WHY TAKE THE CHALLENGE?
Plastic not only harms the environment but also our health with all the toxic chemical additives added to it. Reducing it in one’s life might seem like an overwhelming task since plastic is practically everywhere. Therefore, to ease the transition to a plastic-free life and make the task less daunting. We have come up with the 30 Day Plastic-Free Challenge to help reduce plastic in our lives considerably.
The challenge consists of a series of resolutions that target one daily use plastic item that ranks high in toxicity as well and replacing it with a plastic-free alternative . As part of the challenge it’s not just you who takes the resolutions but you also get to nominate 5 others to take up the challenge so that the plastic-free wave spreads!
It's time to take care of your health and your loved ones health.
Time to take the pledge of IBanPlastic from my life
And take the Do-No Trash 30 Day Plastic-Free Challenge to begin your plastic free journey!
SAY NO TO PLASTIC BAGS
Carry your own cloth or jute bag, and say no to plastic carry bags from today. If a grocery or vegetable vendor offers a plastic bag, ask them to take it back and fill your cloth back instead. This simple resolution can have a huge impact on so many issues - your health, your family's health, environmental pollution, flooding, economy etc.
SAY NO TO PLASTIC
Plastic bottles have known to leach BPA and pthalates(chemicals proven to mimic our hormones) in the water stored in them. What's the healthier choice? Water stored in a metal container ofcourse! This is the healthiest resolution you can take. Time to gift yourself and your family that metal bottle!
SWITCH TO BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSH
Concerned about where your toothbrush ends up? Worry no more! Bamboo Toothbrushes and natural wood brushes come to your rescue or you can switch to the good old Daatun(neem wood stick)!
You can find natural wood/ bamboo toothbrushes online or if you reside in Dehradun you can find these toothbrushes at the Do-No Trash Eco-Store.
SAY NO TO STYROFOAM
The widespread use of thermocol / styrofoam for packaging and at large events and gatherings is worrying. When styrofoam is burnt, it releases styrene, a cancer-causing substance. When food or drink is served in styrofoam, styrene leaches. Styrofoam can't be recycled.
Lets take this resolution to Say No To Styrofoam / Thermocol from today.
SAY NO TO PLASTIC STRAWS
Straws are one of the most used plastic disposables and the ones that can be easily avoided. Easiest way is to avoid the usage of straw and sip smart or use a steel straw.
Clingwrap has very high content of toxic chemicals. Doctors in several developed countries are now advising people to #QuitClingWrap. If you or your family members are suffering from thyroid, depression, cancers or any hormonal issues, its best to avoid food that has come in contact with cling wrap. Alternative include food wrapping paper, plain cloth or cloth coated with beeswax.
This resolution is to all the men out there! Shaving is a must (unless you grow a beard) but using single-use razors is not . So this Resolution is all about making sustainable and environment friendly razor choices! Here are your options, ordered by the DNT scores..
1) Grow a beard.
2) Go to your Nayi/barber.
3) Use safety razors.
4) Use electric razors.
5) Use cartridge razors.
The best a man can get ought to be best for the environment too!!
SWITCHING TO SUSTAINABLE MENSTRUATION
We wrap up the 30 Day Plastic Challenge by talking about Sustainable Menstruation. Menstruation sustains life, and we can manage it sustainably.NewAge menstrual choices offer healthy and SafeAlternatives to SayNoToDisposableSanitaryPads.
1. Cloth pads from Ecofemme, Soch, Femy.
2. Menstrual cups from multiple brands.
These can save you a lot of money!