How To Go Plastic-Free
When it comes to our household purchases, plastic-free living has become a hot topic. With an expected truckload of plastic entering the ocean every single minute, it is time for us to start to move towards plastic-free living. In this blog, we look at 10 simple zero waste living alternatives you can start swapping in for your home. As Greta Thunberg said, ‘No one is too small to make a difference’ – if we all start to make small changes, we can reverse the current trend that would result in our oceans becoming filled with more plastic than fish by 2050.
1. Coffee Cups
Calling all coffee lovers – picking up your third coffee of the day? I don’t blame you; who doesn’t need their caffeine fix. However, currently, 500,000 single-use cups are being littered each day. A quick fix for this is choosing something like the Ecoffee Cup. They come in a wide range of patterns, colours & prints and have a ‘no-drip’ lid, making it perfect to throw into your bag. Look – they are so Instagramable too! #plasticfreeliving #zerowasteliving #beplasticfree
For all the cool kids taking their lunch to work – we salute you! Simply swapping your plastic Tupperware, cling film and endless plastic food bags for a stainless-steel substitute will help. A Slice of Green offers a range of stainless steel lunch box alternatives, providing you with a selection of all sizes suitable for your sandwiches, fruit etc. Made responsibly in India from high quality 201 food-grade stainless steel, this lunchbox is free from plastic.
3. Plastic Cutlery
We’ve got the lunchbox, now all we need is some cutlery. Plastic cutlery is often used once, before being thrown away. A simple plastic-free alternative is to swap single-use plastic for bamboo alternatives – check out &Keep’s wide range of cutlery that is stylish, lightweight, 100% vegan and set to withstand multiple uses. It’s great, you can just keep on using, washing and reusing them.
4. Water bottles
Everybody needs a water bottle, so let’s make it a water bottle that we can keep forever and just keep using over and over again. Neon Kactus offers just that. A lightweight and durable 500ml high-quality borosilicate glass bottle, made with 100% recyclable materials, means it’s the perfect plastic-free alternative that can last you a lifetime. A simple way to help reduce the 15 million single-use plastic bottles we generate each day.
5. Plastic Bags
Picture this - you get to the checkout, start paying and suddenly realise you didn’t bring any bags. Sounds familiar doesn’t it! Let’s stop hoarding all those plastic bags that, let’s face it, you will never use again, and replace them with a plastic free alternative. Be inspired by The String Shopping Bag, an eco-friendly and reusable solution for how to go plastic-free. Being super lightweight and compact makes it easy never to forget and it makes your handbag content be plastic-free. A simple swap and a step closer to zero waste living.
6. Food Storage
Think about bulk buying your oats, seeds, beans, rice etc, and you will find it not only saves you money but is also a great way to reduce your use of single-use packaging. Top up your kitchen in your nearest bulk buying store near you and all you will need to remember is to bring a reusable container to get it home. At home, deck out your kitchen with these bamboo glass containers from Eden & Willow or pick up some at Ikea and all you need to do is keep topping up the food. No extra plastic and it will save you some money and our planet. Lovely stuff.
Let’s face it - we don’t need a straw in our drinks, it’s just something we have got used to having. Each year we are killing 100,000 marine mammals and turtles due to our single-use plastic mentality – straws are not biodegradable, and they end up getting stuck in turtles’ noses and all sorts. Turtle Straws are the easy alternative to the plastic straw – made from natural fibers that grow in the ground, they don’t go soggy and they are 100% biodegradable.
8. Soaps + Shampoo + Conditioner
Is your shower full of endless shower gels, shampoo, conditioners, face wash – you name it we seem to have a plastic bottle for it. It’s time to bring back a good old bar of soap, why change something that doesn’t need fixing right? Ditch buying more plastic and 1. Reuse what you already have and refill at your nearest shop or 2. Try some handmade, organic and vegan soap from Earth Bits. Made in the UK, their soaps are locally produced helping keep their carbon footprint low and they care about reducing the consumption of plastic waste. They also stock natural plastic-free alternatives of soap for shampoos and conditioners for different hair types – normal, oily, curly, dry & itchy.
9. Toilet Roll
Who Gives a Crap, yes that’s the name – 100% recycled made from recycled books and office paper. This toilet paper is not only plastic-free, but they also donate a whooping 50% of profits to help build toilets for those in need. If their quirky plastic-free packaging and their out there name doesn’t get you ticking, they deliver straight to your door and you can even sign up on a subscription basis. No more juggling the toilet paper on your walk home. They are so confident that you enjoy the swap that they offer a 100% money-back guarantee.
10. Cotton buds
Hydrophil 100% biodegrable, plastic-free cotton buds are at a small cost that everyone should really try out. They come in a recycled cardboard box and all 100 pieces in the box can be thrown away however you wish – the organic waste, compost or wherever.
Hopefully you have found the above list helpful for identifying simple and easy ways on how to go plastic-free within your home. In making some small changes we can all help prevent another twenty-fold increase in plastic waste over the next 50 years, as was the case during the last 50 years. As Sir David Attenborough said, "It’s absurd to suggest we can do totally without plastic, but there are so many areas where we use plastic without a thought". Let's look to change this.