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5 Ways to Use More Glass and Less Plastic


When looking around your home it’s hard not to notice all the plastic. From food wrappers to your beauty cabinet, plastic is everywhere. Americans discard more than 30 million tons of plastic every year, and only 8 percent gets recycled. The rest piles up in landfills, is incinerated or becomes litter.

Replacing less-durable and potentially toxic plastic with glass or stainless steel is not only good for the environment, but also good for your wallet and your health. With a little organizing and creativity, it’s easy to incorporate glass or stainless steel into your everyday routine.

Transition Your Beauty Cabinet

Plastic containers commonly house everyday toiletries and fill your bathroom. Instead, choose to fill your makeup cabinet with these plastic-free alternatives:

  • Visit a shop that will refill shampoo, conditioner, lotion and other products in your reusable glass jars.
  • Make your own beauty products and keep them in small glass jars or our mini containers.
  • Use bar soap free of questionable ingredients at every sink (even the kitchen!) instead of buying plastic soap dispensers.

Freeze Leftover Food in Glass or Stainless Steel

Skip the single-use plastic bags and containers and opt to freeze food in glass canning jars, glass containers or stainless steel containers. When freezing, always leave space at the top for expansion. Our glass containers double as bakeware and can go from freezer to fridge, to oven/microwave, to table, to dishwasher. Click here for more plastic-free freezer tips from Treehugger.

Infuse Water and Teas in Glass

If you’re looking to add a little flavor to your beverages, skip the pre-made drinks in plastic containers and opt for making your own. Brew your favorite flavors of tea in a large glass jar or carafe and enjoy hot or iced. Also, try these ideas for infused water to enjoy.

Shop Plastic-Free

More and more grocery stores are offering bulk food sections for everyday items like flour, beans, nuts and coffee. Our friend Lauren Singer at Trash Is for Tossers has an informative article on cutting the plastic out of your grocery shopping by using glass jars and reusable bags.

Decorate Your House

You can find beautiful and unique used jars and containers at second-hand stores and by looking in recycling bins. Get creative and utilize them around the house:

Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. Use these tips around the house and start your plastic-free journey!



How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Halloween


Halloween is notoriously one of the most wasteful holidays because just about everything is wrapped in plastic and designed for single-use. From costumes and decorations to candy and parties, Halloween can take a toll on the environment.

However, with a little planning, it’s possible to participate in Halloween fun without creating all the waste!

Hand out plastic-free treats

There is a movement to replace candy treats with healthier alternatives, but this often means families are giving out plastic—and sometimes toxic—throwaway treats like glowsticks, plastic toys and juice boxes.

Instead, hand out eco-friendly treats that inspire creativity:

• Paper folding fortune tellers
• Origami animal shapes
• Felted wool animals
• Pencils and erasers
• Riddles on paper
• Small homemade books
• Seed packets

Make your costumes

Store-bought costumes are not only usually disposable, but they can sometimes contain dangerous chemicals and toxic flame retardants. Also look for alternatives to traditional face paints, and see the results of a report that tested 48 Halloween face paints for heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium and lead. You don’t have to know how to sew to put together creative homemade Halloween costumes. Find out how to make eco-friendly costumes from things you have around the house by visiting our Pinterest board.

Use plastic-free treat bags

Forgo the plastic pumpkin bucket and use a small cotton treat bag that also doubles as a lunch bag. Get one here with a reusable cotton napkin for $5.95. They’re the perfect sustainable party favor too.

Use earth-friendly decorations

It’s much more fun to spend an afternoon with your kids making decorations out of fabric or recycled paper rather than going to the party store. Black construction paper bats, cheesecloth spider webs, candelabras, old branches and vintage decorations can be used over and over again. Use old clothes to make a newspaper-stuffed headless man for your front porch. And don’t forget to compost your pumpkins when Halloween is over. See our Halloween Pinterest board for some DIY eco-friendly decorating ideas.

Pickle Your Garden Fruits and Vegetables This Fall!


