Up until a year ago, I didn’t think twice about grabbing a takeaway coffee, or watching a bar tender slide a straw into my drink, or filling up plastic shopping bags with other smaller plastic bags with food inside. There were even times where I intentionally sought out and asked for the plastic or disposable option! Cringe. Looking back, I contributed to landfill multiple times a day. It was easy to do, and no one told me there were other options, until my best friend Hannah walked into my life and showed me the light. I am so grateful for Hannah for a myriad of reasons, but bringing my attention to a zero waste and plastic free lifestyle is the one I can write about without getting all mushy. This is the reason I am sharing all my learnings with the world – I hope people can see there are other options out there.
I’m going to share with you some of the ridiculous things I used to do, and have a laugh at myself in the process.
- I used to ASK for my coffee to be given to me in a takeaway cup so I could take a photo and put it on Instagram, even if I was dining in because look at me and look at this cool photo of my coffee and how cool I am going out for coffee with my friends at this really cool cafe, I’m so alternative and so social and hip #perthisok #mondaysarentsobad *rolls eyes* I was that girl! Ten extra points if the coffee cup had some pretty artwork on the outside.
2. I mentioned this here, but I used to buy bottled water from the supermarket so I could get cash out for whatever dance fitness class I was doing that night. I didn’t even need water? The number of water bottles I had rolling around in my car was terrible! And all that BPA! My poor soul.
3. I used to love balloons. I used to buy balloons as gifts for my friends. This one came from a good place in my heart, so I try not to beat myself up about this too much, but once the balloons deflate or pop, they go into landfill. I’ve even seen some pictures of dead wildlife who have swallowed deflated balloons.
4. I used to never bat an eyelid at straws and plastic drinking containers, and would even post photos documenting how amazing my beverages were like anyone gave a shit.
I’m 100% sure there are plenty more examples of times where I have indulged my ego at the expense of the environment, but I promise I am well on my way to making positive changes and taking steps in the right direction.
Let’s face it, no one is fresh out the womb with an Onya bag and stainless steel drinking straw in hand. No one enters this world with the knowledge that plastic isn’t the only option. But knowledge is power, and I hope to continue to spread awareness about zero waste and plastic free living.
Love, a former (and sometimes current) dick head, x