Have you made an ethical New Year’s resolution to go single-use plastic free in 2017? Here are 10 simple swaps you can make to be on your way to achieving your goal.
Pack a Reusable Water Bottle
Switch to a reusable glass or stainless steel water bottle and fill up free from the tap! Add a Binchotan charcoal water filter stick to further purify water. A reusable water bottle makes it so easy to keep hydrated wherever you go. Plus, there is a size to suit everyone.
Head to the Shops with a Jute Shopping Bag
A jute shopping bag is wonderfully sturdy, and perfect for picking up a few groceries or taking to the local markets. Jute is a long, soft, shiny plant fibre that can be spun into coarse strong threads. It is 100% biodegradable and is one of the most abundant natural fibres in the world.
Carry a Reusable Glass Coffee Cup
Australians use approximately 500 million disposable cups a year. Disposable paper cups are made from bleached paper sprayed with a polyethylene coating, and impregnated with toxic dyes, which mean they can not be recycled. Glass is an impermeable, non porous and infinitely recyclable material completely free of harmful chemicals. Plus, coffee tastes great from a glass!
Take Reusable Produce Bags with You
Keep your reusable produce bags alongside your reusable shopping bags and you will never leave home without them. They weigh virtually nothing, so perfect to take to the supermarket, the local farmers market or to use around the house.
Avoid Single-Use Plastic Wrap with a Reusable Sandwich Pouch
A reusable sandwich wrap means you can let go of single-use plastic cling wrap. They are great for schools or workplaces with a ‘Nude Food’ policy and will save tons of rubbish ending up in landfill or worse, in our environment.
Carry a Reusable Straw
If you can’t go without a straw, a reusable stainless steel straw or glass straw is the perfect alternative. Would you believe that enough plastic straws are produced annually to fill over 46 thousand full sized buses! Each time you use a reusable straw it means one less plastic straw ends up in landfill or in our precious oceans.
Opt for Package Free Soap
Choose package free soap for the hands and body and place them in the bathroom and at sinks around the house. This one by Dindi Naturals has it’s own hemp bag, which keeps small pieces of soap together, and provides a great exfoliation. It is also contains no palm oil, synthetic colours and fragrances.
A bamboo toothbrush is a sustainable plant alternative to disposable, non-recyclable plastic toothbrushes. At the end of its life, remove the nylon bristles with a pair of pliers, and simply bury or compost the toothbrush handle. Using an environmental toothbrush will reduce the amount of non-biodegradable plastic entering landfills each year.
Switch to Plastic Free Kitchen Accessories
Micro plastics from sponges and scrubbing brushes are washed down the drain and end up in our oceans. A natural bristle dishwashing brush is a great all round washing up tool or vegetable scrubber. This one by Reddecker has an untreated beechwood handle with a natural tampico bristle head, and will last for years (replacement heads are available online).
Use Old Fashioned Wooden Pegs
Wooden pegs make a great waste-free alternative to plastic clothes pegs. They will not become brittle in weather, unlike plastic pegs, but to prolong their life, take them inside after use. At the end of their life, the stainless steel spring can be recycled and the wood will biodegrade.