If you head to your local farmers market every weekend or have a garden of your own, you know that fall offers a wide variety of delicious in-season vegetables. With so many options it can be hard to pick, but luckily you don’t have to! Pickling provides a delicious alternative to keeping those garden vegetables fresh for the winter months to come.

Apples, beets, cranberries, cabbage, rutabaga, cauliflower, onions and squash are all in season and perfect for pickling. Before you begin the process, make sure you have pint-size (2-cup) canning jars or similar-size tempered-glass jars with lids equal to the amount you’d like to pickle.

Step 1: Prepare Fruit or Vegetables

Wash and chop your veggies into whatever shape you’d like them to be pickled in (thin disks work well if you’re unsure ). Cabbage is easiest when shredded.

Step 2: Divide Vegetables

Divide the vegetables among the pint-size (2-cup) canning or other glass jars. Place them inside the jars and leave some room.

Step 3: Add Flavorings

Add fresh or dry flavorings, if desired. Don’t be afraid to mix and match a little! Some of the best dry flavorings to start with are peppercorns, cumin, coriander, mustard seeds and caraway. Use between 1/4 and 1/2 teaspoon of these dried spices per jar.

Step 4: Make Brine

Make either sweet or sour brine using these recipes:

Sour Brine Recipe

Makes: 6 cups. Combine 3 cups distilled white vinegar (or cider vinegar), 3 cups water, 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sea salt and 2 tablespoons sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until the salt is dissolved. Let boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Sweet Brine Recipe
Makes: 6 cups. Combine 3 cups distilled white vinegar (or cider vinegar), 3 cups water, 1-1/2 cups sugar and 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sea salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Let boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

If canning apples try this recipe, and for cranberries try this recipe.

Step 5: Fill Jars with Brine

Carefully fill jars (or containers) with brine to within 1/2 inch of the top of the rim, covering the fruit or vegetables completely. Discard any leftover brine. Place the lids on the jars (or containers) and push to the back of the refrigerator. Let them sit back there for at least a week while the flavors soak up. Keep jars in the fridge for up to 6 months.

If you grow other vegetables in your garden, try canning them this fall and perfect your recipe. These jars make great hostess or holiday gift ideas.

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3 Halloween Costume Ideas You Can Make!


Autumn is here and Halloween is just around the corner. Halloween is a fun holiday full of treats, scares and the opportunity to dress up! Making your own Halloween costume allows you to be creative, have fun, save money, and lessen your impact on the environment.

Here are three ideas for costumes you can easily assemble using found materials or items you may already have around the house. These ideas work for men, women, and children’s costumes.


Turn an old white bed sheet or piece of fabric into a DIY mummy costume! Start by taking 5-10 teabags and placing them in a bucket of boiling water. Let the tea steep for 20 minutes and place the old sheet in the water. Soak the sheet for an hour to give the fabric an aged appearance. Hang the sheet outside to dry or place in the dryer. Cut or rip the fabric into long strips. Put on white or light colored clothing and find a volunteer to help you wrap strips around your arms, legs, torso and neck!

Witches and Wizards

If you’re in a time crunch and need a quick and easy costume, this is for you! All you need to make your Witch or Wizard hat are paper, scissors, a ruler and some double stick tape. Follow the step by step instructions here.

Finish off your costume with items from your closet or a thrift store. For a witch costume, find a black dress, striped tights, black shoes and a broom. For a wizard costume, find a robe, graduation gown, or make your own with a sheet or tablecloth.

Cardboard Dinosaur

We love this idea from hello, Wonderful that we couldn’t help but share. This is not only a great idea for kids but adults as well. All you need are three cardboard boxes, paint, white mat board, glue and scissors.

These costume ideas are just a starting point. Exercise your imagination and embellish your costume anyway you like. Check out our Pinterest Halloween board for more suggestions on eco-friendly costumes and decorations!



Eco-Friendly Fall Decorations For Your Home


It seems as though every day in October is a countdown to Halloween. As you’re preparing to decorate this year, skip the store-bought items and choose a more eco-friendly option. Not only will you save money, but you’ll end up with unique, one-of-a-kind ideas that are gentle on the earth!

