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.