100+ ideas to live a plastic free life!

by Alejandra

It is estimated that 19 billion pounds of plastic end up in the ocean every year, a figure that is only going to double by 2025 if things don’t change quickly.

Clearly, plastic pollution is a crisis that requires immediate action at a global scale. It’s about time that Nations and corporations start taking the issue seriously. But as individuals, we also have a huge and important role to play.

Life without plastic may seem impossible nowadays, but we must remember that plastic is quite a recent invention, and the world functioned before it inundated our lives. A plastic free life is totally possible!

What you are personally able to do will depend on your means, circumstances, and environment. Not everyone will be able to live a completely plastic free life, but everyone can do something. It just requires a change of perspective and a little bit of imagination.

Walking through the streets of Granada, Spain

To aid you in this journey to sustainable living, we though of putting together a list with 100+ (it will grow with time) ideas to live a plastic free life. This is NOT meant to overwhelm or pressure you in any way.

It is not about being perfect.

In fact, we ourselves don’t follow all these tips. We do what we can whilst traveling, and have found ingenious ways to make this lifestyle work for us in almost every country we’ve visited. Many of the other ideas are ones we hope to be able to adopt in the coming years when we are more stable. Learning to live plastic free is a lifelong journey we are more than happy to be in!

Please think of these ideas as a form of inspiration to perhaps help you see your every day actions in a different way. Start with what seems simplest. Take changes as fun experiments you can learn and grow with. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and adapt to what suits you best. Slowly everything will become easier, and you will realise that all the small changes really add up.  

So let’s get started!

