My love for Tupperware was real. Memories of my mom's funky colored Tupperware flood through my head whenever I hold a piece of vintage Tupperware. I even love the smell of it. I know...its weird. It consumed my kitchen for a few years until the BPA scare happened. From that point on I tried to find plastic free alternatives to everything I owned. I have to be honest....it took a while. It was like a uphill war. I did not have the money to go replace all of my plastic with glass. That stuff is so cool (insert drool here) but expensive. So I went the old school way. I'm not 100% plastic free but pretty darn close. Enjoy and maybe get inspired.
Do not pay any attention to my old ugly counters, old ugly flooring and anything else I'm forgetting. Were renovating this year thank goodness.
Update I no longer buy these tomatoes because I grow my own and roast them. Once roasted they go into mason jars and into the freezer to use all year long. This means no more packaging to recycle.Woot!
Azure Standard which is a favorite all natural online company. Love them. That powdered milk gets put in glass jars as soon as I get done with this. Some of those large jars I purchased from Azure as well. Luckily I was able to inherit many large ones from my grandma. She kept every type of container imaginable. Including one Kraft Mayo and one peppers jar. Those are my favorite.
Update I now only buy organic coffee in bulk. No more packaging to recycle! I keep my eye out for good sales and buy a lot in bulk so I don't have to worry about high prices. And I still get my coffee fix. Woot!
Also note the large glass jar with chicken meat in it. We feed our dog a raw meat diet because she is allergic to every type of dog food out there. I cannot afford organic meat for her but I do keep it in a glass jar. She eats any type of meat or part you can think of. We also give her olive oil drizzled over a raw egg. Before we knew she was allergic she literally had almost lost all her hair and smelled really bad. Once we fed her the raw meat only it was like night and day. Her fur came back in and her skin was beautiful.
Update This coffee pot SUCKED! When you brewed a fresh pot of coffee the coffee would heat up the plastic around the stainless steel carafe and leak onto you. I returned it to find that even the glass did the same thing. This $100+ coffee maker was a piece of junk. So I hunted for a good alternative. Instead I bought a Hamilton Beach 12 cup chrome Percolator from Target (one store I strongly DISLIKE) for only around $35 on sale. It does have a plastic handle but my coffee doesn't come in contact with any plastic so it's A okay for me. No more paper coffee filters! Oh and its very vintage inspired and doesn't look like a regular coffee maker and fits right into our old ugly kitchen. Been using it for a year now and LOVE IT!!!!! You can check it out here for yourself.
Update I now use large glass jars in my freezer. No more ziplocks! If your looking for a good read check out My Plastic-Free Life by my good friend Beth Terry. Many of us green bloggers weighed in on this topic.Ziplock is advocating recycling their plastic bags. You be the judge. By the way I was lucky enough to meet Beth this year. So I'm sorta kinda a big deal now....sorta. Ha!
This is my pantry. Pay no attention to my husbands tuna or hot sauce. Or my kids snacks for that matter. I would love to buy bulk organic pasta but its simply not in the budget. Why is organic pasta so damn expensive? I found thes1 lb bags of organic pasta at Trader Joe's for only $1.39. Ive seen bulk organic pasta for as high as $3.99 a pound.
So as you can see I'm not 100% plastic free. I'm still working on it and who knows if I ever will sway my husband. My kids on the other hand are doing great. Their metal lunch boxes are filled with fabric reusable bags for their sandwiches, medium mason jars for their cut up fruit and reusable metal water bottles. I even have bamboo spoons and metal Thermos's for when they want soup.
So did I win this war? You bet I did. I kicked its ass! Beth Terry would be so proud of me. If you love this post then you will love her blog. Go check it out and learn why she amazes me so.
Now its your turn. What's stopping you?