Less Plastic or Plastic-Less: Creating a Plastic Free Family

If you’ve got kids, you’re fully aware of the onslaught of plastic that’s bombarding our world just by surviving your home. From gauntlets of Lego® pieces in a dimly lit hallway to contractor bags full of packaging and zip ties after a kid’s birthday party; from plastic straws from the drive-thru to plastic masks at Halloween, plastic is everywhere in family life. Without even trying, you can have a home that’s more plastic than anything else. 

One of the simplest ways to curb your plastic consumption is to create a plan for your plastic use. How much do you use? How much will you use? What kinds of accommodations will you make to your life so that your family is producing less waste. 

Do a Week-Long Plastic Audit 

The best way to know how much plastic you’re using as a family is to start paying attention. Pull out a notebook and create a log of all of the single-use plastics you and your family have used and thrown away. Packaging for perishable foods. Sandwich bags for school lunches or snacks. Grocery bags. Dental floss (yes…dental floss is most often made of nylon, which is a type of plastic). Shampoo bottles. There’s even plastic in some coffee filters! 

To make your log more accurate, and to make your effort more effective, consider inviting the whole family to take part. 

Invest in (and Commit to) 3 or 4 Plastic Alternative Solutions 

On your journey to being completely plastic-less (a mountain that not many have climbed), you can certainly consume less plastic. Consider shampoos and soaps that are plastic free, like HiBar (check them out: https://hellohibar.com). Buy reusable snack bags and eco-friendly grocery bags. Change your diet or at least shopping patterns so that you’re consuming less of the items that package everything in plastic (FYI – this effort often involves less processed food and subsequently higher grocery bills). 

The point is that you don’t have to be plastic free overnight to make a difference. 

Make a Long-Term Investment

This is where we do a bit of self-praise. The Filtrol is a great investment for your family and for our ecosystem. This easy-to-install after-market washing machine filter is the most effective micro particle laundry filtration system available. A small financial investment protects our environment from the plastic pollution that comes from laundry. The added bonus for families with a septic system: The Filtrol keeps plastics from leaving your home through your laundry’s wastewater. It protects your investment and extends the life of your septic system. 

So join us as we try to help more families make a plastic-less — or at least a less plastic —  commitment. And let us know what you’re doing! We want to hear how much plastic you’ve been consuming and what plastic alternatives you’ve found!