Granada, Spain

Food and kitchen 

  1. Carry reusable bags. With an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags being used every year worldwide, this is a basic and easy step that anyone can adopt. Just make sure to use them enough to make their manufacturing carbon footprint worth it.
  2. Buy in bulk. Whether it be from the specialised hip bulk stores popping up everywhere in Europe, the refill options that have traditionally existed in most of Asia, or the small by-the-weight stations in conventional supermarkets, we have found that plastic-free bulk options (for some foods) exist almost anywhere in the world. Buying packaged non-perishables in bulk and storing them, or sharing them with friends and family, can also be a good alternative for those items you can’t find plastic-free. For example, whilst in South Korea, we couldn’t find loose flour anywhere, but we could buy 15kg in the supermarket, and it came in paper packaging!
  3. Ditch packaged processed and frozen foods, they (almost) always come in plastic. This will translate into you increasing your fresh produce intake considerably, and probably having to cook a bit more. But the adjustment will be completely worth it for your health and the planet. 
  4. Instead of buying packaged frozen fruits (for smoothies for example), buy plenty in season and freeze fruit yourself.
  5. Use produce bags and reusable containers. We carry our lightweight organic cotton bags with us every time we do our grocery shopping, and sometimes add other containers to buy products like loose tofu, olives and fresh snacks. Small vendors are always happy to save up on plastic, and most supermarkets allow us to at least use our bags for fruits and veggies.
  6. Shop in local farmers markets. Going to markets is one of the easiest ways to get fresh, local produce and cut back on unnecessary packaging (remember to bring your own bags and containers!). We also try to skip on fruits and vegetables that come with those darn little stickers on them, and luckily, they’re not as common in markets. 
  7. Reuse/return plastic produce containers. For those more delicate fruits and vegetables that come in boxes (like berries or cherry tomatoes), we always ask if it’s possible to transfer the produce to our own containers. And if you shop at a place you return to often, you can ask to bring the container back for refills or reuse.  
  8. Get bread and other prepared foods in small establishments where you can use your own containers. Why not buy some cookies from the bakery, or ask for falafel to take home (and freeze perhaps) at a local Lebanese stall? Tried and tested! When asking around, you are bound to find alternatives, and you’ll be supporting a deserving business in the process.
  9. Ditch chewing gum. Most gum nowadays is made from synthetic rubber, which includes various plastic variations. Yikes!
  10. Carry a reusable water bottle and bring your own drinks. This is another no-brainer that’ll help you drastically cut back on single-use plastic, whilst keeping you hydrated! 
  11. In countries where tap water in not potable, purify or filter your water instead of buying single-use plastic water bottles. You can read all about our purifier here.
  12. If your tap water at home is not of the best quality, make sure to invest in a long-lasting filtering system that has the option of recycling the filters instead of short term replaceable ones. 
  13. Carry containers; for leftovers, take-out, or to bring your own food from home. We often carry our trusted Tiffin with us to make sure we’ll be able to try the delicious street-food we encounter without creating waste, or to bring some snacks with us, when we know the options will be limited/expensive.
  14. A reusable cup is essential for those who often like to get take-away coffee/tea. We always used our metal cup in India to get delicious Chai from street vendors. On other occasions, like when we buy ice tea in Malaysia or Thailand, we simply use our water bottle. 
  15. Stop using plastic straws. Or if you need/like to use one, purchase a reusable stainless steel, glass or rubber straw to carry with you.
  16. Use reusable utensils when eating out (work and traveling days included). We carry a little case with bamboo cutlery, chopsticks and our metal straw. It’s lightweight and often comes in handy!
  17. Have your ice-cream in a cone instead of cup, and remember to reject the plastic spoon!
  18. Buy loose leaf tea and use a stainless steal filter to strain it. 96% percent of tea bags contain plastic, as they use polypropylene to seal the bags and make sure they keep their shape when introduced into hot water. This means that they are not biodegradable like most people think.
  19. And if you’re a coffee drinker, use a French press instead of a machine that requires disposable refills. If you use refills, make sure to recycle them!
  20. Ditch the cling film and learn to preserve your food without plastic. There are many alternatives, like beeswax coated cloth, or simply storing your food in reusable containers (this is our preferred alternative). Here are some ideas of how to store food in your fridge and freezer.
  21. Make your own soy/grain/nut milk. We didn’t do this for the longest time because we thought it would take a lot of time and effort. Looking back, not only were we wrong, but it also cost us so much money we could have saved. There are thousands of recipes out there that are really easy. Choose the ingredients for your milk according to what is locally available and grown.
  22. Make your own snacks. The moment you try to cut back on plastic, you’ll immediately notice that all your favourite snacks come packaged. This may serve you if you’re trying to leave unhealthy habits behind, but if you like us NEED snacks to live happily (overdramatic much?), you’ll have to find plastic-free alternatives. Popcorn (we buy corn kernels in bulk and make it in a large pot), fruit smoothies/popsicles, and easy toast are our favourite.
  23. Make your own sauces and condiments. There is no need to buy salad dressing when you can simply mix salt, vinegar, olive oil, and a bit of mustard. For every packaged sauce there is a plastic free alternative you can make.
  24. And on that note, make your own ice cream, yogurt, hummus or.. anything you identify you like having but can only get packaged! It may seem too time-consuming, but when you make it a fun Sunday activity, you can make batches to last you the whole week/month. For example, before leaving Europe, we made huge batches of granola on Sunday mornings, to last us the whole week. It was easy and an easy addition to our routine. Also, everything is more delicious home-made!
  25. Bring your own snacks when traveling. Even when the trip is of just a couple of hours, you are bound to get hungry and want a snack. Finding plastic-free food on the go can be pretty difficult, so try to be prepared and bring it yourself. 
  26. Avoid (most) Nonstick cookware. Many of the chemicals used to coat these pans (like teflon) become toxic when exposed to high heat. So if you’re going to get new pans, it’s important to do the appropriate research and make sure they’re made from non-toxic plastic free materials.
  27. Plastic-free baking sheets. If you use baking sheets for baking, make sure to check that they are not coated with plastic!
  28. Reduce your waste in general. Compost food waste (or give it to people that do), reuse anything possible, and do anything necessary to reduce your waste. Not only will this be better for the environment, but it will also help reduce the number of plastic garbage bags you use every week. 
  29. Reuse containers, like glass jars, for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk. There is no need to have a perfect Pinterest kitchen, just use what you already have!
  30. Need to start a fire? Ditch the disposable plastic lighters, and use matches or a refillable lighter instead! 
  31. Don’t turn to disposable plastic plates, cups or cutlery. If needed to for example throw your kid a birthday party, you can get biodegradable ones.
  32. Getting on a plane may be an incredibly polluting act that we cannot always avoid, but we can try make flying better by cutting back on the additional waste it creates. Always carry an empty water bottle with you that you can fill after passing security. Also try skip on the individually wrapped blankets, bad-quality headphones, tiny peanuts packets etc., and see if you can ask the airline to not include a meal for you. If the meal is inevitable, just eat it, as if not it will all go to waste anyway. But you can still save on a lot of plastic by just asking for drinks in your own cup!
Streets of Granada, Spain
Church in Granada, Spain

