Trying to do a Home Project while Remaining Low Waste and Plastic Free

I LOVE home improvement projects! It’s so nice to see that you actually did that work! Blood, sweat and tears. Literally. haha. Since being home owners, Tash and I have taken on a lot of projects at the house. Never did I realize being a home owner would be so expensive, haha. But doing projects at home really helps cut down on the costs of things. Tash and I live off of youtube DIYs…so if you are a person who does those videos…keep doing them! We have probably watched your video already, not going to lie. Tash watches pretty much EVERY video on whatever it is that we are working on at the moment.

I feel like home projects are one of those things that people tend to forget about when it comes to plastic free. And I also think it depends on WHAT type of project you are doing at home. When you are the one actually doing the project you have more say in what materials are being bought and therefore what materials come in plastic. Our first tid bit of new home owners advice we got was from Tash’s dad…he told us to always keep 3in deck screws on hand because they will come in handy for pretty much everything. AND BOY WAS HE RIGHT! I am not kidding you when I say that we use them for everything! I think every project we have done, we have used these screws.

Anyways with that being said, because we do use these screws so much we have options of packaging and amount. We always buy the screws that are in the cardboard box…we can recycle or compost the box when we are finished. Yes, it is a little more in cost, but like I said, we use these for everything. Which now leads me to my list.

Things you can buy without plastic

  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Washers
  • Lumber
  • PVC pipe
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Drill bits (the one we bought awhile ago came in its own hard plastic case, that stores all the bits)
  • Sheet rock
  • Fencing material
  • Concrete
  • Pavement stones
  • Paint (will talk more on this)

This list definitely can go on but we really do not use too much more then what I provided. We recently installed a new door frame, built a garden bed and put up ceiling shelves without using any plastic. Another huge thing in home projects using low waste and plastic free, is to inventory what you have at home first! A lot of things can be re-purposed of used in a different function.

Not everything can be purchased without plastic…but there is so many items that can! It may take a minute longer to actually look which isn’t that long when it comes to trying to help out planet. Every little thing counts. Your actions count! 🙂

Please share with me any ideas you have!-SJ

*Now I mentioned paint being plastic free…with the cans, there are certain places you can recycle them when they are used, as well as other types of waste. Just google your local area about it.

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