Although some plastics are recyclable, one time use plastics are an environmental nightmare. Plastic recycling is referred to as “down cycling” because the process is toxic and truly not a solution to plastic pollution. Plastic is broken down into small pieces naturally by light, but never biodegrades or goes “away”. Plastic has been outrageously polluting our oceans, and even found in the bellies of so many animals who have mistaken plastic pieces for food and died from it.
When you begin to notice everything that is packaged in unnecessary plastic, it is a bit overwhelming. Slowly but surely I’ve been replacing my consumable items with plastic free packaging, and making new changes to living a more plastic free life. I am also slowly noticing more and more companies get on board with plastic free and more eco-friendly packaging. Here are a few new plastic free finds for home and personal care.
Making your own home cleaners are a great way to minimize plastic. You can easily make a very effective DIY Multipurpose Household Cleaner or even try one of my newly revisited favorites Bon Ami. Bon Ami is a fabulous eco-friendly inexpensive polishing cleanser that can be used for cleaning almost anything. Most of all I love that it is inexpensive and plastic free.
More Floss, Less Plastic
Here’s an eco-friendly almost plastic free dental floss that comes in a paper packaging with a tiny plastic bag surrounding the floss inside. The average dental floss contains 40-55 yards of floss. Eco-Dent Gentle Floss contains 100 yards of floss without the unnecessary plastic container. Silk floss is another great compostable option.
Solutions For Food
One of the biggest challenges that I’m finding with going plastic free is how to package and store my organic fruits and vegetables. Currently I have been washing and reusing the plastic produce bags that I already have. I recently discovered a few new items that will make purchasing and storing produce so much easier. Plus these are great options for take out after a dinner out, lunches, and leftovers!
Reusable Produce Bags
I found plastic free reusable produce bags by Mothering Mother. These 100% unbleached cotton bags are very reasonably priced and absolutely perfect! Because plastic is toxic, we really don’t want to have it suffocating or polluting our food. I also LOVE these organic cotton reusable produce bags!
ChicoBag is one of my favorite reusable bags brands. They have a Chico Complete Produce Bag Set which contains three different style produce bags in their line called Produce Stand:
“The Hemp-Cotton blend bag is designed for green beans, nuts, grains and bulk food items. The fabric is a 70 percent hemp, 30 percent cotton blend and is designed to absorb excess moisture and restrict airflow.
The rePETe bag is great for squash, broccoli, carrots and celery because it restricts airflow and locks in moisture.
The Mesh rePETe is ideal for apples, oranges, potatoes, onions and allows ethylene gas, nature’s ripening agent, to escape. Like many of our rePETe products, the rePETe and rePETe Mesh bags are made of 99 percent recycled content.” ~buygreen.com
Lunch, Take Out & Leftovers
These stainless steel food containers by ECOlunchbox are ideal for leftovers and of course lunches. Finally there is something to replace plastic Tupperware. Here is the ECOlunchbox Oval which is a set of three items including a smaller container for sauces, dressings, or other snack items.
Here is a super cute option for carrying your lunch with an ancient Japanese tradition of knotting, folding and twisting with the Furoshiki ECOLunchwrap Kit. This would also make a great gift!
I’m loving these plastic free solutions, and look forward to finding even more eco-friendly options. Any step taken towards consuming less plastic can make a difference! We truly do have to be the change we want to see.
Living plastic-free can seem challenging, but I know there are solutions!
(Images by Dawn Michelle, buygreen.com & ECOlunchbox)