We manage to go through 800,000 tonnes of plastic food packaging in the UK every year. More than half of household waste is plastic and I can believe that.
We all want to make not only our bodies healthier but the Earth & the seas healthier. We know how much plastic we use and it can be over-facing to even begin to think about where to begin cutting out your plastic.
Here are a few tips and tricks you may find useful:
Switch plastic for glass: I know some people may be frightened by this tip. Young children are always a worry when they are around glass. But ensure the glass is out of reach is key to nailing this tip. We can all use glass bottles to store our liquids in. Some examples: water, oil, milk and juice. It is a easy and simple swap to make. Also often sauces, jams, condiments can also all be stored safely this way.
Use stainless steel as containers: Steel can be washed and can stand high temperatures. They also stack neatly so can save space in your cupboards and fridge.
Paper layers between meat or fish: PARCHMENT paper followed by a layer of aluminium foil can keep meat and fish separate safely. Again it saves you space in your fridge and parchment paper and foil can be picked up cheaply from all your local convenience stores.
Keep fruit and veg in a cotton mesh: This way of storing fruit & veg is becoming the latest trend. You see it more than ever now. They are cheap to buy and if fruit and veg are stored in them in the fridge they won't go soggy, they will stay crisp.
Fabric SHOWER CAP to cover your bowls: A plate would also work well, but you need SOMETHING to eat your food off. Elasticated fabric shower caps are a great alternative to a plastic lid and are machine washable.
There are also many ways we can begin cutting plastic through our cosmetics, soaps and so on. Plastic doesn't do anyone any good. They give off toxins which nobody let alone someone battling a chronic disease needs adding to their lives. We can make simple day to day swaps that can lead to a massive overall difference. We can't change the world over-night and unfortunately single-handily I can't do it alone ( even though I would love to). We have to opportunity NOW to make small changes that bring about massive changes in the long-term.
My blog isn't just about chronic illness, the work that I do and what's on the horizon. Although with my latest project that will be revealed a little later this week, I have the plastic issue in mind. We all want to help in anyway we can. From ourselves, to others to the world. We have to adapt, listen and react to the ever changing world we live in. We have to keep up with threats before they become overwhelming and lead by example.
It isn't easy to juggle everything. Often I don't know where to begin myself. I have to look at my own life, my own health to learn and understand how I can change to be able to offer advice and inspire others to do same. It is like anything, living through it yourself is the best way to understand so you can relate and offer sound advice. They don't say life is a journey for nothing and my gosh is a tough job!
This week we can think about how we want to move forward, drive change in all forms of our lives. It is a new month, with fresh goals and dreams. New ways to grow as people and keep blossoming for the better.
March here we come...