Monday, July 13, 2020

Plastic Free Alternatives

I complied a list of things you can get without plastic involved. In our area of the country, we do not have glass recycling and plastic recycling is on its way out. We only have metal and paper recycling. Thus, I made a list of products and companies that offer alternatives, some are even tree free using bamboo. All packaging that the product comes in should be compostable, recyclable or reusable. Hope you find this helpful.

Plastic FREE PRODUCTS (zero waste, everything is compostable or recyclable)

Shampoo, conditioner and body wash 
Can return packaging for refills. 

Dishsoap, handsoap, multi purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, glass cleaner

Can just use own bottles and just start with refill packs

Cleancult- waxed milk jug containers

Kitchen Sponges
Silicon sponges like these -reusable, dishwasher friendly


Patch Bandages - Made from bamboo sold online or at target

If you don’t have teeth problems bamboo brushes are the way to go here. There are many companies that sell these, just do a search online

“Q-Tips” - Cotton Buds

Lip Balm
Many different companies selling lipbalm in compostable tubes, this is a small etsy seller doing it.

No good alternatives for actual wanting to clean your mouth well.
Best alternative found is David’s Natural Toothpaste, supposedly in an all metal recyclable container, not sure who would recycle it though.


Period care
Thinx underwear
Menstrual Cups
Reusable cloth pads and panty liners

Replacable blade razors (costly)

Baby Diapers: 
Alva Baby, Green Mountain Diapers
BumGenius, Fuzzi Buns, Charlie Banana 
(find through a buy nothing or local buy nothing group)

Loofah sponge

Laundry soap


Sheets laundry club

Ziplock bags
Various silicone washable bags can be found on Amazon or other smaller company sites

Plastic wrap
Bees wax wrap

Toilet paper 
Who gives a crap 
Grove co. 

Paper towels and tissues
Grove co.

Cupcake Liners:
Regular ones are compostable 
Silcone Ones are reusable

Companies that carry a lot of niche zero waste products

Package Free Shop

Well Earth Goods 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

What is okay to share

There's an absolute sense of vulnerability in my life currently that feels like I'm unable to share publicly. Andwhat does that really mean to share publicly? Does one have to bare one's heart to the world to be loved?
In raw pain I'm glad that people can find comfort in sharing. I don't have that in my life. In the hard things I've gone through I've been shut down or gaslit away from being able to feel them freely. It's led me to set up strict boundaries that just are hard because the people around me will never really know our understand what it's like to walk in my shoes. But some do have some empathy and for that I'm grateful.
In knowing all of this, I'm trying to lean into my own discomfort for the marginalized people in our country, the immigrants, BIPOC, and all the people who have to live in fear to be themselves. Because the God l know is full of love, so full he sees us when no one else does. And he says in our mess that he still loves us. And goodness is our nation a mess currently. I've seen in my own life that sometimes you absolutely have to break to be healed, but it's uncomfortable to do so and we often to resist it. I think we need to break as a nation, currently many are trying to cover everything up, but it's not working. It's just beating one's head against the wall over and over.
So if statues have to come down and protests have to carried out to be heard then we need to hear. We need to listen to the broken, because we too are broken and it's in our brokenness that we can find common ground and learn to love.

And yes, our God is bigger than a statue any day.