Disclosure: The products featured in this post were gifted to me by EverythingButPlastic.com. All opinions are my own.
It all started with a conversation.
It was Father’s Day. We were all gathered around the table at an Italian restaurant. When my cousin (Will) and his fiancé (Shaleece) ordered their drinks “with no straw”, I naively chuckled to myself, thinking it was some funny quirk they had. Their request for “no straw” started a conversation—a conversation I’m really glad we had.
They went on to explain the tragic plastic problem going on in the world. For example, did you know that Americans use 500 million straws each day? Yet, the problem extends far beyond just drinking straws. Plastic bags. Food packaging. Water bottles. Tooth brushes. Cups. Plasticware. The list goes on and on. It’s almost impossible to escape it. Here’s a few facts to help you wrap your mind around this problem:
- Every piece of plastic that has been created is still on our planet in some capacity.
- 50% of the plastic we use is single use plastic.
- 1 million plastic bags are being used every minute.
- On the surface of the ocean, there are 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.
Plastic is killing sea creatures. Dolphins. Whales. Sea turtles. Fish. Seabirds. We love to enjoy God’s beautiful and detailed creation, yet we are hurting the very creatures we love to admire.
Plastic is hurting us. BPA and other plastic chemicals are causing major health complications.
What can be done?
While recycling is a good practice to have, it is not a total solution for the massive problem that is plastic. There is simply too much plastic being produced. Recycling can’t keep up.
Make new (plastic free) habits. While plastic seems to be in every direction we look, plastic free living is being made possible. That’s where Shaleece and Will come in.
Shaleece and Will started a company called EverythingButPlastic.com, where plastic-free products are put all in one place. Finding non plastic products with no plastic packaging can be extremely difficult. EverythingButPlastic.com serves as a solution. They sell everything from plastic free food wraps to dental floss. You can check out their amazing products here.
I was so stoked to try out a few of their products for myself!
1. Meli Wraps
I’m kind of obsessed with these. Made with organic cotton, beeswax, tree resin, and plant oils, these wraps bend and mold around your food or over a plate. Each package includes a small, medium, and large wrap. They are a reusable solution to plastic wrap. You can wash them and reuse them for up to a year. And they smell like honey. 🍯❤️ Needless to say, I’m sold.
The plastic bag is such a huge problem. These plastic-free kitchen bags are a huge game changer. They are made from GMO-free potato starch and are completely compostable. I found these bags to be strong enough to hold a lot of food waste. Impressed.
I am loving this toothbrush. Not only does the bamboo make this toothbrush aesthetically pleasing in your bathroom, it gets the job done. I’ve had bamboo toothbrushes before, but I always felt like they were too harsh on my gums. The plant based bristles on this toothbrush are really gentle.
4. Dental Lace
This floss is yet another great solution. It comes in a glass tube and the floss itself is made from natural mulberry silk. I also liked that it still has the minty flavor that I like. I do typically use floss picks, versus traditional floss, so I’d be very interested in perhaps a bamboo floss pick.
Shaleece and Will recommend watching “A Plastic Ocean”. You can view it on Netflix. I watched it, and it completely opened my eyes to a problem I thought very little about. Ever since I watched it, I haven’t stopped thinking about this issue. It stuck with me, and that’s what starts change.
I encourage you to spread the word. People don’t realize how great the problem at hand is. If they knew that birds and sea creatures were dying from eating plastic, they would be more likely to make a lifestyle change.
If you’d like more information, feel free to reach out in the comments below. Be sure to check out the huge selection of plastic free products at EverythingButPlastic.com.
Let’s take care of God’s creation and the bodies He gave us!