Reading the book "Plastic Free" by Beth Terry has been an eye-opening experience. I already have a business making alternatives to plastic, but there is so much more that I would like to change on a personal level.
To hold myself accountable and to maybe share some practical, inexpensive and maybe even fun ways to substitute for plastic in our everyday lives, I'm going to periodically post plastic swaps I find that work for me.
I'm not talking about anything radical like washing my hair with baking soda--I'm looking for normal, nontoxic products without plastic packaging. Or with less plastic packaging. Or with recycled content. Products that may contain plastic but were purchased second hand, or contain some plastic but are reusable alternatives to disposables (like my waterproof snack baggies.) Manageable changes.
I'm a firm believer in taking small steps toward big changes. Am I going to change the world? Of course not. But doing *something* is a whole heck of a lot better than doing nothing.
Maybe some of these suggestions will work for you too and we can start putting a dent in the massive amount of plastic that ends up in our landfills every day.
Would you like to join me on this journey? Share any changes that you've made or suggestions in the comments! Let me get started with a change I made just this week.
Mints took the place of gum. Plastic packaging, I knew about. The tin of mints, though shrink-wrapped in some plastic, is something I can reuse organizing small items in my studio, or recycle. What I did not know was that most all gum is plastic. As in what I was chewing WAS PLASTIC. Ewww, gross. No thank you. I'll use these peppermints for a mid-day freshening instead.
Small steps to being a more responsible citizen of our planet. I promise not to be preachy about it, just spreading some good plastic-free karma in the blogosphere!
I wish I knew who to credit with the quotation, but my favorite line these days goes something like this: "A year from now you'll be glad you started today."
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.