In a recent class sponsored by the Adult Religious Education and Spiritual Development (ARESD) team, participants watched the PBS Frontline documentary Plastic WarsAlthough the information presented was disheartening, the group had a lively discussion on how we as individuals can use less plastic. Once we start looking for and open our minds to new options to reduce plastic consumption, it is amazing how many alternative products are available that do not use plastic. Below are some ideas on how you can get started on using less plastic, as well as a link to what can and cannot be recycled in Mecklenburg County.   

Stasher Bags: 

Shop Stasher Reusable Bags | View The Stasher Ecosystem ( 


Shampoo and Conditioner bars: 

Ethique – Conscious & Concentrated Solid Beauty Bars 

Shampoo Bars – Plastic-Free Shampoo | The Earthling Co. 


Plastic Free Lip Balm: 

Cardamom & Rose Lip Balm | The Tart Peach ( 


Plastic Free Deodorant: 

Plastic Free Coconut & Vanilla Deodorant | Native ( 


Laundry Detergent: 

Sheets Laundry Club – Home 

Tru Earth Laundry Strips – Eco-friendly Laundry Detergent Sheets – Tru Earth Laundry Strips – Eco-friendly Laundry Detergent Sheets 

A New Way To Clean | Cleancult 


Bamboo Toothbrushes: Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Natural Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrushes – Pack of 4: Beauty 

Laboos Bamboo Toothbrushes – Set of 4 – OMG Japan 



Good Earth Essentials | Charlotte’s First Zero Waste Shop 

Home | Rooted Rethinkery: Good Things for Earth(lings) 


Mecklenburg County Recycling: 

Solid Waste Virtual Recycling Presentations ( 

What Can and Can’t I Recycle Curbside in Mecklenburg County? (