Plastic Free Kitchen Essentials! | 11 Eco Friendly Products to Reduce Plastic Waste

Plastic Free Kitchen Essentials! | 11 Eco Friendly Products to Reduce Plastic Waste

(upbeat music) – Hey Munchies, welcome to
the channel if you’re new. I’m Alyssia and I’m so
excited you’re here. We’re tackling a hot topic
today, plastic waste. Everyone is loving to rag
on people who waste plastic, especially on social
media, and I do get it. It is irritating how much plastic we waste especially with food products. But what bugs me is people
are so quick to attack others yet they provide no solutions. Stop using plastic. Okay well then what do I do? Glass jars aren’t the
answer to everything. So I decided to figure it out. What do I do instead of plastic? And I am sharing some of the alternatives that I found with you today. This video is not
sponsored, no one paid me or even sent me these for free. I bought them all myself and I will say, it is not cheap to go plastic free. So, check your privilege card
before hating on someone, especially someone you
don’t know on the internet. I do get that you’re
trying to make the world a better place, that’s
great but I also believe that most people are
doing the best they can. Moving on, I am not partial
to any of these brands here. I honestly went by
reviews when researching but I am going to tell
you what I actually think as we go through this
and I have included a PDF with links to all of these products if you do wanna try any of
them out for yourselves. I will say, it was a bit
irritating that almost all of these came wrapped
in like a yard of plastic. Oh the irony. Okay first up I wanted
to tackle plastic bags. Ziploc baggy, so convenient but obviously not doing anything good for the planet. I have a few options here. These silicone food bags, which I shared in a previous video, are
probably my favorite because you can throw ’em in the
dishwasher so they’re easy to use. The truth is a lot of plastic
alternatives are so much work and this day and age,
we all want convenience. So it is important that
I find a balance of both if I actually want it to
be sustainable and not just try it for a week and then quit. These I would use for
like sandwiches or snacks. I also have these larger
food storage stasher bags which are also silicone
and great for storage but it’s cool because you
can also sous vide style cook them, meaning they can go
straight into boiling water. It can withstand high temperatures as well as the microwave,
dishwasher et cetera which makes them very convenient. The downside of course is the cost. This one bag was almost 20 dollars and the small one is over 10 dollars. Somethings gotta give. They are supposed to last a long time but I haven’t tried any of
these products long term yet so I can’t say how they hold up. Some people say that the
crevices are hard to clean so if you do try them out,
be diligent and make sure that no gunk is left or else you’ll end up with no plasticless bags and lost money. Next is this reusable wrap. It has a protective aluminum layer, it’s made of natural cellulose fiber and is phthalate, BPA and PVC free. You can wrap up sandwiches,
snacks or produce and it’s easy to clean because it’s water resistant so you
can really wipe it down or rinse it out and let it dry. I guess this is more of a foil
or plastic wrap substitute. I will say it is irritating
that it came wrapped in plastic. And that is another thing
I just want to whine about, why are toys still packaged
with so much plastic. People love to hate on food packaged for convenience in plastic
but are still buying kids’ toys with plastic
packaging, check yourself. This item does seem to clean more easily and will hopefully hold up. It was around 10 dollars
which is more affordable than some alternatives but remember, if you want multiple, it will add up. Another plastic wrap alternatives
are these bees wax wraps. I shared these in a previous video, I have been trying to
use them for the last few months, you can use them to wrap up sandwiches, fruit or cover bowls. It is made of bees wax so there’s a bit waxy feeling obviously. It’s supposedly sustainably harvested bees wax but who can know. These are also very expensive. A pack of three can be
around 15 to 20 dollars and to be honest, I like the idea of these more than I actually like them. Maybe I am just not
patient enough but they just don’t hold that well
or close that easily. They do have many options online so you can get different patterns. This is probably the most
prevalent plastic wrap substitute I found but I
don’t think it’s the easiest. I also got some silicone stretch lids to reseal food in bowls or jars. These are more affordable, I
got a six pack for 11 dollars and I think that they’re
more functional too. Instead of plastic wrap,
they’re easy to put on leftovers or even half of a large melon or fruit. The different sizes are
helpful and, like most of these other products, they are BPA and phthalate free,
non toxic et cetera. They can also go in the
freezer or microwave and I think this is probably
the most practical item that I can easily integrate
into my lifestyle right now without feeling I’m
making a huge compromise. As I was brainstorming
this video, I was thinking, where do I use plastic now that I could perhaps find an alternative? And one thing that came up was trash bags. To be honest, it was not
easy to find an alternative. Well, scratch that, eco friendly options exist but they aren’t very handy. Most of the bags don’t have
drawstrings that I’m used to, some include twist ties but,
