Package Less: Tools to Help You Ditch Plastic
If you are on the Zero Waste path, then you probably already have a reusable water bottle and reusable shopping bags. But these things will only get you so far in your quest to decrease the plastic you use. If you want to ditch plastics for good, there are a few other tools available to help.
Plastic wrap for sandwiches and leftovers has become the standard. Bees wrap changes that! Available in a variety of sizes and designs, Bees Wrap brings back a traditional way to keep food fresh. This organic cloth infused with beeswax is washable, reusable, and completely compostable.
Besides the traditional use for canning, mason jars also make handy containers for leftovers. The jars also make great storage for prepped veggies in the fridge, along with dry goods such as flour and beans on the pantry shelf. Lettuce (and other fresh greens and veggies such as peas or carrots) stored in a sealed mason jar should stay crunchy for up to two weeks!
Are you wary of glass and do you need something a little more flexible? Stasher silicone storage bags are the answer. These soft bags come in a variety of sizes and colors. Stasher bags are soft like plastic, but are made from silicone (using naturally derived silica). Silica is non-toxic, odorless, and not chemically reactive. The bags are microwave safe, reusable, dishwasher safe, and can even be used in the oven.
If you regularly pack lunch for yourself (or your kids), you know that trash from sandwiches, snacks, and juice boxes adds up quickly. U-Konserve removes all of the waste from your lunch box. These stainless steel containers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with colorful lids to top it off. You can even stash them in your car to use at your favorite restaurant for to-go containers. Note: while the lids and dividers of U-Konserve containers are made from plastic, they are reusable, recyclable, and free of BPA, phthalates, and lead. Plus, U-Konserve offers a Lids for Life guarantee where they will replace any defective lid at no charge. Besides containers, U-Konserve also offers stainless steel straws and bamboo utensils.
Ditch the plastic snack baggies and go with a sweet cotton bag from Wild Hollow Farm. Not only will you be decreasing your plastic use, but you will also be supporting a local business. These 100% cotton bags with ecoPUL lining are hand-sewn in Marengo, Wisconsin. The interior ecoPUL fabric is waterproof and free of BPA, phthalates, and lead. These bags work well for sandwiches and snacks such as fruit or nuts.