Posts Tagged ‘Shopping bag’

When I tell people I’ve gone plastic-free, I usually get one of two questions:

1) What, so you don’t use any plastic products?

2) So what do you do about X? (where X is some product we can’t imagine living without).

The answer to question #1 is simple: I’m only avoiding buying or consuming plastic products. I’m not about to throw about the plastic products I have. It’s exactly those products that help me with the answer to question #2.

I’ve spent the last few years building up an arsenal of objects to help reuse more and buy less.

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"21st Century Fushion" fused plastic...

Photo credit: Urban Woodswalker

Bags: I imagine almost everyone is familiar with those fold-up reusable grocery bags at this point. It seems as if every event and non-profit is intent on sending you one of these grocery bags, right?  I have over ten. At least I won’t have to use disposable bags if I ever need to make a run on canned goods to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.

These reusable bags are more essential now that many cities and counties are passing plastic bag bans. Sure, most of those plastic reusable bags are made from synthetic fibers, but it takes only ten uses of a reusable bags to make using it more efficient than disposable plastic bags.

eneloop rechargeable battery

Photo credit: liewcf

Batteries: Finding batteries that aren’t wrapped up in plastic? Good luck. I purchased rechargeable batteries months ago, which has made this dilemma a little more manageable. Granted, with only eight such batteries, I still end up swapping batteries around between my wireless mouse, my X-box controller, and sundry household items. I did find one person on the forums of My Plastic Free Life who said she found plastic-free packaged batteries at Wal-Mart.

Seeing as about everything in Wal-Mart is encased in plastic, I remain skeptical.

The battery brand I prefer is Sanyo‘s Eneloop. I’ve been using them for over a year and haven’t noticed any diminished charge time.

Light Bulbs: This one’s easy: candles.

Okay, just kidding. This issue hasn’t come up in my plastic pledge, because I already switch over to compact fluorescent light bulbs, which last like ten years. However, there are some plastic free options. Beth Terry over at My Plastic Free Life recommends Ace Hardware, where she found a 5-pack box of GE compact fluorescent lightbulbs that didn’t have the stupid plastic windows that most light bulb packages have.

For lightbulbs that aren’t your standard 60-watt bulbs—well, I’m just hoping one of those doesn’t burn out. Probably the best measure to reduce packaging on high-wattage incandescent lightbulbs is to buy in bulk, or just try to avoid them altogether.

Baking Soda: This stuff is great. It comes in cardboard packages, and it’s useful for almost everything. I could write an entire post on baking soda alone, so I’m going to leave it at that for now.