come on, that is not convenient and some don’t have any tie at all. Also, biodegradable bags
are great in theory, unless they start to break
down while your trash is still in them which many of the reviews for different brands noted to happen. This brand had better reviews. So far, so good. No ties unfortunately and I will say that, so many reviews said this too
for all these kinds of bags, but the 13 gallon bag are
definitely not 13 gallon. They don’t fit the trash can
like my regular plastic ones so that is an irritating adjustment. Also, during my trash bag hunt, I found a lot of companies
trying to sell you on their product but not necessarily actually trying to protect the Earth. Remember, the company’s
goal is to sell so, while they may want to help the Earth, they also maybe just want to
sell it to you because they know that you wanna buy something
that’s helping the Earth. A lot of plastic alternatives
I found while researching, also might be better for the
environment relative to plastic but a lot of the products cause harm to the environment in their development. For instance, some are made
of plants or sugar cane and the farming uses
up a lot of resources. Also, many of these are
recyclable but not biodegradable. So, if they get out into the ocean and a turtle eats it,
the turtle is not saved. Some companies advertise that
they are biodegradable but this is only true in certain
very controlled environments. Maybe it’s biodegradable in
this room where they tested it, where they can control
the heat and everything around it but, if it’s left on the street, it is not going to degrade naturally. My point is not to not get these
items but just to be aware, just because it says made from plants, doesn’t mean it’s helping the environment. I think a better system
is trying to get away from single use products
as much as possible. So, things like trash bags. Most of us aren’t going to
completely do away with tomorrow but, if we can use less
items that are ultimately used once and ultimately
thrown like Ziplocs, water bottles, grocery store
bags, silverware et cetera, then we can do more good
than by stressing out about buying trash bags made from plants. So items like eco friendly silverware. Great but sill has to be thrown, even if it can biodegrade naturally. It’s better to use regular silverware. Same with straws. Paper, corn starch, wheat straws are great but they’re single use. Stainless steel that
can be washed and reused are really more environmentally
friendly and less wasteful. Bamboo straws are another tricky one because bamboo has a
high carbon footprint. The bamboo is from China not the U.S. and most of those straws
are only about 15% bamboo. The rest is corn starch and resin, which is a chemically formed plastic. Water bottles, we all know by now to get away from single use bottles. Find a reusable one that you love and can refill again and again. I have a couple of more items. So I touched on grocery
bags and obviously we wanna be using more of our own
reusable items when we can but this also includes produce bags. Those produce bags aren’t doing the earth any favors and they’re easy to replace. I bought these on Amazon, 12 dollars for nine of them in different
sizes and they’re netted, durable, BPA free and,
most important, reusable. You can use them for
anything not just groceries but they are great multipurpose bags that are better for the environment. You can use these or get other bags like these cotton sachet
bags for bulk bin items too. Now, if a store carries bulk bin items, you can often bring your own container. A bag or a jar, just have the store take the weight of your
container first so that you can get an accurate price for
the amount of the product. I know that Sprouts for
instance, is willing to do this and does it for me when I go. And these produce bags can
also be used as bulk bin items and actually include the
tare weight on the bag, cool. Also, in case you didn’t
know, grocery bags and produce bags can both
be recycled in the bins out front of most grocery stores
but so can Amazon packages. So those blue and white
envelopes that note that they can be recycled, can be
take to that same location. And those are my plastic alternatives to share with you today. At the end of the day, just do your best, it is expensive to go plastic
free but remember, as with anything, all or nothing
is likely not gonna last. I suggest starting to transition sustainably so you can gradually use less. To find a way to keep your lifestyle going while also helping the environment. Also worth noting, this
evolution of a plastic waste obsession is really, I
hate to say it, a fad. Not that it isn’t accurate or
that we shouldn’t be thinking about it and talking about
it and finding alternatives but, just like fashion
and diet fads come and go, even if they are environmentally
focused, this will too. Do your best but for the love of Earth, stop being mean to people online about it. Focus on your business and do your best. You are not the plastic police. If you wanna try out any of
these items, I have linked them below and in the free
PDF that you can download. If you have other items that you like, feel free to share them in the comments because I’m sure anyone else here watching this video,
is interested in more. I appreciate you being here, I appreciate your kindness in this community. I know it is hard to find on YouTube but I feel really lucky to have you here. I’ll see you next week and remember, it’s all a matter of mind over munch.

