A Plastic Free Life? How to reduce your plastic usage.

Are you thinking of going plastic free or would like to reduce your plastic use and find alternatives to plastic? I’m personally fed up with single-use plastic products and packaging and have been looking at ways of reducing our household plastic use. As a result, I’m going to show you that going greener doesn’t have to be hard, expensive and can actually work out a little cheaper as a lot of the products are reusable, last longer and don’t cost much more than the single-use plastic alternatives! I’ve picked out 11 plastic free products that I think you will like.

 

1. Shampoo Bars – a plastic free alternative to shampoo bottles

If you have long hair then the likelihood is that you get through a lot of shampoo and most of the bottles on the market are plastic. For a greener alternative why not try a shampoo bar instead which is extremely easy to use, store and comes with plastic free packaging! One of my favourites on the market is here and I love it because it is organic and contains Argan Oil to keep locks looking luscious and super shiny :

J.R. Liggett’s – plastic-free shampoo alternative

 

2. Anti Bacterial Soap – a plastic free alternative to liquid soap in plastic bottles

If like me, you like to keep your kitchen spic and span then clean hands are a must. I like to use anti-bacterial soap in the kitchen but I don’t like the fact that they all come in little plastic bottles. Instead of these why not try an anti-bacterial soap instead – it performs the same function as liquid soap but without the packaging. I’ve picked this one out as it is naturally antibacterial and suitable for sensitive skin so won’t aggravate skin problems such as eczema :

 

Simple Organic Anti-bacterial soap

 

3. Straws – Go plastic free and try a bamboo or glass straw!

Aah straws – these are really tricky because kids love them and they are hard to clean. As an alternative why not try these

Bamboo Straws – I love these as an alternative as they are handmade, reusable and biodegradable. They can be used with hot and cold drinks and are dishwasher safe making them easy to reuse and clean. Additionally, a donation will be given to the Plastic Oceans Foundation with each purchase – so what’s not to love?

 

 

Bamboo Straws – an eco friendly alternative to plastic

Glass Straws – This is a great alternative to the plastic menace though may be less suitable for little ones and more suited to an elegant cocktail party instead! These are made from highly resistant glass, non-toxic, taste neutral and easy to wash in the dishwasher or can be cleaned manually with the natural brush included in the product.

 

 

Glass Straws – a ‘clear’ winner for the environment

Pasta Straws – Or for a fun alternative why not try pasta straws: bucatini (aka perciatelli) pasta is a ‘natural’ straw and is a great alternative to plastic straws. Though it may take you a while to drink your drink as the hole circumference is at times somewhat smaller than on a traditional straw!

Bucatini Pasta Straws

 

4. Water Bottles – glass and metal water bottles make great plastic free alternatives

This was one of the first plastic free changes I made as our old plastic bottle ends were getting very ‘chewed’ by the kids and I started to worry that the plastic was leaching into the water. So I looked for some alternatives and came up with some great choices!

Glass Bottles – We all love our glass bottles and the water tastes lovely and fresh from them rather than stale as it would from a plastic bottle. This one is one of my favourites as it is made of borosilicate glass (which means you can use it for very hot or very cold drinks), is nice and large (1000ml) with a wide mouth making it easy to wash. It also comes with a bamboo lid and is housed in a special neoprene sleeve which keeps the bottle safe.

Ferexer 1L Glass Bottles

 

Metal Bottles – Although we haven’t tried these yet my friend swears by these aluminium bottles and she loves them for her little girl as they are less easy to break and are designed to last! These are BPA free and don’t have a metallic taste to them. They are double insulated which means that you can keep very hot or cold drinks in them and they will keep their temperature for up to 12 hours. They are also leak proof and have a wide mouth (which means you can put ice cubes in them!)

Lifesky Stainless Steel Sports Water Bottle

 

5. Cling Film – Plastic free alternatives for wrapping food!

 

Bee’s Wrap – Handmade using organic cotton and sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin. These are fully biodegradable and compostable and very easy to clean after use.. If they are used several times a week they will last approximately one year. Will help keep food fresh and allow repeated usage.

Bee’s Wrap Set of 3

 

Etee’s Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps – Say goodbye to plastic with etee wraps – a handmade 100% all natural, organic cotton and beeswax, biodegradable and non-GMO; These are very easy to clean – just rinse in cold water and eco friendly soap; Each wrap should give about 120-150 uses and can be used for wrapping food or as bowl toppers. These come with an amazing 90-day risk-free trial which means if you don’t like them you can get a refund!

 

Etee’s Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps

 

6. Cotton Buds – without the plastic pollution

Its a widely known fact that cotton buts with plastic ‘sticks’ are horrible for the environment and really there’s absolutely no need for them as alternatives are readily available. Check out these ones which have a wooden stick – a perfect alternative which will help alleviate all the plastic pollution from the standards sticks!

Welecom Wooden Cotton Buds

 

7. Tote Bags – a stylish and plastic free alternative to the supermarket ‘carrier’

Ditch the supermarket carrier bags for an eco-friendly and more elegant look with some quirky and handmade bags from my favourite handmade marketplace – etsy. I particularly love the bumblebee design below  :

 

Plastic Free Bee Tote Bag

Eco Friendly Tote Bags at etsy

 

8. Plant Pots and Planters – no more plastic in the garden!

Create a beautiful and environmentally friendly garden oasis with terracotta and ceramic pots rather than plastic planters! These are an excellent way to avoid using plastic in the garden and make a beautiful addition to a stylish outdoor area. Terracotta pots are made of a type of fired clay and make for an eco-friendly and natural looking addition to your garden!

 

Plastic-Free Terracotta Plant Pots

 

9. Greener party bag fillers

Is your little one having a party? Then why not opt for some plastic free alternatives to the party bag fillers!

Cotton Party Bags :

Plastic-Free Cotton Party Bags

 

Wooden pencils :

Twig Shaped Wooden Pencils

 

Mini Playing cards :

Colourful Playing Cards

 

Unicorn Masks :

Paper Unicorn Masks

Scented Notepads :

Scented Notepads

 

10. Bamboo Toothbrushes

Why not get rid of the plastic toothbrushes in your bathroom and choose a bamboo brush? These great brushes are eco-friendly and come in vegan paper-based packaging which is made from biodegradable recycled paper. The handles are ergonomically designed and crafted from bamboo – therefore they will not splinter and are water resistant. The bristles are BPA free and antimicrobial.

 

Eco Friendly Bamboo Toothbrushes

 

11. Reusable coffee cups – ditch the single use option to avoid landfill waste!

These Pokito cups are amazing – they are large cups (475 ml) that collapse to 4.5cm and weigh 100g which means they will easily fit in your pocket or handbag! Pokito cups have a clip-down, spill-proof lid which as a result prevents leaks and spills. It is also ultra versatile as it expands into three sizes – grande, medio and espresso and is dishwasher safe!

 

Pokito Reusable Coffee Cups

 

Some other eco-friendly ideas to help reduce your plastic use :

Buy fruit and veg in paper bags or unpackaged.

Buy peanut butter, spreads and sauces in glass jars rather than plastic.

Order your online shopping without carrier bags.

Download your music online rather than getting CDs wrapped in plastic.

 

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