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.
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:
- Make your own holiday lanterns.
- Create a mini glass jar sewing kit.
- Grow a terrarium for yourself or to give as a gift.
- Make a DIY desk organizer.
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!