The June Challenge: Plastic-free Fridays
May is coming to an end and I thought it would be interesting to start a little challenge with the start of the new month. In four weeks I will of course share the results of my challenge with you. If you would like to know more or would like to take part in the challenge, please read on. I would be happy if we tackled this together! ☺️
What's the matter?
Sustainability is very important to me. However, I still can't manage to live a completely zero-waste lifestyle or make my everyday life consistently sustainable. Once you start thinking about the topic, you realize how many areas of life could and should be optimized in terms of sustainability!
Unfortunately, not everything can be changed overnight. At the beginning of what I call my “sustainability journey,” I often felt bad because I realized how many corners I wasn’t yet acting in an environmentally conscious manner. However, I have now accepted that this is a longer process. Every day I learn more and get a tiny bit closer to my goal. I know I still have a long way to go. And that's okay. Anyone who becomes even a little more aware of their daily habits and is willing to change them (to whatever extent) contributes to the health of our planet. And of course how well you can implement a sustainable lifestyle always depends on external circumstances. Nevertheless, we don't have to let that stop us.
I have spoken several times on this blog about the plastic problem and the zero-waste lifestyle. You can find the related posts here:
- 5 tips to end your relationship with plastic
- How does plastic actually end up in the ocean?
- Simple tips to help you reduce your plastic consumption in everyday life
- The zero-waste lifestyle
- The zero-waste principle: The 5 Rs
Plastic-free Fridays: The implementation
In my everyday life, I already try not to use disposable products if possible. I also make sure to buy unpackaged (or not plastic-wrapped) food as much as possible. And yet I am always surprised at how quickly the yellow bin has filled up again. So I thought it would be cool to give myself a little challenge. From now on, plastic will no longer be used on Fridays. When I think about which products I am no longer “allowed” to use, the first things that come to mind are foods packaged in plastic, plastic bottles and plastic bags. Well, that's doable. But what about Tupperware, clothing containing plastic, and my headphones? There is also a lot of plastic in my other electronic devices. So do I have to do a digital detox at the same time? :D Unfortunately I can't afford that because I need a cell phone, laptop and headphones for my work. So I will make an exception for these devices.
Phew, only when I really think about it do I realize how many everyday items contain plastic. But that's exactly what it's all about: thinking about what plastic is used for. In some areas it is still difficult to replace plastic, because it is not without reason that it is such a popular material, especially in industry. Ostensibly, Plastic Free Fridays are about avoiding single-use plastic. Everything else is a bonus…
I'm really excited to see what happens and whether my view of plastic will change again. I try to document my plastic-free Fridays as best as I can and record them in a kind of “diary”. After four weeks I would like to share my impressions with you on this blog.
Let's do this together!
What would of course make me incredibly happy would be if you joined in too. Or maybe you've done this or a similar challenge before? Then feel free to tell me about it in the comments below this article!
Maybe I can get the rest of my family or friends to take on this challenge too. Because in the end we can only benefit from it, right? And our planet anyway. ☺️
If you would like to find out more about the topics of sustainability, mindfulness or healthy eating, take a look here .