As we all know by this point - plastic isn't great. It leaches potentially hazardous chemicals, is derived from petroleum, and worst of all it NEVER. EVER. EVER. biodegrades. On the up side, it is less energy-intensive to recycle than glass or most metals, and if consumers keep that in mind and only purchase good quality, recyclable items, they can reduce their waste. Below are my picks for the best (plastic) holiday gifts that help people reduce their need for disposable plastic in the long run.
BAGGU SHOPPING BAG
Always keep a reusable, washable, cute shopping bag on hand with one of these adorable Baggu totes. Perfect for everything from groceries to clothes, Baggu completely voids your need for ever using a disposable plastic shopping bag again. Plus, they fold up very tidily so they don't take up too much room in a purse or gym bag.
CONTIGO COFFEE TUMBLER
This is my FAVORITE iced coffee tumbler because it doesn't leak. I just purchased their hot beverage tumblr which I'm also excited about because it has a lock features that means you can toss it in a bag without it spilling everywhere. Bag-friendly coffee tumblers are super portable, convenient and reduce the need for paper, polystyrene, and plastic to-go cups.
Did you know most candle wax is derived from petroleum?! Ew. That means you're basically burning artificially scented plastic in your home. So. many. toxins. Forget that and switch to electric candles. They provide a comforting flicker without screwing with your indoor air quality and can be left on without becoming a fire hazard.
TRIA LASER HAIR REMOVER
How many disposable razors do you go through in a year? 10 years? 20? What if there was just ONE plastic item that would prevent you from buying plastic razors ever again. Yup. The Tria is an at-home laser treatment that is safe for men and women with dark hair and fair skin. Learn more on their website to determine if Tria could be your hair removal solution.