KVAS has returned to in person meetings!
For a list of our 2022 events, follow this link to our Programs and Meetings page.
KITCHEN AND FOOD
- Use stainless steel cutlery and utensils
- Clean metal “tin” boxes of various shapes and sizes for storage of dry foods
- Wood or metal serving utensils for cooking (these are not easy to find!)
- Stainless steel drink bottles (not plastic ones) that you can clean often with a bottle brush
- Ceramic food storage containers with ceramic lids (….or glass!)
- Many sizes of glass jars are excellent for food storage (bottle brush to clean)
- Ceramic or glass plates, bowls, mugs, and tumblers
- Metal straws—be sure to clean them well with a narrow straw brush
- Soda pop—if you drink this sugary beverage, choose glass or aluminum containers only
- Beeswax-coated papers and fabrics work well for wrapping foods and can by DIY
- Ceramic or glass bowls covered with a ceramic or glass plates are great for fridge leftover storage
- Always choose 100% cotton (or other natural fiber) dish towels, wash rags, etc
- Use glass or metal storage containers for travel meals (school/work) instead of plastic bags
- Wood, glass, or granite cutting board always results in fewer ingested micro-plastic particles
- You drink tea? Buy loose tea and use a metal-based infuser ball when brewing it
- You prefer coffee? Purchase a metal, mesh-based, many-times-reusable filter and quit using the paper ones
- Travel mug needed? Many metal or ceramic options (mostly with plastic lids) are available
- Glass jars and bottles to hold your DIY toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, etc.
- Wood-handle toothbrushes
- Toothpaste is available in aluminum tubes (biodegradable and potentially recyclable)
- Diapers and personal hygiene products are available in high cotton content options
- Bar soaps and shampoos are available in paper packaging…shop responsibly
- Always choose 100% cotton (or other natural fiber) bath towels, face cloths, hand towels, and bed linens (read those labels for content info)
- Shaving? Refuse the disposable razor handles and always purchase the multi-pack heads that can be used with a long-lasting handle
- You can DIY laundry soap and store it in a lidded glass or metal container (or if necessary a re-purposed plastic one)
- Re-purposed cotton rags can be DIY made from discarded natural fiber clothing and replace paper towels and polyester rags
- Wood-handled, natural bristle brushes aren’t the easiest to find, but a better alternative to plastic ones
- Need a bucket to make a cleaning solution? Choose the old-fashion metal bucket, often available at a farm and feed store
- Always bring your re-usable (preferable cotton or other natural fiber-based) sacks to the store when buying groceries and at other types of stores, too!
- Choose glass and metal containers when purchasing foods and any other retail products. You can even still purchase ground coffee in metal cans.
- Search for non-plastic constructed items wherever you shop; when we purchase these, we fuel the alternatives industries!
- Shoes made with mostly leather (though hard to find, worth it)
- Use genuine leather waist belts and hand-bags
- Best eco-friendly clothing fibers are increasingly being made into a wide variety of undergarments and outer clothing (cotton, linen, Lyocell-type modal, hemp, bamboo, etc.)
- Eyeglasses are available with glass lenses and metal frames
- Wood construction garment hangers are a better option than purchasing more plastic ones, but steel wire ones are suitable for many shirts/tops
- Vitamin, dietary supplements, and a few medications are available in glass bottles….support these buy purchasing them instead of the many plastic options
- Store foods in glass, ceramic, or stainless steel whenever humanly possible
- Plastic-free chewing gum is now available (Simply Gum! Brand)
HOME AND YARD
- This is a simple one, but a great plastic reducer—use wood pencils to write with when possible
- Metal tubs and canisters are made of metal—a better option for garbage and recycling containers
- Tools and implements often available in choice of wood or metal (non-plastic) handles
- Need a storage shed? Aluminum and steel shed kits are more recyclable than plastic ones
- If re-doing house siding, chose aluminum or wood rather than vinyl
- Floor rugs are available in cotton and other non-polyester/nylon fiber construction
- Packing fragile items or shipping? Choose crumpled newspaper or corn starch peanuts for padding (avoid Styrofoam peanuts)
- Planter pots: many terra cotta style and glazed ceramic pots of many different sizes are available
- Always choose wood handle matches instead of plastic hand lighters and long-steml lighters
- Compostable-type “plastic” bags for refuse are now available (UNNI)
- Need a broom? Natural fiber brooms are a great replacement for the plastic ones…and sometimes they even have wood handles (renewable)
Remember: Your purposea are to reduce plastics going to our landfills and reduce micro-plastics in our bodies and in the air, water, and soil. YOU CAN DO THIS!