May 24, 2017

Waste Less Wednesday 5/24/17

Blog Hop Zero waste plastic free less waste sustainable

A blog party focused on environmentally friendly practices: zero waste, recycling, gardening, homesteading, sustainability, living plastic free and upcycling.  It is live Wednesday at 12:00 am CST through Friday at 11:55 pm CST. 

The Host:

Katy writes at SkipTheBag about her experiences trying to minimize waste, avoiding plastic and homesteading with her garden and chickens. If you love her posts you can follow her here:





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The Rules:

  • Link up to 3 original blog posts relating to environmentally friendly practices. Posts can be zero waste, living plastic free, sustainability, less waste recipes, homesteading, upcycling or anything else to do with helping out the environment.
  • No links to stores or link parties. Giveaways are OK as long as they are accompanied with a post.
  • Please visit your fellow bloggers: they care about the environment just like you!
  • In addition to featuring the most visited blog, the "most social" person will be featured. It's hard to track, but use the hashtag #WasteLessWednesday when commenting on people's blogs and while sharing posts on social media to qualify.
  • Posts will show in a random order.
  • By participating you give permission for any part of your post, including pictures, to be used for party promotion. Don't worry all credit will be given to the original source. You will also be signed up to receive SkipThe Bag's weekly email that goes out Wednesday mornings as a reminder to participate in Waste Less Wednesday. 

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May 22, 2017

Toiletries: Plastic Free Travel


With all the traveling I've been doing I figured I'd share what is in my travel toiletry bag. I've got some products I love, and some items I'm eyeing when I need replacements. The links are affiliate links, so if you use them and make a purchase I may receive a commission (thank you for your support!)

I'm working on eliminating the plastic from my bathroom as a whole, but my travel toiletry kit presents itself with some added challenges.

Shampoo Bar

I exclusively use a shampoo bar to wash my hair, and once I figured it out, I love it. However every time I pack my bag to go on a trip I'm reminded with how happy I am with the decision to have a shampoo bar. To fly with the airlines there are no regulations about the size of container and what size bag it is in. Since shampoo bars aren't liquid they aren't subject to those rules so I can simply just throw the bar in the bag and go.

Conditioner

I tried using a conditioner bar, but the one I got didn't meet my needs. I still have about half a bar left. it's the green bar in the top photo, so I throw it in my travel stuff along with my shampoo bar and I use it while traveling particularly if traveling via airplane and not checking a bag (since it's not a liquid...)

However after the conditioner bar I moved to Plaine Products conditioner, so I have an old plastic container I fill with Plaine Products conditioner. However I just found out they started selling a travel size of refillable conditioner so you want to just buy that directly (or try out the product before committing to a large size).

Bar Soap

This is another no-brainer as it is the soap I use everyday. However it is far more convenient for travel, as there is no possibility of it spilling like body wash can.

Bar Soap Carrying Container

With all of these bars I have to have a way of carrying them, especially if damp from the shower. Right now I am using a typical plastic bar soap container. It was one we already had and I'll have it until it breaks, which will hopefully be a long time. I say hopefully because I don't want to have to buy something and there are very few plastic free alternatives out there. I was able to find these metal tins that are large enough to hold a bar of soap so that would be an option. Another could be using a reusable food bag.


Bamboo toothbrush

Again, this is the one I use every day, I just take it with me. When I was a kid I used to have a fold up toothbrush, but again, I haven't been able to find a plastic free version.


Toothbrush Holder

I am currently using a plastic toothbrush holder that I had. Mine covers the total brush but there are smaller plastic ones that cover the brush head. I was able to find two that are made out of bamboo, and I will be checking them out when I need to replace my current toothbrush holder Gaia Guy and Brush Naked. I also found this one that looks like it has the toothbrush and case together.

Razor

I use my safety razor. I will warn you that the razor can go in a carry on, but the razor blade cannot. This makes it a little more tricky to travel with. One option is checking a bag, another option is buying blades where you are traveling too. A third option is to have a disposable razor or disposable razor head that you only use for travel, but then I guess it wouldn't be plastic free, just plastic light. Read more about safety razors.

Face Wash/Moisturizer

As you may remember I use oil to wash and moisturize my face. While traveling I have done a number of things: bring my oil wash, use oil from where I'm staying, use one of the bars of soap I've brought or don't just scrub my face. When you use olive oil and salt as your face wash/scrub, it's easy to find while traveling! When I have brought my own I've used a small Rubbermaid plastic container, but I like that these have locking lids. There are also silicone options

Makeup, Deodorant, and Hair Products

Honestly, there could be (and in the future there may be!) whole posts dedicated to plastic free or homemade make up, deodorant and hair products. If you aren't using plastic free versions of those products at home on a regular basis, you likely won't enjoy trying to figure them out while out on vacation. So just pack up what you have and strive to have made changes by your next trip. 


Toiletry Bag

Now this doesn't need to be anything special. It can simply be a bag that you have around the house. This one looks the most like mine which I've had for years and have given it quite the beating. Hubby's is leather and looks similar to this, but a lighter color. 

As you can tell I've made a lot of progress to eliminate plastic from my bathroom routine. However, there is still some progress to be made. Most of it comes from the fact that I don't see the need to discard the plastic I'm currently using. 

