Welcome aboard as we blast off towards the safe and sunny shores of plastic-freedom.  For this journey there are no plotted charts, mostly because so few people have actually attempted the feat since our world became plastic-coated and even fewer have had the rigor to completely rid their lives of plastic.  Let’s face it, in today’s mostly plastic world, you simply can’t avoid the stuff.  And while we know it is virtually impossible to achieve 100% avoidance, we do believe that, like any other toxin, the degree of damage done depends on how big of a dose you receive.  With this in mind, we try keep our dosage as low as possible, especially with the easy and often-used things that are in our direct control.

If you’re considering lowering your plastic dosage too, we recommend you approach quitting plastic gradually, just like quitting any other drug.  That’s right, because studies have proven that plastic could, and should, be classified as a drug.  But mind you, the gradual approach is not recommended because eliminating plastic quickly would be a shock to your body, it likely wouldn’t.  It can however, be shocking to the wallet.  So, most of us non-trust fund types don’t have a choice but to go slow.  We definitely went the slow and steady route ourselves and it all worked out fine.  Plus, our purchases became progressively more sound as we learned how to choose and evaluate products in a market space with which we weren’t very familiar.

Although we weren’t hyper-methodical about our switch over, we did use some criteria to determine which items to prioritize.  The main condition being if the item touched our food or drink and was made of plastic, it had to go.  Once you start contemplating it, you realize the number of food and drink related items you use every day, that are made of plastic, is significant.

Over the next few posts, we will delve into the what and whys of what we replaced and how its working out.  In the meantime, why not change one biggie that’s super-easy?  Do you use a plastic travel mug?  I don’t care if they say it’s BPA-free (there are many, many more toxic compounds found in plastic besides BPA), you should ditch your current cup for an stainless steel or glass version.  And the same goes for your home coffee and tea mugs as well.  If you put hot liquid in it, make sure it’s stainless steel or glass.  We’ll go more into the extremely well performing and affordable stainless double-walled tumbler we chose, in addition to some other frequently used items that you’ll want to replace ASAP.  Stay healthy!

Written by Dave