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You see, I’ve a personal vendetta against plastic and over the last few years have worked diligently to lessen the amount I consume. Yet attempt as I might, I continue to fail in terms of deodorant and my dishwasher.

If you forget to reuse your bags once in a while, that’s okay. It takes time to change a habit. If you have kids, have them remind you to remember to bring your own bags or even put them in charge of remembering and even gathering the bags to take along to the store. Giving a child the responsibility teaches them to the importance of recycling and reducing unnecessary waste.

I love your list of ‘keinplastik free changes to date’ on your website! What are one or two changes that people could start with on their journey to being completely plastic free?

Want to lose weight? Stay motivated! Losing weight is a series of small battles, before the war is won! Needless to say, you definitely need to find a way to remain motivated to come off victorious! Make sure there are things in your program to help you stay on target!

First of all, you should read up on the profession as much as possible. Learn as much as you can about what you will be getting into. Don’t just think about the money or the prestige that may come along with it. Read as much as you can and learn as much as you can, even from people who are already in the profession. You can do this by contacting one of them directly and asking if they will answer a few questions for you when they get time. You may even be able to find a blog or forum online with firsthand accounts from those currently working in the field. This will help you to decide whether or not you are actually cut out to progress in plastic-free this field.

BPA and phthalate are the worst of the plastics — well, probably not the worst, but awfully darned bad — to have in contact with your food. If you were eating fresh, whole foods this wouldn’t be of the least concern to you. But some of the foods we cherish are canned. And, if you are stocking food in your larder for emergency situations, you will rely on canned foods too, unless you are more dedicated than even I am and make all of your own preserved food items, thus controlling what they are stored in.

Some companies place recycling bins at their stores. When customers come back to the store they can bring their bags and recycle them easily. However, the number of bags leaving the store and the number returning are not quite equal with far more going out then coming back.

No matter where you go or what you do on this 69th annual Earth Day, take advantage of the Earth Day freebies, good deals and savings. Save on energy bills by unplugging unused appliances and changing a regular light bulb to a CFL with the coupon savings. Save America from landfill waste by recycling your plastic bags and switching to the many free reusable shopping bags being given out today. Save, save, save. Save money, save the environment.