a reusable bottle, a mason jar with granola, apples in a container with a mesh bag

When it comes to going green or living waste-free, there is really no one size fits all.

We are all in this together and I think it’s important that instead of pointing out what people are doing wrong, we focus rather on what we are doing period!

And make that something to celebrate.

As we head into Plastic Free July, here are 5 Simple Principles For Plastic-Free Living:

#1 Get outside

We’ve become very detached and disconnected from nature. I read a report recently that said kids in the UK don’t know that milk comes from cows, I am sure this is the same in Canada. 

candice walking on a bridge in a ravine

I think spending more time in nature will help reconnect us to what we have lost, nature gives us a better sense of our interdependence to it.

Being in nature makes us slow down and think about the bigger picture and the impact our consumption has on the natural world.

I have become so aware of plastic, I see it everywhere, especially in nature. It’s definitely had an effect on what I buy and what I leave.


wrapping kale in a beeswax wrap

#2 Be Flexible – with yourself as others

We are all trying to make better choices. There is no one perfect way. If you have tips share them! Talk to people about the choices you are making, open dialogue and education can only lead us to more widespread change. 

#3 Create new habits when you shop

Make a point of not forgetting your reusable bags (don’t beat yourself up if you do). Keep a stash at home and in the car as well. 

Try making one big impact decision. If you are someone who buys takeout coffee, maybe try carrying a reusable coffee cup for a week, see how it feels. Plastic Free July is a great opportunity to start new habits.

#4 Communicate with shops you frequent

Talk to shop owners, farmers, grocers, etc. about your concerns regarding waste and what they can do to help you. You’d be surprised what open communication can achieve.

#5 Educate Yourself

Learn how things are made. What is the environmental impact of your phone for example, how is it manufactured? What kind of resources were used? Who made it? What happens to it when you are done with it?

These are important questions to ask before you decide to buy anything.


5 Simple Principles For Plastic-Free Living

Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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