Show notes: 5 ways to Get Rid of Plastics – Podcast 12
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Hello, hello and welcome to the Simple Organic Guide Show where we talk about everything and anything in the natural and organic living space. I’m your host, Jan Davis, coming to you from the southern tier of western New York. It’s August ninth, 2018, episode 13, and we’re gonna talk about plastic. You know that stuff you carry your groceries in, that’s around your groceries, but we’re not going to just talk about it. I’m going to give you five simple ways to not have so much plastic in your world.
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In today’s world, I have found several different types of people that have an opinion about plastic. One is they don’t care, it doesn’t affect them at all. They use it, they see no problem with throwing it away and that’s probably not you or I. The second type of person is the person that uses plastic to be convenient for them and then their mindset is it’s okay because it’s going to be recycled. This is a good idea, but we have so much plastic in our world we are already spending so much energy, time and money recycling it. What would happen if they just stopped making new plastic and just kept using the old plastic? Just a thought. And then there’s the group of people that I fall into and you may fall into to some degree where you don’t want all the plastic in your world and you go from the idea that you’re going to use plastic minimally and only when you don’t have a choice to you’re never going to use plastic.
In some areas like in the city, never using plastic. I’ve seen how it can really be done. Where I live a lot of times some things that I need only comes in plastic and I don’t have a choice. And not having a choice sometimes can be frustrating, so you have to pick the best choice. And what I mean with this is like bread. If I’m buying bread, even from the bakery at my store, it’s already wrapped in plastic versus in the city you can most likely go to a bakery and it’s not wrapped yet. It might even be fresher. Yes.,I prefer to make my own bread when I can, but it’s not always feasible.
So today we’re going to look at five different ways you can cut back on your plastic and understand more where plastic is entering your world that you may not even have realized.
So first, why should you stop buying and using plastic as a consumer? Your dollars are extremely powerful. I say this over and over again and I think as individuals we may not see how it can work, but when you get a group of people together, anything is possible. If everyone, for example, in one state stopped using and buying items with plastic, even for one day, there would be a huge change in how manufacturers package our products. Even though many plastic is recyclable, which I’ve mentioned earlier, that doesn’t mean it is being recycled. Think about it. How much plastic are you using that is going into the trash? Sure you might get those bags from the store, the plastic ones, and then you recycling them because you’re now putting them in your wastepaper basket and you’re using them again, but then when you close that wastepaper basket up and you tie it, that plastic bag is now going to the dump.
I’m not saying stop doing this. This is just to have you be mindful of where there is plastic in your house. You will be amazed that you didn’t realize how much plastic you were using by not buying plastic. That will be less of a demand and a less of a need so less plastic will be made. So here’s some ways you can replace and lower your plastic consumption.
First 1 is get rid of plastic grocery bags. This is big. This has been a very popular topic, but I want you to look at the reusable bags you’re using. Many of them are made out of plastic as well. It’s been a big push at the grocery stores at my grocery store. They’re sitting at the end of the checkout and can buy them, 99 cents to a $1.99. When you look at them, they’re still made out of plastic.
Personally, I use organic canvas bags for my groceries and for carrying a lot of other items around. But before you go to the store or you go online to purchase canvas bags or other bags that are organic cotton, look around your house, see what you can find that you can reuse that doesn’t include plastic. Maybe you have other totes from the beach or backpacks or bookbags. Look to see what you have in your own environment before you go and purchase something else because then, in reality, you’re recycling and you’re not adding to more stuff later. One thing that I love about the organic cotton bags is not only am I using organic cotton because cotton is sprayed a lot, so we want to use organic. Is it these bags last a really, really, really long time. Make sure you get some that are thicker so that they don’t wear and tear and they carry a lot of food.
I’ve had some of them as long as a couple of years now and they work really, really well, but the other plus to these bags is I can literally take four or five of them, roll them up, put a hair tie on them and all of them in one place. Yes, I can shove them all into one bag and hang them up. A lot of times if a hang up my bags in the front room to go grocery shopping, I forget them so I’m better off just rolling them up when I’m done putting away my food and throwing them into the back of my car
Number 2: buy fresh fruits and vegetables individually or from the farmer’s market.
When you buy your fruits and vegetables in bulk you don’t get the plastic. A lot of times your produce are in plastic bags. The big bags of plastic apples, the big bags of plastic carrots. Now if you liked the idea of recycling, flip those bags over. A lot of them are recyclable now and you have to take them back to your store, but again, it’s still plastic and if the goal is to have less plastic, you don’t want to buy them.
I have different size cloth organic cotton bags that I use to put my fresh produce in at the store, so I’m not using one of their plastic bags.
Number 3: Buy from the bulk bins in your store, and this can be twofold. One, those bins that you open up and you get your coffee out or you get rice or oats. Those bins are really nice because there is no plastic involved. Again, you’re putting them into your own reusable bags. You may think, well, the bags weigh a little bit. Find out at the store if you can zero the scale with an empty bag on it, then fill it up and weigh it and label it. The other area for bulk is items like toilet paper. Instead of buying a four pack and you have all that plastic buy a really large 16 pack, they’re still plastic, but there’s less plastic. Again, it’s about choices.
Number 4: dump your plastic storage bags and containers.
This was a big one in our house. I never realized how many we actually used until I started taking everything plastic and getting rid of it. The other side of the coin is that if you’re looking to use glass, you’ll notice a lot of the glass containers have plastic or rubber tops. You don’t have an option, but by getting rid of all of your plastic bags and your containers, you don’t have to keep buying them. So you’ll save money by not buying more plastic bags and then you have less plastic in your world. I also like to use canning jars. I use the screw lids that come with them and I keep reusing them. No, you can’t use them for canning they don’t can very well after a while, but you can use them for storage. I have different sizes for what our leftovers come to, which comes to
Number 5. Another way to slow down on your plastic use is don’t make so much food that you have to store it in the plastic storage containers. Make a little less. Make enough if you want to make for more than one meal, make enough so that you have for that meal and the next meal and then store it in a glass container
and as a bonus, a number 6th way to get rid of some of your plastic is stop buying processed food. I know this is more than just plastic and containers and all of that. It’s also healthier, but if you look around the store and you realize that you’re buying a lot of boxed items, a lot of processed food. They’re packaged in boxes and plastic. Just by getting rid of that, you killed two birds with one stone. You have less processed food and less plastic.
I hope some of these hints help so that you can get rid of some plastic. Depending on your level of not wanting plastic in your environment will depend on what actions you choose to take by getting rid of the majority of the plastic used in your house. You’ll find a huge cost savings too. The amount of trash will also go down, and if you’re paying for your trash by the bag, the costs of your trash will also go down and you’ll have less to recycle.
For us being out in the country, it means less runs to the dump and less runs to the recycle area, which means that saves on time and money.
So this week I’d like you to pick one item that lowers your plastic consumption and see how it goes. Let us know in the show notes or some other ideas that you came up with.
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