2011 A Plastic Free Year – stepping away from our plastic culture
In late 2010, I watched some documentaries that made my eyes water with sadness. They highlighted one of the most under-recognised, widespread pollutants in the world that is causing very concerning health problems for humans, marine life and our shared Earth – PLASTIC.
Plastic is everywhere. So is plastic pollution.
So in the wise words of Ghandi, I decided to be the change I want to see, and my 2011 New Year resolution was to attempt living a year without plastic.
It started out as just me. Next my partner and his 5 year old made the commitment to join, and in August 2011 I welcomed my first baby daughter Willow, who involuntarily has also joined in.
The results? We lived a modern lifestyle on 2% plastic compared to that of an average Australian family and we enjoyed every minute of it!
We have many learning’s to share, and to anyone who’s considering making a similar commitment to reduce purchasing virgin plastic, I salute you! It has been the most highly educative, satisfying and unifying time for our family. We are proud to have established strong family values in hope to improve our shared Earth.