Although for over a year I have been working hard with my family to live a lifestyle that is kinder to the environment and to our body’s. I have been keeping a personal secret which I cant keep any more if I am to succeed on my pledge to be plastic free during Zero Waste Week.
Without the help of any of my family members, I personally create a massive amount of plastic waste through my empty coke bottles. I have been in denial up until now amount my personal plastic mountain waste and my responsibility to the plastic bottle issues because I always recycle my empty bottles. But unfortunately just recycling them does not cut it and I need to stand up and take responsibility for my actions.
Ok so denial over and I need to look my personal diet coke plastic bottle mountain in the face and change my ways.
The first and the most important thing I am going to do is stop drinking diet coke or any other fizzy drink all together! This is going to be hard because I am so use to just grabbing a bottle when I am thirsty at home or driving the car. But after doing a lot of research on how best to get rid of your diet coke addiction without having either too many side effects or slipping back into your old habits is to have a plan set out with what you are going to drink instead.
- Lemons are great for cleaning your body of bad toxins and when lemon juice is drank first thing in the morning helps kick start your metabolism as well as clean your palate. Because of all these things lemons are also the best fruit to help you cut out your cravings for sugary drinks, drink half the juice of lemon in cold water every time you crave a sugary drink. Do this for 2 – 3 weeks and after this time you will not crave sugary drinks as much or not at all.
- Homemade Flavoured water is cheap and easy to make that can be kept in the fridge for when ever I am thirsty. There are some fantastic recipes but I liked these the best.
- To replace the caffeine hit that I get from diet coke, have a pot of tea brewing all the time. Tea is great caffeinated drink that I can drink either hot with some rice milk or cold as a refreshing drink. Either way I will still get my caffeine pick me up throughout the day.
- Digg my metal reusable bottle out of the cupboard and carry it around with me everywhere. I can fill my bottle with flavoured water or cold tea before I go out and if I run out while I am out and amount I can refill with simple tap water.
So here it is I have faced my addition to diet coke and my plastic bottle waste. I know its not going to be easy to kick my addiction but I am going to put a 100% into it so by the end of Zero Waste Week I will have NO plastic bottles in my recycling bag.
Do you have a secret about the waste you create that you need to stand face to face with?