Bathroom & hygiene 

  1. Use a bamboo toothbrush. The perfect toothbrush does not exist as of now. If you want it to be fully plastic-free, the bristles will be made of animal hair (yuck). The best alternative is using a bamboo toothbrush with synthetic bristles. There are multiple brands out there now, and they are not all the same, with some bristles containing as little as 30% plastic. Whilst traveling we just buy whichever bamboo toothbrush we find (we have gotten them in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand so far), but if you have various options, research which one is the best. And also, make sure to dispose of it correctly!
  2. Make your own toothpaste. Our recipe is easy to make, cheap and cleans your teeth just fine (tested and approved). If you find that the baking soda is too abrasive for you, there are also plenty of other recipes out there to try.
  3. Simplify your beauty regime. The myth of needing a thousand specific products for your face and body is propagated by companies that want your cash. Instead, get yourself few high-quality natural oils that can be used for everything, and you’ll definitely see the difference. My favourites are jojoba oil for my face, and coconut oil for my hair and body. I’ve also tried making the Yay for Earth face lotion, as Stevie shares the recipe, and absolutely love it! So if you’re not opposed to using bee products, definitely get yourself a jar of this magic use-for-all cream.
  4. Avoid anything with micro-beads. These can be found in facial scrubs, shampoo, toothpaste etc. Micro-plastics are not only completely unnecessary, but they’re also incredibly contaminating. Their tiny size make them slip through the filtering systems of water-treatment plants, ending up back in our taps and waterways. If it says “polyethylene” or “polypropylene” in the ingredients, skip it!
  5. Use bar soap. This is such an easy switch! You can find artisanal handcrafted soap in all shapes, colours and scents, and to suit all skin types. They are easy to travel with, and if used right, can last you very long! Just make sure you get one made with all natural ingredients.
  6. Give up shampoo and conditioner. You can use solid shampoo, rye flour, or even give up products altogether and just use water like me. There are many no-poo methods out there, so find the one that suits you best!
  7. Plastic free deodorant. More and more options are being created for those of us who want to get natural deodorants that also don’t come packaged in plastic. Try looking for brands that use metal tins, glass jars or cardboard for their containers. If you want to take it up a notch you can also try making this easy DYI version. Our friend swears by this recipe, so we can’t wait to try it as soon as our current one is used up!
  8. Use plastic free lotions, creams and lip balms. Eco beauty companies are coming up with some great packaging options for their natural products, and now some shops even give you the option of refill.
  9. Ditch conventional throw away shavers and get yourself a metal safety razor or a trimmer. We bought our safety razor in a zero waste shop in Malaysia, but you can also try find them second hand. As for the trimmers make sure you get a high quality one that can survive the years to come. Warner still has the one used to cut his hair as a child. 
  10. Solid shaving soap works just as well. There’s nothing wrong with going old-school and using the tools (safety razor included) traditional barbers used to achieve that perfectly clean look. Anyone can use it!
  11. Have you ever tried sugaring? No, we’re not talking about candy. Sugaring is the term used for sugar waxing, a waste-free alternative to commercial wax. It only needs three ingredients, can be applied in room temperature, easily removed with water, and is very cheap.
  12. There is no such thing as zero waste safe and protected sex. But there are steps in the right direction. To prevent STDs you should use condoms, regardless of the waste they create. But instead of the conventional ones, why don’t you try using natural latex vegan condoms that are ethically produced. As for contraception, there are multiple methods you can try that will reduce the waste you produce.
  13. Apparently, many natural oils, such as coconut oil, work really well as lubricants (and are way healthier for our underparts than the commercial counterparts). But if trying this out scares you, there are also great natural lubricants being sold by eco brands. We currently use this one. It does what its supposed to do, smells amazing (seriously want to use it as a body oil it’s so good), and lasts us much longer than anything we’ve used before. However, although the bottle is glass, the cap and pump are plastic, so it’s not perfect. 
  14. Clean that tushy with 100% recycled or tree-free toilet paper that doesn’t come wrapped in plastic, or better yet, wash with water. After spending so many months in Asia, we are completely hooked on the water-washing method. It is more gentle and hygienic, and we now hate it when we have to use only toilet-paper (its rough!). If washing with water is not possible in your bathroom, you can always get these great little bidet showers to connect to your toilet’s water supply. You can use a reusable towel (or a tiny bit of toilet paper) to dry your underparts afterwards, or just air dry. 
  15. Periods suck (at least for me), but even more so when you’re creating a ton of waste! Ditch the contaminating conventional products and have a waste free period by using a menstrual cup instead. They are easily cleaned with water and will last you for many years to come. And if that doesn’t work for you, try reusable pads or period underwear (I really want to try these!). My personal recommendation would be to buy them in dark colours, preferably black. There are so many cute prints out there, but in my experience, the blood stains don’t fully disappear. 
  16. Get yourself a wooden/bamboo hairbrush/comb. If you’ve read our post on washing your hair with water only, you’ll already know how using a brush made from natural materials is key to adequately spread your sebum and make your hair healthy. But even if you don’t buy into this, still make sure you get a brush/comb made from bamboo/wood when your current one brakes. At the very least, they work just as well and are biodegradable.
  17. If you love makeup, you’ll already be completely aware of just how much plastic packaging comes with it. Luckily, more and more sustainable beauty brands are tackling, not just the issue of toxic chemicals contained in makeup, but also the waste they produce. Try buy from brands that offer refills, or that have recycling programs. I own some products from Zao, and I love the beautiful bamboo containers!
  18. Make your own face/hair masks, and body scrubs. If you have the time and knowledge to make all of your own beauty products, you’re my hero. But it is not realistic to expect the majority of people to make their own blush and mascara, etc. However, there are thousands of recipes online for natural DIY masks and scrubs that are super easy, take little time to prepare, and require simple kitchen ingredients.
  19. Reusable make-up remover pads. There is no need to be using cotton pads to remove your makeup, when one can just as easily get reusable pads to do the exact same job. You can make them yourself or buy some made of organic natural materials. Once used, all you have to do is wash them by hand or pop them in the washing machine!   
  20. Plastic free sunscreen. Of course, it is advisable to protect your skin from the sun by avoiding being out during peak hours and by wearing protective clothing. But if you do need/want to be in the sun, you should be conscious of your sunscreen. First of all, biodegradable natural sunscreens are the way to go, since the commercial ones are filled with toxic chemicals that are specially harmful for ocean life and coral. But you can also try find brands that come in plastic-free packaging. We have also found several recipes to make your own, but it seems difficult to get zinc-oxide or aluminum-oxide, the main ingredients used, plastic free. We’ll let you know if we’re ever brave enough to try this!
  21. Plastic free hair accessories. We are both avid hairband users whilst traveling (nothing like getting your hair away from your sweaty forehead), but as you know, elastics get lost or break rather easy. We try to extend their lifetime as long as we can, but when they do need to be replaced we have a rather simple solution: just pick up new ones from the streets. Parking lots, side walks and trails are filled with them (if you look close enough). We have been doing this for a couple of years and have yet to run out. So start looking aroung, give the ones you find a good wash, and you are set for life! If the thought grosses you out, organic hair ties also exist. 
  22. Copy your grandparents and use a handkerchief over paper tissues. Some people make their own out of old t-shirts and fabric scrap, or find them second-hand. Make sure to wash them regularly (hygiene is important ya’ll)!
  23. Alternative q-tips. Lastswab, the makers of a reusable ear swab, state that 1,5 billion ear swabs are produced every day. Moving away from ear swabs that contain plastic is an important change we have to make. You have three options, use biodegradable ear swabs (where the stick is made out of paper for example), a reusable ear swab like this one, or let your ears be (it’s not a problem to have some ear wax after all).
  24. Use cloth diapers and washcloths for your baby. Disposable diapers apparently come with a myriad of problems, including of course the issue of waste. Today’s cloth diapers are as efficient as their disposable counterparts, and can be easily washed in the washing-machine. (Don’t take our word for it though, we’re not parents.)
  25. Build yourself a zero-waste first aid kit. You can even get biodegradable bandaids nowadays!
  26. Remember to travel with your solid soap and plastic-free toiletries. This way you can avoid having to emergency buy wasteful products, and can skip on the complimentary hotel shampoos etc.
Arch in Palacio de Dar al-Horra in Granada, Spain
Granada, Spain

Cleaning 

  1. Make your own cleaning products. I know this sounds complicated, but you can clean almost anything by just using baking soda and vinegar. There is also this multi-purpose cleaner that uses citrus rinds. These are all inexpensive and easy ways to clean your home.
  2. Use natural fibre brushes to wash your dishes and clean your home. Repurposed washable cloths, coconut fibre scrubbers, or natural fibre brushes are all great alternatives to the synthetic sponges and wipes most people use. 
  3. Wash your clothes plastic-free by using soap nuts, the eco egg, making your own detergent, or getting laundry powder / liquid in bulk. Oh, and for those of you who have horse chestnuts everywhere in fall, you can also use them to make soap!
  4. Find a plastic-free alternative for your dishes too! If you wash your dishes by hand, it’s as easy as just using a block of traditional Castile soap (or similar alternatives, like olive or coconut oil soap). Should you prefer having it already in liquid form, there are plenty of easy recipes online that you can try (like this one). If, on the other hand, you have a dishwasher, you can once again opt for making the detergent yourself, buying it in bulk, or getting dishwasher powder in a cardboard box.
  5. Use a guppy bag. The guppy bag collects all the microfibres that your synthetic clothing sheds whilst in the laundry machine, to prevent them from being washed away and contaminating our rivers and oceans.
  6. Instead of constantly buying wipes, get/make yourself some reusable cleaning cloths. You can tear up old clothes that are to raggedy to wear into handy wipes, or get yourself some made from natural materials (NOT microfibre). You can even use them for you swiffer!
  7. Get a vacuum cleaner without vacuum bags or simply empty the bag in the bin.
  8. Need to use the dry cleaners often? How about bringing your own reusable garment bag that you can use over and over?
  9. To save you from touching funky stuff, use biodegradable natural rubber gloves, like these ones.
Walking through the streets of Granada, Spain
Window in Granada, Spain

