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111 Doable Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

111 Doable Steps to a Plastic-Free Life. Thinking to live a life with less to no plastic footprint? Wondering how to do it or at least get started? Here’s a list of steps we can take to at least get started. 

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111 Doable Steps to a Plastic-Free Life. Thinking to live a life with less to no plastic footprint? Wondering how to do it or at least get started? Here’s a list of steps we can take to at least get started.

The list is not meant to be overwhelming but simply to show what is possible. Choose a few that seem doable and that will make the most impact. No one can do it all at once. But we can all get started! I am listing them in a way that will make it easy for everyone to remember.

111 Doable Steps

 But there is a request from my side before you start following. Do not throw the things that you already own and can be reused. Throwing them out of your house will not solve the problem anyway. Reuse them till they last. Give priority to stop buying new. 

Perk: Entrepreneurs can grab some ideas from this list for an eco friendly business startup.

How to avoid plastic at Household:

111 Doable Steps to a Plastic-Free Life.  How to avoid plastic at Household:  Do not use air fresheners. Light a candle or incense instead.
Line small trash bins in your house with paper bags.
Use matches instead of plastic encased lighters. They usually give them to you for free at the liquor store.
Use cloth napkins. 
They feel nice and reduce your waste and use of plastic trash bags.
Bring your own bag to all stores you shop in and say "no bag needed, thanks!"
Say "paper not plastic" at the grocery store.
How to avoid plastic at Household: Do not use air fresheners. Light a candle or incense instead.
Line small trash bins in your house with paper bags.
Use matches instead of plastic encased lighters.
They usually give them to you for free at the liquor store.
Use cloth napkins. They feel nice and reduce your waste and use of plastic trash bags.
Bring your own bag to all stores you shop in and say “no bag needed, thanks!”
Say “paper not plastic” at the grocery store. Photo by Skitterphoto from Pexels
  • Bring your own cloth bags to the grocery store (or any store!).
  • Buy laundry detergent in boxes, not liquid in plastic containers.
  • Do not use air fresheners. Light a candle or incense instead.
  • Line small trash bins in your house with paper bags.

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • Use matches instead of plastic encased lighters. They usually give them to you for free at the liquor store.
  • Use cloth napkins. They feel nice and reduce your waste and use of plastic trash bags.
  • Bring your own bag to all stores you shop in and say “no bag needed, thanks!”
  • Say “paper not plastic” at the grocery store.

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • Use baby bottles made of glass.
  • Carry stainless steel sippy cups for kids.
  • Use cloth based toys for your pets, like catnip mice and soft squishy balls.
  • Buy cloth diapers. Many great varieties available and better for your baby. We fill a super bowl size hole every day with disposable diapers that will leach toxins into the environment for centuries to come.

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • Buy CDs packaged in cardboard sleeves or buy your music online.
  • If you buy plastic, buy things in the largest container possible.
  • Pay your bills electronically.
  • Purchase a bamboo toothbrush or one made out of recycled plastic
  • Shop your local farmers market.

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • Return containers for berries, cherry tomatoes, and other small fruits and vegetables to the farmers market to be reused.
  • Use powdered dishwasher detergent in a cardboard box.
  • Choose glass or stainless steel food storage containers and reuse what you already have.

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • Acquire necessary plastic items used instead of new.
  • Repair things when they break. 
  • Take the time to dine in instead of getting takeaway food in plastic containers
  • Look for second-hand electronics, games, and toys first.
  • Use rechargeable batteries to reduce buying batteries packaged in plastic.

111 Doable Steps

How to avoid plastic from personal belongings:

 111 Doable Steps to a Plastic-Free Life.  How to avoid plastic from personal belongings:  
Stop chewing gum.
Choose natural clothing fibers (cotton) over synthetic. 
Save and reuse plastic bags that you already have.
How to avoid plastic from personal belongings: Stop chewing gum.
Choose natural clothing fibers (cotton) over synthetic. 
Save and reuse plastic bags that you already have.
  • Stop chewing gum. Choose gum that isn’t made out of plastic.
  • Choose natural clothing fibers (cotton) over synthetic. 
  • Save and reuse plastic bags that you already have.
  • Reuse disposable razors. 
  • Avoid excessive food packaging
  • Choose your wine wisely.
  • If you’re a woman, choose feminine products only made with paper and cotton or switch to reusable ones.

