Tips to reduce waste

Plastic Free July Inspiration

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Hi, it’s Kerrie here from Holevida. In case you’re new to our blog, let me explain to you what Holevida represents. It means ‘whole life’, and we are on a mission to give our planet the whole life it deserves. I was inspired to start Holevida after an experience we had a few years ago in Colombia. You can read about it here. Following this trip we started making some small changes to reduce waste in our home. I started hearing myself talk to others about what we can do to make a difference and suddenly realised I had a passion! So, here I am inspiring you to join us in our mission. We encourage you to reduce plastic and single use items, and have a small online store providing you with eco-friendly and reusable alternatives. We also provide tips to inspire you to reduce waste, share our families journey and also share info about other businesses and organisations in this space through our social media platforms.

If you can’t find what you’re after in our store check out B-Alternative for a wider range of products and to see what other amazing things they’re up to!

PLASTIC FREE JULY INSPO!

We are soooo close to Plastic Free July that I thought I’d share some changes we have made as a family to get you inspired. The idea of this list isn’t to do everything at once! Our changes have been gradual and we still have a long way to go before we are a zero waste family! Personally the term zero waste scares me, I prefer to look at it as a journey to less waste (now, doesn’t that sound more doable!). 

Simply choose one or two things that you feel like you could easily implement into your lifestyle. Slow changes are the ones we can make into habits and that are sustainable long term. 

Here are some super easy swaps and ideas to get you thinking about what you can do for Plastic Free July:

Bathroom Swaps

Bamboo Toothbrush – The bamboo handle is fully biodegradable yay! If we all make this change we could save 850 billion plastic toothbrushes (in the US alone) from going to landfill.

Shampoo Bar – A bar of shampoo you use until it’s all gone, no chemicals, all natural and no plastic packaging left behind!

Plastic Free Deodorant – All natural, no nasties and in a little tin that can be upcycled or recycled.

Menstrual Cup –  It takes time to get used to at first but now there are no runs to the chemist late at night when you’ve run out of sanitary items, what a life saver!

Reusables for Outings

Shopping Bags – Remember your bags! But if you don’t have them with you do the juggling act to your car with all of your loose groceries, I promise you’ll remember them the next time!

TIP: We keep our bags in our car and as soon as we’ve unpacked our shopping they go straight back in.

Produce Bags – No more single use plastic fruit and veg bags to stash under your sink when you have these.

TIP: I keep mine in my handbag or with my grocery bags so that I always have them with me.

Water Bottle – The easiest swap of all! But, if you forget your bottle pluck up the courage to walk into a café and ask for a glass of water. Plastic free July is a great time to do this as you have something to start your conversation off!

Reusable Coffee Cup – deny yourself that takeaway coffee if you forget your cup (did I just say that?!), or better still sit in the café and enjoy a coffee in a real cup!

Lunches

We use beeswax wraps to replace cling film. 

We also use reusable containers and cute little sandwich wraps for lunches and reusable food bags for snacks.

OTHER IDEAS

Refuse to buy any fruit or veg wrapped in plastic. Go for loose items, and whole items like pineapple, and lettuce.

Take your own container to your local deli or butcher to purchase your meat and deli items or even when ordering takeout. To find out what businesses are participating in your area visit byo containers and trashless takeaway for more information.

Try out your local bulk food store for some staples like rice, pulses, nuts, dried fruit, flours, we are so spoilt for choice these days.

Instead of buying crisps, biscuits with individually wrapped bags inside, buy one big bag and fill up your reusable food bag or containers each day. Better still, do some baking at home.

Use a plate or beeswax wraps to cover left overs or your reusable containers instead of cling wrap. I have also recently discovered that beeswax wraps keep broccoli crisp (yay no more limp broccoli!) a tip thanks to one of my customers!

Buy real butter in foil instead of a plastic tub of margarine, I promise you’ll love the taste and never look back!

Reuse your plastic bread bag to buy bread from the bakery if you don’t have a reusable one.

Buy a bar of soap for the bathroom instead of liquid hand soap.

Buy a box of laundry detergent instead of a plastic bottle or refill at your local bulk food store or with  roving refills near you.

Do you recycle your soft plastics? If not maybe this is something you can start for Plastic Free July. Check out RedCycle for more information. You’ll be surprised how much waste you divert from landfill.

I could go on forever, and by the way congratulations if you’ve made it this far! Haha, I love an essay!

Please remember to choose one or two things at a time. It doesn’t matter how big or small the changes you make are, together we have the power to make a difference!

Keep smiling and be proud of what you’re doing.

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