Today I’m excited to bring you a guest post from Jane, of the Fairdare blog. Jane is an expert on ethical and sustainable clothing. Several readers have asked about ideas and sources for synthetic-/plastic-free athletic wear. I asked Jane for help, and she didn’t disappoint. She has a fantastic list to help us eliminate plastic from our wardrobes. Thanks, Jane!
A series providing creative plastic-free solutions.
When I first started replacing Tupperware, Ziploc containers, plastic bags and wrap with plastic-free food containers I did what a lot of people do. I bought a large set of Pyrex glass containers with plastic lids. (It’s easy to ignore those plastic parts.) I use those containers daily, but if I had it to do over I’d buy something different or nothing at all. The plastic lids on those Pyrex containers become brittle and crack, eventually making their way to the landfill. You can buy replacement lids, but in my experience they don’t fit as well and have an even shorter lifespan.
I’m phasing plastic (as much as I can) out of my life. However, I don’t want to leave the impression that I’m rounding up every bit of plastic and hauling it to the trash bin or unloading it all at the thrift store. I’m taking a slow and thoughtful transition.
The previous owner of my house left behind a plastic-laminated dresser, which I kept for storage. The dresser recently tipped over and met its demise. My husband put the broken frame in the trash, but I took the undamaged drawers to donate to a thrift store.
My daily my makeup routine (if you can call it that) is rubbing a little color onto my lips and cheeks. I had been using RMS Lip2Cheek, but found it rather drying. When I finished the product, I looked to my cupboard to make my own lip and cheek tint. I was seeking a natural look from a moisturizing, zero waste product made from simple ingredients. Not too much to ask, right?
About a decade ago I joined a team of Colorado women to participate in a Susan G. Komen 3-Day breast cancer walk. We’d be traveling to California to join over 30,000 women to walk 60 miles and camp together at a mass site set up for the event. Participating teams were encouraged to decorate their designated section of camp.
I’m excited to welcome back Celia, who writes the blog litterless. Celia’s first contribution at the beauty in simple was her post on How to Get Started on Going Zero Waste. She inspires me with her ability to bring beauty to sustainability. Now, I have a few gifts to wrap, but before you get started with your gift wrapping, read on.
One holiday event I attend annually is the Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens. As this will likely be my last year to spend the holidays in Denver, I was happy to share this tradition with my three kids and mother. We laughed a lot and marveled at the beautiful display of lights.
Following a “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” philosophy not only protects our planet’s natural resources, but it provides a pause in the consumption cycle allowing for contentment with what we have. In this series I share personal stories of making do.
The weeds got away from me this summer in a disastrous way. I didn’t attack them early in the season and they spread and went to seed. I left them in fear of sending all those seeds afloat, making matters worse. Ultimately, my solution to the problem was a weed barrier.