Sadly plastic has become an integral part of our lives, from the packaging at the supermarkets to our bathroom of toiletries. The truth is, that plastic is a major contributor to environmental pollution, and it takes hundreds of years to decompose.
We do have the power to reduce our plastic consumption and make a positive impact on the environment. It may seem like a daunting task, but here are ten simple swaps that can help you on your plastic-free journey:
Reusable Water Bottles
The obvious and easiest swap is to invest in a reusable water bottle. If you haven’t already then make that swap, instead of buying single-use plastic water bottles. Not only will this reduce plastic waste, but it’s also a convenient and cost-effective option.
Again another simple swap, and if you haven’t already then say goodbye to plastic shopping bags and switch to reusable fabric bags. You can easily find reusable bags made from cotton or canvas that are durable, long-lasting and with so many printed designs and colours they’re much prettier to look at.
Alternative Food Wraps
Replace plastic wrap with beeswax wraps or with cotton fabric wraps. These wraps are made from organic cotton, beeswax, and tree resin, making them a natural and sustainable alternative.
Avoid buying more plastic containers for food storage and slowly replace the ones you own with glass containers instead. Glass containers are reusable, don’t stain with food products and can easily be cleaned and reused.
Not one we all think about as much, but plastic toothbrushes are a major contributor to ocean pollution. Replace your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush, they are much more readily available now in every chemist and supermarket. Biodegradable and environmentally friendly makes this another easy swap.
Ditch the plastic body wash bottles and opt for bar soaps. Not only are bar soaps more environmentally friendly, they last much longer and definitely more cost-effective option. There are some great natural skincare brands both online and in your high street offering so many different types and scents. Once you find one you’ll like you won’t look back.
Well, we’ve already seen big changes in this arena with the UK banning plastic straws. Plastic straws are a significant source of marine pollution. It’s definitely still worth investing in reusable metal or glass straws which can be easily cleaned and reused.
Replace disposable paper napkins with reusable cloth napkins. Cloth napkins are more environmentally friendly, more cost effective and you can match your interiors
Food Waste Bins
Are you still throwing out your food in your regular rubbish collection? If so consider changing that habit and use a food waste bin. If you’re not lucky enough to have food waste collections in your local area maybe consider starting your own composting. It’s an excellent way to reduce waste and create natural fertilizer for your garden.
Reusable Coffee Cup
Have you said goodbye to disposable coffee cups yet? If not then make the switch to a reusable cup. Reusable coffee cups are made from materials like stainless steel, ceramic, and glass, and are an environmentally friendly alternative.