Updated: Feb 2, 2019
Welcome! You are here. You've answered the call. You want to do something for the environment and future generations of humankind.
But how? Plastic is everywhere. Even as I type this my fingers are hitting plastic laptop keys. Lent starts March 6, how does one actually give up plastics?
First, don't throw away your tupperware. Even if you can afford to replace all the plastics in your house, don't do it. The problem is plastics are going into the environment. Use the plastics you have and recycle them when they come to the end of their lives. The goal is to not buy any new plastics during Lent, which also means it's okay to reuse an item or buy one second hand.
Second, Reduce before Recycle. If you are replacing an item think about where it will end up once you are done with it. Like if you need to buy a new toothbrush, buy a wooden one instead of plastic. Also, buy in bulk where you can. I love cosmetic samples and snack packs but they create a ton of plastic waste. So to prepare before lent you can buy some bulk items like dried beans.
Third, be realistic. If you are a single parent holding down a job and juggling a baby, currently there is no good alternative to disposable diapers. (Seriously, someone invent something better.) However, can still participate in Lenten Plastics. You can make a difference by bringing your own grocery bags and refusing straws. If you forget, forgive yourself. Our modern society makes nearly impossible to go completely plastic free. Even naked fresh vegetables have plastic tags. So what I propose is to make allowances. If you don't have an option to not buy plastic then at the end of Lent either donate to a program that cleans up plastic or (if you are living close to your means like me) go and personally clean up plastics in a local park.
We will have more posts on preparing for a plastic free lent as March approaches, but you don't have to wait practice these principles now.