I personally found the film TRASHED a bit too short on solutions on how we can help by not putting plastic into landfill or incinerators.
I thought of some ideas and and quickly blogging them this morning.
1.First make some doorstops using unwanted clothes or curtain fabric -Find a stone or rock that will fit into the doorstop and after washing wrap it in plastic -use food packaging or plastic bags cut up to stuff the doorstop before sewing up -you can make these in any shape you like but here is a very easy shape that anyone can make!
Sew your own pyramid doorstop - Better Homes and Gardens - Yahoo!7
If you want to use up even more plastic what about making a pouf!!! Simply fill the fabric/knitted pouf with all of your unwanted plastic- this will take a considerable amount believe me.
2. Leave your plastic at the shop- if we all did this we would be forcing shops to change how they sell stuff.It costs them money to 'dispose' of rubbish.
Take your own bags AND a flat bottomed shopping basket or box.If you do this you can use plastic bottles/large food containers to divide up space and then fill these with the loose veg you have removed packaging from.This is a very posh version which I have blogged the link to.
3.Instead of buying cosmetics/toothpaste etc. in plastic tubes make your own! Use a basic recipie for face cream/cleanser and add drops of essential oils that suit your skin type and age; I like frankensense which is pricey but will last at least a year.
It is possible to buy good creams and lotions in glass jars but one thing I cannot find is toothpaste so here is a recipe to make your own!
Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Ingredients:
- 5 parts Calcium powder or Calcium Magnesium Powder
- 1 part Diatomaceous Earth (optional- contains trace minerals and silica. UPDATE: A reader noted that DE can be abrasive and is not needed with the baking soda, so if you don’t have DE… no worries!)
- 2 parts Baking Soda
- 3 parts Xylitol Powder- This ingredient is not completely necessary, but just keeps it from tasting bitter.
- 3-5 parts coconut oil to get desired texture
- Optional ingredients: Essential oils for flavor (mint, cinnamon, and orange are all good), Grapefruit Seed Extract, Myrrh and Trace Minerals
2. Add Coconut Oil one part at a time until you get desired consistency.
3. Add any optional ingredients, including Essential Oils for flavor (my favorite is Peppermint Orange)
4. Store in small container like 1/2 pint glass jar. To use, either dip clean toothbrush into it, or use Popsicle stick or spoon to put on toothbrush. I’ve also thought of storing in a plastic bag with a corner cut off to be able to squeeze like toothpaste, but haven’t tried it yet