Plastic Free July Day 23

Plastic Free July Day 23: Paper-wrapped toilet paper | Cellist Goes Green

Sorry this post is a day late!  My husband and I had a fun day over the weekend seeing some friends and going to a couple of great museums :)  (Sadly, this weekend also came with a plastic straw, even though I asked for none in my drink). 

So you will get two posts today!

This is a pretty no-brainer change: find toilet paper wrapped in paper.  I buy Seventh Generation, because the toilet paper has a minimum 50-percent post-consumer recycled paper content.  It doesn't make sense to be using forests of trees for something like this!

I get mine locally, but if you would rather, Amazon does carry a 60-roll box that supposedly ships plastic free (look at the Q&A on the product page). 


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
 
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing. 

Plastic Free July Day 22

Plastic Free July Day 22: Use handkerchiefs! | Cellist Goes Green

We have been using hankies in place of tissues since my first Plastic Free July.  Tissue boxes generally all have some plastic wrapping, whether it be around the whole box or inside the top. 

By using reusable handkerchiefs instead, you are not only preventing plastic waste, you are preventing lots of paper waste.  My husband went through so many tissues before we made the switch, I used to joke he killed a forest of trees in tissues.  And handkerchiefs are so much easier on your nose, they really do a better job than tissues.

We got our hankies here, and we keep them in a little basket I found at Goodwill.


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
 
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing. 

Plastic Free July Day 21

Plastic Free July Day 21  | Cellist Goes Green

Our area doesn't have all of the bulk/local options I would like.  We have no bulk olive oil or vinegar options.  Which is frustrating, because I know there are places where I could reduce my packaging use (both plastic and not), but those options are simply not available where I live.

I have contacted the bulk stores near me, expressing interest in bulk olive oil and vinegar, in hopes maybe someday they will decide to carry them.  On suggestion from an Instagram comment, I have also reached out to a couple of raw honey producers I get honey from to see if they would take my jar back for reuse, but was told they wouldn't do that for local health code reasons.

I will keep trying.  I think it is important to show businesses and small producers there is an interest in bulk products.  If enough people ask for food with less packaging, eventually change will happen.


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
 
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing. 

Plastic Free July Day 20

Plastic Free July Day 20: Make your own yogurt | Cellist Goes Green

Making your own yogurt is another simple switch you can make.  We get our milk in returnable glass bottles, so making our own yogurt cuts down on a lot of packaging.  And yogurt is really good for you--it's a fermented food, and incorporating fermented foods into your diet has tons of benefits for your digestive health.  If you are curious about fermenting, I would check out Michael Pollan's book Cooked (which has a whole section on fermentation), and look at the Zero Waste Chef's blog.

Anyway, you do not need a yogurt maker to make your own yogurt--you can just as easily make it on the stove in a pan, and there is very little hands on time.  I follow Martha Stewart's instructions (there are only 4 simple steps!).


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
 
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing. 

Plastic Free July Day 19

 
Plastic Free July Day 19: Make your own beans and avoid plastic-lined cans | Cellist Goes Green
 

Plastic can hide in sneaky places.  For example, aluminum cans are lined with plastic in order to keep the metal from reacting to the food inside. 

While some manufacturers have removed BPA from their packaging, many have not.  The EWG has created a database of packaged foods which contain BPA in their packaging.  And even if a company doesn't use BPA, the can is still lined with plastic and may use other materials which are also problematic.

One easy way to avoid canned food is to cook your own dried beans.  It's super simple, and requires virtually no hands on time.

How to cook dried beans

  1. Cover dried beans with water, and soak overnight.  Make sure you've covered them with plenty of water, they will soak up a lot!
  2. Drain the beans, and put in a pot, covering them with fresh water.
  3. Cook in boiling water for 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the kind of bean.  You should check periodically with a fork to see if they're done.

That's it!  It's one of the simplest food switches you can make.  You can also make them in the crockpot if that's your thing.

Most stores that carry bulk foods have at least a few varieties of dried beans.  We use a lot of chickpeas, black beans and navy beans.


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
 
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing. 

Plastic Free July Day 18

Plastic Free July Day 18: Why using your own water bottle is super important | Cellist Goes Green

It's summer (in the Northern hemisphere :), and that means staying hydrated is super important.  One of the best things you can do to reduce the disposable plastic waste you produce is to bring your own water bottle.  If you use your own reusable water bottle instead of a disposable bottle of water every day for a year, that is 365 bottles which are prevented from entering the waste stream, and possibly getting into our waterways!

