Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Zero Plastic Week: June 9th - 15th (Get a jumpstart on Plastic Free July?)

I just heard about some awesome people in the Netherlands who are hosting a Plastic-Free Week in June. The premise?  Use no new disposable plastic for an entire week. (No plastic shopping bags, produce bags, throw away coffee cups, etc.)  If you are up for the challenge, here is their website and you can join the event on Facebook.

Not sure where to start?

  • Bring your own bags to the supermarket
  • Shop your farmers market for produce that has less packaging (I've found this especially helpful for finding spinach and cherry tomatoes)
  • Bring your own water bottle and coffee mug
  • Say no to straws, or bring your own glass or stainless steel one
  • Bring your own lunch to work or school
  • Make your own yogurt and beans (dried beans are cheaper anyway!)
  • Buy your bread from a bakery or make your own
  • Shop the bulk bins and use your own bags
  • Say no to disposable coffee pods!
  • Make your own cleaning supplies (and how to do laundry without plastic)
  • Use bar soap instead of liquid
(Martha's directions on making yogurt, which are super easy; a great recipe for homemade bread, I make this all the time; how to cook dried beans in the crockpot)

For more ideas, visit Zero Plastic Week's website, or Beth Terry's, or Plastic Free July's

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