Comments (100)

  1. What’s one thing you do to cut down on waste!? Let’s share and learn from each other!

  2. Walmart has a 4 pack of steel straws with silicon tips of 4 colors (color-code your drinks per person!) for under 3.00. Look in the camping goods section though and not the kitchen section. (Yes, the package they come in is a plastic bubble but I did recycle it)

  3. Thank you for this video. I'm glad someone finally talked about trash/rubbish bags and some possible options. I'm fortunate I have been able to make a compete shift to eco friendly options of everything you mentioned in your video, plus being able to re fill my tooth paste, dish soap, washing detergent etc at bulk stores. However, the trash/rubbish bags are something I'm struggling with. In our building there is no compost option which would be ideal. Of course we have recycling but as far as disposable waste only the one. I appreciate any more options your can suggest. Thank you.

  4. PSA for buying in bulk! Whole Foods Market does not allow mason jars / reusable bags for items on the bulk wall, due to a CDC sanitation regulation. Just use the paper bags available on the wall- they are compostable!

  5. Go to the hardware store and buy a pack of paint strainers for 3 bucks. Boom mesh produce bags. I use these for everything, farmers market 4 huge bunches of kale per bag, straining nut milks and i keep two for laundry since i use soap nuts. Been using the same cheap bags for 3 years and they are going strong.

  6. I really like my waxed cotton wraps. Been using them for about a year and they still work great. But the ones I purchased had pine resin to make them stick to themselves. I've seen some that are just beeswax and they don't work as well. I also use the silicone stretchy lids. Those are great. I switched to a brita filter and ditched the plastic water bottles and that's a super easy change to make & bonus I drink way more water now. Good luck everyone it's a rewarding journey! And some items will totally save you money.

  7. Silicone compounds are pervasive in the environment. Particular silicone compounds, cyclic siloxanes D4 and D5, are air and water pollutants and have negative health effects on test animals.[19] They are used in various personal care products. The European Chemicals Agency found that "D4 is a persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substance and D5 is a very persistent, very bioaccumulative (vPvB) substance".[20][21] Other silicones biodegrade readily, a process that is accelerated by a variety of catalysts, including clays.[1] Cyclic silicones have been shown to involve the occurrence of silanols during biodegration in mammals.[22] The resulting silanediols and silanetriols are capable of inhibiting hydrolytic enzymes such as thermolysin, acetycholinesterase, however the doses required for inhibition are by orders of magnitude higher than the ones resulting from the accumulated exposure to consumer products containing cyclomethicones.[23][24]

    Around 200 °C in oxygen-containing atmosphere, PDMS releases traces of formaldehyde (but less than other common materials such as polyethylene [25][26]). At 200 °C, silicones were found to have lower formaldehyde generation than mineral oil and plastics (less than 3 to 48 µg CH2O/(g·hr) for a high consistency silicone rubber, versus around 400 µg CH2O/(g·hr) for plastics and mineral oil). By 250 °C, copious amounts of formaldehyde have been found to be produced for all silicones (1,200 to 4,600 µg CH2O/(g·hr)).[26]

