• Going plastic free: the first things to replace

    September 3, 2020 • GUIDES, LIFE, PLASTIC FREE / WASTE FREE

    Congratulations, you’re ready to live with less plastic!

    That means you’re taking action to:

    • Cut fossil fuel demand, reducing the progression of climate change
    • Reduce the amount of waste that clogs up our landfills and litters our waterways and natural areas
    • Reduce the toxins your body is exposed to, like BPA, phthalates and flame retardants
    • Save money by using reusable alternatives, such as cling wrap or water bottles
    • Invest in higher quality, made to last products, like stainless steel pegs or cast iron frying pans

    Go you!

    Whether your goal is to eliminate throwaway plastic, or you one day hope to be completely plastic free, you have to take the first step.  So where do you start? What are the first things you replace?

    Tackling one area at a time is an easy way to get started and give you confidence moving forward. Read on as we give you some ideas on how to approach the challenge in the initial stages.

    Approach 1: Switch commonly used single use products for reusable alternatives

    This could include switching:

    Going plastic free: what are the first things to replace | Biome Eco Stores | zero waste and plastic free

    Approach 2: Swap plastic bottles for package free

    There are lots of products that come in plastic bottles that do have alternatives that are either package free, or come packaged in recyclable paper or cardboard, or reusable glass and tin.

    So you could swap:

    Going plastic free: what are the first things to replace | Biome Eco Stores | zero waste and plastic free

    Approach 3: Get into the garden

    Fruit, veggies and herbs from the supermarket and veggie store often come wrapped in plastic. You don’t need much space or experience to grow your own though.

    Most herbs are really easy to grow in pots, and we have window sill kits for those that don’t have a backyard.

    For those that have a veggie garden, why not try growing vegetables and fruit from seeds.

    Going plastic free: what are the first things to replace | Biome Eco Stores | zero waste and plastic free

    Approach 4: Replace broken plastic items with quality, buy for life or natural fibre alternatives

    This could include replacing:

    Going plastic free: what are the first things to replace | Biome Eco Stores | zero waste and plastic free

    Approach 5: Take it room by room or activity by activity

    Tackle one area at a time.

    For example, getting takeaway you could bring your own:

    • Reusable container or pouch for food to go in
    • Reusable cutlery instead of opting for the single use plastic cutlery they provide
    • Reusable coffee cup or have it at the cafe in a ceramic cup, instead of using the disposable one
    • Reusable straw, or opt for no straw
    • Fabric napkin or handkerchief

    When shopping you could:

    • Bring your own reusable shopping bags made from cotton or jute, or ask for a box
    • Bring your own reusable produce bags made from cotton, or just let your veggies mingle
    • Use a reusable container at the deli, butcher or specialty store
    • Shop at local food co-ops or bulk food stores

    With regards to cleaning you could switch:

    • Spray cleaners for DIY cleaners using raw, natural ingredients purchased in bulk
    • Laundry liquid, general cleaning sprays and even body wash for soapberries or a soapberry liquid (see more about that here)
    • Plastic and synthetic cleaning brushes and sponges for natural fibre alternatives

    In the bathroom you could swap:

    In the kitchen you could swap:

    Going plastic free: what are the first things to replace | Biome Eco Stores | zero waste and plastic free

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *