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Plastic Trash Audit – What Does It Have To Do With Sustainable Living?

Welcome to my series on sustainable living. How can you change your habits? Well, first, you have to believe that you really want to make the change. In the video below, I will show you how to start by conducting a plastic trash audit. Yes, you understood correctly- we will go through your trash.

We’ll start by collecting all empty single-use plastic packaging for a month. Don’t forget to wash/clean bottles and food packaging so that it doesn’t smell.

After one month, lay all the trash down on the floor, or on your table, and have a good look at it. 

I like to sort all single-use plastics in 6 weeks into different groups: 

  • food and drinks-related single-use plastic, 
  • toiletries and bathroom,
  • toys,
  • flowers,
  • plastic foam or insulation that protected a product that we bought or received as a present,
  • plastic bags.

The point is not to make you feel guilty or uncomfortable but to get an insight from where your single-use plastics come.

For example, when it comes to a medication that you have to take on a daily basis, there is nothing you can do about it. On the other hand, if you see plastic bottles from the milk, you can replace them with milk bottled in glass.  

What else can you replace:

  1. Single-use plastic water bottles with a reusable water flask.
  2. Single-use plastic plates, cutlery, straws – use reusable ones (porcelain plates, bamboo, metal, glass or silicone straws, metal or bamboo cutlery).
  3. If you like sparkling water, check SodaStream.
  4. Single-use contact lenses with hard ones that last longer.
  5. Food that comes packaged in plastic – look for a store that sells unpacked fruits and veggies, visit a local bulk store to see what you can buy package-free (most likely you will find flour, oats, pasta, pulses, rice, polenta, couscous, nuts, raisins, biscuits, and fruit jellies.

There are more sustainable and zero waste swaps one can make but I will talk about them in my next videos.

So, are you ready to do your plastic trash audit now? Let me know in the comments below. 

  • Jacqui Berry

    Great tips! We had a soda stream in the 80’s was great fun then! Thanks for sharing. Do join the #chicandstylish #LINKUP today. Jacqui x

    • Miri

      Thank you Jacqui, I will check it out. Hugs

  • Jennifer

    It’s so hard to not use plastic. I try very hard not to buy items with it, but like you said it’s difficult. Everything is in it!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • Miri

      I know, it’s not easy but I find that the USA is much more advanced than Switzerland when it comes to bulk store and zero waste stores. There are just starting to “grow” here.


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