Use Less Plastic

Kate Nelson, a current resident of Australia but a Minnesota native as you know, has lived a disposable plastic-free life for a decade, and shares her tips for doing the same with her nearly 100,000 Instagram followers.  Kate’s first book, I Quit Plastics: And You Can Too, was recently released, sharing the tools you need to make small personal changes to your plastic use that have lasting global impact. The book includes 60 recipes across nutrition, bodycare, hygiene and cleaning.

I Quit Plastics is the community Kate has developed to share her tips and insights through InstagramYouTube, podcasts and more. Kate resides in the Gold Coast of Australia.  

Top Tips for Going Plastic-Free for Beginners

  • Set a target to start — start with eliminating 1-5 plastic habits within a specific timeframe. Think: plastic bags, straws, to-go cups
  • Conduct a waste audit– Collect all your trash for 1-2 week. Collect all the sauce packets, zip ties, elastic bands, bits of plastic film, lids, etc. At the end of the week, dump the bin onto a tarp and sort through it. Create a list to determine where most of your waste comes from.
  • Try bulk shopping– Typically, you can bring your own clean jars and bottles to fill them with bulk items like seeds,rice, oils, detergent, etc.
  • Support local farmers markets– Farmer’s markets are a great place to shop plastic free!


Best Deodorant Ever Recipe

  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder or cornflour
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • Glass jar with metal lid


  • 10 dried rose petals
  • 2 drops essential oil of choice — avoid if you have sensitive underarms


  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly. It isn’t necessary to melt the coconut oil first, but it can make for easier mixing. Put mixture in a jar.
  • You can apply directly with your fingertips
  • The mixture may liquefy in warmer climates. If it does, seal the jar tight, flip it upside down and refrigerate.
  • When you unscrew the lid, a tiny lip of deodorant should extend just beyond the edge of the jar, allowing you to roll it across your underarms like conventional deodorant.
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