Recently at Rooland, we did a plastic challenge where everyone in the studio didn’t buy anything with plastic for two weeks. It was a real challenge, almost impossible. There were so many times, where we wanted to buy something but it was coated in plastic! It was a real eye opener and created a dialog between all of us to do better. With that, came our top ten tips for being plastic free!

1. Bag it:

Start bringing reusable bags with you on every trip to the store.

2. Take Back the Tap:

Plastic water bottles aren’t just a waste, they may also be harmful to your health. Use a reusable water bottle or a glass jar and fill it at the tap.

3. Ditch the Zip:

Ditch zip-top bags and plastic wrap for packing up leftovers and use reusable glass containers instead.

4. Pack a Waste-Free Lunch:

Get a cloth lunch bag and fill it with real food, in glass containers to microwave.

5. Say NO to Plastic Packaging:

When shopping, challenge yourself to buy no items packaged in plastic. If an item you want comes in a glass jar or plastic container, choose glass. Buy meat from the butcher wrapped in paper, Fish from the fish store…and pack your veggies loose or in cloth bags.

6. Take back Take-Out:

Whether you are ordering take out at a Indian restaurant or buying your daily cup of coffee, make sure to leave the house with your own glassware or stainless steel take away containers. Don’t be shy, just present the staff with your reusable gear and ask them to please pack it sustainably.

7. Straws are for Suckers:

Do you really need that straw? Bartenders and servers will often give you one by default. When you order, remember to tell them, “No straw, please.” If you really need one, carry your own stainless steel or glass straw.

8. Party Plastic-Free:

Treat guests to eco-friendly, reusable partyware instead of disposable plates, cups, and cutlery…or try serving finger foods that don’t need utensils.

9. Clean Up Your Soap Situation:

Consider using bar soaps and powders that come with less plastic packaging. If you use liquid, buy in bulk and refill soap containers. Search the ingredients of your toothpaste and facial scrubs and stop using anything with microbeads.

10. Get Active in Legislation & Promote Corporate Responsibility:

Join groups like Surfrider, carbon neutral, 5Gyres and Upstream and help advocate for extended producer responsibility laws. Ask businesses to take responsibility for the products and packaging they are putting out into the world.

Thanks, Rooland Team!