Most of our favorite ideas involve items you probably already have around the house including colored paper, scissors, string and glue or tape. Get creative and try to find items you can reuse to make decorations.

Themed Garland

Making a paper garland is an easy and fun project for the whole family. Ghosts, skulls and bats are easy to stencil and trace on construction paper, old magazines or newspaper. These ideas from HomeDIT cover Fall garlands and Halloween-themed garlands. Make the garland as easy as you like by choosing simple shapes and decorations. Kids can decorate with crayons, paint and buttons to personalize.

Alternatives to Pumpkin Carving

If you’re hosting any type of fall gathering, we love this idea where you cut the top off the pumpkin and scoop out the insides to make a cooler for all types of beverages. Utilize the same idea for smaller pumpkins and line with smaller glass bowls to use for snacks or candy.

If you’re looking for a new kind of pumpkin carving, these updates on the classic jack-o-lantern light us up. Simply hollow out the pumpkin, trace a shape on the outside and create holes along the pattern.

Paper Punch Leaves

Make a day out of raking the yard and collecting leaves. While outside, ask your kids to collect a handful of their favorite leaves. Take them inside and punch them into beautiful shapes and press them in a book. If you don’t own paper punches, create a small stencil of a circle or square and have them cut out their favorite part of the leaf. Once the leaves have dried, use them as DIY confetti on your Halloween or Thanksgiving table.

Looking for more ideas? Check out our Pinterest board full of ways to reuse what you have around the house and repurpose into the perfect eco-friendly Fall and Halloween decorations!

10 Upcycling Ideas for Kids


Upcycling is simply recycling with a twist…the term is used to describe the growing trend of reusing, restoring or repurposing old furniture, clothing or goods from around the house. The goal is to lower your footprint and save items from landfill by turning them into something useful.

  • Cork Stamps

Wine corks can easily be repurposed into stamps for DIY crafts and projects for kids. We love this alternative to rubber stamps, especially the ideas in this tutorial. Minimal tools are needed to make these stamps, but adult supervision is recommended.

  • Glass Jar Planters

This idea is fun and easy for kids and adults alike. Collect empty glass jars that you’ve used (salsa, pickle or empty candles are our favorite) and get planting! All you need is some potting soil, seedlings or cuttings, and small rocks for drainage on the bottom.

  • Shirt Pillows

Love that gently worn shirt, but not ready to get rid of it? Repurpose it by making it into a pillow. Use upcylced throw pillows as decorations on beds or couches. Here is an easy step-by-step guide.

  • Vintage Fabric Bowl Covers

Try this simple sewing project with kids to create homemade bowl covers from vintage fabrics. Save on plastic wrap with this waste-free idea, perfect for outdoor parties or picnics. They also keep the bugs away and keep food fresh.

  • Map Gift Tag or Bookmark

With the holidays coming up, making your own gift tags is a simple way to upcycle old items and save money. Find old maps in the car or at a second-hand bookstore and turn them into gift tags or bookmarks. Cut to size and finish by hole punching the top and adding your favorite string or twine.

  • Coffee Can Planters

If you buy coffee in bulk, then this is a great idea for you to repurpose those old cans. You can add more house plants inside or out with these few simple steps.

  • Cuff Coin Purse

Here is another upcycling project involving another part of your outgrown shirt. Follow this guide to make cute purses for money, cards, chapstick or keys. It’s an easy first-time sewing project for kids that makes a great holiday gift.

  • Magazine or Newspaper Garland

If you have a stack of old magazines or newspapers lying around, this project is a perfect way to reuse them. This idea is a creative way to decorate for any occasion.

  • Cereal Box Notebooks

Make your own adorable notebooks in eight simple steps using cereal boxes, buttons, string and optional accent paper. These sturdy notebooks are the perfect rainy-day crafts for kids, and make thoughtful homemade presents. Follow this step-by-step process and have fun with this creative  upcycling project.

