Basal Challenge Week #5

Week #5! Hard to believe 5 weeks have gone by!

It is really so inspirational to not only hear all the positive feedback about the challenge, but also the differences it is making in people’s lives. That makes me SO happy.  Thanks again, and keep up the good work! (The prize will be announced this week!)

The Basal Evolution Challenge for Week #5 is to try to cut out plastic from your life as much as possible.

I was completely inspired by a  book I picked up at Barnes and Noble the other day called “Plastic Free.” After reading, I found out the author started a blog called “My Plastic Free Life.” The writer has committed to stop buying any new plastic…and has pretty much rocked it out.

Here are a few tips from this awesome guide….(you have to check out that link, Beth Terry is amazing).

1. Carry re-usable shopping bags (super cute ones...ECO Bags and Project Green Bag). 2. Give up bottled water. 3. Shop your local Farmer’s Market. 4. Say no to plastic produce bags. 5. Buy from bulk bins when possible. 6. Cut out sodas, juice, and other plastic bottled beverages. 7. Buy fresh bread that comes in paper or no bags. Return containers used for berries, tomatoes, etc. to the Farmers Market to re-use. 8. Bring your own container for meat/deli. 9. Choose milk in returnable glass bottles. 10. Stop buying frozen convenience foods. 11. Give up chewing gum (did you know it was made from plastic???) 12. Carry lunches in reusable stainless steel containers or cloth bags. 13. Avoid non-stick cookware. 14. Can or dehydrate foods, or avoid plastic storage bags (really cool cloth bags are found here). 15. Make your own snacks (most all snacks come in plastic bags!). 16. Compost food waste. 17. Clean with vinegar and water. 18. Use powdered dish detergent in a cardboard box. 19. Use natural cleaning cloths instead of synthetic sponges.

20. When you do use plastic, recycle it!!

Obviously some are easier than others…Some are quite extreme. Just pick and choose what works best for you. Even if it is just one thing…such as bringing re-usable bags to the grocery store…a little bit of plastic saved per family can make a BIG difference in the long run. It is amazing to read about all the uses for plastic…and all the places it is found!  I was totally unaware!

Why should you reduce your plastic use??

One reason was found on this website…”How big is our plastic problem? Of the 30 million tons of plastic waste generated in the U.S. in 2009, only 7 percent  was recovered for recycling. This plastic waste ends up in landfills, beaches, rivers and oceans and contributes to such devastating problems as the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, a swirling vortex of garbage the size of a continent where plastic outnumbers plankton.”

And this website….”And there are increasing reports on the human health effects of chemicals used in plastic products. Let’s also not forget that plastic is made from petroleum, which is a non-renewable resource.”

And check out the health effects of chemicals used in plastics here (Don’t re-heat your food in plastic-ware!!).

My personal goals this week are to bring re-usable bags to the grocery store, stop using plastic produce bags, stop purchasing chewing gum, and also zip-lock lunch baggies.

Shoot me a text, email, or comment below to let me know your goals!

Cheers and happy evolving!

remember your two options for your evolution challenge:

A is the easiest. Pick and choose as you go. B is the path to the prize.

A) Read the post and put the suggested practice into action! Pick the ones you want to use and ignore the ones you don’t!

If you would like to participate for the “final prize” you will need to start racking up the points through your use of…

“likes. shares. posts” 

B) 1.”like” (+1) the “Basal Challenge” of the week on facebook to encourage others to try it as well.

2. “share” (+1) the “Basal Challenge” of the week on facebook to encourage others to try it as well.

3. post a picture (+1)  and a  few words (+1) about your “challenge” experience (on facebook). For example, if the challenge was to “cook more vegetables for dinner this week,” a picture of your dinner plate that has “more vegetables” and a brief summary would count as +2! Individually, a picture or a few words is +1 a piece. You CAN post multiple pictures and/or descriptions during the week (i.e. one weekly challenge can earn you more than 4 points if you post multiple pictures for one challenge. Be sure to relate each picture to the challenge in some way).

If you don’t want to post on facebook, an email with a few words about the challenge (to will be fine and count (+1), as well!

Option B confirms that you participated in the challenge and helps spread the news to others.

The person that likedshared, and posted the most challenges…and ultimately has the most points… will win “the prize!”

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