Plastic-Free Persistance

We are already at July’s halfway point (I know... I’m holding back the tears too). But that doesn’t mean we don’t have to keep one of my favorite internet trends and hashtags very much alive. If you aren’t aware already, this lovely month has been deemed #plasticfreeJuly and I am LIVING for it.

People all over have been sharing how they live a more plastic-free life. This lifestyle is not only better for them health wise and finance wise, but so incredibly good for the Earth too! In an age where so many materials are plastic and synthetic it can be hard to imagine life without the products we have been mindlessly buying all our lives. Not to mention, Starbucks just announced they are going to be getting rid of their plastic straws by the year 2020! If they can do it- so can you. And so I introduce to you all of the ways you, my lovely reader, can achieve a plastic free life one piece at a time.

Reusable Water Bottles- 

Hello, okay, this has GOT to be one of the easiest switches in the history of going green. There are so many companies like Hydroflask, S’well, and Yeti. Not to mention they all keep your drinks really really cold and really really hot (depending on what you put in it). Plastic isn’t doin that for ya boo boo.

Beeswrap-

This stuff is really cool. Toss away your rolls of plastic wrap and tin foil and forget you even heard about such a thing. Beeswrap combines organic cotton with beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. Each wrap is swashable, reusable, and compostable! Click on the link here to check out their website. 

Tupperware/Silverware-

This one a lot of people are already doing and aren’t even realizing how much of an impact they’re having! By using reusable dishes like Tupperware and silverware instead of ziploc bags and plastic utensils, a person is saving all of those items from piling up in a landfill or worse- floating around in our oceans. Use these for picnics, kids school lunches, and for yourself to bring to work! 

Jars-

Channel your inner Pinterest-DIY-mom and try making some of your own products and storing them in jars! If you follow my Essential Oils Page @royallyoily on Instagram and @beroyallyoily on Facebook, you’ll see I have been making my own common household items lately! One of the big ones being my facial cleanser wipes. All it takes is some cotton rounds, all natural ingredients, and a little mason jar for storage! That way I’m using better ingredients for myself and the Earth and not going through the plastic bags they come in. Same thing with my dish soap! I use an old Health-Ade Kombucha bottle and refill it with my plant based cleaners. A little side note about products... they are just as important to swap out because if there’s anything we learned from Finding Nemo, it’s that “all drains lead to the ocean, kid” But I’ll go more into that on another blog post ;). 

Package Free Shop-

This website is a gold mine for keeping it #plasticfree and sell all the big things you need to get started. They can be found right here. Their blog, Trash is for Tossers is incredibly helpful and informative as well and makes this post look like child's play in comparison! Check out their Instagram too, it's full of other amazing brands like @mate_the_label that sells sustainable clothing produced right here in the US.

Apolis-

Definitely one of those items worth saving up for! These bags can be ordered right off of their website and even personalized. I discovered them through perusing around Azalea in Niantic and also by one of my favorite instagrammers, @steph.pollock who is like the master of clean eating/living/motherhood/everything. Seriously, give her a follow and you'll see what I mean!

Ecobags-

Airing on the side of affordability, Ecobags has replacements for all the plastic baggies you may use. I really like how they have reusable bags for produce bags. Those little wheels of thick plastic we see in the grocery store are torn, used for the drive from the store to your house, and disposed of immediately when you go to put your stuff in your cubbard or fridge. Instead, grab one of these guys for under $5 and make a world of difference.

One thing that made a huge difference for me and inspired me to start using more reusable items, was to follow accounts run by people and businesses that have mastered the art. Some accounts I follow for helpful tips are; The Zero Waste Collective, Environmental Working Group, Seedphytonutrients, Zero Market, Refill Revolution, Life Without Plastic, and Zero Waste Nest just to name a few. 

Like, comment, and share to spread the word of going #plasticfree with your tribe. Not just for July, but from here on out. I'd love to hear the ways you make a difference in the comments below! 

Thanks for reading and giving a darn about the world!

-Kelsey