  • Paper Bag Baskets

Have a stack of leftover paper shopping bags? Here is a great way to reuse them with a purpose. These will keep kids busy, and make great baskets for fruit or planted herbs.

All it takes to upcycle is your creative imagination and an eye for what can be used around the house. Check out our Pinterest board full of our favorite suggestions!

U•Konserve & Friends Switch The Straw Once And For All

switch the straw

As our campaign to switch the straw draws to a close, we are filled with gratitude. Thank you to our partners and wonderful community who shared the message and posted pictures of how they switch the straw. We’d like to finish the month by highlighting more partners and community members who advocate for switching the straw.

These organizations and individuals feel just as passionate about reusable straws as we do! Below are a few like-minded campaigns supporting the movement to eliminate plastic straws.

Ocean Conservancy

The team at Ocean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s biggest global challenges through science-based solutions. Since oceans are the most important ecosystems on the planet it is important they are kept clean and free of trash. How do they accomplish this?  Through organized events like beach clean-ups, challenges like their last straw challenge, and building community via social networks. Get involved by signing this letter asking restaurants to ask before serving straws.

Plastic Pollution Coalition

Plastic Pollution Coalition’s goal is to stop plastic pollution once and for all. Get started by following their guide to living plastic free and signing their “no plastic straw” pledge. Take the next step and get your community involved by visiting local restaurants and cafes and asking them to serve straws upon request.

Straws Upon Request

The mission of Straws Upon Request is simple: get restaurant owners to commit to only serving straws when asked. Since straws are not a necessity to drink a beverage and cause harm to the environment, they’d like restaurants to kick the habit for good. You can follow their progress here. Interested in getting your organization or school involved? You can contact them here for more information.

One Green Planet

One Green Planet is educating consumers about why saying NO to plastic straws is a big YES for the planet. From the effects plastic straws have on the planet to how you can minimize your straw use, they are educating the masses.

Still looking to switch the straw? Act now and receive a free straw brush with your purchase of reusable straws. Offer ends 9/30.

Check out our switch the straw board on Pinterest for more straw facts and information on how you can become involved with the movement.

How Straws Affect Animals and Ecosystems


Considering more than 90 percent of all trash floating in the world’s oceans is plastic, it’s logical that plastic accounts for the most harmful man-made items in the ocean. But what we often forget is that animals are ingesting this plastic waste every day, especially straws.

Many marine biologists, photographers, and sea lovers have captured the impact of single-use plastic on animals. As the plastic travels into and around the ocean, it breaks into tiny pieces that are then easily ingested by marine life. These are the top animals affected by single-use straws in the ocean:


Millions of seabirds are killed from the effects of plastic pollution every year. One of the most common plastic items ingested by seabirds are plastic straws from juice boxes. The plastic reduces the storage volume of their stomachs, ultimately causing them to starve. It’s estimated that 90 percent of all seabirds have eaten pieces of plastic. That number is predicted to increase to 99 percent by 2050.


Fish ingest 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic each year in the North Pacific alone. This causes intestinal injury, death, and also transfers plastic up the food chain to bigger fish and marine mammals. A recent study found that a quarter of fish at markets in California contained plastic in their guts, mostly in the form of plastic microfibers. This plastic leaches harmful toxins, including BPA, into their bodies and ultimately into us through our dinner plates.

Sea Turtles

Sea turtles also mistake floating plastic items for food. While plastic bags are the most commonly ingested item found in turtles, straws are a close second. About a year ago, two researchers posted an 8-minute video of what happened when a turtle met a straw and the impact it had on the animal. Since some sea turtle species are critically endangered, this viral story highlighted the important issue of single-use straw waste.

Switching the straw may seem small on the individual level, but the impact it can have on the environment and animals is huge. To help you get started, we’re offering a Free Straw Brush with every Stainless Steel Straw 2-Pack through September. To learn more straw facts visit our Pinterest board dedicated to the topic, and our Facebook page.

