Ten Plastic-Free Products You Need

Living more sustainably takes time when you first begin and although we feel eager to jump right into living a waste-free life, it can be tricky. With this said, there are a few products that you can buy to help you on your way to using less plastic/waste and for your convenience, I have listed ten down below!

img_1798Reusable Grocery Bags

This is a common product pushed upon consumers, although it’s for a good reason! Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. (ConservingNow.com) With this said, a common issue with reusable bags is that many people have them, but forget them at home or in the car.  The more you commit to using them, the easier you will remember them when you go shopping. Keep them in your car at all times and when you remove them, put them back right after. If you carry a purse, consider buying a compact reusable bag that easier fits into your bag, that way you will always have one on you.

Find some here and here.

 

img_1807Reusable Produce Bags

In many supermarkets they have a large roll of plastic bags for when a consumer wishes to buy multiples of one particular fruit or vegetable. These bags are just as terrible as the plastic carry-out ones. For one of these plastic bags to decompose it will take 10 – 1000 years to breakdown (thebalancesmb.com). Instead, you can buy a set of reusable produce bags to bring with you instead. They are super portable, aesthetically pleasing, and incredibly eco-friendly.

Find a set here.

Picture from here.

Reusable Water Bottle

Everyone should carry around a glass or steel water bottle. Whenever I suggest this one, I usually get the classic response of, “but I’ll recycle this plastic one”. As great as recycling is, a lot of bottles don’t end up in a recycling facility, in fact around 4 billion plastic bottles will end up in the U.S waste stream each year (BantheBottle.net) and that’s only the states! With this upsetting statistic, why wouldn’t you just get a reusable one? It is not only functional and transportable, but you can also purchase one that is to your style.

I personally love mine from Manna ,but other great options can be found as well.

Find other water bottles here and here.

Reusable Straws

If you haven’t read my article on plastic, single-use straws I recommend you do so (find it here). These are practically useless as one can simply drink from a cup however, for those frozen drinks or if you just prefer drinking through a straw, consider buying a set of reusable straws. Not only are they great for your home but you can also find ones more transportable for your busy lifestyle. Keeping a few in your car, purse, gym bag, etc… will help you to remember them when you’re on the go.

Find a few here and here.

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Similar to the reusable straws, many single-use plastic cutlery is used and disregarded due to convenience. When you go out to eat at restaurants or fast food places, they are typically what is provided for you, particularly when you’re taking it to go. A great alternative to these, are your own set of cutlery. Great travel sets are often made from bamboo and are easily formatted to fit into your bag.

Find a set here.

Photo from here.

 

Bamboo Toothbrush

Another common problem is plastic toothbrushes. Did you know that every plastic toothbrush that has been manufactured since 1930 is still around today? That means there are over 90 billion toothbrushes on our planet right now (GoingZeroWaste.com). Since I switched to a bamboo toothbrush I have noticed a very visible difference in my teeth and how I feel when I use it. Other than being and amazing toothbrush, they are incredibly eco-friendly.

Find a set of four here.

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Many waste comes from shampoo and conditioner bottles. Take a moment to think about how many of these you or your family use in a month, then a year. Imagine those numbers over a lifetime! That creates a lot of waste, in fact more than 552 million shampoo bottles end up in landfills each year (Unwrappedlife.com). There is an easy solution for this though; buy shampoo and conditioner bars. These products resemble soap but are composed with similar or the same ingredients as your traditional shampoo or conditioner would have. You can shop for them on Lush or it’s typical for farmers markets to have at least one booth that sells them, so check out your local curators.

Find some from Lush here.

Photo from here. 

Mason Jars

This broad product can be used in so many ways. You could use mason jars for storing food, holding personal care products, DIY items, etc… They particularly help if you have a bulk food store. Many of these stores allow you to bring in your own jars or containers and fill them with food, spices, etc… instead of using plastic bags or prepackaged items. In conclusion, mason jars are the holy grail for living a life plastic-free.

Find some here.

Reusable Make-Up Rounds

This product is very useful for removing make-up, applying skin-care treatments, etc…and instead of throwing them out afterwards like the typical ones you find in the shops, you can throw them in the wash with your towels. Having the ability to wash them allows you to reuse them and generate less waste.

Find some here.

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Alright ladies, the attention is now on you. Did you know that as an average woman you will be estimated to use around 10 4000 tampons in your lifetime? (ReusableMenstrualCup.com). To counteract this wasteful pollution, consider trying a menstrual cup. The menstrual cup can be inserted and removed when you feel it could be full; washed/cleaned, then reinserted or put away until your next period. Although this is a great alternative, you should consult with your doctor/gynaecologist before changing or trying anything as they will have more information and can help you decide if it is right for you.

Once you have cleared it with your doctor, you will need to find the right menstrual cup. There are many companies that produce these eco-friendly menstrual products, but I recommend OrganiCup .

Find them here.

Photo from here.

Hopefully this list of ten plastic-free products will help you start or continue your journey into a plastic-free or more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Let me know in the comments, what plastic-free product is on your wish list and one lucky person will have the chance to have it sent to them!

 

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