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Using less plastic every day

Yeah, it’s pretty much impossible to eliminate plastic from our lives, but some really useful ideas have come from HOMEGROWNers, so, in case you missed any of them, here they are:

Emily is downright pissed about the BP oil gusher in the Gulf – aren’t we all? Her manifesto boils down to using less plastic in your every day life. She likes these toothbrushes. These are pretty and are made with recycled materials plus flax, old dollar bills or wood.

Plastic bags are one of the worst environmental offenders because of where they go after they’re discarded – clogging, killing, and never really breaking down. The best we can hope for the plastic bags that are out here is downcycling. Here is a web site that provides you with the location of drop-off centers for plastic bag recycling.

As an alternative, Lizz shares that she weaves plastic shopping bags into useful items, like this reusable tote. Lizz says: “I have also knitted water bottle holders, baskets, shower mats and small purses out of plastic grocery bags.  They have become quite popular with the folks at the Farmers Market. Honestly anything you can knit or crochet can be made out of the damn things lol.  I have also tried fusing the bags  (this requires  heat and gets stinky from the melting of the plastic) but you can sew them up just as you would fabric and they become quite sturdy.”

HOMEGROWNer Patti just posted a fantastic blog on how to make your own plastic yarn from shopping bags: Let There Be Plarn.

Abby keeps plastic out of the home by making her own Mason jar kids cups. The straws are plastic, but, as Carol suggests, paper straws are available!

The Homemade Cosmetics group is brimming with ideas for avoiding plastic bottle and jars: DIY Lotion, No Poo and home made deodorant among them.

Pete and Izzy’s mom wrote a very popular blog post about the environmentally-, and financially-responsible practice of using cloth diapers.

wall bags

We just moved offices, and, rather than using those plastic wall pockets for storage, we grommeted and attached these super cute rattan beach bags.

How do YOU keep plastic out of your life? Let us know!

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7 Responses to “Using less plastic every day”

  1. I love the sippy cup idea!

    There are also glass straws available… …but those might not be suitable for little kids.

    You can also buy bulk from most co-op stores or health food stores and avoid plastic all together by using glass jars (not to mention the health benefits from eating less processed foods).

    Thanks for the great article!

  2. OH! We forgot another one: DIY Soil blocks OH! No need to use so many plastic seedstarting pots / trays.

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  4. This is great:)

  5. My kids do use GlassDharma glass straws! Even my 2 year old grandson. Use the same common sense that you would giving them a mason jar. (The glass straws from GlassDharma are stronger than Mason Jars)

    Using glass is much safer than our reaction to it since our culture became so plasticized!

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