Over the past several years my family has been making the switch from using plastics to using glass, cloth, and metal.
In the Kitchen
The first thing to go was our Tupperware. We use these instead. There are a lot of places that carry them. These are more sturdy and (though microwaving isn’t great) they are better in the microwave, and they can also be used in the oven. No melting or leaking toxins into your food.
Another thing we switched up was sandwich bags and bread bags. If you want to go the cheap route make your own cloth sandwich and bread bags. Check out our tutorial here. You can also buy reusable cloth bags. Here’s a few to check out. This sandwich bag or this bread bag. (note: I do not know how safe polyethylene liner is… I will look into it. This is used on some of the bags that I have linked to.) To steer clear of that this shop also has a lot of cute bags.
For storing more bulk items these are great. Again you can generally find large glass storage containers like these at your local stores as well. My family has accumulated a stock of gallon glass jars from a local candy store that lets us have their leftover maraschino cherry jars. Look around. Sometimes a little creativity can save you some bucks. I use these to store my grains, homemade granola, and honey.
Mason Jars are a cheap and easy way to store just about anything. They are cheap and dishwasher safe.
Baby and Kid
We just recently purchases a new sippy cup for our little guy. He knew it was for him right away. You could go glass for this or stainless steel. We got the Klean Kanteen sipper. They also sell a stainless steel bottle. My only complaint about the sippy cup is the carbeener loop sometimes gets in the way of his nose.
This can seem a little overwhelming but it doesn’t have to happen all at once. Take you time and slowly accumulate what you need or want.