Day two of Plastic free July and already I have been thwarted. There are better products than plastic, why does everything have to be made from a petroleum process? I first wanted to show you how I travel simply. When I dumped the contents out to photograph I was stunned to see so much plastic in one place. I thought I was doing well, until that moment.
First an update, I am doing well eating raw foods today. Some peas were ready to pick, a handful of radishes and of course more strawberries. I was able to pick some lettuce and spinach for a nice salad as well.
Here is how I carry my hygiene products when I travel. You may remember the red bag, it’s one of the fabric bags I made for Christmas gifts to avoid wrapping paper. No sense packing it away to use only once a year.
Here is what I took with me for a week. A wooden brush with gum rubber bristles, my plastic toothbrush, a comb that I’ve had since the late 1970s when I was in school studying Cosmetology, and an old pill bottle filled with baking soda to brush my teeth and wash my hair, the only deodorant I like. Then there is the disposable razor which is several years old.
It’s not like I bought any of these recently, I just have had a hard time tossing them or finding suitable replacements. To extend the life of the toothbrush I soak it in hydrogen peroxide once a week. No tossing out a toothbrush just because I had a cold.
Then today I needed to purchase paint. Finding paint was easy, there was even a sale going on this week so I saved a few dollars.
But primer which I really needed for a project I have was another story. I have always used Kilz, but it is now sold in a plastic can with a metal lid. I looked for another brand and found Zinsser. It too came in a plastic can. I asked if there were any other brand they could order for me, but after going through the computer of available products I was told all the brand of primer come in a plastic can. I gave up, I needed primer. Yes I came home with a plastic can.
As I’ve mentioned before, plastic can only be recycled once then it ends up in the landfill. So while I came home with plastic it will be repurposed when it is empty, maybe a flower-pot, toy storage for a child.
Love to know what uses you have found for plastic “cans”.