Artists Changing The Way We See Single-Use Plastic


Today nearly every person on the planet comes into contact with some form of plastic packaging on a daily basis. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, worldwide use of plastic has increased 20 times in the past 50 years, and it is expected to double in the next 20 years. While many companies and organizations focus on plastic waste facts to raise awareness, artists are also coming up with creative ways to bring attention to the issue.

Many artists have found inspiration in plastic waste, from daily garbage to plastic found in the ocean. They have created pieces, installations and images to bring awareness.  Here are some of our favorite campaigns:

#365 Unpacked

In this photo series, artist Antoine Repesse spent four years collecting his own recyclables and photographing the waste. By taking the subject and dividing it into its respective areas of use, we see how much waste we, in fact, might have in our own homes. What does his series ultimately remind us? That the best waste is the waste we don’t produce.

7 Days of Garbage

Photographer Gregg Segal had a similar motive behind his photo series.  He grew up always wondering where his trash was going and what will happen when we run out of room for it. In this series he asked friends, family and neighbors to collect their trash and recyclables for a week. He then photographed them laying in their own trash. His motive? “I photographed my family because I want my 8-year-old son to understand that we’re contributing to the problem, too.”

Natural Plasticity

Los Angeles-based artists Jana Cruder & Matthew Lapenta scale the impact of single-use plastics in their larger-than-life installation series. Their mission is to bring a consciousness to consumers and corporations about plastics through the creation of 20-30 ft. single-use plastic bottles and cups. Since disposable plastic is impacting our natural environment, they hope their large scale works will have a profound effect on consumers. Click here to find this impressive traveling installation.

What can we do to help eliminate plastic waste? An organization called Litterati has a solution. They’ve created a community that identifies where litter is being found and cleans it up. By downloading their app you can geotag exactly where you’re finding trash, then you or someone in the community can help remove it. With a goal of a litter-free world in mind, this app makes picking up trash into a treasure hunt.

Organizations Who Are Changing The Way We See Straws


For the month of September, we’ve partnered with many impressive organizations to spread the #SwitchtheStraw message. These organizations feel just as passionate about reusable straws as we do! Below are a few like-minded campaigns supporting the movement to eliminate plastic straws:

The Last Plastic Straw

The Last Plastic Straw’s main focus is to educate the public on disposable plastics and the harm they have on our health, environment and oceans. They aim to eliminate the issue from the source: single-use plastics.

How can you help? Simply request “no straw please” at restaurants, coffee shops and juice bars. Encourage them to only provide straws on request from customers, and to use compostable or reusable options instead of plastic. Basically, DO LESS: consume less, waste less, and use less plastic. It’s a win-win!

Join in a global movement to eliminate plastic drinking straws from our landfills, our streams, our oceans and our beaches.

Be Straw Free Campaign

The Be Straw Free campaign was started by 9-year-old Milo Cress when he learned the facts about daily plastic straw use. His campaign aims to work together with members of the straw industry, restaurants, schools, environmental groups, businesses and concerned citizens to reduce the use of disposable plastic straws.

Take action! Join Milo in reducing waste by taking the pledge to go strawless or adopting an “offer first” policy at restaurants or businesses. Get your community involved and follow Milo’s lead. One person can have a profound effect on the health of our environment.

Click here for more information or to run a campaign.

5 Gyres

The 5 Gyres Institute is a non-profit organization that empowers action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution. Their programs and research focus on science, art, education and adventure as it relates to the world’s oceans.

A gyre is a large system of circular ocean currents formed by global wind patterns and forces created by the Earth’s rotation. Debris drifts into these areas of the ocean and accumulates into garbage patches due to wind patterns. The Indian Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean and North Pacific Ocean all have giant garbage patches that are significantly impacting the health of our oceans.

Plastic straws are a top polluter on beaches. As a result, 5 Gyres encourages their community to sign a #plasticfree pledge. With action steps and guides, 5 Gyres’ resources make it easier to live plastic free.

So, how will you get involved and #SwitchtheStraw? Share with us on social media if you’re organizing a campaign, bringing your own reusable straw, or saying NO to plastic straws!