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A few months ago I watched a documentary called Chasing Coral on Netflix. I had never really thought about the plastic pollution problem, and it made me realize that the things I spend money on, especially grocery shopping, was in my control.
The next day I went through my entire kitchen puling out everything that was plastic. I went to my local thrift store for glass containers, and I started saving glass jars from my food supply and recycled them as my new food storage and pantry containers.
I purchased a few things to help me sustainable and plastic free in the future:
Reusable grocery bags– these are my favorite! They hold 35 lbs and I’ve had them for a few years and they hold up and wash very well! https://amzn.to/3gyMgrA
Bulk produce bags- These are great mesh bags in different sizes so it’s easy to use when filling up your bags and keep your goods organized. https://amzn.to/2ZHeJ7P
A gallon glass pitcher – I love making my own oat milk, fruit infused water, and iced teas. This pitcher is perfect! https://amzn.to/2Az0itZ
A stainless steel water bottle.- I take this everywhere! And the stainless steel keeps my water cold. https://amzn.to/31LWAIO
I recycled all my plastic bags at the grocery store, gave some kitchen supplies to friends, and donated the rest. Now if I do forget my reusable bags, I just use paper and either recycle them or use them to wrap gifts around the holidays.
It made me realize how many things in my life revolve around plastic and how accustomed I got to using it on a daily basis. After purging all I had it really made me appreciate what I have. Now I use glass or stainless steel for everything. I’m learning how to make my own bath and beauty products also and will post my recipes once I am comfortable with them and have been using them for a bit.
The photos above are from my own sugar scrub…..recipe here make your own sugar scrub
Here are 25 easy tips you can do to start living plastic free as well, and save money in the process.
- Shop second hand for glass containers, tins, and meal prep containers.
- Shop second hand stores for clothing, furniture, and home goods too. You’ll spend a fraction of the price and less impact on the environment.
- Use reusable shopping bags, keep one in your purse, keep a few in your car.
- Use a stainless steel or reusable water bottle.
- Buy in bulk to save money and packaging.
- Cook from scratch, processed food is unhealthy and more expensive.
- Use a recycled tumbler and take it with you to the coffee shop, or better yet make your own coffee at home.
- Loose tea is cheaper than bagged, and less waste.
- Make your own cleaners, laundry detergents, toothpaste, deodorant, sugar scrub, and more at home. Try these Diy recipes on the blog I use! https://noshwithchefjulie.com/category/diy-natural-home-bath-and-beauty/
- Go no poo…no shampoo or conditioner and do the baking soda and apple cider vinegar method. Your hair will be shiny, clean, and healthy without all those chemicals, and you’ll wash your hair less often. I wash my hair once a week doing this. Recipe here https://noshwithchefjulie.com/2019/08/01/diy-shampoo-and-conditioner/
- Clean up your living space with plants to cleanse the air…..and open your windows once and while. The air inside can be worse than the air outside.
- Combine errands together to save time and gas.
- Save spaghetti and salsa jars for food storage, yogurt containers work well also.
- Clean your mirrors and windows with vinegar and water. 50/50 ratio works great. The vinegar smell disappears once its dry and no streaks!
- If your errands are less than 1 mile away, walk there. You’ll get great exercise and save on gas.
- Take your bike to run errands instead of your car.
- Work closer to home.
- Learn to sew and mend your clothes.
- Stop using paper napkins and towels. Re purpose old towels into napkins, dish cloths, and cleaning rags.
- Have a clothing swap with friends instead of buying new.
- Have a potluck with your friends to save money on going out.
- Bring your own Tupperware container to a restaurant to take home leftovers.
- Stop using disposable items like one use razors, cutlery, dishes, cups, etc. Use metal, glass, ceramic, bamboo, and try using a safety razor.
- Have a date night in with yourself or significant other. Stay up and look at the stars, take a walk, have a picnic in the park, or grill outside. Go to the library and check out free movies. Look up free events in your town/ community center, free museum days, or go for a hike together.
- Use what you have, fix what you own, borrow what you can, or do without.