10 Simple Ways to Consciously Uncouple With Plastic

When we moved back to the U.S. after living abroad in Australia, I made a vow to myself to consciously reduce my use of single-use plastic and reduce waste wherever I could. Here are ten of the things I tried and stuck with.

Moves are a great time to start something new. When we transitioned back into our old home after living overseas, I wanted to go as zero waste as possible. However, it’s kind of daunting! I mean, where do you start?! So I decided the best way would be to start small and adjust as life happened. (Because life always happens.) These are my trials, errors and success stories.

Rags instead of paper towels

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Stopped lining all our trash bins with old plastic grocery bags

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Bought a better toothbrush (when my old one got gross) + razor

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Bought more in bulk

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Who Gives a Crap

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Reusable Cup Vow

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Cut way back on individually-wrapped snacks

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Started recycling toothpaste containers

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Stopped buying household cleaners and hand soaps and started making my own

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Started Composting

A freelance writer and editor who likes to stay curious about life. www.emilytellsstories.com

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