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3 Easy Ways to Eliminate Plastic from Your Home

| 11/30/2011 1:01:38 PM

Heidi CardenasBased in Lake County, Illinois, Heidi Cardenas has been freelancing since 2000. She studied business administration at the College of Lake County and has a background in human resources administration. She has written for "Chicago Parent Magazine" and guest blogs for The Herb Companion, Natural Living and TribLocal. She enjoys writing on a wide range of topics, but especially gardening, natural living, and home and family eco topics, and she helps you get your green on at 

1. Get Rid of the Plastic in Your Home

If you only use glass and stainless steel in your home, congratulations! I am impressed, and I want to be just like you. If you are like most of us though, you have a mixture of glass, metal and plastic, plastic, plastic. Why? Because it’s cheap, it’s available and it’s convenient. But is it the best thing for you and your family, not to mention the rest of the planet? Do you really want chemicals leaching into your food and beverages? Do you want to keep contributing to plastic pollution that does not biodegrade, ever? If not, go through your home and take an inventory of all the plastic items you have, especially the items that hold and dispense food. Go cold turkey and remove them all. Put them all in a large cardboard box or aluminum trash can (or two or three if needed) and take them to the nearest plastic recycler. Then start fresh with ceramic coffee mugs, glass food storage containers, stainless steel water bottles, and reusable lunch and grocery bags.

2. Stop Buying Plastic

Make a paradigm change in your life and lifestyle today and stop buying plastic. Think of all the plastic that goes through your hands and your home each week and vow to stop or at least interrupt that flow, for your family and for the planet. Invest only in products that do not pollute the planet and that will biodegrade when discarded. Do not invest in plastics. Make your dollar work harder for you to green your life.

3. Refuse Plastic when You Shop

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