Thursday, September 17, 2015

Eco Friendly Alternatives to Plastic

You know sometimes when an issue shows up in front of you from several different angles and you can't help but notice? I've had "The Problem With Plastics" show up in my email, a magazine at lunch the other day, while talking to a friend, and now I can't stop thinking about the micro bead problem, or the plastic covering the ocean, or how I could go about reducing my own plastic usage. I like to think I'm pretty good, but just a few key things could make me better, easily.

Often it's easier to just use the disposable option. The other option requires planning and thinking ahead. But if I carried my own little bamboo spork (they're not infinitely reuasable, but certainly better than plastic), a small jar or other container, and some cotton produce bags in my regular shoulder bag, I could probably cut down on a lot of my disposable plastic usage. And the funny thing is that it probably won't even seem strange here in Portland. Oh Portland, I do love that weirdness elsewhere is just business as usual here.

Want to make your own switch to less plastic? Here's some easy crafts to help you.

DIY Produce Bags from Well Nesting

Re-usable cotton produce bag for bulk  bins, lettuce, or farmer's market shopping. Tutorial from Well Nester.

Crocheted Drawstring Sacs from The Art of Zen Crochet

Another option for produce and general shopping is a crochet bag, like this pattern and tutorial from The Art of Zen Crochet.

Reusable Snack Bags & Sandwhich Wraps from Better Homes & Gardens

As an alternative to ziplock bags, try some re-usable snack bags or sandwich wraps like these from Better Homes & Gardens.

Homemade Cling Wrap DIY from Nourishing Joy

This tutorial from Nourishing Joy shows how to make natural, water-resistant oil cloth from cotton fabric and beeswax. It can be used for all kinds of plastic alternatives, including cling wrap.

I've already warned J that I may be slightly more embarrassing than usual as I figure out how to ask people to use my convenient, re-usable container at restaurants, the grocery store, and anywhere else I can think of to eliminate my disposable plastic.

All photos in this post belong to their respective and linked sites.

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