Wednesday, March 27, 2013

(plastic free)...ditch the plastic~~~ ways to avoid - re-use - make the switch



new mandala design...
ocean inspired
"say no to plastic"......




DITCHING THE PLASTIC~~~  REFUSE, REDUCE, RE USE....then if you have to , recycle~

a few posts ago, i mentioned that i thought i was doing pretty good as far as plastic use and recycling and using my own bags goes....blah, blah, blah~~~
my commitment to reduce plastic has been amazingly educational for me.  i never knew all of the issues with toxins in plastics, toxic linings in cans, ingredients in foods, etc....i have REALLY narrowed down my use and am continually making changes...each day i try to make some kind of difference.

once you start looking around for plastic free items, you start to realize how much of what we buy is wrapped in plastic!  UGGHHH.....
here is a good choice for toilet paper...NOT wrapped in plastic~

*.a little more about recycling...a problem in itself~

and now , the fun stuff!!  i have been to the thrift shops around town and have found some AWESOME items~  so excited!!
so, i was on a mission to convert anything in plastic to glass jars or other earth friendly packaging.
also, i am trying to re-use any plastic i have if possible before thinking about taking it to recycle.  my goal is to weed out all plastic ....it's a process~



the perfect jar for sea salt~  ($1.50)
i love the size and the lid....

enamel ware!  i'm obsessed....and love collecting cool pieces and colors...


my spice cabinet...just about plastic free~~~
canisters were cheap at a thrift store...

bargain box....cool glass jars~  the one on the right was a liquor decanter and will
be perfect for bulk maple syrup...yay~


another enamel ware bowl!  love the color...and it's huge.


my spice cabinet....i will replenish spices from the bulk section at the health food market...


this was the BEST yummiest dinner....homemade, vegan refried beans...on top of 
the homemade tortillas leftover from last week (recipe on last post) topped with organic avocado, tomato and shredded cheese (not vegan)!!  the beans were so good.
i soaked pinto beans,
cooked in water with 1 chopped onion, 1 head of garlic, some sea salt, pepper and cumin....
cook about an hour then let cool and puree to desired consistency in a vitamix or food processor.....my daughter the refried bean connoisseur loved them!


making the deodorant switch~~~
i wouldn't have believed it if i hadn't tried it, but YES baking soda really works!
beth terry's choice and i thought i would try it.  i had this container and emptied out the last of the 
powder to use for the baking soda.  it works perfect and i can't believe how much money i'm going to save not buying "healthy" deodorants~~~~



i have been using these and honestly, the baking soda works better :)....
and no plastic~~~

there are plenty of products in glass containers that do the same job as the ones in plastic.

MY PANTRY....
trying to convert to all glass jars was pretty easy...i had so many already and am finding them at the thrift stores too...



(chia seed, flax seed and brewers yeast)



my friend danielle told me about the tomato paste in jars at tidal creek...
also found crushed tomatoes in jars....
the rest is from the bulk section.

and i had these tags on hand for the labels....



making my own water kefir....an excellent probiotic with many other 
health qualities....my friend libby shared the grains with me...there are so many recipes on Pinterest and
the web...


finally found syrup in a glass jar...(harris teeter in the baking section)...
my kids love syrup on their pancakes, but i didn't want to buy the plastic bottles...
haven't tried yet but it's "lyle's golden syrup"...


making the switch has been really easy and there are so many ways to make it inexpensive.
it's a process and it's fun (for me)....
we have gotten so used to conveniences, but getting back to the basics is actually way simpler  :)

here's a recipe for dishwasher detergent...(epsom salt comes in containers instead of the plastic bag :)



2 comments:

  1. So much goodness here! Plastic should be banned! You have inspired me to cut back on the plastics even more.

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  2. Further, I would say that crime is also spiralling out of control in the capital and must be checked. Black-on-black gun crime is an all too familiar story in London, and something must be done to get the guns off the street. I'd like to see more Police officers freed up from red-tape and form filling, and out on the beat. And I'm not talking about plastic cops, aka PCSOs. I mean real Police officers who are able to perform the full range of duties.
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