Saturday, March 16, 2013

reducing plastic use...little by little

take good care of the sea.....

(mixed media collage on wood substrate)

the point of this post is to spread the word and hopefully inspire at least 1 person to make changes to reduce plastic use. if more follow that is even better :)
i started this journey just a short while ago and hope that this info. helps anyone wanting to change their plastic footprint. ~PLEASE leave a comment if you want...and let's do this together!!

i'm doing a little research on ways to use less plastic~
first and foremost is the book i was telling you about in the previous post:
"plastic-free".  not only does this book give you LOTS of's also a real eye-opener to what plastic really is and all the damage it can do.
here are some things i've also been doing to reduce my plastic use...

i've been using this recipe for all-purpose cleaner for a while now.  i love really cleans well, and it's all natural..(.i am officially trying really hard not to buy any cleaners in plastic bottles)...
i tweek the recipe sometimes depending on what essential oils i have, but here's the basic recipe.
i put mine in a glass mason jar...and also re-use over and over a spray bottle that i have (yes, it's plastic )

2 T white vinegar
1 T borax
purified water
1/4 cup lavender castille soap
10 drops lavender oil
1 tsp. lemon juice

in 16 oz. bottler or jar, mix vinegar and borax, essential oil, soap and lemon, then fill with warm water to dissolve the borax.  shake it up and use it for pretty much anything!
sometimes i add a little peppermint oil too...or more lemon juice...
the castille soap DOES come in plastic bottles, so next time i make this i'm going to try grating a bar or castille soap into the water, boil it,  whisk to mix it....then i will add the rest of the ingredients. :)

*i made a little jar of all-purpose moisturizer using coconut oil and lavender oil.
it works great's in a small glass bowl with a teeny spoon.

lunch at the co-op...i had my stainless "spork" from green bag lady...and the really cute re-usable bag i won! along with my own bottle ....using their bowl and the paper soup cup...i had very little waste.
AND enjoyed reading my new book i keep going on and on about! :)

*DANIELLE has some good recipes on her blog and one i like is the homemade tortillas~
and although i haven't tried it yet, this looks really yummy too, i'm going to make a batch for our road trip coming up.

once i began my journey to reduce my plastic footprint, i started feeling a little overwhelmed at all the things i love that come wrapped in plastic.  i have started looking for alternatives and even asking at the local health food store if they can provide certain products i like in glass instead of plastic.
i was also shocked when i started looking around my house at all the plastic i have.  it seems like it's everywhere!  luckily, beth tells us in the book not to feel guilty or frustrated...and also not to judge others for what they are or are not doing!  (i really needed to hear that).  the good thing is that once i use what i have here that's in plastic containers i can slowly weed it out more in bulk using my glass jars.  OR making my own concoctions and recipes :)

*i have said no to straws and lids wherever i go.
*i keep my handy stainless "spork" with me and use it instead of plastic utensils.
*i take my jars to the store and have them weigh and mark the jar before buying from the bulk section.
*i'm re-using ANY plastic i have and making it into dog/kitty litter waste holders.
*i have all my re-usable bags in the car so i don't forget them and have to take a paper or plastic bag.
  {i love my bag i won at the "plastic free presentation" from green bag lady}
*i have been using coconut oil from a glass jar for my lip moisturizer.  it feels good and works great.
  and i know what's in it!  (coconut oil)...that's all :)
*face cleaner...coconut oil and baking soda.  just a dab of each in the palm of my hand, rub together      and use as a cleaner and exfoliant.  works great.
* i have also started doing more beach cleanup.  not just being there and picking up a few things , but               going with the intention of cleaning up....most of what i find is plastic and cigarette butts.  UGGHHH.
when i do these cleanups i take my own bags ...not plastic bags :)

trash collected from henderson street in about 20 minutes
(lots of butts in the bottom of bag along with tiny bits of various plastic items..)

useful/informative sites and products that are plastic free.
green bag lady
plastic - free blog
it starts with me blog
glass dharma (glass straws)
seventh generation (supplies)
blue angels
3 little birds (reusable snack and sandwich bags)


  1. oh i love the ideas you are going to take a look at what we can reduce here. you are right, it is everywhere - even on the beaches here. my dear friend, an incredible 'green' inspiration has begun to take on the chemical cleaners with natural ones and started her own line which she sells at the farmers market in AZ. she has always been an inspiration to 'go more green'.

  2. thanks for the resource suzanne :)
    i'm making my own laundry detergent too...and just yesterday, working on
    lip color....(most lip colors come in plastic! even the healthier versions...:(
    there are so many ways to reduce...
    convenience is part of the problem!! we've all gotten very spoiled :)
    thanks again~