  8. Silicone is NOT an alternative to plastic.

  9. I am your new subscriber! Love this vlog!

  10. I cut down on waste by having a cold compost that I can put all my Brown waste and green waste into, I save all my vegetable scraps for stocks or broths, any extra food from a dinner I might have I will turn into a meal prep to waste less food, I am looking into making my own wax wraps, are yous the containers that I might have had something else in from the store to use as extra Tupperware and reuse all my Tupperware. Oh I am so glad you made this video and I'm glad you called out people's privilege .that stuff is very expensive! and all of us doing something as the little people does help but we have to go after big companies and Big Industry because they are the ones that are making the largest amount of waste and pollution and damage to the environment .and they also have the means to do something about it on a large scale they want to flip it onto us so we don't pay attention to what they're doing. but in that it is very good and I applaud anybody that makes any change or tries to do anyting to better the environment. Yes and you're also correct if you're buying eco-friendly things from companies that don't have ethical practices whether it's and how it's created or how they treat the workers or how it's delivered or if it comes overseas then you're not really helping you really really have to do your research on the company itself before even buying something it's crazy.

  11. I I am a new sub. Where do you get your glass meal prep containers?

  12. Ukonserve is a nice company for metal containers. Light, seal-able,rugged, and relatively inexpensive, just don't put in the microwave!

  13. In India people bring their own bags to markets and stalls. They may be of thick plastic or thick sack like material or even thick cloth, they a called bigshoppers( lol). While i was growing up, i used to think it looks so silly to carry such an oversized bag while plastic grossery bags were plentily awailable everywhere.. Now i see what my ancestors were doing and trying to teach us.

  14. I really appreciate your effort ❤️

  15. Great info, great tips!

  16. How far are your containers? Just don´t use trash bags. For plastic I have one bag which I reuse (I try to clean all the packaging I put in if needed) and for bio you can use old tupperware with lid and store it in fridge.

  17. Lol toy's all in plastic- EVERYBODY buys toys!! Dang right Mrs. Thang..

  18. Love this realistic approach! Reducing waste isn’t a one and done step, it is a learning process and there is a lot of flawed information out there. I agree with the idea that before we can expect to be perfect we must learn what works for us as individuals and for our lifestyle. There will be frustration along the way but we must un-learn what we’ve been taught for many many years! So much love to this video ❤️

  19. Before zipper bags we used waxed paper sandwich bags and wrap.

  20. Nice video. You spoke to the point on the important topics related to alternatives to plastic and how certain people treat others for using reusable plastic. I agree with you on the cost of the alternatives. Having said that during my early twenties, I have seen my good quality stainless steel containers corrode and crack due to high salt content in water and air. Since at that time my daughter was an infant and my house was small, I had no option but to go for reusable plastic containers. Now I am slowly transitioning to a less plastic life by using cloth bags for shopping, storing vegetable; using stainless steel vessels for storing leftovers, etc. I have got a few glass jars for storing dried items. I don't mind using the alternatives. I only wish they were not very expensive (a con that could defeat the purpose of people going for these alternatives).

  21. Some random thoughts:
    1 Some of these things seem a little overproduced. And I wonder if all this silicone is going to backfire on us. Do we know its safe? 2 You can make those beeswax wraps and theoretically you could add an elastic edge. 3 it isn't privileged to expect anyone to do better? If you choose plastic you can use it more responsibly. Don't use it when you don't have to. Don't litter it. Reuse when you can. If you can save on ziplocks and Tupperware by using a yogurt tub for your lunch then why not? Etc. 4 single use plastics are truly a problem but while expensive it doesn't mean all disposables are bad. Paper, foil, and other metals are viable options that are biodegrade. Plastic being a synthetic chemical does not break down to anything else after its life is over and some actually give off nastiness into the water, the soil, your food etc with heat, over time, in volume. So there are conveniences that can help you avoid plastic and tats something anyone can do.

  22. Glass jars don't work for everything. Lol

  23. Those silicone stretch wraps are cool.

  24. Plastic alternatives for packaging are still not cost effective for manufacturers, so that is why many don't change their packaging. Change needs to come from consumer demand (don't buy anything in plastic packaging period) and from companies willing to spend money to do things right.

