2018 – Living With Less Plastic

In years gone by I would have sat down at my laptop today and made a huge long list of New Year resolutions, most of which I wouldn’t even get close to achieving. I’m an idealist, but in my old age (I turned 35 since last posting) I have come to realise that life is a journey and sometimes it takes a whole to get to where you want to go. Also, as a parent, there’s also this thing called extreme lack of free time.

winter garden

So whilst I could easily list 20 goals for 2018, for this year I’ve decided to keep it simple:

 – Work hard to reduce my personal debt
– Start a saving fund for emergencies (so no credit card spends)
– Work on decluttering our house
– Live with less plastic

I was aware that there were a couple of programmes airing on TV fairly recently that highlighted the plight of the oceans due to our addiction to plastic. Whilst I didn’t catch the programmes, I have seen a few related clips and infographics floating around on social media. It’s been enough to inspire me to try and make a change. 

The more I’ve thought about it, the more I see how pervasive plastic has become in our lives. Especially the non-recyclable stuff that goes straight in the bin, into landfill, and who knows where after that. 

As much as I would love to declare January as a “plastic free month”, in my heart of hearts I know this isn’t possible. So I will start to make a few changes to begin to build momentum:

9 Tips Less Plastic

This is a start, and I hope you’ll join me in living with less plastic 🙂


  1. Gary Bamford says:

    Fantastic read you are spot on for 2018 I live in the cairngorm Highlands of scotland .I too live very qwiet and not see folk for weeks .Having a plan is key enjoy growing and living well

  2. Susan Williams says:

    With you all the way, but I do use Tupperware-type containers for freezing. I’ve had them for years and they’re probably going to see me out which just goes to show how non-biodegradable they are.
    I bought them when it was still acceptable and now I can’t get rid of them. I suppose they’ll end up as some sort of garden container…

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