Plastics have been in the headlines a lot recently. Some cities, states, or countries are even implementing bans on certain items like straws and plastic bags. Why all the fuss?
We live in an age of convenience. Everything is disposable, designed out of convenience and unfortunately, lasts well beyond it’s single-use purpose. Plastics end up in our oceans and landfills with only a small number being recycled. It literally takes hundreds of years for plastic to naturally break down and results in microplastics that get ingested by wildlife.
This month we’re challenging the community to take a step back and look at the products in the bathroom.
Tally up how many plastic products you have. Include everything – toothbrushes, floss, hair products, body wash, contact supplies, etc.
Your mission should you choose to accept it: Eliminate one item per week by finding an environmentally friendly replacement. This doesn’t mean take everything plastic you have and throw it away, because that kind of defeats the purpose doesn’t it? Instead, pinpoint the item you want to replace. After the life of the product is exhausted, have a plan for recycling options or a way to repurpose the container as well as what you plan on replacing it with.
Wild Radish Studio is still accepting bathroom packaging through TerraCycle’s recycling program. For those of you dedicated enough, you’re welcome to mail it to us if you don’t live in the vicinity. Please reach out via email first so we can notify you of the shipping address to use.
Share your plastic free journey on social media – get the word out! We’d love for you to tag us on your social media accounts as well so we can share and encourage our community of eco-warriors.
As a way to support this challenge, our Make-It-Monday posts will be catered to bathroom beauty products that are sustainable or ones you can make yourself. While there are eco friendly products out there – as you know our passion is to find ways to make what we can!
Setting goals like this gives us something to strive towards and keeps us moving. It doesn’t mean we hit those goals 100% of the time, so don’t beat yourself up if you don’t meet your own expectations or if your DIY recipe isn’t quite up to snuff. View the process as an opportunity to learn more, and gain some confidence and self-sufficiency in the process.