I’m far from being a minimalist, but I’ve been thinking a lot of my impact on our planet these last few years. I wanted to share with you a list of 23 things I stopped buying. As I reflect on these items, I’m surprised that I don’t even miss them.
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I embarked on a mission to eliminate plastic in my family’s life, at least as much as we can. If you are new here, you might want to catch up on how I got started going plastic-free and what I’ve learned along the way.
Although I’ve made a declaration about my plastic-free mission in September 2019, I’ve been thinking about and acting on this a long time before.
I’ve come up with a list of things I stopped buying mostly to eliminate plastic but in some cases, it’s also to eliminate harmful chemicals, or in the case of food items, unhealthy ingredients.
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My list isn’t in any particular order except for the order they came out of my head.
23 Things I Stopped Buying
- Sandwich Bags
- Freezer Bags
- Plastic wrap – I use beeswax wraps instead
- Ready-made pasta sauce – I make mine from scratch
- Toilet bowl cleaner – here’s my DIY recipe
- Window Cleaner – steal my DIY recipe
- Frozen meals – the kind you pop in the microwave
- Frozen pizza
- Disposable cleaning wipes – I love my microfibre cloths
- Dishwasher rinse – vinegar works too
- Coffee Filters – I have a reusable one
- Straws – I bought 4 metal ones
- Body Lotion – making my own
- Moisturizer – making my own
- Lip balm – making my own
- Teabags – I don’t drink much tea, but if I do, I prefer the flavoured loose tea. you can get them package-free from Bulk Barn
- Excess clothing – I’ve been working on a more sustainable capsule wardrobe
- Novels – I like to read but I borrow from sisters or the library
- Magazines – I love them too, but just add clutter and waste.
- Bottled Water – The drinking water in Niagara is safe. Ontario has high-quality standards
- Dryer sheets
- Bleach – too tough on my sensitive skin
- Foam Sponges
Things I’m Planning On Stop Buying
- Bottled Shampoo – I will use bar shampoo instead
- Bottled Conditioner – will try bar conditioner
- Pre-packaged snacks – I’ve started making this effort, but it’s proving to be more difficult. I’m working on it.
So, how many of these 23 things I stopped buying do you still buy? I dare you to give them up for a month and see if you really need them. What’s not on my list but would make your list of things you don’t buy? I’m curious to know. Leave your answers in the comments below.