What I Learned From “Plastic-free July”: A Zero-Waste Life

Image: İdil Bike Miftakhov

Image: İdil Bike Miftakhov

Most of the parents are self-sacrificing, devoted. They make sacrifices for education, comfort, needs and demands; therefore they make sacrifices for us, children but that won’t be substantial because our future is behind a mist, an exhaust smoke. Nine of ten people breathe polluted air, which kills seven million people every year. You may say that you care about your children but that is not consistent when you bury your future’s grave with a plastic shovel day by day.

This month that we are letting behind was plastic-free July. If you ask to people who didn’t try to live a plastic-free month the reason why, you most probably will face answers that mentioning that it sounded difficult, even impossible or their lifestyle wasn’t convenient to not-to-live without plastic. If you didn’t try to minimize your plastic usage, ask yourself why; once you confess and be honest to yourself you will see the importance of this month which isn’t hard at all. It is something that every ordinary person can do without a lot of effort- not just a plastic-free month but a zero-waste life because decreasing your plastic usage for one month and then doing nothing about it when the month ends is putting all the good changes you made to the bin with all your plastics that aren’t reusable. Small changes, start with them. In a little time, small changes that you made will cause great differences. Small changes like using reusable coffee cups buying food from the farmer’s market in order to stop using single-use plastic shopping bags and avoiding pre-packed breads, rolls and baked goods, plastic trays used for meat and fish. Stop buying single-use plastic straws and plastic water bottles. When you celebrate an event, have you ever noticed where does all those blasted balloons and decorations go when you are finished using them? An average American person produces approximately 4.4 pounds of trash per person per day!

Step by step, bigger changes will replace them. Downsizing and focusing on having only the things that are truly necessary is important. It isn’t going to help only the environment, by this way you won’t be spending unnecessarily and once you start replacing home-made foods instead of packages ones, you will live healthier which is living happier. Also, making your own products is both enjoyable, healthier and you can diminish your plastic usage.

Put aside your comfort and start making changes in your life that will lead to environmental development.