I'd love to tell you that my home is Plastic Free, but to be honest, it's nothing of the sort. When I started on this path of being more environmentally conscious, I realized that EVERYTHING comes with plastic. For me personally, it has been very difficult to reduce the consumption of plastics, but with small changes I have been achieving it. I know that I have not yet reached the ideal, and I am still missing to achieve it, but I feel that these are small steps. I can't expect to stop using plastic overnight, so I'm going to share with you some of the changes I've made to use less.
The first change I started to make was to take my water bottle EVERYWHERE. It's very funny because I don't leave my house without my bottle. I literally take her to restaurants, to the office, to my travels ... everywhere! This has saved me from buying a lot of plastic bottles. In most places, tap water is safe to drink. For example, in restaurants, instead of asking for bottles, I ask them to refill my bottle or bring me tap water. This new habit has been great, not only for the environment, but also for my pocketbook.
Another change that has helped me reduce my plastic consumption is that when buying vegetables I don't put them in the plastic bags, but I put them all in the same bag (made of cloth) or in the market cart without bag. Ah! And I also try to buy vegetables and fruits that are not wrapped in plastic (why do I want some bananas wrapped in plastic if their peel is enough to protect them?). Habit number two that I have developed is very simple: I don't pack the fruits in bags, they are already designed to protect themselves from the environment.
The other aspect is not to use plastic straws. This is more custom than anything else, one day someone said to me: "but then, if they are already done" and this is the mentality that we have to change. If many people start saying that they don't want cigarettes, the cigarette industry is going to reduce its production and there will be fewer cigarettes in the world because nobody buys them anymore. It is important to understand that there are people who, due to different circumstances, need to use a cigarette but I firmly believe that we must look for new materials.
There are other changes that can be more drastic and difficult, such as buying personal hygiene products that do not have plastic packaging or that are not plastic: using the bamboo toothbrush, the bamboo hairbrush, changing the classic toothpaste for a natural one that comes in a glass jar, use a shampoo bar, etc. These are things that I apply in my life, but I don't expect someone who is starting this path to do so immediately. This requires much more profound habit changes but little by little, it can be achieved.
Finally, there is a super cool tip that applies very well to all this and that is: be prepared. When I was traveling recently, I went out for lunch and they gave me some plastic cutlery. I just thought: "if only I had brought my bamboo cutlery I would have saved these." Likewise, when I buy a coffee and I didn't have my "cup" of coffee with me, or when I went to have an iced coffee and didn't have my glass cigarette, or when I went shopping and forgot the cloth bags at home . The amount of plastic I would have saved if it had only been prepared is very high. With this I am not looking for them to carry all the eco-friendly implements that are in their house every day. They can start with identifying where they use the most plastic per day and looking for a solution to eliminate it.
I am aware that this is a process. It has been as difficult for me as for many people. But I am sure that little by little, step by step we can change our habits to eliminate plastic from our lives.