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Doing What I Can

March 1st, 2020 at 11:30 pm

A friend and I recently were discussing ways we could cut more of our plastic consumption. I know we will never be able to totally forego it, but we figure anything we can do to help the environment helps. In an earlier post I talked about making bags. I have sewn a bunch of grocery bags for us and I even made some for some friends to use as well. And recently I have been knit looming some "market bags" that I will use for produce as well as gift bags.

I was thinking about my coffee maker. I use paper filters. Now, I know I'm going to offend some coffee experts, but I don't use a new filter each time. I'm the only one who drinks the stuff and I don't make a full pot each time. I put the coffee grounds on our garden, but throw away the filter. I thought, I wonder if there is such a thing as a reusable coffee filter out there for my machine.

There is and I bought one yesterday. I thought about sewing some, but I didn't have any muslin, so I figured maybe this would be the best bet and I can rinse it out without having to run it through a washer and dryer.

Speaking of which, I make my own laundry detergent. I've been using the same old vinegar bottle for years. It's scary how much water is really in laundry detergent. I also make my own knock off of Febreze.

I try to reuse any jars I get besides my canning ones. I use a ton of canning jars not only for canning but for other food storage. I have some Pyrex that is probably older than I am and cook and store things in them.

My friend wants to learn how to make bags. We are challenging each other to come up with ways to reduce our plastic. I was very careful with a plastic bag I had in the freezer with tomatoes. I washed it out and it looks like I can use it again. Hopefully my doing what I can will also save me some money!

8 Responses to “Doing What I Can”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I used to be a bit better on the plastic...I could update my skills again. You might like checking out
    Text is this site. and Link is
    this site. I used to follow here years ago when she had a blog called Fake Plastic Fish. It's amazing how many products we buy have plastic and that there are actually alternatives!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks CCF! I will check out this site.

  3. Wink Says:

    I've been slacking on trying to reduce my plastic use. I did reduce plastic containers with glass ones a while back, and I no longer buy or use plastic baggies, but I can still do better!

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    I don't know what kind of coffee maker you have, but I use a reusable coffee filter. I bought mine at a grocery store, but you can get them online also.

  5. crazyliblady Says:

    Here is a reusable filter. They are not really expensive and will save you money over the long term.

  6. crazyliblady Says:

    I use canvas bags at the grocery store, bags that I got a professional conferences I went to and other places.

    I also use Pyrex food containers to take my lunch to work. I also use a stainless steel mug for my tea and a reusable bottle for my water.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks, crazyliblady for the link. It sounds like all of you are helping too by doing what you can. I know sometimes I slack off and I need to do better, so I'm really trying to make a better effort.

  8. My English Castle Says:

    Good job, Rob!

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