Last month I participated in Plastic Free July (PFJ), an annual challenge to reduce and educate people on plastic’s harmful effects on our environment. While I’m already working to reduce my waste year-round, I have never participated in PFJ or publicly held myself accountable for minimizing my plastic. It wasn’t as easy as I initially thought, I had to say no to some of my food cravings and had to think twice before leaving the house. Though I did not fully refrain from buying plastic, I definitely consumed less than I normally would.
Are you ever at a restaurant and overhear the girl at the next table asking for her water without a straw? Well, that’s me!
In 2015, my cousin shared an article profiling Lauren Singer, a Brooklyn woman and blogger at Trash is for Tossers, and since then I’ve become more environmentally conscious and dedicated to reducing my waste. If Lauren, who lives in New York City, a pretty dirty place, can produce zero waste, then I could too.