How to avoid Plastic in everyday Life

Yay for a new post about my current favorite topic (is it? Well, one of my many favorite topics…): my more and more plastic free household. I the past few posts on the plastic free topic, I have been sharing all kinds of ideas, DIYs, and products for a plastic free bathroom. Today, let’s have a look in the kitchen and in a few everyday situations, such as grocery shopping.

I have a few very easy tips and tricks for you, to avoid plastic in your everyday life. Even though these changes may seem small for you in the first place, just think about how much plastic could be saved if just a hundred people would take them into consideration in their daily habits TODAY!

1. Use a glass or stainless steel water bottle in place of disposable plastic water bottles. They are not only better for the environment and for your health but they also come in various pretty colors and designs (have a look at these beautiful ones). Also, use stainless steel lunch boxes whenever you are bringing your own lunch or snacks with you. I have mine since 20 years (no joke) and except for a few dents it is still perfect.

Bring your own glass/metal bottle or thermos when buying drinks away from home. Don’t get takeout food in Styrofoam containers which are a major source of plastic chemicals and waste.

2. Switch to reusable grocery bags instead of plastic or paper bags. These are available at most stores and you can also find them online (like this one here).

Bring lightweight mesh bags to the store to use for produce and glass jars for products such as nuts, seeds, grains etc.

You can also use jars to store the different products in your kitchen. Not only does it look much better than having a bunch of plastic bags all around the kitchen but it also makes it easier to find the different items. I always keep the jars from peanut butter, mustard and stuff, wash and reuse them, both as drinking glasses and as storage jars.

 

3. Stop buying processed foods that are packaged in plastics. This is a huge step for your health on its own, but it will also reduce the amount of plastic waste we produce each year.

Shop at farmers markets and look for shops where you can find unpacked food items like pasta, rice, chick peas, etc. In Germany you will be able to find unpacked food in many organic shops, in the US I know that Kroeger has a special section for unpacked food, and I am sure there are options in your country as well :).

 

4. Use wood and metal utensils, silverware and bakeware in place of plastic. There are tons of options out there! I love cookings spoons made from bamboo (like this one) but also use a lot of metal kitchen utensils. By the way, the pretty storage jars with the wooden lid are from Iran and they remind me every day of my perfect vacation in this beautiful country.

5. Keep your eyes open for innovative alternatives on the market. The other day I came across a great alternative to plastic wrap: abeego is made from bees wax and works as well as any cling film. It can be used up to one year and is simply washed off any stains after using. Since cling film is one of the things I found hard to compensate for when I decided to reduce the amount of plastic in my house, I was very happy when I got to know abeego. You can find it online in plastic free shops like the beautiful monomeer.de shop or at laguna.de which is another great shop for all plastic free products.

I find it really awesome that plastic free online shops are available today – it makes it so easy to switch to are more sustainable lifestyle. And this blog post hopefully helps a little too 🙂

How do you like my tips and tricks? Do you have any to share with me? Where do you try to avoid plastic in your everyday life? I would love to know!

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  1. Nataly Kirei Kana
    August 31, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    So inspiting) I love how you can manage everything)

  2. September 1, 2016 / 4:53 am

    Really great ideas… especially about shopping at local farmer’s markets for more organic options!


    Amber
    All the Cute

  3. September 1, 2016 / 11:23 am

    Really inspiring post, I love posts like this one! When it comes to water, I have to buy only in a plastic bottle, cos they simply dont sell it in a glass – weird…but I try to use my own bag instead of plastic, I love wooden utensils in my kichen and I love jars to storage my fav seeds and nuts! Actually in our basememt we’ve found a lot of beautufil retro Weck jars, I think they are like 40 years old – I’ve washed them and put some seeds and oatin them, it looks so great:) Talking about inspiring posts – i was co interested with your rye flour hair washing method and I started to read about it – there is so many kinds of flour that we can use for that purpose and not only that, you can use a paste out of a flour and oil and herbal tea and then wash your face and whole body with that. Today I’m definitely trying that! Thanks for another inspiration, have a lovely day, hugs:)))

  4. Amy Arnold
    September 1, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Great tips! I love mason jars and the reusable tote bags.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  5. September 1, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    I’m so happy to say that I’ve rid my house of so much plastic, as I used to package my left overs and lunches in plastic containers, now I have glass. The only this is that I use plastic bags to hold snacks in, I find that containers take up too much space, do you know of a similar alternative? Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  6. September 2, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Thanks for the amazing tips! I didn’t even think to look for an alternative to plastic wrap! Luckily, I rarely use it nowadays and prefer containers where possible, but it’s good there are alternatives 🙂
    Will definitely be trying harder to use less plastic in the future.

  7. September 2, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    These are surely great tips, beautiful. Unfortunately I use plastic bowls a lot. Lifesavers for pack lunches. Ha! I try to take my own shopping bags whenever I go shopping. I’ve taken your tips on board. Happy weekend, mami. 🙂

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

  8. September 2, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    I totally agree with you to switch to reusable grocery bags. I have accumulated a lot over the last few years. I hadn’t thought about using stainless water bottles, though. Very cool! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  9. September 4, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    These are great tips! Sometimes I get alarmed by thinking how much plastic we use at home.
    xx
    LA VEINE

  10. September 4, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    Liebe Larissa, Du hast ja so recht und bist auch hier wieder super vorbildlich! Grundsätzlich vermeide ich Plastik im Haushalt auch und schaue durchaus, dass ich z. B. keine Folie zum Abdecken verwenden sondern lieber einen Teller. Und Tu*p**wa** habe ich glücklicherweise mittlerweile fast vollständig loswerden können :=) In den 90ern war ich allerdings viel besser, denn da bin ich tatsächlich mit dem eigenen Behältnis zum Metzger und anderen Läden gegangen, habe mir dort die Ware einfüllen lassen und auch so Müll vermieden. Da habe ich jetzt definitiv wieder Potential nach oben!
    xx Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com