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TBG Sustainable Living Guide: Disposable Plastics Pt. II

Read part one, here.

I am such a firm believer that the biggest and best way to implement change is to start small. When I interviewed Nomadix co-founder Chace Petersen, a fledgling business from Southern California creating sustainable gear for avid travelers and adventurers, in a piece for Pure Green Magazine, he talked about his strong, ethical conviction that in these modern times, we should be using alternative and moreover, sustainable materials to make our products:

We don’t see any other option for any product or business that’s starting these days. Why would you ever use virgin materials?”

What is cool about Nomadix (and many other companies) is that they used strictly renewable resources that are made out of, you guessed it, plastic. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculates that only 34.3% of recycled and/or compostable materials are disposed of properly while a staggering 52.8% is simply tossed in the can. So, it’s pretty mind blowing to consider the amount of plastic products we use on the whole that provides enough materials for companies to create new items out of just the 34% of what is recycled. 

The silver lining in all of this is that our modern day technology is capable of incredible things, like making beautiful products out of our disposable ones, but the only way to participate in this change is by buying them! If you are wondering if I am telling you to go shopping? The answer is yes. A popular phrase these days is to “vote with your dollars”, meaning that your purchases make an impact by supporting companies and their practices. It’s not always an easy switch and sometimes it can be costly, but implementing these changes individually can lead to an even greater change collectively.

So, here are two more alternatives to eliminating and replacing single-use, disposable plastics in your every day lives:

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Abeego Beeswax Wrap

This inventive (and my personal favorite) product is a clever combination of beeswax, tree resin, cotton fabric, and jojoba oil. If you can’t transfer your food to a reusable container, this works as a great replacement for your typical plastic wrap. It takes a few seconds for the material to become malleable and sticky enough to get a good clinginess going on, but after a few uses it will change shape easily and hold well. Be careful to only clean it with cold water and alcohol-free soap (and of course, biodegradable) or the beeswax will run right off. Yikes. No worries though, since this is so stinkin’ cute, you’ll want to take good care of it so you can continue to use it time and time again.
P.S. There are plenty of other grocery store options for biodegradable cling wraps. Find some here.

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Organic Cotton Produce Bags

I purchased several of these bags after realizing that even in my attempt to avoid disposable plastic by buying nuts in bulk or produce from the farmer’s market I was still using plastic bags. They are transparent enough to see what you put inside of them while you shop and durable enough to hold some serious weight (about 8 apples). I keep this in my purse or in other reusable bags so that they become a part of my routine and are always on hand. The best part is, I get lots of inquiries and compliments about them when I shop so I always get the chance to point people in the right direction.

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