  25. I try to purchase biodegradable paper plates and cups for parties. It’s more expensive, but I hate seeing all that styrofoam go into the trash.

  26. I just got the silicone ziploc bags for my kids lunches. They look awesome. Wish I could find something affordable for a "juice box". Drink in the box is so expensive 🙁

  27. Great video! To be sure to get items that both the product and the company are eco friendly check out Package Free Shop and Earth Hero, they have only sustainable products from sustainable companies!!

  28. Stashers are so expensive

  29. A question I’ve had for a while is about saving water. While we are using washable products, how concerned do we have to be about the water we use? Is using a lot of water bad for the environment?

  30. So helpful. Thank you for your research

  31. Everyone in India has been using steel utensils and containers since forever. They are passed on for generations in India. This is the most tried and tested alternatively to plastic.

  32. Yess!!! This was so informative!

  33. wow cool! why u have the "tüv austria" brand on the compostable waste bags? thats my homecountry 🤗😎😃

  34. I think plastic packaging increased over the years with the increase of shop lifting as an anti theft deterrent.

  35. one reasonable thing to do is to not throw out reusable packaging.
    If what I'm buying comes in a container I can upcycle for crafting or directly repurpose as a reusable storage container, then I clean it and keep it instead of buying additional plastic products.

  36. I don't know how I feel about silicone. Because aren't they plastic too???. but thicker and therefore harder to decompose? Can anyone clarify please

  37. Ha ha No Plastik What ist Silikon?

  38. thank you <3 I will look for some of them <3

  39. Bees wax wraps are just the type of thing that needs to be broken in. Work the wax a little bit and it will become more malleable 🙂

  40. Thank you for the Lovely video. Good alternatives.. I appreciate your thoughts towards eco-friendly living. 👍

  41. I think it's interesting how different cultures (or even households) use items differently, even when they have the exact same stuff available
    Yes, we do have plastic wrap in our stores, but we never use any, same with those plastic bags you can close.
    On the other hand, I probably use a lot of wasteful stuff that other people would never need in their entire life, I just can't point them out
    Getting inspiration from other countries could be a way to reduce our waste, we just have to do things differently

  42. The only reason my family uses water bottles is that our well needs to be replaced, there is iron in our water and we cant drink that, so we have to use water bottles. It sucks, but I haven't seen any water filter that filters out bad well water

  43. Chico bags, with carabiners
    Fee people carry them.
    THEY are sizes of grocery bags you could clip on your purse, or belt loop

  44. 3:19
    Barbie & Ken, used to use CARDBOARD in the 60s

  45. Plastic isn't necessarily bad though. My mother still has tupper ware she got when she married some 20 years ago. People do however produce a lot of plastic waste in part because they buy the cheap stuff.

  46. Run your beeswax wraps over warm water and then they will close as good as cling wrap

  47. I use to wash used freezer bags, but now i write on the bag what's inside. When the bag is empty, I keep the bag in the freezer, waiting for when it's needed again.

  48. Composting. So easy and beneficial to gardens and shrubs. I save most vegetables scraps in the freezer. When i get enough, I turn it into vegetable broth and compost the pulp.

  49. Please do a stationary edition for students

  50. Thankyou for sharing.

  51. Do not allow children to move around while using straws made of metal, glass, bamboo etc. If they fall on them they can cause brain injury!

  52. That intro speech=instant like xp ^•^

  53. She is a gem of a lady!!! Amazing!

  54. Thank you! It is very hard to stop using plastic anything because almost everything has plastic….kind of like sugar, almost everything contains sugar

  55. I’m trying to avoid plastic toys for Christmas presents for my young grandchildren. So far, all the wooden puzzles I’ve bought have come shrink wrapped, sold in the UK and made in China. I’m now having to make bags for the puzzles because there is nothing to keep the pieces together once they have been opened. They don’t make it easy.

  56. Hi sorry for me to comment before the video is finished but I am still watching all of this is another moneymaker business. I really get mad when you go to the stores and you can buy plastic bags for .5cent just take the dam bags away from the stores completely people will find other ways toys come with so warping that you need tools to get the off why dont you invest in more severlence cameras and and dedector at a door and pack everything in boxes I just hat to put my 2 cents in it.

  57. I like how every "plastic free" thing presented is actually plastic… Not sure if it's my limited knowledge of english or if the title is actually misleading. Great video showing important products to keep in mind, also make sure everyone check their local artisans, some make great bees wraps, sandwich bags, produce bags, etc.

  58. We Indians do not use plastic wraps to cover bowls we use small plates

  59. Thank you so much for making this video. I'm a college student, but I want to do more for the environment. I simply took the information in your video and purchased what I could.

  60. The government needs to make all plastic alternatives much cheaper if they want regular joe blow to be able to afford them. Taxing for carbon emissions is not the way. 🇨🇦

  61. Ridiculous! The cost of these products are prohibitive to most normal folks!

  62. Thank-you for being so positive and non-judgemental about it and for giving an honest review about how functional (or not) the alternatives are. I think if everyone approached it with a little grace like you do, more people would be motivated to look at making changes that would work for them and all those little changes from multiple people would add up.

  63. Thank you for pointing out that using bamboo or cornstarch cutlery &/or straws are just as wasteful! It's super frustrating to see them sold as a viable alternative when their still disposable ! Especially when you can use cutlery from your draw & use a steel straw.

  64. I have a link to reusable wraps!
    I personally use Collaborative Grove products. I personally use the Burts Bees reusable wraps over glass container ware or over food while shopping. I'm trying to make steps towards zero waste living as well.
    -Mrs. B.E. a beautiful you!

  65. The silcone bags i have were under $25 and 4-5 pks with that have a removable slider bar and are easy to clean had my 1 1/2 yrs from amazon.

  66. I have the silicone lids love them.

  67. Produce bags are great i have been using for 3 yrs.

  68. I've been living mostly is your waist for almost 5 years, and have saved more money than when I wasn't living plastic free. You actually spend less when you're living plastic free.

  69. I really was attracted to the wonderful topic you had chosen. Watching 1st video and God! you are toooooo upset with mean comments. My ears are hurting 😉. Felt an instant negativity. 'Respond' but try not 'react' to mean comments.

  70. Steel lunch boxes in small sizes especially best for sandwiches, they remain moist too. Easy to clean. 1 time purchase and lifelong use.

  71. Hey Alyssia, I loved your video!! with all the people debating and pointing fingers at each other regarding plastic use, I like the fact you have researched your topic thoroughly. Thanks for doing bit. Yes, its extremely expensive to go plastic-free and when you live in poor-country where people actually do not know, if they are gonna get to eat their meal this very moment, being plastic-free is least of their concern.

  72. I started to use my dog's food bag and those don't have platice ties. So I take a plastic store bag I have had for ages before I made the change cut them up I got about 20 or so strands and they work great I even use them to tie my growing trees.

  73. The beeswax wraps, you need to crumple them several times in different directions to “activate” them and then they hold better especially to themselves. I use them. I have purchased them and made them. Both work equally well.

  74. We have tons of plastic alternatives for our food storage and lunch box needs. I am having trouble with how to store things in the freezer. I suppose I need to use freezer paper? But that seems single use so I havent tried it yet. We only have silicone or stainless straws. My daughter loves them as do I. I love the produce bags we have and get asked all the time where we got them. Amazon of course. I found I like the beeswax for cheese and butter but not so much for bowls and larger items. I tend to grab more for the silicone stretch covers.

  75. "Check your privilege card" made me subscribe instantly! 👏

  76. What about sanitary pads ?

  77. Check yo self! 😂👌

    I also love the reusable plastic stretchy covers from Amazon. We use the fabric bags for dry snacks but also didn't love the beeswax covers – same issue, wasn't sealing well and just never really worked well. I found myself reaching for our glass containers to pack food away 🤷‍♀️ we use stainless steel straws and cutlery too 👌

    Great video!!

  78. Very informative video, thanks for sharing dear 🌸🌺👍💞

  79. id just like to say that you can diy beeswax tissues very easily. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube on how to make them yourself.

