5 Simple Plastic Free Alternatives For A More Sustainable Lifestyle
It’s everywhere you look – straws, coffee cups, drink dispensers and food packaging, plastic is slowly choking our world and not only is it unsightly, but it’s dangerous too. According to conserve turtles, over 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean. It’s a looming issue, and many are looking to governments to solve the problem. But what about us? If we’re so concerned, we should not only talk the talk, but walk it too. Reducing and eventually stopping our plastic waste is sustainable – we’ll prolong and protect the planet for future generations to enjoy the wonderful wildlife and beauty the Earth has to offer us.
It can be difficult to try and eliminate plastic from our lives, but I’ve got some simple alternative for you to implement right now to change how much plastic pollution you’re creating.
Just by changing our toothbrushes every 3 months, that’s already a hefty chuck of plastic you’ll be throwing away in a few years – that will take 450 years to breakdown into micro-plastic (which causes even more harm to animals). Bamboo toothbrushes are a much better alternative; made from a natural resource, it will eventually biodegrade back into the Earth. Georganics sell bamboo toothbrushes and all their other oral products come in glass jars and bottles which you can easily recycle.
The most versatile of storage containers, the humble mason jar is a must have addition. After visiting a bulk food store, these jars are easily the cleanest, simplest and attractive way to store your food. Or use it to store stationery, hair bands, facemasks – you name it. (If the shoe fits). You can get them from most home ware store, or online.
100% Organic Cotton Shopping Bag
Store a few of these in the boot of your car and rolled up in your bag to take with you just in case of a shopping emergency. As a natural fibre, organic cotton will biodegrade and not release any harmful chemicals into the environment on doing so. Super soft and durable, it’s made to last and you should proudly carry your shopping in it, knowing you’re doing your bit to help the environment.
Metal Drink Bottle
Did you know that a pitiful 0.25% of all disposable drinks cups are recycled? Instead of buying a coffee or tea in the morning, how about saving yourself some dosh and making a tea to go at home? I (literally) don’t go anywhere without my trusty T2 tea flask a very good friend bought for me. It has a filter for loose tea, so I don’t have to throw away tea bags (which have plastic in by the way). I keep my loose teas in my drawer in the office in case I don’t have time (or forget) to make one before leaving home, and my flask also doubles up as water bottle for sweaty activities. Get on it.
Choose Recyclables Over Plastic
Most supermarkets have a varied selection of packaging available - so go for the most sustainable one. If they have an alternative of your favourite products in aluminium cans, cardboard or even unwrapped, pick those instead! These materials are easily recyclable, and can be used again. What's more, paper based packagining will eventually break down anyway and won't harm the environement.