Use a reusable bottle made of glass or stainless steel.  We use glass ones from Life Factory, and Klean Kanteen makes stainless steel ones without any plastic parts at all, but a glass mason jar works just as well!

Many bottled water brands are actually just filtered tap water (and bottled water has less regulations than the tap water in your home).  And chemicals from the plastic bottle itself can actually leach into the water.  More info both issues here

You can install a home water filter if you want more peace of mind about your tap water.

Another environmental issue (besides the plastic pollution of the bottles themselves) is where some bottled water companies get the water itself.  Last year (in 2015), Nestle extracted 36 million gallons of water from a national forest in California, during the height of that state's historic drought.

So, make the switch to a reusable water bottle!  Keep your water bottle or jar by your keys so you remember when you leave the house. 💦


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
 
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing. 

Plastic Free July Day 17

Plastic Free July Day 17: Easy laundry switches | Cellist Goes Green

Laundry is another easy plastic-free switch. 

For laundry detergent you can:

Use soap nuts !  Soap nuts are actually berries that produce natural saponins (which act as a surfactant, to break the surface tension of the water and clean your clothes).  We buy from EcoNuts, and they package the soap nuts in a cardboard box.  If you are super lucky, maybe a bulk store near you carries them.

If you've never used them before, it's really easy.  They come with a little cloth bag, and you stick 4-5 soap nuts inside and throw it in with your wash.  They can be used up to ten times, and it actually costs a lot less than regular detergent.  When the soap nuts are used up, you can throw them in the compost.

Some people also make their own laundry detergent.  You can grate up a bar of soap (I use this soap for washing my dishes, and it can be also used in laundry detergent), and mix it up with some baking soda and washing soda.  If you look on Pinterest, there are a ton of different recipes.

Instead of fabric softener:

Use wool dryer balls.  Dryer balls cut down on the static and the drying time.  You can put a couple of drops of essential oil on them if you miss the scent of dryer sheets, and you'll avoid the synthetic fragrance.

If you need your clothes super soft, you can also put a cup or two of vinegar in the washing machine. 

Instead of bleach:

Use the juice of one or two lemons in with your whites, and wash on hot!


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
 
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing. 

Plastic Free July Day 16

Plastic Free July 16: Get rid of those paper towels! | Cellist Goes Green

Paper towels are one of those products like paper napkins that really only come wrapped in plastic (at least in the U.S. where I live!).  I initially stopped buying paper towels because of the plastic wrap, but I soon realized throwing away endless paper towels to wipe up kitchen spills was pretty wasteful, and not a good use of resources.

Now I use reusable dishcloths instead.

Benefits of using reusable dishcloths:

  • They work better to wipe up spills
  • They save you money
  • You don't have to keep going to the store to buy disposable products

I bought some dishcloths at a store, but my sister also knitted me a few!  You can find the pattern she used here.


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
 
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing. 

Plastic Free July Day 15

Plastic Free July Day 15: Using cloth napkins | Cellist Goes Green

Making the switch to cloth napkins is pretty easy.  I don't find that it makes any more laundry, I just throw them in with another load when they are dirty. 

Benefits of cloth napkins:

  • Make everything look fancier
  • No plastic packaging
  • Not using trees for a product that will be used once and thrown out
  • Can be used over and over
  • Frugal--you don't need to keep buying packages of paper napkins

You can use cloth napkins at home and in your lunchbox at work or school.  I usually stick one in a reusable bag when I'm on the go.


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
 
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing. 

Plastic Free July Day 14

Plastic Free July Day 14: Get milk in returnable glass bottles | Cellist Goes Green

We are lucky that we can get milk in returnable glass bottles.  If you drink milk, check your local natural foods store or Whole Foods to see if they carry it.  Some places even still have milk delivery (not by us, sadly :( ). 

Getting returnable glass bottles is great because:

  • Plastic is not coming in contact with your food
  • You are not throwing away a plastic container
  • More resources aren't being used to recycle the glass container

If you are not a cow's milk person, or you can't find glass bottled milk near you and are willing to try something different, you can try making your own nut milk.  Litterless has simple instructions here.
 



If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
 
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing. 

