Life's Sweet Journey: August Currently Amazon Finds for Eliminating Single Use Plastics

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

August Currently Amazon Finds for Eliminating Single Use Plastics

A new month, another link up with Anne
Here's what August is looking like currently... 

{Choosing} To be more mindful about what I am putting in my body and on my skin! I have slowly started to incorporate more organic skin care products into my mostly non-existent routine. I don't do much, but have started using an organic Argon oil as an evening moisturizer and just picked up some organic mascara from our health food store. I am also trying to cut back on processed foods. I had been doing this a little bit before we went on our annual Aunt Mel and Uncle Andrew trip with the kiddos and fell WAY OFF the wagon by just consuming all the foods we were giving the kids. I felt so sluggish, my body wasn't functioning as well as it had been (if you catch my drift) and it only stirred my desire to try harder now that were back. 

{Consuming} Right now mostly fruits and veggies. Trying to have a protein shake for breakfast and a chicken wrap for lunch. We also stocked up on salad kits and I am trying to only drink on the weekends. We're two days in folks, send all the vibes! I can always convince myself that wine is just fermented fruit... haha

{Ordering} Finds for helping us lessen our usage of single use plastics! I have slowly been trying to find things that help us use less single use plastics like sandwich bags (which we use a lot of for some reason!). I have been a metal straw user for a long time, but with July being designated Plastic Free Month I tried to make an effort to start working on replacing more items to lower our single use plastic pile even more. Here are a few of the items I have gotten and loved: 
Products for Eliminating Single Use Plastic


Tomato Saver {$6.28}- I bought this for our tomatoes and am actually going to buy a second, because it's big enough to fit onions too! BPA-free and dishwasher safe!
Beeswax Wrap {$9.99}- I have actually been using bee's wrap for a while, but had left ours in the camper and forgot to grab it. Ordered some for the condo! I love all things bee and someday want to have my own hive, so this makes my heart happy. Plus, how cute is that print?! 
Metal Mermaid Straws {$3.99}- Also been using metal straws for a while now too, but loved these fun colored ones. It took my a little while to get used to, because I'm a straw chewer. I originally started with the ones with nibs, but the nibs kept sliding off because I would chew them and stretch them out. Now I'm purely metal only. Saving both my teeth and the plastic one nib at a time- haha! 
Reusable Sandwich/Snack Bags {Currently on sale for $12.99}- It was finally time to make the big shift. These are my most favorite recent purchase. BPA, PVC and Chloride-Free they are sturdy, seal completely (I even used as a waterproof phone holder on the river) and this pack is the perfect variety size.
Avocado Keeper {$4.99}- Not only has this been helpful in not using a sandwich bag every time I save half an avocado, but it has kept them fresher longer. I usually rub a little bit of lime oil on the pit and cut half to keep it fresher (it's a huge help), but also don't feel like I need it as much now that I have this beauty. 

Any other great storage savers for eliminating single use plastic as best as possible? 


{Enjoying} My current book stack! This is the first time I have been reading 3 books at once; not sure I will do it again, but it's been a good trial run. I just started The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand and am already super invested in the characters; I am reading Little Disasters on my phone (I don't do this ofter, but it was a download copy)- I am going back and forth on this one. It's good and I am definitely curious to see how it will end. I think I am just having a harder time with it, because I don't like reading on a screen. It takes away the escape reading usually gives me. Though a little tougher we are doing Ghost Boys for book club (listening to on Libby; I am usually doing two books a month- one I am reading physically, the other I am listening to). Ghost Boys by Jewel Parker Rhodes is a gut-wrenching story about a young black boy killed by a police officer. I have been working through books by BIPOC and this one is definitely one to look into if you are trying to do the same. It's also shorter (3.5 listening hours) making it a good choice if you don't have as much time to read. Our next book club pick is Where the Lost Wander and takes place on part of the Oregon Trail! My western, travel-loving heart (and the young child who loved to play Oregon Trail) is pretty excited about this one. 


{Remembering} All the sweet moments from our trip to Georgia with the nieces and nephews! We have been taking them now for almost a decade. Big Canoe is a beautiful resort living, secluded spot in the North Georgia mountains. The community itself has enough to do to keep a young family busy all week, but we also take a few days trips to places like Helen for tubing. Mostly for retirees who love to golf and live there year around, it also fills with families in the summer coming to visit relatives or spend their week at one of the time share properties on site. I have actually been going since I was the kids age and it was always one of my most anticipated trips. I love getting to share that magic with my nieces and nephews now (even the moments where they make me want to pull my hair out)! 
Big Canoe Georgia
Big Canoe Georgia
Big Canoe Georgia
Big Canoe Georgia

Also, does it really have to be that hard to get a decent picture of everybody?! 
The answer is apparently yes! 

That's it for me for August! 
How is your world looking currently? 



16 comments:

  1. I need some new straws, I barely use plastic ones but I’d be nice to have more environmental friendly options!

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    1. I love them now! It was a small adjustment period, because I was so used to the flexibility in a plastic straw, but I'm glad I made the switch.

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  2. Thank you! I need to get some of these for sure. I like that avocado keeper.

    Your trip looks like fun!

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    1. It was a great trip! They were such fun ages this year!

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  3. Your trip to Georgia sounded like a really great time for your family.

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    1. It really was :) such sweet time together with our borrowed kiddos

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  4. Love love! We are really trying to go low waste this year and the list is helpful!!

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    1. Glad you found it useful! It's hard to make the initial switch, but so worth it once its done. We haven't used plastic sandwich bags in weeks!

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  5. I really want to try beeswax wrap! I have Ghost Boys, but I haven't read it yet. I know it's going to be heartbreaking.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I LOVE it! I almost feel like I am wrapping and unwrapping a present everytime I use it lol

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  6. I have been on the lookout for items to reduce our plastic use too - this is a great round-up. We have the straws, and I'm a big fan of my avocado saver (can't waste any of that preciousness, ha!). Been looking into more of the ziploc bag replacements too, though we don't use TONS of them, especially since my son uses a bento box type thing for lunches, so he doesn't need any baggies when he packs a lunch in the school year. Yay!

    And what fun to see your photos from the nieces & nephews trip. Great memories for all of you, I'm sure!

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    1. Yeah, Bento boxes are a great way to go for packed lunches :) My husband used one when he was going into the office. We kept using our ziploc bags for our avocados and tomatoes, which is probably why we went through so many. Not anymore!!

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  7. Great Amazon suggestions...gonna order a couple just now! Determined to eliminate one-use plastics from my kitchen! And totally agree - the processed foods (and other poor food choices) make such a huge difference. So worth saying no!:) Happy August!

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    1. Yes, definitely worth it! Both to better foods and no plastic waste :)

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  8. Oh wow, I love these finds. I am always looking for ways to save the environment. Great share

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