Usage: Alternatives to Plastic:
Art supplies Consider homemade play dough, paint, etc

(to store in glass or metal); choose items such as colored pencils and charcoal or pastels that come in cardboard boxes instead of plastic containers

Baby bottle Glass or stainless steel, and silicone nipples
Bags, food storage (i.e. Ziplock) Glass or stainless steel containers
Bags, shopping Canvas or reusable shopping bags (homemade or bought)
Beverage container, store-bought Drink water instead; Homemade beverages stored in glass carafes; buy milk in glass containers or from a local farm
Brush, scrub or bottle Tampico fiber or Horsehair brushes
Brush, toilet Pig-hair wooden toilet brush
Calculator Bamboo calculator
Carpet (much of it is plastic-based) Natural wool carpet, real wood floors, sealed concrete
Computer keyboard Bamboo keyboard
Cooking utensils (spatulas, spoons, etc) Invest in wood (naturally antibacterial!), stainless steel or silicone when necessary
Cups, drinking Glass or stainless steel for toddlers
Dishwashing soap Skip the store-bought and make your own homemade dishwashing detergent to store in a glass jar or stainless steel container.
Dustpan Sweep out the door or use a stainless steel dustpan
Food storage Glass and/or stainless steel containers
Hard hat V-Gard GREEN Helmet (non-petroleum "plastic", made from sugarcane)
Ice cube tray Stainless steel is best; also silicone, or natural rubber (if you're using an automatic ice cube maker, you're out of luck)
Lighters Look for a metal lighter, such as a Zippo
Lint roller Wooden and natural rubber lint brush
Lunchbox Fabric lunch bags or stainless steel
Media cases (CDs, DVDs, etc) Purchase digital through iTunes or Amazon, or watch online through Amazon Instant Video or Netflix
Microwave cover Ditch the microwave, or just clean up the few splatters to save yourself from the plastic off-gassing
Sellotape / cello tape Cloth tape, paper tape
Pens Many pens come with metal shells
scissors all-metal scissors at craft stores (check the sewing section);
thumb tacks all-metal thumb tacks
plastic molds Stainless steel molds, silicone molds, aluminum molds
Razors, disposable All-metal razors and blades (non-disposable)
Rugs (much is synthetic polyester or recycled plastic) Natural wool, hemp, jute, or cotton; choose a silicone non-slip pad underneath
Seasoning containers Choose seasonings that come in glass with a metal lid, or consider growing and drying your own in the future
Shower curtain Choose cloth, bamboo, or hemp instead
food plates, food bowls, food wrapers, food packaging recycled paper, corn husks, hemp, cloth
Straws Glass or stainless steel; be sure your order includes a free straw brush for easy cleaning
Toothbrush Plastic-free wooden toothbrushes
Toothpaste Make your own homemade toothpaste and store in a glass or stainless steel jar.
Toys, misc Replace with wooden, cotton, hemp, porcelain, metal, and other natural materials
Trash bags First be sure to recycle, compost, and recycle. With the small amount left, try going without a bag, using paper bags, or compostable bags (such as BioBags).
Utensils (especially when eating out) Choose bamboo carry-out utensils and keep them in your vehicle
Water bottle, drinking size Stainless steel,

or glass with silicone or padded case to prevent breaking (these usually only come with plastic lids; if you find a quality bottle without any plastic at all please let us know!)

Water bottle, 5 gallon 5 gallon glass carboy
Water filter, refrigerator Instead of the fridge filter, use a stainless and charcoal filter, such as Berkey filters
Yoga mat Bamboo, hemp, jute, or natural rubber mat
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