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Plastic Detox Diet ~ Tips To Living Plastic Free

“Its time for us as a people to start making some changes, let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live, and let's change the way we treat each other." Tupak Shakur

He sure was onto something!

The reason why diets and challenges don’t seem to stick is because they’re meant to help change a behavior pattern and help start good habits. You may learn a thing or two about yourself while on those challenges but for the most part people seem to look forward to the end of them.

I want to introduce lifestyle changes that need to take time to adapt and get into habits into your life. Human behavior reacts positively to a change when it’s fun and easy. So below is a list that I'm working on myself. I’m making it fun and an adventure. Right now I’m researching shampoo/conditioner and dish soap bars. What I’m uncovering is the company’s that are producing them have the same morals, ethics and values that I share!

There’s no doubt we need to make changes and the internet is slowly connecting us together to change the tides. It’s just like the timing of the industrial revolution a small group of people got together soon after that and created The Sierra Club.

As Maya Angelo says, “Do the best you can until you know better, then when you know better, do better."

Let’s start the year by looking at the amount of plastic in our everyday life. Keeping in mind every piece of plastic ever made is STILL in existence!

We CAN turn the tides by making a conscious choice today and every day to use less plastic.

Prevent ~ Conserve ~ Educate ~ Remove

Here at Stand Up Paddle Girl we’re not perfect, we’re still learning and adopting new practices daily and hope this list of 45 tips will help inspire you to make a change!

We are all in this together and we can be a part of the solution! ♻️

  1. Plant a veggie or fruit

  2. Walk/ride bike instead of drive

  3. Create recycle bins

  4. Turn off lights

  5. Shop second hand

  6. Start a compost pile

  7. Vegan day once a week

  8. Recycle glass

  9. Replace disposable to reusable

  10. Recycle paper

  11. Recycle plastic

  12. Reusable bottles

  13. Never use single use plastic bags

  14. Buy organic /local farmers market

  15. Pick up trash on your walks. Join the “Don’t pass it up, pick it up” Challenge

  16. Shop local

  17. Electricity free hour

  18. Share items with friends

  19. Make your own cleaning products /or buy from a marker at your local Farmers Market

  20. Dry clothes on a clothesline

  21. Showers instead of baths

  22. Cook more

  23. Use cardboard box from produce guy for fruits and vegetables, instead of single use bags

  24. Buy from bulk bins bring your own bags or containers

  25. Carry reusable shopping bags

  26. Give up bottled water, sodas and other plastic bottled beverages

  27. Carry reusable utensils and glass drinking straws

  28. Carry a stainless steel travel mug or water bottle at all times for coffee and other drinks while out

  29. When ordering pizza say no to the little plastic table in the middle of the pizza box.

  30. Say NO to plastic produce bags.

  31. Use loose leaf tea / ditch the tea bag

  32. Say no to plastic cutlery

  33. Straws suck

  34. Ditch the cling wrap - Use natural beeswax coated cloth wraps instead of plastic cling film (I love ours, and we made our own using our favorite fabric)

  35. Shop your local farmers market

  36. Choose plastic free chewing gum

  37. Clean with vinegar and water

  38. Avoid anything with “polyethylene” listed as an ingredient.

  39. Switch to bar soap

  40. Use shampoo, conditioner and laundry detergent bars. I’m REALLY excited about this one! I found my source at the local Farmer’s Market.

  41. Use plastic free/reef safe sunscreen! Always!!!

  42. Make your own homemade yogurt, nut milk, snacks and energy bars.

  43. Repair things when they break instead of buying a new one.

  44. Make your own beeswax candles - They burn longer and clean the indoor air you breathe.

  45. Seek out sustainable businesses. Get to know the business practices from the company’s you support. Are they making sustainable changes?

Let me know if I’ve missed anything, what your favorite is on the list, or something you’d like to try in the comments below!




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