100 Ways to Love Mother Earth
Choose Glass Over Plastic
One easy thing you can do for Earth is aim to choose glass containers when buying consumer goods. When buying juice for instance, look for brands that use glass containers instead of plastic. It is no secret that plastic is an unnatural Frankensteinian substance that ultimately has no place on the planet. It is toxic and unfortunately... it lasts forever. Glass however, is naturally occurring, transformable, recyclable and immediately reusable!
When we are shopping anywhere, we are voting for the world we want to live in. Every dollar we use is saying "Yes, more of this please." I try to minimize my consumption of packaged foods by eating close to the earth, eating things that have their own groovy biodegradable containers like the genius banana! However, there are still things I want and need to purchase that are going to come in some form of package and I can make an informed decision about just what types of materials come home with me and why.
I won't buy salad dressing, pasta sauce, spices or jam that come in plastic. I won't buy plastic Tupperware. These containers aren't good for the jam, for me or for the planet. I buy glass when I can, over aluminum often because I am already thinking ahead about other uses for these containers when I buy them. Recycled glass containers for home use are, instant Tupperware! To me, that pasta jar is going to be washed when it's empty and used to store future homemade soups and smoothies. That jam jar will be the perfect vessel to stack cookies in to take to a friend. I can then ask that friend to think of a great way to reuse that same jar.
I always save glass spice jars, clean them and reuse them when my own garden herbs are ready for drying and storing. :) I use old coconut oil jars for q-tips and hair-ties in the bathroom. I take my own glass containers to the grocery store when I need to buy bulk items so I don't have to use their plastic bags and bins. I have even brought my own containers to restaurants to take leftovers home in. Don't be embarrassed, be creative and know you are doing the whole Earth a favor! Most of all, have fun with it. A colorfully decoupaged wine bottle makes a fine vase or candleholder! There are many creative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle glass containers, these are just a few.
So the next time you are shopping, think about what your foods are coming home in. Consider the impact of your purchases. Avoid toxic and non-biodegradable plastics and instead choose glass when you can. Ultimately the less we depend on all variety of packaged consumer goods, the better, In the meantime, we can make a big difference with the smallest of considerations. Please be present when purchasing and choose wisely, with your own health and that of our beautful Earth in mind. :)