 

Plastic Free July Day 13

Plastic Free July Day 13: Why coconut oil is awesome | Cellist Goes Green

Before my first Plastic Free July in 2013, I used to buy heavily-scented lotion with all sorts of nasty ingredients.  In the United States, companies do not have to list individual fragrance chemicals in their products.  The word "fragrance" on a label could encompass thousands of different synthetic chemicals, and many of these products contain pthalates, which can cause a host of issues.  Read this article for a good overview of the issues.

So now we use coconut oil.  Which is awesome.  It is super moisturizing, and works better than any lotion I used before.  And it comes in a glass jar.

Some things we use coconut oil for:

  • Lotion
  • Hair gel (my husband)
  • Makeup remover

There are tons of other uses, too.  Just google "coconut oil" and you'll see :)


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
 
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing. 

Plastic Free July Day 12

Plastic Free July Day 12: What to do about disposable products that are hanging around? | Cellist Goes Green

I realized I have been staring at the same disposable cotton balls for three years.  I do not use them any more, so they have just been on my shelf, sitting there undisturbed.

Enough is enough.

My mom uses them, so I will be giving them to her.  Thanks, Mom! :)

When you've decided to commit to not using disposable packaged products, you have several options for dealing with what's already in your house.

Option 1: Use it up

You can just finish up whatever product it is before replacing it with a less wasteful/more natural alternative.

This is best if there is just a little bit of shampoo left in the container, just a couple of drops left in the conditioner bottle and/or the ingredients are somewhat natural.

Option 2: Donate it to a shelter or food pantry

If you have an UNOPENED package of something (food, toiletries, feminine supplies, etc.) that is not expired, see if you can donate it to your local shelter or food pantry.

Option 3: Give it to someone who will end up buying it anyway

If you have a mostly-full bottle of something (shampoo, lotion, etc.) see if a close friend or family member would take it.

Option 4: Last resort

If you feel uncomfortable giving something away or donating it because of its ingredients, or all of your friends are hippies who don't use disposable products either, you might have to throw it away.  If its a bath product, you could empty the contents into the trashcan (especially if it contains microbeads), and recycle the container.  If you're getting rid of a toxic cleaning product, you may want to take it to a hazardous waste disposal center in your area.

Plastic Free July Day 11

Sorry this post is a little late today...as you can see, the blog's had a little bit of a redesign!  Hope you like it!

An easy plastic-free switch to make is your toothbrush.  If you think your toothbrush might need replacing during Plastic Free July, try one made from bamboo!

My husband and I like the ones from Brush With Bamboo.  I like how transparent the company is about the materials it uses.  The handle is made from bamboo, and while the bristles are not compostable, they are made from a safer plant-based plastic.


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
 
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing. 

Plastic Free July Day 10

Plastic Free July Day 10 cleaning with vinegar

We ran out of vinegar for cleaning, so I picked some more up in glass bottles.  Check to see if you have bulk vinegar near you (we don't).

Things I use vinegar to clean:

  • Kitchen and bathroom counters
  • Floors
  • Toilets
  • Dishwasher rinse cycle
  • Mirrors and windows 
  • Pretty much everything

I use a 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water in a spray bottle, and usually add a couple of drops of tea tree and lavender essential oils.

What's awesome about cleaning with vinegar (and baking soda):

  • Non-toxic
  • Way cheaper than "conventional" cleaners and expensive greenwashed products
  • They work!

This fall, when we are eating lots of apples again, I would like to try making apple scrap vinegar.  The Zero Waste Chef has a recipe here.


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.

My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing.

Plastic Free July Day 9

Plastic Free July Day 9 Shave with a safety razor

The last time I bought razor blades for me or my husband was three years ago.  For $15.  We still have a bunch left--about 2/3 of the box.

A safety razor was one of those plastic-free switches that saved us a whole ton of money.  I bought our safety razors at Life Without Plastic, and found our razor blades on Amazon here.  If you want to know more about shaving with a safety razor, read my post about it here.


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.

My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing.

Plastic Free July Day 8

 Plastic Free July is really about reducing the disposable plastic in your life.  Things like yogurt cups, and coffee pods and plastic bags.  It's not about replacing every item in your home that happens to be made with plastic.  But sometimes other things that aren't meant to be disposable (or maybe they are?) break.

Here are some things to consider before running out to a big box store to replace something.

  • Do I need to replace the item at all?  Did I really use it a lot?
  • Can it be repaired and still function well?  Am I able to repair it easily, or do I know someone nearby who can?
  • Can I find a used version that is in good condition?
  • If it's something I don't use a lot, can I borrow it from a friend or neighbor?
  • Can I find and afford a sustainably made version of the item? (Produced without sweatshops, made of natural materials, etc.)