  80. I'm so glad to see someone trying out those silicone stretchy lid things!!! I've been eyeing them for a while but was wondering how they worked!!

  81. Also while all of should do our own part and it does have an impact, something like 90% of harmful runoff, air pollution, waste and what not is by the big Companies!! So we should try and campaign for their change before we yell at other consumers who in the end have a pretty small overall impact.

  82. metal straws aren't eco friendly

  83. Going plastic free is a process. Yes the alternatives are more expensive but they last longer. They aren't single use. So it is more expensive initially, but will save money in the long run as well as the environment. So if you don't have money to dish out and buy a bunch of plastic alternatives at once, buy a little at a time.

  84. Yes. Kids toy packaging uses so much plastic and can't even reuse them

  85. Hey all! I just did a video reviewing a few eco-friendly products… thought it may help you on your green journey

  86. one thing I've been doing for years is making my own fabric Christmas/Celebration gift bags. these are so simple to make; 2 squares of fabric (any size as long as both are the same size) put right sides together (usually the brighter sides or the one you want to be on the outside) sew 3 of the sides together. turn down the lip of the open side and sew from one of the outer seams all the way around the opening until you get the the seem you started at. when done you should have a tube that you can insert a ribbon. this is how you close it.

    options 1: you can sew an edge around the lip of the opening then fold is down again and create the tube for the ribbon.
    Option 2: after reversing the freshly sewn squares, turn right sides out. then you can press flat with your hands, then sew a second time around the outer edge, staying on the thickest part of the seem.

    At the party: this is used with family so this part was easy to incorporate. after the gifts have been opened and cleanup has started I get the bags back so they can be refilled next year.

    Party Option 1: you could gift the bag as well with the promise to use it next year. Making it a little easier for the gift receiver to start using cloth gift bags. Me I'd rather gift a set the the person so I know what specific bag i'm looking for next year. my bags do not match and are in a multitude of sizes. many were made form sewing scraps.

    when going plastic free (single use or all plastic) one thing that we need to remember is that just because that container says recycling doesn't mean that the recycling fairy is going to make it into something else. unfortunately recycling is a business . For the last year China, the the USA's plastic removal fairy, has not been taking our plastic. So were has it been going after you pay the recycle man to tote it away? other countries where it sits in mountain size piles in the sun. China is only taking plastic that is a 1 level. this is the number inside the recycle symbol.
    Hope that all makes sense. for all you starting this Green journey, good job. This journey isn't always easy and you may have to choose inconvenience and plastic free vs the easiest way to do things. Also remember every journey is different; and what you can do is mainly decided upon resources in your community and your cash flow. the nearest bulk/coop type store is over 3 hrs away. I could order stuff in but that adds gas used and exhausts expelled , packing materials, etc. to the cost. But even my tiny community has changed the city boards mind on discontinuing curbside recycling pick up after the vote was passed to stop it and the end date set.

  87. I stopped buying paper towels. Several years ago I realized the bogo cases of paper towels (wrapped in plastic) was a huge waste of money. Deal or no deal. And “stocking up” for that matter. Every time they went on sale I added up what I saved by not buying them. I saved a good $200. I started using cloth napkins. That saved close to $100 depending on the season. These are annual totals. I will however say I draw the line on bath tissue. 🙃. Now I’m taking this a step further with eliminating as much plastic that comes in my home. I think I have more plastic bags than money. 🤣. Thank you for channel. Doing the best we can.

  88. I think we found Alyssa hot bottoms? Any hater I will not be doing the glass anything under any circumstances it’s plastic.

  89. Thankful for this. I haven’t transitioned yet. Intimidating for family of 6 with 4 in school and trying justify.

  90. Facts! From beginning to end! Great video!!

  91. Check your priveledge card!! lol!!…🙌 You rule!! 🤣

  92. PERFECT video, very down to earth tips… And you are completely right about doing our best but making our lives easier not more complicated. Keep it up. 😉

  93. What if a person can't afford these celicon products, then what they are supposed to do? Share a link on all of these items that you're able to buy with the prices.

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