Are you joining the global movement to cut back on your plastic use this July? I know, going fully plastic free is (likely) an impossible feat, but we can make small changes in our everyday life to cut back on our plastic uses. Just as importantly, we should also be supporting manufacturers and makers who are consciously producing less plastic waste by creating alternative products and also by eliminating plastic packaging for their products.
There are some great Island born companies who can help you with your Plastic Free July goals! It is also important to note that many small businesses listed on Island Crafted use Eco-concious materials for packaging and shipping their products, such as paper or biodegradable shrink wrap, even biodegradable tape!
Cutting back plastics in the kitchen
Some of the most common single use plastics in the kitchen include saran wrap, zip lock bags, plastic produce bags, and plastic straws. Not only that, but many of the reusable paper products that we use such as paper towel come wrapped in far too much plastic. Here are some solutions for cutting back plastics in the kitchen:
- • Taryn’s Cloth Creations makes cloth reusable zipper snack and sandwich bags, dual pocket reusable straw bags, and reusable “unpaper towels”
- • Evercoast Handmade makes reusable zipper snack and sandwich bags, reusable wet bags, and “unpaper towels”
- • Island Reveries and Coastal Hive make Beeswax wraps
- • Beaner’s Beanies makes crocheted produce bags
- • Island Java Bag makes up-cycled produce bags, market bags, and french press/coffee cup cozies
Cutting back plastics in your bathroom
There are a few very simple changes you can make to reduce the single use plastics in your bathroom:
- • Raven’s Nest Soaps not only makes fantastic soaps and bath bombs that are not packaged in plastic, she also makes shampoo bars and shave bars
- • Blyss by Laura and Ravensong Soap Co. also make amazing soaps and bath products which are not packaged in plastic
- • Modern Wellness Collective makes beauty products such as dry shampoo, face serums and undereye creams that are all packaged in glass or aluminum
Reducing plastic with your kids
Ohhhh plastic kid’s toys! I’ll admit, my house is FILLED with them. I’ve been trying hard to not buy them more plastic things, but I’ll admit, it is very difficult to do. A good small step to make is to be conscious of all those little plastic toys that add up in things like stockings and birthday party goodie bags. Here are some Island Crafted makers that can help you reduce plastic when it comes to your kids:
- • Artisanal Marshmallows from The Fluff Sisters or cookie dough mix from Island Reveries are great plastic free consumable gifts that kids will love
- • Beaner’s Beanies makes super fun crocheted reusable water balloons for hours of plastic free fun
- • For new baby gifts instead of plastic baby toys, think cotton and wood teethers or blankets from Sweet Little Baby Cakes, handmade baby clothes from Kid-os Kids or Sugar Sandwich Design, Change pads and sleep sacks from Doodlebaby Gifts, custom embroidered stuffies from Threading the Love, and cotton baby booties from Anchored Dreams Atelier
- • Sweet Peas Kid’s Krafts makes adorable handmade stuffed animals and dolls which can even be custom made to order
- • Raven’s Nest Soap Co. makes amazing kid’s themed bath bombs such as sharks or unicorns
- • Bread + Clutter is a Vancouver Island author and illustrator who has written a fantastic kid’s book about being comfortable with whoever you are and whatever you want to wear called Tommy Tutu
I hope that I’ve given you some great ideas of how to start cutting back on plastics in your life! Happy browsing and thanks for supporting local!