by Tammy Taylor~
‘Plastic-Free July’ is where folks around the world see how far they can go in shunning plastic in their day-to-day lives. Y’all know me, I’m all over that action!
I don’t plan to achieve a 100% plastic free life. But I do plan to use this month to take special notice of the plastic that comes into our home & refuse it for better options when possible. It’s more about the awareness than attaining perfection anyway.
So c’mon – join the pledge with me and see what you can do to shun plastic for the month of July, ya wanna?? You might (like me) be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is & what other options you have. To celebrate plastic-Free July I’m sharing the 5 zero-waste products I love most that help me eliminate plastic from my life and from our environment.
I’ve learned that little things you do each day can make a big impact. One of the things I push back against most is plastic. Dang it’s everywhere! So last year was my first year to pledge a Plastic-Free July. I had some successes and some failures. But I learned from those failures and I’m super-charged by the successes. This year I’ll go for it again!
Some of the items listed below are things where I’m just using what I already have in another way to take the place of a plastic product, such as using my grandmother’s Corning Ware to store leftovers in the fridge. Others I’ve purchased because I’d rather use them than their plastic counterparts such as my stainless steel straw. Yet others I’ve purchased because not only do they eliminate a bit of plastic from my life, but also end up saving me oodles of money on recurring plastic such as my glass water bottle.
Keep in mind that some of these items contain affiliate links. If you click on one of the links preceded by as asterisk (*) I may receive a small commission if you buy something. BUT your price will not be changed & it has no bearing on my recommendation! Sound good? Good! On to my faves:
Ways I Lower Our Plastic Waste
*Stainless Straw – Plastic straws are becoming more & more problematic. But I just feel better drinking from a straw after a negative experience at a restaurant. So this is one place I’d always just turne a blind eye in the past. Then I decided to buy my own stainless steel straw. I must say I LOVE IT! And I’ve bought the larger smoothie-type straws too so RancherMan & I can enjoy those icy-cold watermelon daiquiris during the hot summer months using a reusable straw.
*Glass Water Bottle – I drink lots of water and it’s my day-to-day beverage of choice. But ugh – no plastic water bottles, they’re such a waste! And buying bottled water just doesn’t make sense when it’s typically not even regulated like your tap water is. So more often than not I’m sporting my own glass bottle filled with my very own (very cheap) filtered water instead.
*Stainless Tumbler – Sometimes a girl wants a hot beverage. RancherMan did his research & found these Ozark Trail tumblers from Wal-Mart fared nearly as well as the oh-so-expensive name-brand ones. We bought them to give them a test run. I must say I’ve been very impressed. We have both the larger 30-oz as well as the smaller 20-oz sized tumblers. But it’s not just for hot beverages. When it’s hot-hot-hot outside I’ll fill my larger-sized tumbler with ice & filtered water & drink icy water all day long without needing to keep refilling it with ice. Sometimes when I set my tumbler aside and go to bed at night, I’ll find there’s still ice in the water the next morning. Awesome!
Beeswax Wraps – I never used plastic wrap much anyway, but then I discovered beeswax wraps. So now instead of reaching for the blasted plastic cling film, I reach for a beeswax wrap. I wrap the item or bowl, press & hold the wrap gently and the warmth from my hands shapes it around the food. I love that it’s natural so I’ve started making my own since we’re now beekeepers (I often sell them on my online store too, check it out, y’all.)
*Corning Ware Glass Food Storage – I prefer to store my food in glass when possible. Not only is it a preference for me from a health standpoint, but I can cook/store/reheat in the same glass dish. Less dishes to wash = happy cook! I have my grandmother’s vintage Pyrex Dishes that I use. But you can still buy glass CorningWare or Pyrex online too.
Other Easy Low-Waste Steps
Not all of my push against plastic involves NO plastic but it does significantly reduce what I need, use & throw away. Such things as my low-waste Toothbrush where only the bristles are replaced, or my Deodorant Hack that uses a repurposed spray bottle. Or making my own Face Powder or using a real honest-to-goodness safety razor instead of those disposable plastic ones. There are LOTS of easy ways just about anyone can push back against plastic!
Check out the Environmental Tag to see various ways I easily cut waste on a day-to-day basis. What about you? What are some of your favorites?
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