Back to the Future: Re-inventing Packaging for an Ailing Planet

Growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, plastic packaging had not yet become popular. That started in the 1960s, so I can remember most items my parents purchased were in glass, boxes, cans, or cellophane.* (I thought cellophane was safer, but the information below tells me I was wrong, sadly.)

With so much negative press about plastic, I think the time has come to go back to using more boxes and glass containers to save our future, which I have started to do. Below is a photo of some of the products I am now using with links to their websites.

PLEASE email me if you try some of these products and like or dislike them. Feedback is helpful to share. (You can also leave a comment below the article.)

One of the main websites to check out is (Thanks to Pauline Rosenberg for her tips.) For the products pictured below, I also have their links:


Sample items in my cabinets from left to right and top to bottom:

Row One Top to Bottom:
Thayer’s Slippery Elm Lozenges in a metal container (re-usable), available from health food stores. Their website is:

A bar of shampoo (not sure of the company, but available from Mom’s Organic) or try this link:

drTung’s Activated Charcoal (dental) Floss in a cardboard container: (Dr. Tung’s Oral Care).

Twist scrub sponges from natural cellulos. Here’s their website:
ON their site is this statement: “The world’s first plant-based scrub sponge.” (But their packaging is cellophane (not ecological), so I emailed them about their cellophane packaging and awaiting a reply.

Row 2 Top to Bottom: Auromere bamboo toothbrush. Link:, when searching their link I learned that they sell bar soap in a box, Ayurvedic soap in a box, and other products, but not sure what they are packaged in. Will need to do more investigating.

Georganics Toothpaste in a jar: Link: Again, this company has several items for oral health, such as natural toothbrushes, so you can compare prices and qualities in each of the companies.

Meliora Dish Soap in a cardboard box, to be transferred to a soap dish. Link: They also sell planet-friendly cleaning products.

Row 3: Seventh Generation Laundry Liquid in a cardboard container. Link: Unfortunately, many of their products come in plastic, so another email will be int he works.

Below: bim bam boo Toilet Tissue scanned:

The covering says: socially and sustainably made:chlorine free, no harsh chemicals, bpa free, tree free, pH-friendly,and hypoallergenic. BUT the toilet tissue comes wrapped in plastic, so I plan on emailing them on their website:

The company is woman founded and run with a USDA certified bio-based product(1005 plant based) and cruelty free.

*From the Sierra Club online: Cellophane is derived from natural sources such as wood, while plastic wrap is made from oil. Unlike plastic, cellophane can’t be recycled, but it is biodegradable, so it can be composted or sent to a landfill in the regular garbage. That doesn’t mean it’s eco-friendly. In addition to using wood as a raw material, cellophane production requires toxic carbon disulfide. Also, cellophane could end up releasing methane, a powerful global-warming gas, if lodged in a landfill that lacks a methane recovery system.

PLEASE email me if you try some of these products and like or dislike them. Feedback is helpful to share. I will post any response I get from the companies I email about their plastic or cellophane packaging.

P.S. I also do a ZOOM Kitchen Nutrition every month and the next one is Friday, December 18th @ 10:30 am. Save the date! Here is the link:  The recipes will be sweet and savory dishes for the holidays.





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