BBC reporter Christine Jeavans has done what so many of us cannot even fathom how to do: She attempted to go a month without any new plastic entering her home. While she wasn't perfect - and few of us who have undergone environmental challenges are - she managed to reduce her plastic intake by an impressive 80 percent.
Some tips from Jeavans and readers of her blog and her online reports:
Containing your container habit:
- Switch to a reusable water bottle and a coffee mug. Keep reusable plates and silverware at the office.
- "The idea of taking my own reusable containers to shops such as the butchers or even the local takeaway curry house - as suggested by some 'zero waste' enthusiasts on the blog - feels a little odd but it is logical and maybe something we will all be doing in future years, just like the way that reusable bags have taken off," Jeavans writes.
- "Bring a to-go container/utensils with you when dining out to bring home leftovers. Yes, it takes some getting use to to remember to do it," Jeavans writes.
- Buy bulk, and bring a reusable container to the store.
- "We found we prefer bread from the bakers rather than the pre-sliced loaf so we'll be staying with that on grounds of taste if nothing else," Jeavans writes.
- Bake or cook at home.
- Cut back on your soda habit.
Habits at home
- "The wooden toothbrush, however, was not a winner for me and will be redeployed as a mini-scrubbing brush," Jeavans writes.
- Use natural cleaning products like baking soda and vinegar - rather than buying a product for every cleaning use.
What other tips do you have?