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Tiny Bites 26: Purging vs. Reusing Plastics

April 26, 2018
Tiny Bites Episode 26: Purging vs. Reusing Plastics | Tiny Ambitions

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In this week’s episode of Tiny Bites, I’m sharing my current zero-waste conundrum. Should I purge my plastics? Or re-use them?

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How would you reuse deodorant tubes? I’m open to any ideas you have! Also, do you make an effort to reduce your use of plastic? Or is it just not something that’s on your radar? There are no right or wrong answers here, I’m just curious. Let me know in the comments!

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  • Amy | More Time Than Money May 1, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Oh I also have this dilemma. In theory, where I live we can recycle a much broader range of plastics, but I believe the portion that are actually recycled is very low. I’m mindful about my purchases and have made a lot of little changes, but I still have soooo many more to go. I definitely accumulate more plastics than I can repurpose. Purging them from time to time makes me confront my waste and has improved my commitment to making better choices. Honestly, I wish this area was more regulate, rather than having to rely on individuals. It would make my life so much easier – a bit of “choice editing”.

    • Britt May 1, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Amy! I too wonder how much of what I recycle is actually being recycled. If government’s were better able to regulate the usage of disposable materials, a lot of our choices would be made for us (and for the better probably).

  • Daisy May 1, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Re deodorants, I’ve heard Meow Meow Tweet is good though I personally haven’t tried it. I use a Burt’s Bees one in aluminum cans – still a conundrum but hopefully easier to recycle. (Though I try to lessen even my recycling these days after seeing the numbers of what actually gets recycled vs. rerouted to the landfill anyway.)

    I think all we can do is our part really – a practical balance like reusing plastic to the end of its life cycle is definitely an option I’ve often gone with even as I hope for better solutions in the future. One thing I’m really careful about is not using single-use plastic. Taking my straw, cutlery, and water bottle around everyday has become an automatic part of my routine.

    • Britt May 1, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      Oo I’ll have to check out the Burt’s Bee’s ones. Aluminum is easier up here than plastic.

      And I think you’re right. Its just about us doing the best that we can with what is available to us. Which makes low hanging fruit like reusable cutlery, straws and water bottles all the more important!

  • Lisa April 28, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    A real conundrum, Britt! What a great episode. I’m definitely of the opinion that reusing plastics until the very end is best, before investing in sustainable alternatives like stainless steel, glass etc. To me it makes the most sense from a sustainability perspective. I honestly don’t have any ideas for how to reuse deodorant tubes, though. The ZW deodorant I make is pretty liquid so I put it in a glass jar. I’m assuming if you were to put a homemade deodorant in those tubes, it would have to be a solid one? I’ve seen some ready-made ZW deodorants for sale online that look quite solid – kind of like a paste – but I’ve never come across a recipe for one like that!

    • Britt April 28, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! It is quite the conundrum. I agree, it would have to be a pretty solid recipe for it to work in the tubes. I’ve got lots of ingredients for that sort of thing kicking around in the cupboard. So we shall see what I come up with!

      • Lisa April 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

        Looking forward to seeing what you come up with, Britt! You are doing such an awesome job at your shopping-ban-cum-sustainability project! I can see that you’re now well below 300 days remaining. How quickly the time passes!

  • Tread Lightly, Retire Early April 27, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Just kidding! It’s Jason. They have great sunscreen too.

  • Tread Lightly, Retire Early April 27, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Oh man I have no idea for those deodorant tubes other than trying your hand at them. I’ve been pretty disappointed with “natural” ones in general, except for Arm and Hammer and Jones (? I think? Now I’ll have to go look…)

    • Britt April 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      I know! I have no idea either. Next time I need deodorant, I’ll buy something in glass. If you’re looking for a good natural deodorant, I really like Routine. Its made in Canada and they’ve got tons of different scents.

      • Tread Lightly, Retire Early April 27, 2018 at 7:13 pm

        Can you buy deodorant in glass??

        • Britt April 27, 2018 at 7:49 pm

          Yes, cream deodorant. Like the brand I recommended, Routine.

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