A little piece of my heart remains broken from this challenge. I was so unaware of my own contribution to the plastic problem and the way plastic is everywhere, in everything. My river is filled with it and I feel saddened that this is not a wider known problem. I can't understand why shops are still allowed to use this substance.
They say that charity starts at home; so I set to work saving my local river from further pollution. Each day I take a walk to my nearby park, along the way I see litter on the streets and beside the river there is so much plastic being washed up. After watching a clip about #5minbeachcleanup an initiative created by Carolina Sevilla (for more information check out her page on Instagram) I realised that hope was not lost. Carolina lives in Costa Rica and founded 5 minute beach cleanup out of the pain she felt for the condition of our oceans. She truly inspired me to take part and help clean up. The best part it, it only takes 5 minutes - imagine what we could achieve if we all did this. This planet is all of our responsibility, we all need to ensure we take care of it. There is no planet B.
Upon each walk I could easily fill up a bag sized amount of rubbish. I found that taking action really helped ease the pain; seeing the planet in this much trouble is hard. Its difficult to know where to begin or how to help but with Carolina's initiative we can all make a difference.
My day to day usage of plastic did not go down drastically unfortunately. I still need to work on this. The important part is that the awareness is there now. After cutting out the big four I found it more difficult to further reduce. The challenge was tougher than expected - plastic is just covering everything. Where I currently live the supermarket packages everything in plastic. My intention was always there with each shop to reduce and consume without plastic, but I rarely left the supermarket without something in plastic.
The positive changes I have been able to make include:
- Switching all soaps to a bar of soap in paper packaging. My personal favourite is Dr Bronner's.
- Opting for a menstrual cup, I am still working on my transition but the desire is there.
- Making my own toner using Apple Cider Vinegar and distilled water.
- Switching from standard moisturizers to coconut oil which has a range of uses.
- No clingfilm or plastic food bags.
- Using Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar to clean my house, which in turn stops those nasty chemicals entering your home.
As mentioned in my previous post, I have already given up the big four: Plastic bottles, Coffee Cups, Plastic Bags and Straws.
I truly hope that I can move forward and continue to challenge myself to opt out of all plastic. I am extremely interested in the zero waste way of living. Depending on how the rest of my year goes I may take this challenge forward into 2018, with the intention of becoming fully zero waste in 2018.
Thank you for reading and supporting my journey of inner growth!
With love & gratitude.