, I will be buying the bunches. No more bagged salads, expensive and convenient, but really? How long does it take to chop up a salad?
We’ve ended up with all of this because we want ‘Convenience”. That convenience and that packaging is not good for our health or the environment!
Mark and I usually indulge in a Tim Horton’s Coffee everyday. That savory, wonderful hot cup of coffee, yep, it comes in a cup that is coated in plastic that doesn’t break down. So, we bought travel mugs for our daily indulgence! Easy fix to minimalize yet another piece of plastic!
Water bottles are one of the leading sources of plastic that a lot of us use everyday. Go get a re-usable bottle, buy a pitcher for your fridge that filters your tap water. Unless you are reading this from a third world country, our tap water is tested, it won’t kill you! That being said, I know some of you are now ready to type like the devil is chasing you to tell me otherwise. I know, there have been instances, but do we know how many people have gotten sick from bottled water? I don’t know about where you live, but there is very little to no regulation and testing on bottled water. Bottled water, in my opinion, has been a great tactic in making someone very rich!!
My challenge to you today: Think about the plastic you use, the plastic you buy, and how you could minimalize it in your life.
Watch the 2 Documentaries I mentioned above. Plastic Ocean and Bag It. They really are eye opening.
We have all taken a look, taken action to minimize items in our homes, our clothes, our spending.
Now lets Minimize our impact on the environment, every little bit helps.
I Challenge You!
If you did't get a chance to see our last post, Minimalism: How To Travel With Less. Check it out at http://www.levelsofminimalism.com/levels-of-minimalism/minimalism-how-to-travel-with-less
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