These plastic-free switches are beyond simple
I don’t know about you, but I’m aiming for a Plastic-Free (ish) July.
I’m so over all of the pressure to be the perfect environmentalist, who wears nothing but hemp, has never travelled abroad and wouldn’t be caught dead in a Starbucks.
The truth is, very few of us are perfect in our efforts to care for Mother Earth. We slip up. We make mistakes. But, most importantly, we try our best. As families, I believe protecting our planet is a top priority and I also believe that any step in the right direction should be applauded.
With that being said, here are 25 simple swaps for Plastic-Free July for you to consider for your own home. Do them all at once or do them one at a time - the choice is yours!
- Shampoo and conditioner bars: Switch the whole family over to solid hair care products, like KIND2
- Solid soap: Rid your bathrooms of liquid hand soaps and choose bars instead
- Bamboo toothbrushes: A classic for a reason! Wild & Stone even offer baby and kiddie brushes
- Produce bags: Instead of getting fruit and veg in plastic bags, buy it loose. But don’t forget your reusable product bags.
- Toothpaste tabs: They take some getting used to, but switching from paste to tablets isn’t as bizarre as you might think. These ones are great.
- Wax wraps: Keep food fresh, without the need for plastic wrap. These clever little inventions are a low-waste essential.
- Reusable travel mugs: Need I say more?!
- Loose leaf tea: Tea bags often contain microplastics, whereas loose leaf and a tea strainer mean you can enjoy a cosy cup, without harming the planet.
- Homemade cleaners: Reuse old spray bottles to keep waste even lower. This article contains a whole host of great recipes to get your cleaning cupboard stocked up.
- Reusable wipes: If you have kiddos, this one is a must.
- Eco period care: Menstrual cups. Compostable pads. Organic tampons. There are so many fab options these days!
- Homemade play dough: Your little ones will love this taste-safe recipe, no disposable packaging necessary.
- Takeaway food containers: Start taking reusable tubs with you when you go for takeaways. Most restaurants and food stalls are more than happy to use a pot from home.
- Home cut fruit: Not home grown, home cut! Stop buying pre-sliced fruit in plastic containers.
- Water bottles: A classic for a reason - switch to reusable, friend.
- Tote bags: Keep a tote in your car for any last-minute shopping runs.
- Wooden toys: Wooden toys are investment pieces that aren’t only better for the planet, but could be passed down the generations.
- Pencils and crayons: If suitable, it means you can avoid running down pens that will eventually end up in landfill.
- Libraries: Use them or lose them! Libraries are an invaluable resource and mean less transportation materials than buying a book new.
- Safety razors: Made of metal and offering a fabulously close shave, these are great whether for your face or your legs.
- Shopping in person: Cut down on plastic delivery materials and support your local economy by shopping in local stores.
- Skip the straw: Just say “no thanks”.
- Homemade snacks: This one will save on packaging and money. Win win.
- Natural fibres: Look at the labels of clothing before you buy and avoid anything with “poly” (eg. polyester) when possible.
- Clothing pegs: Line drying is much more planet-conscious than using the tumble dryer. Opt for bamboo pegs for even more eco warrior points.
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