Two years ago, my plastic hairbrush broke and I bought a wooden replacement on Life Without Plastic (and one for my husband).  It is still going strong, and will last much longer than the plastic one it replaced, which wasn't even a year old when it broke.

Another smallish thing in our home I've chosen to replace with a new, but ethically made enamel dustpan and brush.  Our plastic one cracked a while ago and was no longer doing its job.  

Ninety-five percent of the furniture in our home is used, either from friends, Goodwill, Craigslist or off the street (save for our coffee table, which is actually locally made!).  Our couch is used from friends, we have a rocking chair from the side of the road, we got a really awesome mid-century record storage cabinet from Craigslist.

As I've said before, it's about finding a balance between not creating and buying a whole bunch of new stuff and supporting local businesses and companies who are doing the right thing and making ethical and well-made products.


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.

My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing.

Plastic Free July Day 7

Plastic Free July Day 7 Chicken

One of the most frustrating things for me is when a store stops carrying a plastic-free/bulk option I had been relying on.  For instance, a long time ago, our Whole Foods used to have bulk oil and vinegar.  It was wonderful.  No longer :(

Anyway, we get semi-local humanely raised whole chickens from Whole Foods.  They used to be shipped to the store without packaging, but now they come pre-wrapped.  We don't live in an area where there are a lot of other options, and our farmers market has no meat or eggs.  (We do buy other meat at the butcher counter plastic-free).

We buy a chicken about once every two weeks or so, but we try to make it last.  After we have gotten three or so meals out of it, I use the carcass to make homemade chicken stock.

Making homemade chicken stock is super easy:

  • Throw your chicken carcass in the pot.  
  • Put in an onion, a couple of carrots and stalks of celery.  
  • Season with a bay leaf, peppercorns, allspice, etc.  
  • Add a dash of apple cider vinegar.  
  • Cook for several hours (you can even do this in the crock pot, although I usually do it on the stove top)
  • Freeze, or refrigerate and use in the next couple of days.

Here is a picture of the chicken stock being cooked:

Chicken stock

You will never buy store bought chicken stock again.  And even if your chicken comes wrapped in plastic like mine, you will be making enough chicken stock that the waste created by the chicken wrapper is much less than the waste created by the cans or tetra packs of store bought chicken broth. 🐓🐓🐓


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.

My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing.

Plastic Free July Day 6

Plastic Free July Day 6 Farmers Market

On Wednesdays, our town has a farmers market.  There is a local organic farmer who has some really nice produce.  (My husband went this week, thanks for bringing back such nice veggies :)

This week we got:

  • Summer squash
  • Zucchini
  • White eggplant & regular eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Kale

Farmers markets are a great place to get produce.  You are supporting your local economy, and you can get produce that is grown in a more sustainable way than what you can find at the grocery store.  (And there are no plastic produce stickers or saran wrap to be found!)  Make sure to take your own bags when you go.

Talk to the farmers there to find out their growing practices.  Organic certification can be expensive, and there may be farms that follow sustainable practices but just don't have the certification.  Avoid vendors who just bring in produce from all over the country or different parts of the world (having out of season produce is a red flag).  To find a farmers market near you, you can go to Local Harvest.


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.

My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing.

Plastic Free July Day 5

Yesterday I got some shampoo bars in the mail from Aquarian Bath.  I've been using shampoo bars since my first Plastic Free July in 2013, and I couldn't be happier.  They have replaced both shampoo and conditioner, and the larger amounts of waste created with their plastic bottles.

We don't have any shampoo bars sold locally where I live, and I also like the natural ingredients Aquarian Bath uses in their bars, as well as their plastic-free shipping materials.

If you haven't tried a shampoo bar yet, I would highly recommend it!!

(I was not paid or compensated in any way for this post, all opinions are 100% my own! :)


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.

My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing.

Plastic Free July Day 4

I needed a new cake of rosin for my cello bow, so I ordered some on Amazon.  This was the result.

Sadly, we have no music stores in our area that carry the rosin I use, so I am stuck ordering online, or driving close to two hours+.

Usually, if I need to order something online, I try to buy from Etsy or a smaller company who will take requests for what packing materials are used, but this time I was stuck.  Oh well.


If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.

My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing.