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Welcome to the fourth and final part of our spring cleaning and detoxifying your home series. If you’re just joining us be sure to check out the posts on kid products, cleaning products, and beauty. We hope these ideas help put you and your family on the road to a safer, less toxic home. In today’s final piece we are discussing non-toxic solutions for your on-the-go products, or basically how to reduce the amount of plastic in your life.

plastic replacements

Anyone else have that cabinet that you have to open slowly for fear of a bottle avalanche? Get out your blue bins out and toss ‘em in.  Mamas, all plastics leach. Simplify your life and cut down to 1 or 2 plastic alternative water bottles for each family member. This will also save you money and help the environment. There are literally floating barges of plastic in the ocean!

floating plastic bottles

on-the-go beverage containers

Instead of buying cases of plastic bottles only to drink them and toss them get a reusable water bottle that you can use over and over again.

My co-author Anneliese loves the Pura Brand.
They really don’t leak- unless you forget to screw the lid all the way down, then duh!  (I may have done this once or three times) These keep drinks cool and are really easy for toddlers to use on their own.  They also have bottles with nipples and straws.

Klean Kanteen is another brand making a great product for the whole family.

If you’re looking for one that can take a beating try my favorite brand, Hydro Flask. They come in many sizes all the way up to a growler. My husband and I rarely leave the house without them and have given many as gifts.

plastic alternatives

on-the-go food containers

Food containers are another opportunity to ditch the plastic. We love to find products that work for the whole family.  When we have one million things to do, searching for an item or washing something that is dirty because it is specifically for one person’s use is just not in the plan.  These stainless steel containers are perfect for the workplace and school lunch table. Gender neutral, hardworking and super portable, these are a total win in our book.

Want to take something warm?  Give this stainless steel thermos a try.

bags for taking things on-the-go

Living in California I take the use of reusable bags for granted…although I still forget mine on a regular basis. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the average plastic bag is used for just 12 minutes and the average family uses 1,500 of these bags each year. Meanwhile, only 1% of those, or 15 bags, gets recycled. The rest end up in landfills where they take 500 years to degrade. Many instead end up as ocean pollution where they kill 100,000 marine animals each year.

Instead of getting new bags each time instead invest in 10-15 reusable bags. They generally cost you about $1 each and can be bought in grocery stores, dollar stores, heck you can even get them for free at a lot of fairs and seminars. Then, each time you go to the store you take the bags with you and fill them up again and again. Another plus, they aren’t going to rip and send your groceries rolling down the street if a sharp corner pushes through the thin plastic! You can also get them in all sorts of designs which is kind of fun. You can even get reusable cooler bags for your frozen items.

Ditch the plastic straws

The newest “trend” in going green is ditching plastic straws. We use billions of these little pieces of plastic, just think about how many times you get a drink with a straw at a restaurant, coffee shop, or fast food establishment. All that plastic can add up quickly. Grab a set of these plastic alternative stainless steel straws to keep in your purse, car, or kitchen drawer and tell them to keep their plastic straw. It’s a small change that can add up over time.

I hope you enjoyed this Spring Cleaning series all about replacing items in your home with non-toxic alternatives. Small changes can add up to make a healthier home for you and your kids as well as help the environment. It’s our children who will inherit this earth and live with the health ramifications of exposure to toxins. Let’s do what we can to create a better future for them.

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