Reduce Plastic Packaging with Coconut Oil

Reduce Plastic Packaging with Coconut Oil

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It has been just over a year of experimenting with coconut oil to see how many products could be replaced with just one jar.

A lot of effort goes into reducing the amount of plastic I use because of how long it takes for me to change my own perceptions and behaviors. Generally, I’m a fixed thinker who challenges herself to change. It’s not easy and it takes time.

So when someone I know suggested using coconut oil for a few different things, I thought, “No problem. I already use products with coconut oil in them.” But to switch from my hyper-processed products in plastic containers to using raw coconut oil from a glass jar with a metal lid? That was the tricky part in terms of psychology. And this wasn’t even the first time it was suggested to me. If think back, it was more than 15 years ago!

What about the texture of the oil at room temperature? It melts easily between the palms with body heat.

What about the jar and application methods? I reuse old containers I like. It melts easily everywhere with body heat.

How do I control the amount of oil for a variety of uses? Trial and error. Patience.

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How many ways can I use it? I started with skin care, then hair care. I’m interested about how it can work with dental care, but I need to read more about it. And the list above indirectly suggests cooking with it, which is not hard to imagine at all. There are so many possibilities. It doesn’t matter whether you buy it as a food product or a beauty product; as long as it’s raw oil, the scent is negligible either way and you can use it for anything.

At first, I was concerned about the overall environmental impact of importing the oil, especially if it were to become widely used. However, choosing to consume the raw product from glass and metal packaging is about the most responsible way to approach it. Importing things from other countries is not 100% bad. Do we need coconut milk that needs to be refrigerated? Maybe not. Is coconut oil a more sustainable product overall? Perhaps.

I’ll have to learn more about the supply chain for both.

Coconut is not for everyone, but olive oil may be a viable substitute. There is so much we can learn from more traditional lifestyles if we develop an open mind and continually practice a receptive mindset.