Friday, October 18, 2013

plastic free update-and getting ready for special fundraiser

a few months ago, i did a post about plastic free living after a presentation i attended with 
BETH TERRY.  she inspired and informed and definitely brought awareness so that i decided to make the difference i could make too.  as with most things, i jumped in full speed ahead to change my ways in regards to plastic.  i made some serious changes, tried new plastic free products, and really did reduce my plastic use by a lot.  BUT, there are some things i just haven't been able to give up just yet....and i've learned that it's more about awareness and commitment to make some changes than trying to be completely plastic free and crazy about it!  i have teenagers.  we are spontaneous.  i am not always prepared with my bags and my jars and my list of plastic free items.  some things we do on a whim, and that includes buying things with plastic.
i really have a passionate dislike for plastic.  and i don't love it when i end up with it in my house!
here are some things i do to cut down on my footprint and to do the best i can with using less plastic.

i LOVE sending packages and letters.  i ALWAYS re-use envelopes or boxes.
here is a re-purposed box that i have collaged and am sending to a friend.
i use what i already have (including plastic tape), but try not to buy things with plastic.

the lid on the paint is plastic.  (i have to have paint, i'm an artist!)
the pen is plastic....but again, i have my collection of what i use to make art and that's one of those things that i keep on using!)

re-purposed phone case....
upcycling plastic phone cases is one way i feel that i can make a difference.
phone cases get thrown out all the time.....i would love to start a recycle your phone case site...
where i take old phone cases and turn them in to new art phone cases!

this is where the guilt comes in.  
it is really hard to find paint in glass containers!!
i'm not there yet where i can make my own paints and dyes...
i keep the containers and add more paints and mediums from the tubes of paints, but it's so much more economical for me to get the larger plastic ones....
of course i will recycle them after many uses.

i buy old enamel wear to use as trays for art and jewelry.
(and lots of things in the kitchen too.)
there are so many plastic containers on the isles of michaels for your art supplies and 
collage etc....
try using something you already have or buy from thrift shops.
these trays are actually just as cost effective or more than buying new.

my pantry....
it looks much better than before my plastic free ah ha moment.
i use glass jars for bulk items and try real hard to remember to take 
them when i go shopping!
sometimes i forget and i end up with a plastic jar of peanut butter....
but most of the time, i wait until next time and plan better.

this is my favorite lavender body lotion, made by natures way farm and seafood.
i take my re-usable container and drop it off at the farmers market for bill to 
fill up and bring to me the following week.  he also does this with goat cheese. (yum)!
(not as convenient as buying it on the spot, but worth it to me to keep from buying the plastic 
container)'s just a week!

i NEVER put my fruits and veggies in plastic bags at the grocery store.
and i don't buy apples and other fruits in plastic bags.  i buy them loose and just toss them in
my re usable cloth bags.  when i forget my bags, i always ask for paper, then i re use the bags for art, packaging or storage.
i've tried shampoo bars and go back and forth between bottled and bars. 
i like baking soda for deodorant. 
i try really hard to always remember my glass water jar.
and i buy way less plastic wrapped items than i ever did before.

SO, the update in a nutshell:
i'm doing my best.
i'm much more aware.
i'm getting to the beach at least once a week to pick up trash.
and i'm trying to make a little difference and spread the word so you can too.

coming up in december is the annual HOPE FROM HELEN fundraiser at wrightsville beach.
to raise awareness AND raise money at the auction, i have asked different people to donate plastic free items.  so far, i have a basket coming together with donations from:
any ideas? 
leave a comment and i will pursue it!


  1. Kim, you're so inspiring. You're doing great. Thank you for sharing your progress with us. I'm taking the book to the post office today for your gift basket.

  2. agree - so inspiring! your envelopes are pure works of art! that lavender body lotion looks divine.

  3. Kim! Awesome awesome! I love that you "get it", are continually making changes and are doing YOUR best :) I'm SO proud of you!

    OH... and don't you just love Bill & Tina?! Super awesome and supportive people :)