I don't know how to break this to you, but living Plastic-Free is easier than I thought it would be.
Do you know when you make a wild decision and you can't possibly imagine it panning out? But you put one foot forward, and before you know it ground is just rising up to meet you, like it was there all along? Well I hope you know what that’s like, because that’s what is happening in my plastic-free month.
I’m surprised to say that living Plastic-Free and buying no new plastic is completely doable. I would even be as bold to say that with even the smallest amount of intention and resolve, it’s been effortless. (Bear with me.)
My two greatest plastic consumption areas are (were) 1. Food, and 2. Cosmetics. And like I reported before, ditching new plastic in my food consumption came naturally. My neighbourhood grocery store Nester’s Market stocks all kinds of conscious and forward-thinking goods, including plastic-free bulk products and of course plastic-free produce.
(Watch this space for a full and detailed rundown of my challenges and successes.)
And cosmetics. Without any precedent, I have stopped wearing makeup. For now. I didn’t see that coming, but it happened and all I can say is it’s awesome. My face is great!
All that remains in the realm of cosmetics, after switching to toothy tabs and unpackaged deodorant, is disposable razors. Sigh. So easy, so unnecessary. Fortunately, I haven’t had to buy a new one, so using mine is technically within in my “No New Plastic” guidelines. (Would it be the end of the world if I just stopped shaving?) This is a frontier of my comfort-zone I have admittedly not yet explored.
But as you can see, the scale of my plastic-free woe has been trivial at best. My last dirges of new-use plastic exist around hair removal and packaged soba noodles – both of which I can manage without. Larger scale long-term plastic appliances are my next frontier.
But with the exception of razors and granola bars, this project has unfolded very naturally. It feels likeI have unconsciously lined up these changes my whole life, so now they make sense. All it takes is one simple intention to link it all together, to follow through on a deep-seated plan and quickly redefine my habits around consumption. One tiny seed of purpose has effortlessly unraveled some deeply ingrained rituals in my life, like wearing makeup and using toothpaste tubes. This feels so right!
Above all, the biggest theme I’m seeing in my experiment is FAITH. When my path is clear, intent, and committed, everything falls into place. No matter how far-fetched or seemingly impossible, with clarity and purpose, obstacles become prancing grounds and heart-felt goals become possible. Knots unravel and proverbial red carpets roll out to meet me. My dream to consume no new plastic is absolutely within reach. And better still, it’s easy, tasty, and fun.
The ground is rising to meet me, and my path lies joyfully ahead. What trail are you blazing?
This plastic-free thing has ruffled some feathers in my community. I feel people reacting with fear, with distrust, maybe a little hate.
So I have an open message to the world: Dear world, dear friends, dear clients, dear colleagues: I love you. And I’m doing an experiment around my personal use of plastic. I want to explore my plastic consumption (waste) so that I can broaden my application of consciousness. This experiment is just about me. Me, no better or worse than anyone else. Just workin’ on myself.
Please accept me trying on a new shoe around plastic use? I mean no harm to anyone. I want to step into power around my goals and intentions.
Without question, I accept you completely however you choose to use or not use plastic. You and me, our relationship has never hinged on what either of us eats, drinks, does or doesn’t consume. So let’s keep it that way. I promise not to judge you as a part of my experiment. Can you forgive me for being different?
We’re all walking down this path of life together, side by side, step by step. Just putting one foot in front of the other, each of us doing what we think is best.
Let us both be generous with abundant forgiveness; letting go of this, releasing judgment of that, creating along the way a joyous and beautiful journey. It’s possible. Are you with me?
Let's get real. What exactly am I doing in this "Plastic-Free" Month? It's time to weed out some unrealistic goals.
Will I give up all contact with plastic? No way.
Will I toss perfectly good plastic products just for spite? Nope. I'll use them to the end of their lives, then replace them free of plastic. That is the experiment. Can I live freely, healthily, and happily without purchasing plastic goods?
Time will tell.
Let's lay some ground rules. Here we go:
To examine my use of plastic that eventually becomes waste.
I accept that I create wastes. Garbage, poo, farts, bad ideas. I also acknowledge that I unconsciously create more waste than I need to. And that some of it sticks around for a while. I want to reduce that.
Starting May 1st, I will consume no plastic for 30 days. I will completely avoid single-use plastic containers and packaging, and cast a bright light on the waste that I produce.
You and I use and dispose of a lot of plastic. Are you conscious of it?
Well, I’m not. But I know that I create a positive impact in my world. That means I leave a friendly emotional footprint: I live in compassion, I engage with creatures at a soul level, and I take responsibility for myself. Now I want to leave a friendly material footprint as well.
It’s time for me to take a long look at the ‘stuff’ that I consume, waste, and leave behind. To examine my material output with the same rigor I apply to my energetic output.
And I'm going to start with my favourite and most overused resource, plastic. Let the next 30 days be a willing experiment to stop plastic consumption and examine my relationship to plastic use. Even my yoga mat.
Typed with love on the plastic keys of my keyboard,
Watch this blog for details (and hopefully insights) to follow!
Do you have thoughts about plastic usage in your life? Or are you curious to try one day without plastic just to see how it goes? Please leave a comment in the box below and engage with this conversation!