We all know that single use plastic isn’t great for the environment. Recycling options often aren’t ideal either, with plastic only really ever being able to be ‘downcycled’ a few times. The best way (we think!) is to cut out single use plastic wherever possible. If you’re new to reducing your plastic consumption, here’s a few simple ways to make your everyday actions a little more green.
Bring your own coffee cup
Takeaway cups are one of the most disposed single use items and also one of the most avoidable! With everything available from cute pottery cups to smart cups you can pay with - there’s never been a better time to adopt a keep cup.
Bring your own shopping bags
This one is kind of a no brainer in this era - however, so many people still forget. If you’re one of those forgetful people, try the small fold up bags which can be carried in your handbag or glovebox. Then, try and get in the habit of putting them back after you’ve unloaded your groceries!
Start a Compost Bucket
If you have a council green bin which is picked up weekly alongside your general waste and recycling, then you’re the perfect candidate to start composting. All you need is a cute tupperware style container (the larger the better!) with a good seal, and you can start putting all of your compostable waste in there. Then, simply empty the container each week into your green bin, ready to be picked up and composted. Check with your council re compost waste in your green bin - some actively encourage it, while others are limited to garden waste. If you don’t have a composting service offered by your council, consider investing in a compost bin yourself! The tumbling ones from bunnings I find brilliant - but there are many options that make it super easy and simple these days! You can even find countertop kitchen composting bins which is ideal for small spaces or apartments.
Give up Gum
Did you know that gum is made of a synthetic rubber which is essentially plastic? You can replace this easily with bulk packs of mints or find packaging free mints at most local bulk food shops!
Start a veggie patch
How many times have you bought a plastic tub of herbs to add a few sprigs to a meal? Start your own simple herb / veggie garden (in pots or a garden bed). Herbs and leafy greens are actually the quickest and lowest maintenance thing you can grow, but are disproportionately expensive because they’re tricky to transport and keep fresh. All round, growing a little garden will mean you’re spending less, spicing up more meals and - reducing your plastic use. Win, win!
Make Your Own Cleaning Products
This isn’t for everyone, I know. If you’ve ever thought about it though, give it a go! Making your own cleaning products is simple, effective and easy - not to mention you’ll be spraying around way less nasty chemicals. Literally they can be as simple as vinegar and water (3 parts water, one part white vinegar). If DIY isn’t your style, check out your local bulk food store - most offer cleaning products. You just need to bring your bottle and refill it whenever you’re low. Easy!
Give up bottled water
It’s so simple to bring your own bottle and refill it when needed. It’s really just a habit. If you use straws, you can easily replace these with a reusable stainless steel version which you can carry with you on the go as well.
Become a bar and box convert
So many goods come packaged in plastic, from shampoo and body wash to laundry liquid or pasta. Get in the habit of always looking for the plastic free packaging option. For example, shampoo bars often come in a cardboard box, so by choosing this option - you’re avoiding another plastic bottle. Opt for laundry powder in a box over the plastic bottle of liquid. Once you get the hang of choosing bars and boxes, you’ll love it!
Choose natural fibres
When you’re buying clothing, avoid polyester or other synthetic fabrics and opt for more natural ones like cotton, linen or silk. Support small businesses who put an emphasis on sustainability and longevity of their products, over sales and high turnover. There is something lovely about knowing your piece of clothing can be composted after a long and happy life. This tip isn’t limited to clothing either, opt for natural fibres in cleaning cloths, car covers - any time you’re purchasing something fabric!
Opt for plastic free postal packaging - like ours!
When you’re shipping parcels, opt for compostable satchels over plastic ones. For businesses, this is a huge way to reduce your overall carbon footprint and plastic consumption. If you have to use a box, opt for plastic free packaging tape and cardboard boxes over plastic. Also, ditch the bubble wrap for recycled paper or corrugated paper padding. There are so many awesome new innovations like corn starch based packaging pellets, which make the plastic ones unnecessary. It’s never been a better time for eco packaging. Whether you’re just starting out on your journey to reduce plastic, or you’ve been walking the road for a while now, our compostable satchels are an easy and effective plastic free swap.