Day 12 of the Using Less Plastic Challenge

Hi!

So, my newest challenge has been to use less plastic in my life! 

It is amazing how much more plastic I notice daily now that I am aware of the overconsumption of plastics. 

What are some of the ways I’ve been using less plastic?

1. I stopped using disposable plastic silverware, plates, and cups.  I just bring my own reusable ones, or I try not to eat/drink until I have access to reusable ones, or a drinking fountain.  Once, I ate off of my boyfriend’s styrofoam plate with his plastic fork just so as to avoid getting my own.

2. I am using up the skincare and personal care products I already own.  This seems like a no brainer, but I have bought products before just for the sake of buying them.  This way, I am using up the products I own that are in plastic, and while I’m using them up I can attempt to find alternatives to them to buy when they run out (if I need to replace them).

3. I’ve stopped using the plastic shopping bags and now bring reusable bags with me.

4. I bring a reusable travel mug with tea, or water, with me instead of buying a drink.  I no longer buy plastic bottled drinks or drinks that come in a paper cup with a plastic lid and a plastic straw.  This is healthy for me and for the environment.

5. I have started using soap again, and stopped using body wash.

The Places that I Am Working On

1. Finding organic conditioner without harmful ingredients in a glass (or some other non-plastic) container.  I have heard of using baking soda and apple cider vinegar to cleanse hair.  Although I used to like the smell of vinegar when I was younger, I have not been able to stand the smell of it for about three years now, so that is out.  And considering the baking soda, I am not convinced that it would cleanse my hair well enough.  I have dark blond aka “dirty blond” hair that shows even the littlest amount of oil in it.  I co-wash my hair, so, I’m still looking for a conditioner that is good for my health in a glass bottle.  I may be attempting a losing battle here.

2. Pasta without the plastic window.  I have yet to see a box of pasta without that little plastic window in it.  Yet, I believe if companies are able to sell macaroni and cheese boxes without the plastic window, they could very well sell regular pasta without them as well.  This may be another losing battle.

These are just my first couple of ways that I am lowering the amount of plastic that I use in my life.  This is not an overnight, automatic thing, but an ongoing process that I will continue to build on.

Are you trying to use less plastic?  Leave a comment below and tell me the ways you are using less plastic!

Have a sunny day 🙂

~Kim

“It is one thing to say you will make a change, one dayIt is an entirely different thing to start making that change today.” ~Kim Maurer

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