Save your plastic trash for one month.


Remember #PlasticFreeJuly when we refused to use single-use plastic items? We’re almost a full month out from July now, but we want to keep our commitment to the environment going all year long. We know that giving up disposable plastics can be challenging to do cold turkey, and so we’re offering another approach, inspired by our friend Lanie Faith Marie Overton. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to plan to save all of your plastic trash for the month of September, and then document the amount and repurpose what you can.

While some progressive cities are taking steps to curb plastic consumption on a larger scale (we see you, Seattle!), 45 and his administration are in denial about the impact of plastic products on the environment, and actually canceled the ban on the sale of plastic water bottles in our national parks. With 20,000 water bottles being bought EVERY SECOND and each one of those bottles having an estimated lifespan of 500 years, this is not a great sign for our planet -- and that’s just one type of single-use plastic! It’s clear that it’s up to us as consumers to take action on a personal level to reduce harm on the environment.

Many of us say that we care about the environment. Here is an easy way to show it, both to yourself and others:

  1. Next to your recycling bins, set aside a container just for single-use plastics.

  2. As you try to minimize your plastic use over the course of September, deposit any single-use that comes into your possession into the container (we know, even if you’re diligent, stuff still turns up: unused plastic cutlery from take-out, prescription medications, flyer bags left on your front steps). Take this quiz from Plastic Free July to help identify other pesky plastics in your life.

  3. When September 30 hits, take out all your trash and lay it out so it fits in one photo frame, and you can see how much you really used. Snap a pic, and share it on Instagram (tag us! @anewyearsrevolution).

  4. Dive into the pile and see what can be reused or repurposed. Lanie used the bottle caps and straws she had for beads for kids crafts, converted some lamp shade bits into bobbins for thread, and turned some birthday balloons into birthday present bows (a gift that legit kept on giving!).

We love the visual element of this method, and the way that it helps spread the word about plastic use. If you’re not happy with how much plastic you’ve used by the end of the month, now you’ll have a concrete goal to shoot for when you try again the following month.