Shopping & general

  1. Buy clothes made out of natural fibres. It is easy to forget that most of the fabrics used today (especially in fast fashion) are made from synthetic materials (ie plastic). The microfibres that these garments shed often escape the water purifying filtration systems, ending up in oceans and other sources of water, contaminating our planet. So try avoid clothes made from non-biodegradable materials. 
  2. And whilst you’re at it, also try getting plastic-free footwear.
  3. Athletic clothes and swimwear usually are made, at least partly, from synthetic materials. But many ethical brands are now using recycled polyester and nylon from discarded water bottles and fishing gear.
  4. Thrift and buy second hand shoes and clothes. Buying second hand is a great way of not using more of the planet’s limited resources and extending the life of those items that already exist.
  5. If you own something you no longer want, give/sell it to someone who does. Many times donating an item just leads it directly to landfill. When moving away from Brussels, we opted for trying to sell everything we owned, to make sure everything was going to be used afterwards. Want to get rid of things? Why don’t you partake in a local flea market, put a post on facebook’s marketplace, or ask your friends and family if they need what you no longer want? With clothing its also fun to organise a clothing swap!
  6. Get yourself pre-loved electronics. The manufacturing processes of most electronics are normally incredibly contaminating and resource intensive, with very few sustainable and ethical alternatives available. Therefore, the most sustainable thing you can do is to buy them second-hand. We’ve found it relatively easy to find good quality devices as so many people get rid of perfectly usable electronics to acquire the latest shiny edition. We, for example have bought both our camera body and Ale’s iphone second hand. They were amazing finds!
  7. Borrow/rent items you only use occasionally, like tools, from friend/family or sharing groups. 
  8. Finish up all the pens you have, and invest in a refillable pen alternative from then onwards. Or use a pencil!
  9. Get plastic-free home decor. Buy durable furniture made from natural materials (even better if it’s second-hand). Repurpose wood and other items otherwise destined for landfill, to make your own fun projects. Or grow your own plants from cuttings! When we lived in Brussels we furnished our whole apartment almost entirely with second hand finds. We saved a lot of money this way and ended up with more interesting items.
  10. Have young kids? Buy toys made from wood and other natural materials, like in the olden days.
  11. Refuse unnecessary mail and cancel subscriptions.
  12. When shopping online make sure the package comes plastic free. Order from websites that have environmental commitments or put in a special request when necessary. The more demand there is for better packaging, the better the system will get.
  13. Invest in a biodegradable yoga matt.
  14. Gift experiences over stuff! This is a personalised way of showing someone you love them, leave more lasting memories, and can be adapted to all types of budgets, locations and tastes. And if you need some inspiration, make sure to check out our list of 50+ original ideas.
  15. Wrap gifts without using plastic. From using discarded newspapers, to beautifully wrapping the present with a scarf, there are many ways to avoid waste. Whichever one you choose, remember to skip on nasty plastic tape!
  16. Get your pet second-hand toys, or make your own using some old socks and fabric scraps. 
  17. Make your own homemade pet food. Apparently the store-bought stuff is absolutely terrible for your pets anyway.
Sunset over Granada, Spain
Walking through the streets of Granada, Spain

