Next week we are doing a plastic free week here in Say HI to Sustainability. Both the Norway and Brazil team are joining this challenge, and we are all very excited. The reason we are doing this is to become more aware of the plastic we are using every day, and how we can try to minimize it. Everyone uses so much unnecessary plastic and we are sure that we can change our daily habits and consume less of these things. Another aim is to raise awareness about the problems with single-use plastic and inspire other people to join our mission to make the world a bit more sustainable.
With our project we have a great possibility to compare the challenges of going plastic free in Norway and Brazil and we are sure we can learn a lot from doing this comparison. Of course, we also have a lot of assumptions before doing this, and it will be really exciting to see if these are right, or completely wrong!
Our challenge will only last for one week, and this is because we are comparing Norway and Brazil. To do this in a beneficial way we had to choose a period where we have as similar schedules as possible. Most of the time we have very different schedules and next week ended up being the best time to do it. It should be said though, that we will reflect over this week and try to implement the changes we can.
Next week we will update you about our plastic-free week as well as give tips and inspiration on how you can decrease your use of plastic. This will be shared on our Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to follow us there! If you want to join us, use our hashtag #Saybyetoplastic
- Single-use plastic (plastic straws, forks, knives, take-a-way boxes, dental floss, plastic wrapping, plastic bags, plastic bottles or teabags made of plastic or containing plastic)
- Lunch boxes made of plastic (take-out/single use)
- Small zip-lock plastic bags
- New cosmetics, toothpaste or any products containing or sold in plastic
- Buying anything containing or wrapped in plastic.
- Trying to reduce our car-use (Uber in Brazil)
- Plastic wraps for left-overs (use containers instead).
- Using shampoo, toothpaste and other cosmetics that we already own until it runs out. It would not be environment-friendly to throw it all out.
- Plastic and containers on food we already have bought.
- Clothing we own from before even if it contains microplastic.
- Remember to use reusable shopping bags, bottles and coffecups 😀
What we are excited and concerned about
Renato: I am concerned about not being able to buy cold table- and dairy products. What I’m most excited about is seeing how much plastic waste we can avoid in just one week.
Yousra: My concern is that I will get bored with the plast-free food after a while (+ NOT BEING ABLE TO HAVE TACOFREDAG). Still, I am very excited to understand how much plastic we consume daily and how we will creatively avoid it.
Eirin: I can’t buy bread, and that will suck because it’s my breakfast and lunch. On the other hand, it will be really cool to go all in for making a less impact on the enviroment.
Hanna: I use contact-lenses and do not see a good way to solve that, so that will be my biggest concern. It is also a bummer that milk cartons contain plastic since I love milk. For me this week will be all about discovering and checking out plastic free solutions. I’m also excited about seeing how difficult it is to replace the things containing plastic.
We are very excited to do this challenge and take our part in reducing plastic consumption! Next week we will be active on Facebook and Instagram – so be sure to check out our other channels as well. Stay tuned for more!
Written by: Yousra Makanse, Renato Albernaz, Hanna Jacobsen and Eirin Heddeland
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