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • Purchase a bamboo toothbrush or one made out of recycled plastic
  • When ordering pizza, say no to the little plastic “table” in the middle of the pizza box.
  • Treat yourself to an ice cream cone and avoid plastic cup.
  • Cut out sodas, juices, and other plastic-bottled beverages.
  • Let go of frozen convenience foods.

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • Return containers for berries, cherry tomatoes, and other small fruits and vegetables to the farmers market to be reused.
  • Choose wine bottled in glass with natural cork stoppers.
  • Hand wash dishes without plastic.
  • Use natural rubber gloves.
  • Check labels of personal care products!
  • Look into plastic-free sunscreen options.
  • Explore plastic-free hair accessories and tools.

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • Learn to preserve food without plastic.
  • Choose pet toys and furniture made from natural materials instead of plastic.
  • Use a handkerchief instead of paper tissue. 
  • Look for plastic-free shoes.
  • Request zero plastic packaging when ordering online.
  • Take care of what you already have.

111 Doable Steps

How to avoid plastic while you travel:

111 Doable Steps to a Plastic-Free Life.  How to avoid plastic while you travel:  
When traveling, bring your own water bottle, even on the plane!
Bring your own snacks on the plane, too.
keep your own utensils on the road and in the air. 
carry your own travel mug.
How to avoid plastic while you travel: When traveling, bring your own water bottle, even on the plane!
Use your own snacks on the plane, too.
Take your own utensils on the road and in the air. 
Carry your own travel mug.
  • Carry your own reusable steel or ceramic beverage container. If they’re too pricey, use a glass mason jar! Heavy, but cheap.
  • Don’t get to-go coffee or hot drinks. Your drink lid and cup will live on for over 100 years! The lids and lining are plastic. Bring your own or ask for a ceramic, reusable cup.
  • When ordering drinks, say “no straw please!”

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • If you want a fun drink, buy chocolate milk in a carton or apple juice in glass bottle. You can also ferment your own drinks in glass mason jars.
  • we drink a lot of tea and tea bags contain plastic derivatives. Switch to loose tea, it tastes better too!
  • Put empty cardboard boxes in your car to transport heavy items to and from your car without a bag.
  •  Prefer stores that use paper over plastic bags and packaging.

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • If you forgot your cup, ask for a paper one over plastic when there is an option, even for cold drinks.
  • Keep utensils and Tupperware on you (or in your car). 
  • When traveling, bring your own water bottle, even on the plane!
  • Use your own snacks on the plane, too.

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • Take your own utensils on the road and in the air. 
  • Carry your own travel mug.
  • Don’t forget your headphones, buying a new on the ways i not good for you pocket and earth.
  • Choose plastic-free camping equipment.

111 Doable Steps

How to avoid plastic in kitchen:

111 Doable Steps to a Plastic-Free Life.  How to avoid plastic in kitchen:  Use cloth rags for cleaning up around the house, no paper towels – reduces your trash and need for trash bags.

Don't use plastic cutting boards. Use wood or glass.
Make your own yogurt in glass mason jars. It's easy!
Compost food waste to reduce kitchen trash bags.
How to avoid plastic in kitchen: Use cloth rags for cleaning up around the house, no paper towels – reduces your trash and need for trash bags.

Don’t use plastic cutting boards. Use wood or glass.
Make your own yogurt in glass mason jars. It’s easy!
Compost food waste to reduce kitchen trash bags.  Photo by Lukas from Pexels
  • Don’t buy beverages bottles in plastic. Glass is great.
  • Go to the farmer’s market and purchase fresh fruits and veggies (not packaged in plastic).
  • Don’t buy convenience foods packages in plastic.
  • Make your own bread, if you are a good cook. 

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • Buy bread from bakeries that package in paper.
  • Clean with baking soda and vinegar instead of cleaners packaged in plastic.
  • Buy farm fresh eggs in reusable paper containers.
  • Get your cheese from the dairy and place it in your own container (glass or a plastic one that you already have, don’t waste what you already have!) or get it wrapped in paper.

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • Buy your meat from the shop and have it wrapped in paper.
  • Package your leftovers in containers that you carried from home.
  • Bring your own containers to restaurants to carry takeaway or on the go food.
  • Use bar soap to wash your dishes. 
  • Store all your food in glass containers. If you purchase something bottled in glass, clean it and reuse it!

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • Buy bulk cereal, bring your own paper bags.
  • Purchase chips, papad packaged in paper bags.
  • Buy bulk coffee packaged in paper, in glass container or in cans, or bring your own bags.
  • Purchase milk in paper cartons.
  • Buy sauces or any liquid that is packaged in glass containers.