Lifestyle

  1. Minimalism is key! Okay, maybe you don’t need to become an extreme minimalist, but reducing your consumption is a big part of living a plastic free life. Become more aware of what you want in life and prioritise what you really need.
  2. Reuse the plastic you have or come across, as much as possible before disposing of it. Accidentally get a plastic bag? Keep it and use it again. Already own plastic tupperware? Great, continue using it (safely) until it can no longer be used. 
  3. Recycle, but do it right! Recycling is a great place to start but a terrible place to stop. And that’s even so when assuming that you’re doing it right (and that your country is not simply shipping the waste elsewhere to get rid of the problem). That’s why it is extra important that you take the time to learn about the recycling rules of where you live and how you should dispose your recycling waste well.
  4. Pick up the trash you see and try recycle it. Impromptu cleanups help get rid of the plastic that already exists and pollutes the environment around you.
  5. Take care of what you own and repair anything that breaks. Extending the lifetime of everything you have is the best way of creating less waste!
  6. If any plastic item you own is no longer usable, try find a long-lasting plastic-free alternative. Even when not single-use, plastic items tend to break more than stainless steel for example. Plastic-free alternatives are slowly becoming widely available for items like ice cube moulds, laundry clips, hangers etc. These switches can last a lifetime and eventually save you money!
  7. Learn to say no – freebies usually involve a lot of plastic and unnecessary waste. Plus, you’ll probably end up throwing them away in a couple of days (or years if they end up in one of those messy drawers) anyway.
  8. Focus on quality over quantity. Spending a bit more on quality products that last longer always pays off!
  9. Appl all your new-found knowledge and creativity to holidays and celebrations! Make delicious zero-waste meals; hire/borrow plate-ware for big parties; DIY your own decorations from natural materials; and ditch the plastic knick knacks that seem to pop up everywhere around festivities.
  10. Always be prepared! One of the easiest ways to cut back on single-use plastic is to always be prepared in those situations that involve it. Identify your needs and carry a basic kit with you (no need to buy new flashy items for this). We never leave the house without a reusable bag and a water-bottle. And sometimes, depending on the circumstances, our kit may involve a backpack filled with reusables! Whatever is necessary to be able to do everything without producing unnecessary waste. 
  11. Encourage cutting back on plastic in all environments that you are in. If you live with others, a good place to start is your own home. Not imposing is key to be successful. Just make small changes that don’t negatively affect those around you and lead by example. You can also try encouraging change at your work-place. For example, there are many working environments where the throw-away coffee cup is the norm. So why not have a chat with management and suggest using reusable mugs instead? Even if you’re ignored at first, positive ideas will eventually catch on. 
  12. Avoid plastic also on your travels. It is easy to forget all your progress whilst on holidays, but it is especially important to cut back on plastic whilst on the road. You don’t want to contaminate other people’s homes after all. Research how you can be sustainable in your new destination, carry reusables with you to cut back on unexpected plastic waste, and make that extra effort necessary!
  13. Use your voice and vote to promote green initiates. With the current wave of climate-skeptic governments taking office around the world, it is more important than ever before to use our voice and vote to encourage pro-environment decision-making, law and policies. If you have the ability and capacity, why not write to your local municipality asking for a a bag-tax/ban, or sign a petition to reduce sing-use plastics at the federal level? There are many actions one can take to instigate positive change in policies.
  14. Demand change from corporations and manufacturers. Taking individual actions is a very important step, but if we want significant sustainable change, companies and businesses need to also go in the right direction. As consumers, we have a lot to say with how we choose to spend our money. Make sure to support those who are truly making an effort to be more ethical and sustainable. But why not take it a step further? Maybe write a nicely-worded email to your local supermarket asking them to get rid of unnecessary plastic packaging on fruits and veggies, or join a twitter campaign that pressures companies to tackle their waste. Show that as a consumer, you care. If enough people do this, accountability will become inevitable! 
  15. Applaud positive actions. We all need some encouragement and positivity to keep going forward. So when you see someone making constructive changes to live a plastic free life, commend them on it. Be a source of support!
  16. Talk about the issue of plastic pollution with those around you. Kindly spread the knowledge you acquire and show others positive examples of how we can all do better! The more aware we all become, the easier it’ll be to quit plastic and search for preferable alternatives.
Sunset over Granada, Spain

So there you have it, an extensive list of ideas to help you live a plastic free life. Remember, it is not an all or nothing approach. Do what you can, when you can. And if you think of any additional tips that we haven’t covered, please to let us know in the comments so we can add them!

We are all in this together.

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All the photographs were taken in Granada, Spain.

Sunset over Granada, Spain

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4 comments

Lila B. August 8, 2019 - 6:26 pm

So many good ideas!!! Excellent! Great job.Thank you!

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Alejandra August 21, 2019 - 9:43 am

Thank you. So glad these ideas are useful for you!

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Elina August 10, 2019 - 1:25 pm

That was so much and I feel thoroughly educated now, phew. Definitely going to try at least some of these! Also you guys are super freaking talented, these photos are amazing (and have me missing Granada massively).

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Alejandra August 21, 2019 - 9:43 am

Aww thank you so so much! You’re too sweet. We also miss Granada! And yay to you trying some of these 🙂

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