Using Less Plastic

Earlier this year I read another book called How to Get Rid of Plastic by Will McCallum. It was quite the eye-opening book, especially the chapter on plastic in the bathroom. One of the main reasons I want to use as little plastic as possible is because my county’s recycling program doesn’t take most plastics or glass.

Even before coming across this book, I’ve been doing what I can to use less plastic in my life. Before I list the examples, please note I’ve listed several resources I’ve found useful in my less plastic, less overall waste journey.

Less Plastic ~ Less Waste examples: *spare dishes and silverware in my desk at work so I don’t use disposable stuff as often *bamboo cutlery for on the go *reusable produce bags at the grocery store *reusable carry bags for grocery and general shopping *carrying my own water bottle *asking for a mug for my drink at certain restaurants *using silicone and other reusable straws *switching to shampoo, conditioner, handsoap and body wash bars *cloth napkins instead of paper napkins *DIY facial scrub *DIY hot cocoa mix *using glass jars for leftovers and dry goods storage *purchased a refillable wipe pouch for my diaper bag *made my own reusable face pads for applying toner to my face out of flannel fabric

One thing I learned from the Sustainably Vegan YouTube channel was the notion of using a plastic container until it is no longer useful. I do that with the containers for my facial scrub, using the previous scrub container and a Gelato container for storage. We keep the plastic tubs from take out and deli meats to use as faux Tupperware for leftovers and lunches. Any plastic food containers that we don’t use for leftovers and lunch are used for freezing items so I’m not risking my good, legit stuff like Rubbermaid containers. If they break after 1 freeze, oh well. My latest was taking a large body wash pump bottle I’d finished (I’ve since switched to a soap bar) and made it into a huge liquid soap dispenser for my guest bath. I also have soap bars in there and in my bathroom.

Resources: *Sustainably Vegan YouTube channel *Shelbizlee YouTube channel *How to Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum *Article: A Guide to Zero-Waste Living *Article: 6 Easy Ways for a More Zero-Waste Life

Books Read in 2020

Maureen Johnson Truly Devious #2 The Vanishing Stair Couldn’t put down!

John Curto Perry & Constantine Pleshakov The Flight of the Romanovs A long slog but really enjoyed the last 5 paragraphs.

Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrow The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society Interesting side story of WWII

Candice Flemming The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia Insightful Read

Terri Dulong Sunrise on Cedar Key

Terri Dulong Post Cards from Cedar Key

Andrew Cook The Murder of the Romanovs More about politics & finding the remains

Mur Lafferty The Shambling Guide to New York City

Mur Lafferty Ghost Train to New Orleans

Sarah Knight The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck (#1) Loved the TedTalk; can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

Sarah Knight Get Your Sh*t Together (#2)

Sarah Knight Calm the F*ck Down (#3)

Sarah Knight You Do You (#4)

Sarah Knight F*ck No! (#5)

Jen Mann People I Want to Punch in the Throat Funny & Relatable

Isabel Sharpe Knit in Comfort I knew the blow up was coming, but there are still unanswered questions.

Dr. Rebecca Sharpe Redemption Good escape reading for newborn phase of parenthood

Ursula Vernon A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking Took a bit to get into, but I enjoyed it

Caballo Publishing Freeganism A tad militant, but informative

Will McCallum How to Give Up Plastic Disgusted with all the plastic in the world, but also inspired me to change some things

New Recipe: Cojito

I was given the Disney Festivals Recipe book. Of course the first thing I make out of it is an alcoholic drink! Happy New Year!