Friday, August 31, 2018

The day before the plastic diet

Tomorrow is the first day of the plastic diet. I've been wanting to participate in a zero waste challenge since it caught my attention. I discovered that during the month of September, there is a 30 day challenge called 'the plastic diet'. I'm not sure about the rules of this challenge so I came up with a couple of rules of my own.

- Refuse all single-use plastic (cutlery, cups, straws, bags, condiments etc.)
- Avoid plastic packaging as much as possible.
- Use my keepcup if I want to take coffee or tea on the go.
- Buying things packaged in paper or metal is okay (because these can be recycled properly, unlike plastic)
- Write a post every couple of days showing my grocery hauls and write about other zero-waste related topics.
- Put my trash in a trash jar (I got a big cookie jar in a cupboard lying aroun, use what you already have :) )

My first 'low-waste' haul. Bags for the fruit and bread, glass bottles for the yoghurt (unfortunately with a plastic lid) and chocolate milk. I returned the ice-tea bottle to the store and got my 25 cents back.

I really look forward to the next 30 days and I'm curious to see how much plastic I can avoid.

with love,


Friday, August 17, 2018

It's been a long time...

The last time I wrote on my blog was two years ago. A lot has changed since then. My last internship will start in two weeks, my boyfriend and I moved in together and we got a lovely cat named Ginger. But more about that in another post.

I also recently found a new 'purpose' in life: producing as less plastic waste and to live as sustainable as possible. My goal (at least for now) is a zero waste lifestyle, but less waste might be more realistic. I've been educating myself on the subject  by reading articles and watching videos on Youtube and I find the possibilities fascinating. I already incorporated a lot of things into my routines, like taking my own bags when grocery shopping, going to the farmers market instead of the supermarket, using a reusable coffee cup, I replaced my toothbrush with a bamboo one instead of a plastic one and so on, and I really enjoy it. So on my blog I want to document my wins and losses regarding this lifetsyle. It recently occured to me that a lot of things in the zero waste community are quite old-fashioned (for example, the shopping resembles the way people would do it in the past). Therefore, I think the name of my blog fits perfectly.

Are you interested in producing less plastic waste?

With love, Jip.
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