Top 10 Plastic Free Options

We have been so impressed with the amount of folks coming in looking to make the small changes to live plastic free!

At Generation Green we  continue to look for innovative products that can make these consumer choices affordable and accessible.   We also want to continue to encourage people to reuse and reduce their waste by refilling, purchasing in bulk, practicing mindful consumerism and if visiting our in-store cafe, please bring back any packaging received to have composted.

Here are our top 10 plastic free alternatives  as we head into Plastic Free July!

  1. Reusable Straws – we stock Onyx Containers stainless steel straws, locally made glass  straws from Brook Drabot and silicone straws made in Canada from Colibri. To make it even easier to bring your own straw, we have some lovely, local carrying sleeves from Twinkle & Blink and Colibri wide bag fits 4 of their silicone straws easily!
  2. Produce/Bulk Bags – another fantastic local find from Practical Homestead, that we recently stocked. That plastic, good for nothing roll at the grocery store is definitely a huge focus for many to replace and has us happy dancing over here at GG!
  3. Ditch the saran wrap and try one of these options – Abeego beeswax food wraps or also from Practical Homestead washable, food safe bowl covers, sandwich and cheese wraps.  Of course Colibri has long been stocking us with reusable sandwich and snack bags that you’ll find a hundred and one uses for!
  4. Bulk!! Bring in those bottles & jars and fill them here at Generation Green with shampoo, body wash, lotions, dish soap, laundry soap & more (see our full list here).
  5. Oral Health – Bamboo toothbrushes from BAM Brush and our fabulous find (that took forever!) from Flosspot Gold is vegan corn fibre dental floss.  Also available in refill!
  6. Razors – invest in a solid brass safety razor from Well Kept that will last you forever!!  Did you know that it’s estimated that over 2 billion plastic razors are discarded in the US alone!?!
  7. Shampoo & Conditioner bars from The Unwrapped Life hit the shelves here a month ago and we’re pretty darn impressed with them!  The biggest being that they replace approx 2.5 bottles, so wastefree and economical!
  8. Carry a cup/bottle! This is an easy one! Find one you love and bring it everywhere to have filled.
  9. Cutlery – we have travel cutlery from Joseph Joseph called Go Eat that contains a magnetic fork, spoon and knife that all clip together conveniently in a silicone storage case.
  10. We love that more companies are thinking about packaging, like Glowing Orchid Organics with their new paper tube deodorant that we are now stocking (and love!)

Lastly, REFUSE – have your say to what you purchase and how you purchase it.  It’s an ongoing effort but changes are happening! Be one of the change makers!

Where Do I Put My Garbage?

It happens every day. I’ll be at the cafe, prepping food, making drinks, or doing dishes, and a confused-looking customer will come to me with a handful of empty food containers. Are these compostable???

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Honestly, I don’t blame anyone for being confused and it makes me really happy to be able to say that EVERYTHING at the cafe is compostable.

Before I started research for this article, I wasn’t even sure what the distinction was between compostable and biodegradable. And where does recycling fit into this mix? Why can’t I put compostable things in the trash?

The more environmentally aware we become, the more conscious we have to be about where our garbage goes. It unfortunately can’t just disappear or be launched into space. There are real consequences of wasting or misinformation, and if you want to be part of the small population of people who know about this process and be informed, then keep reading!

Being environmentally conscious isn’t just about recycling anymore. We have to take stronger measures to save our planet, and it will affect every area of our lives, from the way we eat, to what we use to eat it, to how we dispose of it when we’re done.

My mom always told me “Waste not, want not,” and I’m really just starting to understand what that means. Now, I want to share it with you.

Follow along this series to learn about the difference between biodegradable and compostable, what can be recycled and more!

Next article to follow: Recycling Explained

Series written by Chantal Delaquis