About VGR & How it Works
Plastic in the environment is bad. We need to reduce the amount of plastic waste we create as consumers–and the associated carbon emissions–fast. For many reasons, plastic pollution is now a major global crisis. To help, more and more people are moving toward a zero-waste, plastic-free lifestyle.
Zero-waste means not making any trash that goes to the landfill or generating things that cannot be recycled or reused.
Many zero-waste households aren’t necessarily completely waste-free yet, but are working toward this goal.
You do this a few ways:
- Buy and reuse sustainable things that don’t come in any packaging
- Be plastic-free: only use/buy things made of eco-friendly materials like natural fibers (such as bamboo), or metal or glass that can be recycled
- Recycle and compost everything else
Plastic is sneaky. It is EVERYWHERE. This website is here to discuss where bad plastic comes from, and how to replace the plastic in your life with more eco-friendly options.
The main sources of plastic pollution found in the ocean today are actually pretty easy to eliminate on an individual level, with some changes to our daily habits. While the corporations who create the garbage hold the bulk of the responsibility, I believe the sum of each individual’s changes matter. “It’s just 1 straw”… said 8 billion people.
So where do you start?
Step 1: Remember the Three Rs
Back in the olden days, people were better about reducing and reusing things in their homes– because they had to. Cheap, disposable plastic stuff wasn’t an option back then.
Remembering the Three Rs is a good way to start reducing plastic right now:
Step 2: Identify your category below & locate the matching tips in each blog post
Read the descriptions below, then locate the matching advice in the blog posts. Each blog post is labeled for the plastic object that it replaces in our lives.
Beginning Bulb: Every great idea starts somewhere. If you’re new to the zero-waste, green-living lifestyle then these options are for you. This category has easy, affordable steps to make simple, meaningful change right now!
Homegrown Green: Home is where hope lives. This category’s for busy families with kids, pets, and folks focused on home life. Creating green habits at home is a great way to engage kids and partners in fun, quality family time!
Individual Inspiration: This isn’t your first ride on the green side. If you’re already a lean, green, pollution-fighting machine then this is for you. Vegan? Duh. Compost? Piece of (worm-eaten) cake. This category’s for well-honed greenies.
Example: “Biodegradable Toothbrush” is a post about replacing plastic toothbrushes. It offers three different tip sections for reducing plastic in your brushing routine–based on your lifestyle needs. It’s filed under “Health & Beauty.” After the tips section, you’ll also find a historical review of that item. This one explains how the toothbrush was invented and evolved into today’s plastic version.
You’ll also see longer posts under the “Origin Story” category. These discuss the history and socio-cultural influences that led us to today’s plastic mess. If you’re into this topic like me, read these!
Otherwise, just look for the shorter, object-based posts to get eco-tips for your lifestyle category.