What do you have in your toiletry kit?


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May 17, 2017

Waste Less Wednesday 5/17//17

Blog Hop Zero waste plastic free less waste sustainable

A blog party focused on environmentally friendly practices: zero waste, recycling, gardening, homesteading, sustainability, living plastic free and upcycling.  It is live Wednesday at 12:00 am CST through Friday at 11:55 pm CST. 

The Host:

Katy writes at SkipTheBag about her experiences trying to minimize waste, avoiding plastic and homesteading with her garden and chickens. If you love her posts you can follow her here:





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The Rules:

  • Link up to 3 original blog posts relating to environmentally friendly practices. Posts can be zero waste, living plastic free, sustainability, less waste recipes, homesteading, upcycling or anything else to do with helping out the environment.
  • No links to stores or link parties. Giveaways are OK as long as they are accompanied with a post.
  • Please visit your fellow bloggers: they care about the environment just like you!
  • In addition to featuring the most visited blog, the "most social" person will be featured. It's hard to track, but use the hashtag #WasteLessWednesday when commenting on people's blogs and while sharing posts on social media to qualify.
  • Posts will show in a random order.
  • By participating you give permission for any part of your post, including pictures, to be used for party promotion. Don't worry all credit will be given to the original source. You will also be signed up to receive SkipThe Bag's weekly email that goes out Wednesday mornings as a reminder to participate in Waste Less Wednesday. 

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May 15, 2017

Why All Of My Dishes Are White

Reasons why white dishes are superior to colored or patterned dishes.

I'm not one to get jealous easily, but when I saw a mosaic another blogger made from her broken dishes I was suddenly green with envy. She talked about how she would go and buy fun coffee cups and saucers in fun patterns. They were adorable in fun, bright colors and they made such a cute mosaic and succulent holder.

My mind quickly went to what my mosaic would look like if I used our broken dishes and I realized it would be boring because all of my dishes are white. I was almost tempted to run out and get some fun dishes, but thankfully I thought about it a second and realized that I'm far happier with my decision to have all white dishes.


White dishes are easy to find

White ceramic dishes can be found pretty much anywhere. If we break one I don't have to worry about finding a replacement. Almost anywhere that sells dishes has white ceramic in addition to the pretty colors and patterns. Even if I had them in a solid color, it might be hard to find the exact shade or color. White is white and it's not going anywhere.

Reasons why white dishes are superior to colored or patterned dishes.

White dishes all match 

There is a certain appeal to having a mismatched set, but sooner or later it would drive me crazy. We technically have two different plate sets, and have for years, but, because they are all white, no one notices that they are different.

One store near us has an entire row of serving supplies that are all white. They have white pitchers, platters, dishes and bowls. Any of them would fit in perfectly with my dishes and continue the theme. If I wanted to add some difference I would consider getting the square plates to add some dimension.

White dishes won't go out of style

Remember your grandmother's china? I have great memories of my grandmother's china that had an ivy leaf design on them, but it would not be my preference to serve off of in my house. Our white dishes will never go out of style, and while I doubt our grand kids would want our dishes, they certainly could!

Reasons why white dishes are superior to colored or patterned dishes.

Holiday decorating is a breeze

Growing up we had a set of Christmas dishes that had Christmas trees on them and another with snowmen and snowflake. Now the dishes were really cute, but 11 months out of the year they just took up space...and that's assuming we remembered to use them! Sometimes it was too much work to drag them down from the back of the top shelf.

My white dishes are perfect for any holiday. I love to have fun centerpieces so the white complements any style. If you want more color you can get festive place mats or serving dishes. It is far cheaper to get a set of place mats than to get a set of dishes. So that means you can celebrate more holidays.

So while I was initially a little jealous that her dishes are so fun. I'm far happier with my decision in the long run.

What do your dishes look like?

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May 10, 2017

Waste Less Wednesday 5/10/17

Blog Hop Zero waste plastic free less waste sustainable

A blog party focused on environmentally friendly practices: zero waste, recycling, gardening, homesteading, sustainability, living plastic free and upcycling.  It is live Wednesday at 12:00 am CST through Friday at 11:55 pm CST. 

The Host:

Katy writes at SkipTheBag about her experiences trying to minimize waste, avoiding plastic and homesteading with her garden and chickens. If you love her posts you can follow her here:





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The Rules:

  • Link up to 3 original blog posts relating to environmentally friendly practices. Posts can be zero waste, living plastic free, sustainability, less waste recipes, homesteading, upcycling or anything else to do with helping out the environment.
  • No links to stores or link parties. Giveaways are OK as long as they are accompanied with a post.
  • Please visit your fellow bloggers: they care about the environment just like you!
  • In addition to featuring the most visited blog, the "most social" person will be featured. It's hard to track, but use the hashtag #WasteLessWednesday when commenting on people's blogs and while sharing posts on social media to qualify.
  • Posts will show in a random order.
  • By participating you give permission for any part of your post, including pictures, to be used for party promotion. Don't worry all credit will be given to the original source. You will also be signed up to receive SkipThe Bag's weekly email that goes out Wednesday mornings as a reminder to participate in Waste Less Wednesday. 

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