Plastic Free July: How to Reduce Your Daily Amount of Plastic

We’re almost at the end of July, and this month is plastic free July or zero waste July. The point of this challenge is to raise awareness on the amount of plastic and garbage we use and produce.

I first learned about the Zero Waste movement about four years ago. I came across an article about Lauren Singer’s Zero Waste lifestyle. Apparently, since 2012, Singer has not sent any waste to the landfills. About a year or two ago, she started her own company, The Simply Co. where you can obtain plastic free laundry detergents. Not only are they plastic free, but also harsh chemical-free.

I’ve tried the Zero Waste lifestyle a couple of times, but for some reason it never sticks. This month, I decided to give it a try once again.

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Consumer Activism: Just Another “Feel Good” Entitlement Act?

We all want the world to change, yet we don’t like to make sacrifices. Thoughts such as, “we don’t have to change, companies just need to do better” or “if we demand better products then companies will be more ethical” are actually misleading.

Many millennials, in order to cope with the harsh realities of life, blame corporations for human exploitation, climate change on mankind, and so on. Few like to accept their own role and contribution. Corporations and businesses wouldn’t be able to make a profit in the first place if there wasn’t anyone to buy these products. Instead of consuming less, Americans and other Westerners alike, demand for more “ethical” products in order to continue consuming, guilt free of course.

In fact, consumers are so aware that companies are advertising themselves as “ethical”, “eco-friendly”, and “sustainable” that if a business does not advertise themselves as such, they pout and cry and proceed to call for the boycott of the said business.

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