Has it seriously been this long since I’ve written anything on here? In the past two years, I’ve gotten married, moved house, gone through more education, new job, become a bonus mama (or step-mama as others call us)… So time seems to have swept past me somehow.
But I have also fallen off the wagon. I still try to live as plastic-free as I can, but my husband… well, he’s another story. I now make my own deodorant, toothpaste (and tooth powder), sunscreen (loving my current recipe). I buy all of my herbs at a bulk herb store and also buy things like oils, spices, etc, at another bulk store. I have stopped purchasing any type of make-up. My plastic purchases tend to come in the form of supplements and medications that can’t otherwise be made as well as a very few food products. (Being celiac and vegan means that most of our food is made from scratch, but I admit that the bread I’ve found that works well for me comes in plastic. I’m trying to see how to change that.)
We were making our own almond milk for a while until it frankly got to be too expensive and my husband started buying it. He likes frozen fruit (which comes in plastic). We both like our treats (sugar for him, salt for me), which means he buys treats like popsicles or chocolate bars… and then I want a treat and decide I need that bag of chips. It is so easy to forget the big picture when someone else is tempting you.
Living on a strict budget means we can’t necessarily afford the paper-wrapped toilet paper (as opposed to the 24-pack from Costco) or all the farmer’s market produce that we want.
But, my husband has come a long way and I in turn have made some new discoveries. He loves my homemade sunscreen, elderberry juice and sore muscle balm. (He does not, however, love or use my homemade toothpaste.) He absolutely loves the bulk bar soap we found at the farmer’s market and the Red Marvel bathroom cleaner we get at the plastic-free store. He uses a glass straw (when I remind him) and loves his glass and metal containers.
So now it’s my turn to get back on the wagon. I do so well in some areas and so poorly these days in others. Every week when I do our recycling, I feel like I’m failing in a lot of areas. I know I’m making more strides and cutting out more plastic (especially in terms of health stuff) but also feel like I’m slipping in other areas.
If anyone is still reading this, what are some things you do to stay in the straight and narrow?