Disclaimer: (1) This is not meant to be judgmental or make you feel guilty. I am 46-years-old and this is a slow, methodical, work-in-progress. (2) Living on 1.5 incomes (my hubby works full-time and I work part-time and am a stay-at-home-parent), it’s an investment upfront. To help soften the upfront costs, I ask for the reusable items for presents when I can and the other items I buy when we have a little extra money, like when we get our tax returns!
In addition to being a photographer, I put a lot of effort into being kind to the earth, environmentally friendly, organic, etc. Since we live on 1.5 incomes (for the most part), it can be daunting and expensive to live this way. Sometimes I get discouraged and think, I need to do more, but I can’t afford it or to be honest, I just don’t know where to start. There is SO much that we do out of convenience and we’ve been trained to just throw it away (out of site, out of mind)…UGH….but sadly, it’s killing animals and our planet, so really, it’s not out of mind and we can’t ignore it anymore.
So I decided to document what I HAVE done lately rather than focus on what I haven’t done. This has been done over time, and I have SO many other things to conquer, but here is part of my quest to go plastic-free (or as free as possible) in my home!
Plastics are BAD for the earth, and if you want to learn more just Google it - you’ll find all kinds of reasons to avoid plastics. Almost everything you buy is in plastic. Sure, we can recycle it (mostly) BUT recycling facilities are becoming overwhelmed, so what do we do? Well, we make conscious choices BEFORE we buy. Say whuuuut? Well, take a look at things we’ve swapped out in our house to eliminate the need to even recycle.
Please Note: these prices are estimates from Amazon and may vary depending on quantity and size. We buy a lot of these products from “Zero Waste or Bulk Stores” - you may not have these in your area, but you can buy stuff online if you want. Check out this one located in Colorado https://www.thezeromarket.com
Yep, we’ve all seen the pictures of trash dumps filling up with the popular K-cups cups. To learn more about why you should stop using them, check this out https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/k-cups-are-bad
This is a GREAT way to eliminate plastic liquid soap/facial scrub/lotion dispensers for ever! Small investment upfront, but it saves money in the end - AND it’s kind to the earth!
Glass Tupperware! Yes, I know the lids are plastic, so consider this a work-in-progress. If you have a solution for the lids, please let me know :)
These are one of my FAVORITE new finds! Yea, they are pricy upfront, so I asked for a bunch for my birthday and Christmas! They are dishwasher safe too! Buy a few at a time and just wash them until you have an ample supply. The “Stasher” brand (the blue one below) are the best and don’t leak!
Basically STOP BUYING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES! Sorry, but this has been a known problem for decades…metal water bottles are all the rage anyway and they’re SO much prettier/fun!
Straws…yep, it’s a newer discovery, but plastic straws wreak havoc on our oceans and wildlife. Unless you have alternative needs and have to use straws and/or if your kids can’t live without them, try stainless steel straws. You can also buy bamboo and paper straws too - it’s nice to have choices, huh?
Yes, this is made of plastic (boo) and until I can find one that’s not, it will just have to do. These water filters are great b/c they filter out all the crap in tap water, but this one also ionizes the water (creates more alkaline water). If you’re not sure about the benefits of ionized/alkaline water, Google it - you’ll be amazed! Plus, this also eliminates the need to buy individual plastic water bottles :)