People in general are becoming more aware of the damaging impact of plastics to the environment, our health and to the natural world around us. More and more people are cutting down on the amount of plastic they use in their daily lives and there are some really good ideas out there to help on the journey to living plastic free. We have provided our top 10 hacks to going plastic free.
Plastic free bathroom bars
Hand-washing and showers are things most of us do many times a day. There’s so much choice of what we can use, and guess what they are pretty much all housed in plastic bottles and containers.
A really great tip is to switch to solid bars of soap. Soap bars are not contained in plastic, they also last a lot longer and are more cost effective.
When you make the switch, there are some other tips to watch out for with soap bars:
- Choose a soap in minimal packaging so avoiding plastic.
- Avoid soaps made with palm oil to limit the impact on environmental lands.
- Choose a natural soap to avoid chemical ingredients.
- Buy from local farmers markets or independent shops to reduce transportation carbon footprint.
Plastic free shampoo and conditioners
Much the same as soaps and shower gels, single use plastic is the main packaging for shampoos and conditioners.
Again follow the tips above and remember you can buy shampoo and conditioner bars which are much longer lasting, fewer chemical ingredients and lower carbon footprint for transporting the product.
Plastic free toothbrushes
Toothbrushes are a major player in plastic waste in landfills. Keeping our pearly whites shiny and clean is a must do activity so a really easy way to reduce the plastic waste is to buy a bamboo toothbrush. The handles are generally biodegradable which is fantastic and much less damaging, although mostly, the bristles are nylon so these would need to be removed before composting.
Biodegradable cotton buds
Most cotton buds are largely made of plastic due to their polypropylene stem. They are actually one of the top 10 items found on beaches by Marine Conservation Society beach volunteers. This is usually due to the fact that they are often wrongly flushed down the toilet and end up in the sewage systems.
You can buy organic cotton buds with 100% biodegradable card sticks from some supermarket and online stores.
Buying in bulk and recycled plastics
Buying items in bulk is a great way to start reducing your plastic consumption. Even better when you can buy in bulk from brands that use recycled plastic packaging.
Much of the beauty industry have started to only use recycled materials in their packaging which is a great step forward.
Leave us a comment and let us know any tips you have for going plastic free.