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Start with One Thing

Many of us desire to change our behaviours to live and consume more sustainably, but often, we become sidetracked. Overwhelm can be a big part of the problem. We just don’t know where to begin.

Here’s where you start; with One Thing.
Decide this week to make one change now, going forward that will lessen your plastic or waste footprint. Discuss it with your family, get the kids involved. We can all make ONE change this week.

This is what I did in January of 2018. I decided to eliminate at least one plastic or one-use waste product from my consumer habits. This felt manageable; taking action to reduce the plastic and one-use waste I was leaving for our children, and the negative impact I was creating for the other species with whom we share this planet.

I started with store-bought hummus, which was a big deal for me at the time as I went through two containers a week. That’s a whopping 104 each of plastic tubs, plastic lids, plastic film covering the hummus under the top, and plastic-infused paper wrapping around the plastic container, as well as the inks and dyes printed on the label. At a minimum, that’s 416 individual pieces of trash I put into the waste cycle annually; for one food product.

That was my 2018 January One Thing. After that, my eyes began to open to more things I could, without much trouble, eliminate. Two years later, that One Thing snowballed into dozens of One Things. I still try to keep it simple, making myself give up or replace one thing each month with a more sustainable solution. I can give up more than one each month, but I must do at least One Thing.

Just start this week. It’s only ONE Thing. You can do it.

Some quick and easy ideas:

  • Swap disposable coffee cups for a bring-your-own.
  • Swap bottles of water for a refillable bottle.
  • Wax food wraps for plastic film wrap
  • Swap plastic tub/packaged foods such as nut butter, pasta sauces, mayo, juices, etc. for products in glass containers or metal cans.
  • Use cloth serviettes/napkins instead of one-use paper versions, which are also generally wrapped in plastic packaging.

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