It’s time to find an alternative for at least some of the single-use plastics we often use because of convenience. This can be a big challenge, so it’s always good start with one or two quick and easy wins.
There are a plethora of plastic-free, reusable alternatives on the market to help us to cut down on single-use plastics and decrease landfill. Some ideas for commonly-used, easy alternatives include:
· bamboo toothbrushes: these cost just $2-3, are just as effective as every other toothbrush and they are biodegradable. Just think, every toothbrush we have ever used still exists in out there in landfill somewhere…
· beeswax wraps: these are cloth wraps coated in beeswax which are a great replacement for cling wrap.
· bar soaps: using the actual bar of soap rather than a liquid soap is an easy way to cut down on bathroom plastics. Shampoos and conditioners can be found in bar form too.
· metal drink bottles: refillable water bottles could save the planet a whopping million plastic bottles a minute!
Of course, when purchasing, we need to ensure that we’re only purchasing products we’ll actually use and find them second-hand if possible.
The video above explores different plastic-free household items.
In the kitchen…
With a little pre-planning, we can also visit a local bulk/refill store to fill up on all our pantry and cleaning needs but without the plastic packaging. Here we can bring produce bags, jars, or use paper bags to fill up on dry goods, spices, flours, etc. This makes it easier to avoid pre-packaged foods and you have more loose produce to choose from.
How do I find my local bulk food store?
Try this bulk food store directory: https://sustainabletable.org.au/all-things-ethical-eating/bulk-food-directory/
Ready to commit to being plastic free?
Take the Plastic-Free July Challenge: https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/take-the-challenge/