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Our Go-To Guide to Living Plastic Free
This Earth Month, we’re putting the spotlight on wasting less and living more intentionally. Tata recently read “How to Live Plastic Free,” by the Marine Conservation Society and was so inspired to share this message with all of you.
The truth is, so much of what we use in our day-to-day routines is made from plastic - and this needs to stop!! Plastic litter is choking, starving, and poisoning our marine life. The time to act is now.
And it starts with you! Today through April 24th, we're gifting you Tata's go-to-guide to living plastic free plus 15% of your order will be donated to the Marine Conservation Society, to help protect our oceans.
Afterall, the earth has taken such good care of us - it’s time to give back.
All About Marine Conservation Society
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK’s leading marine charity working to protect the oceans and their wildlife for generations to come. We reached out to Chris Tuckett, director of Communications at MCS, to learn all about their mission and ways to help.
To start, Chris explained the drastic situation of our global plastic pollution. Not only does it choke wildlife, but it can build up the food chain, putting our health at risk too. While the sea provides so much for us - food, oxygen, and that vital sense of well-being, we need to start doing a better job to look after it.
So, Where Do I Start?
If you’re stuck somewhere between “I want to help our planet!” and “But I have no clue where to start,” - we’ve got you covered. We collaborated with MCS to put together a list of small lifestyle adjustments that can lead to big change.
The best part? It can be incredibly beautiful, thoughtful, and elegant, as we find ourselves being far more deliberate with our choices for how we live our lives.
5 Simple Steps For a More Sustainable You:
1) Enjoy a real coffee break.
Next time you’re at the coffee shop, skip the plastic straw and bring your own mug. Disposable cups and glasses are one of the biggest pollutants in the world because so many are used (and thrown away) every single day.
Even better? Savor a slow morning and take your coffee to stay. This ritual gives you a few mindful moments to not only enjoy your coffee, but also slow down and set your intentions for the day.
2) Bring a little more DIY into your life.
Try DIY cleaning supplies or personal care items to reduce plastic packaging & excess consumerism. In the book, “How to Live Plastic Free,” the MCS put together a recipe for homemade, plastic-free toothpaste...and we’re all about it!
4 tablespoons organic coconut oil
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon bentonite clay (food grade)
20 drops peppermint oil (food grade or essential oil)
Mix all the ingredients together until you have a paste and pop into an airtight glass jar or small tin.
Before using, wet your toothbrush, shake off any surplus water, press into the powder then brush your teeth in the normal way.
This toothpaste is not only good for the planet, but good for your sparkly teeth! The baking soda is a mild abrasive that polishes & whitens, while the coconut oil is antibacterial and the bentonite clay helps remove bacteria.
3) Eat Beautifully.
Try eating locally or strolling farmer’s markets as much as possible. Not only does this reduce your grocery bills carbon footprint, but it’s also way healthier for you and cuts down toxicity levels in your body.
Another important thing you can do to help save our seas is to make more sustainable choices when you buy seafood. Many fish stocks are in a serious state of decline - 90% of the world’s fish stocks are over-exploited. You can help by checking that the fish you buy comes from sustainably managed stocks and is caught or farmed in a way that causes minimal damage. Check out the MCS Good Fish Guide and download the free app.
4) Prettier bags.
This one should speak for itself...but we feel it bears repeating. Plastic supermarket bags aren’t biodegradable and contribute massively to the global plastic pollution situation. Instead, tote your groceries home in an elegant French net market bag.
5) Go plogging!
This is a new Scandinavian clean up movement - the art of collecting trash as you exercise. Carry a lightweight bag when you go jogging and use it to pick up trash & rubbish along your route.
Even better? Join a beach clean! The MCS has been running beach cleans for over 25 years. Last year, they cleaned nearly 500 beaches around the UK thanks to thousands of volunteers. To find a beach clean near you in the UK, look here: and internationally, look here.