LET’S REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT.

  • Compost your trash, reduce your use of plastic trash bags.
  • Buy honey, maple syrup etc. that comes in glass bottles.
  • Buy toilet paper that is wrapped in paper, not plastic.
  • Don’t use Ziploc. If you need to keep things like half an onion (happens to us all the time!) use aluminum or waxy paper.
  • Use cloth rags for cleaning up around the house, no paper towels – reduces your trash and need for trash bags.

Let’s reduce plastic footprint.

  • Don’t use plastic cutting boards. Use wood or glass.
  • Make your own yogurt in glass mason jars. It’s easy!
  • Compost food waste to reduce kitchen trash bags. 
  • Let go of frozen convenience foods. 
  • Avoid non-stick cookware.
  • Choose stainless steel ice cube trays and Popsicle molds.

111 Doable Steps

How to avoid plastic in Bathroom:

111 Doable Steps to a Plastic-Free Life.  How to avoid plastic in Bathroom:  
 Buy bar soap, not liquid body wash.
Use natural cleaning cloths and scrubbers instead of plastic scrubbers and synthetic sponges.
Give up shampoo in plastic bottles.  Photo by Tabitha Mort from Pexels
How to avoid plastic in Bathroom: Buy bar soap, not liquid body wash.
Use natural cleaning cloths and scrubbers instead of plastic scrubbers and synthetic sponges.
Photo by Tabitha Mort from Pexels
  • Stop using deodorant or antiperspirant. It’s not natural to prevent yourself from sweating. Use perfume in a glass bottle if you want a nice smell.
  • Buy bar soap, not liquid body wash.
  • Use natural cleaning cloths and scrubbers instead of plastic scrubbers and synthetic sponges.
  • Give up shampoo in plastic bottles.
  • Choose toilet paper that’s not wrapped in plastic.

111 Doable Steps

How to avoid plastic from parties, gifts and decorations:

111 Doable Steps to a Plastic-Free Life. How to avoid plastic from parties, gifts and decorations:  Find ways to wrap gifts without plastic tape or wraps. 
If you really can’t do without wrapping use paper wraps.
Avoid buying plastic flowers or plants to decorate your house.
Avoid buying plastic showpieces too. Earth will lot better without them.
How to avoid plastic from parties, gifts and decorations: Find ways to wrap gifts without plastic tape or wraps. If you really can’t do without wrapping use paper wraps.

Photo by Ylanite Koppens from Pexels
  • Use real silverware for parties instead of plastic. Ceramic, glass or metal are good options. Make it a theme for the party.
  • Throw a zero waste party.
  • Learn strategies for green gift giving.
  • Request plastic-free gifts for yourself.
  • Find ways to wrap gifts without plastic tape or wraps. If you really can’t do without wrapping use paper wraps.
  • Avoid buying plastic flowers or plants to decorate your house.
  • Avoid buying plastic showpieces too. Earth will lot better without them. 

111 Doable Steps

How to avoid plastic in office:

111 Doable Steps to a Plastic-Free Life. How to avoid plastic in office:
Use junk mail and other paper to stuff into big packages to ship instead of bubble wrap or air filled plastic.

Use a reusable cloth bag or old fashioned steel lunch box to carry your lunch to work or school.
Keep your own reusable foodware at the office.

Choose reusable cloth sandwich/snack bags over plastic baggies.

Avoid disposable plastic pens, penholders, bins and stationery, which you can manage without.
How to avoid plastic in office:
  • Use junk mail and other paper to stuff into big packages to ship instead of bubble wrap or air filled plastic.
  • Use a reusable cloth bag or old fashioned steel lunch box to carry your lunch to work or school.
  • Keep your own reusable foodware at the office.
  • Choose reusable cloth sandwich/snack bags over plastic baggies.
  • Avoid disposable plastic pens, penholders, bins and stationery, which you can manage without.

Also read: Changing lifestyle for bigger change.
Also read: Parenting to change lifestyle

Follow these simple ways, to start contributing towards cleaner Earth. 

Please join us in this change,share your no plastic daily journey by tagging @happyheart_forever in your Instagram posts, and using the hashtag #lessplasticdaily !     

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I am a teacher and mother of two. I am celebrating life with family and friends. Learning to love myself every day. I will be writing, on the things a mother, a woman, a parent might find helpful. " Whether you think you can, or think you can't - you're right." by Henry Ford.

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