There’s so much conversation today about how to avoid single-use plastic. Here are three stylish substitutes that can reduce your environmental impact.
Paper Snack and Sandwich Bags from If You Care
These snack and sandwich bags are a standby in our household. They’re made from unbleached, greaseproof paper and we use them to hold sandwiches, bunches of grapes and handfuls of cookies when we’re packing lunch. They work great when packing snacks for a car trip, too. Sets of individual bags for everyone in the car makes parceling out treats a lot less stressful. We love that the bags are compostable as well. So throw the grape stems back in the bag, those uneaten crusts, too, and put it in your compost pile. If You Care offers a whole line of plastic-free roasting bags, baking cups, coffee filters, reusable paper towels and even latex household gloves. Their website has lots of answers about the choices they made in creating these products.
$4.99 per pack of 48 bags. Available online at ifyoucare.com/.
Bees Wraps from Garden Goat Co.
Valerie Johnson of Atlanta-based Garden Goat Co. makes plant milk-based soap and other skincare products (some with honey and beeswax) and home goods that reflect her love of nature. We like her Bees Wraps, beeswax-coated cotton fabric that take the place of plastic wrap. Johnson suggests rolling each wrap into a ball a few times, then shaping it around the food or the bowl you’re covering. The warmth of your hands makes the beeswax pliable. The flexible wrap will take the shape of what you’re covering and the slightly sticky beeswax keeps it all in place. Unwrap that avocado or piece of cheese, flatten the wrap and wash it with mild detergent and cold water. Dry and store. You’re ready to use it again.
$4 to $24 per package of wraps depending on size. Available at the Decatur, Ponce City Market and East Atlanta and Serenbe farmers markets and online at etsy.com/shop/gardengoatco.
Paper Straws from Mako
Plastic straws are a small part of the problem with so much plastic in our lives, but they’ve gotten tons of attention. And I admit, I’ve missed the fun of sipping through straws since I vowed to never use a plastic straw again. So hooray for these paper straws from Mako. They will remind those of a certain age of the straws used in grade school back in the day, except these are lots more colorful. Sipping through a paper straw is somehow more satisfying and once you’re done, you can recycle the straw with other paper products and packaging. No, these straws don’t hold up for days and days, but we found they last for hours and that’s more than enough time to enjoy whatever we’re drinking.
$5 per 20 straws. Available online at makobarware.com/product/straws/.
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