One of the many benefits to downsizing and removing clutter from our home has been the removal of plastic items too. Those food containers, cooking utensils, closet hangers and more, are slowly coming off of our shelves, out of our closets and out of our space. As time and money allow, we will begin replacing other plastic items too: our shower curtain liner, shampoo bottles, and refrigerator condiments to name a few.
Baskets are a great alternative to plastic and a wonderful option for storage in the pantry, linen closet, or refrigerator. We also use baskets for storing rags and dog toys. Our thrift stores in Hailey have an ample supply of baskets, which, with a little negotiating, I can get them for a bargain.
Other helpful plastic-free options for the pantry or refrigerator are ceramic egg crates, glass butter dishes and hanging wire baskets for fruits and vegetables.
What about vegetables and produce? Amazon has a great selection of fabric vegetable bags that cinch tight, keeping your produce from rolling around all over your cart or basket. These bags can also store beans and rice.
Choose items that have glass or cardboard packaging. From condiments to sodas, cereals and breakfast bars, other alternative packing materials exist. This is another great way to keep a plastic-free home. In addition, empty glass jars from condiments, salsas and mayonnaise can be utilized elsewhere in your home.
Bake your own bread. I love this idea and I wish we baked bread more often. It has less preservatives and it isn’t stored in plastic. Maybe it’s time to invest in a bread machine and a bread box?