I've been on my own #plasticfreejourney over the last 6 months embracing more of a #zerowaste lifestyle and, more importantly, getting rid of plastic wrap, aluminium foil and plastic baggies in my kitchen. This is a process but I'm finally ready to share some tips with you in hopes that you feel inspired and confident in taking the journey for yourself.
💚 Tip: Start where you are and commit to one change each month. This makes things digestible and not overwhelming for you and those you live with. Because trust me it's a shift that isn't always easy.
Plastic Drinking Straws
Getting rid of plastic straws all together was necessary for me after learning that straws are destroying our oceans. They rank in the top ten for Marine debris along with coffee stirrers. Plus soft bendable plastics are high in toxic polystyrene (#6), polypropylene (#5) or polyethylene (#2) and BPA depending on how hard they are (think Starbucks straws). The plastics are a serious concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. Additional research suggests a possible link between BPA and increased blood pressure.
So I grabbed these metal straws which are dishwasher safe and easy to clean. I also leave one in my car so that if I'm on the run I can use it rather than taking one at a coffee shop or in my booch. Click the photo for yours.
Plastic Cling Wrap
While plastic wraps are very conventient for quickly wrapping leftover or food for travelling they are very harmful to our health especially when heated or covering hot food/beverages.
They contain BPA too, and according to the Environmental Working Group, “Low doses of BPA lead to a range of health problems, including birth defects of the male and female reproductive systems in laboratory animals.” Some manufactures have switch from using BPA but have since turned to other harmful alternatives like Polyvinyl Chloride -- or PVC. According to both the Institute for Agriculture and the Ecology Center, exposure to PVC can cause birth defects, skin diseases, cancer and deafness, as well and liver and spleen problems.
So I stopped looking for BPA free everything and tossed out all the plactic wrap.
Alternatives to plastic wrap and Ziplock Baggies I'm embracing
So now that you have some great options (find out more by clicking the photos of each product) for replacing those kitchen plastics and you can feel confident in starting to eliminate them all together, keeping yourself and your family safe and healthy.
Share your journey towards a healthier home on social media using the hashtag #plasticfreejourney so I can follow along with you.