52 Weeks, 52 Challenges: Week 6

Waves Of Change, For Our Oceans

For 52 weeks, we will be introducing a new challenge to better the environment each week. A new goal will be set forth to add on to the previous weeks goal and after one year, you will have 52 lifestyle changes that will better the environment.

Everyone starts a new year with a resolution. But at Sea Voice News, we want everyone’s year to be much bigger than one resolution. Picture this as a snowball rolling down a mountain. At the top, it’s one small singular snowball. But as it starts rolling down the mountain, it adds more and more snow till it becomes massive. Week 1 is the top of the mountain and week 52 is the bottom. By the time we all reach week 52, our snowball will be one big change in the way we live our lives. It will be a real change to fighting the negative impact humans have on the environment.

Each week, our new goal will give us a chance to make a significant impact on the environment while not having to change our lifestyles too much. The reality of our society is that it does not take a lot to make an impact. This challenge will give you the opportunity to set weekly goals and continue to build on the them throughout the year.

So without further ado, introducing the goal for week 6….

Buy fresh produce without plastic!

Grocery stores are one of the worst producers in plastic waste.  When we go grocery shopping at the store, the stores pack a good amount in plastic or provide plastic to be packed in by you.

While packaging is helpful and often necessary for keeping food fresh, uncontaminated, and easy to transport, anyone wanting to reduce their household trash knows what a nightmare it is to come home with thin plastic produce bags that get thrown out as soon as fruit meets the fruit bowl.

It is entirely possible to reduce the amount of plastic you purchase through your produce but it does take some organizing. Below are some tips for you in how to reduce what you bring home with you from the store

1. Refuse extra plastic bags to put individual produce in. Any grocery store you go to will offer a roll of plastic bags for you to toss your tomatoes, apples or anything else you are purchasing in. You can easily avoid usage of these by not packing the fruit individually or even bringing your own small cotton bags to place items in.

2. Avoid little items such as twist ties, bread tags, plastic code stickers, and receipts. Even the littlest of items are causing havoc on our ocean. These items so easily end up in our waterways and are consumed by animals.

3. Avoid items that are bulked together in plastic packaging for convenience. It makes sense that the items you want are already wrapped together nicely for you, but it is huge waste. Majority of the time, these items will cost the exact same if you buy without the packaging. Bypass that extra Styrofoam and plastic and go purchase the 6 apples without any of the unnecessary packaging.

4.  Be prepared to refuse items based on packaging. This can be hard, especially if you’re craving whatever comes on a plastic-wrapped Styrofoam tray, but that whole packaging combo is a bad idea – and a whole lot of unnecessary trash in your house once that craving is satisfied.

5. Bring your canvas bags and jars with you to store items. This step can make a huge difference in our plastic waste.

Grocery stores package items to add to their shelf live. This also means that the food you are buying is less nutritious. The longer the process takes for your food to get from root to plate, the less nutritious it will be. By buying produce that is not packaged, you will be doing your self a favor as well.

Check out weeks 1-5 below!

Week 1: Go Straw Free!

Week 2: Pick Up One Piece Of Trash Per Day!

Week 3: Stop Using Single Use Coffee Cups

Week 4: Replace Plastic Bags With Reusable

Week 5: Reduce Your Food Waste!

Comment below and let us know the change you will be making!

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