I live a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle, making every effort within my power to follow the steps I can control for a life without plastic. But even with my best intentions, me, and every other human on this planet (zero waste or otherwise) produces an unavoidable plastic footprint. 

Plastic has been built into the very fiber of our society. So, even when we make the effort of buying in bulk, use plastic-free bags, take to-go in reusables, or clean our homes with non-toxic and biodegradable products … there is plastic hidden in every step.
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THE PLASTIC PROBLEM

Reuse, reduce, recycle, is the mantra most of us have committed to, but we can’t follow our footprint to its grave, and the reality is that less than nine percent of plastic gets recycled in the end. 

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Diverting our hundreds of thousands of tons of plastic pollution thousands of miles to India, Thailand, and Malaysia is about as useful as diverting leftovers by hiding it under a mattress. It's still there rotting away, even if you can't see it. Adding to the pile-up of atrocities which makes the West the world's big bad bullies.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

The first step in taking responsibility for our plastic footprint is understanding our impact, and luckily, social enterprise rePurpose has come up with a way for us to measure that. Once we understand what our contribution to pollution is, and we offset the unavoidable plastics our society forces upon us, we can work in habits of waste reduction which will help us control all we can.

STEP 1
DISCOVER YOUR ‘PLASTIC FOOTPRINT’

Being aware of the waste we cannot avoid, while concurrently supporting recycling systems that handle it, an essential step as our society attempts to move towards a circular economy that is both fair and efficient. 

This is where rePurpose comes in, upgrading you to a 'reBalancer' once you’ve signed up to their platform. They understand that empowering waste workers to deal with the mess we’ve made is the first step of investing in the circular economy of the future. 

By clicking HERE to take their 3-minute interactive survey you will discover your own personal plastic footprint and how to take responsibility for it (come back here after for the next steps).

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STEP 2
#GoPlasticNeutral & OFFSET YOUR PLASTIC FOOTPRINT

As you saw at the end of the survey, the estimated footprint offered by rePurpose helps you offset your plastic pollution by taking responsibility for a vetted waste worker organization who will collect the equivalent plastic your annual actions create. 

The system rePurpose has established, which I believe we should all support, helps intercept waste before it turns into pollutants. Simultaneously, it ensures waste workers are paid fairly for collecting, cleaning and processing waste sent to the recycling.

Through their program, rePurpose is investing in positive plastic processing systems which establish product-recovery models grounded in the circular economy principles we need for the present and future.

(if you skipped the 3-minute interactive survey In STEP 1, Click HERE now to discover your ‘Plastic Footprint’ and invest in this circular economy)

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STEP 3
REDUCING YOUR PLASTIC WASTE

There could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by July 2042, so reducing your plastic output wherever you can, is a paramount part of the process as well. 

rePurpose offers bi-weekly tips beyond the zero waste hacks I’m offering, personalized to your unique footprint and where you are geographically. To help you along your journey, I thought I’d also share the ‘this-not-that’ swaps I’ve welcomed into my life to control what I can in terms of personal output. 

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I've got a VIDEO with my top ‘zero waste’ swaps HERE, and my friend Kathryn of Going Zero Waste just published a book titled '101 Ways To Go Zero Waste' with even more guidance to offer.
OUT AND ABOUT
Reusable Coffee Mug vs Disposable Coffee Mug read more >
Reusable Water Bottle vs Disposable Water Bottle read more >
Reusable Product Bags vs Disposable Produce Bags read more >
Reusable Bag vs Single Use Bag read more >
Biodegradable Chewing Gum vs Conventional Chewing Gum read more > 
Reusable Straw vs Plastic Straw read more > 

BATHROOM 
Reusable Safety Razor vs Disposable Razors read more >
Bamboo Toothbrush vs Plastic Toothbrush read more >
Reusable Cutlery vs Disposable Cutlery read more >
Shampoo Bar vs Shampoo Bottle read more >
Conditioner Cube vs Conditioner Bottle read more >
Bar Of Soap vs Bodywash In Bottle read more >
Mooncup vs Tampons read more >
Reusable Qtip vs Qtips read more >
Toothpaste Tabs vs Toothpaste Tube read more >
Biodegradable Dental Floss vs Nylon Dental Floss read more >
Eco-Friendly Toilet Paper vs Virgin Toilet paper read more >

BEAUTY 
Glass Cased Beauty Products vs Plastic Cased Beauty Products read more >
Lipgloss In Biodegradable Case vs Plastic Cased Lipgloss read more >
Zero Waste, Toxic-Free Makeup vs Plastic Cased Makeup read more >
Wooden Hairbrush vs Plastic Hairbrush read more >
Plastic-Free Hair Elastics vs Plastic Hair Elastics read more > 
Reusable Cotton Rounds vs Disposable Cotton Rounds read more >

KITCHEN / HOME
Beeswax Wrap vs Plastic Wrap read more >
Stasher Bags vs Ziplock Bags read more >
Stainless Steel Containers vs Plastic Containers read more >
French Press vs Coffee Maker read more >
Teatowels vs Kitchen Roll read more >
Charcoal Water Filter vs Plastic Water Filter read more > 
Compostable Sponges vs Plastic Sponges read more >
Wooden Cleaning Brushes vs Plastic Cleaning Brushes read more > 
Coconut Husk Scrapers vs Plastic Based Scapers read more >
Stop Microplastics Guppy Bag vs Polluting The Ocean With Your Plastic Fashions read more > 

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SPONSORED POST: This post was sponsored by rePurpose. The story, including all content, experiences, suggestions, and opinions, are my own. 
PHOTOS: SHANE WOODWARD