At the beginning of this year, one of my goals was to use less plastic. I’m not totally zero-waste, but I’ve made a conscious effort to limit my plastic use as much as possible. Especially single-use plastic.
Once you actually start to pay attention to how much plastic is actually in everyday life, it’s overwhelming. There are tons of single-use plastic being used every single day!
When I started learning about things like climate change, or how much plastic is in our oceans (and ultimately killing marine wildlife), I KNEW I couldn’t keep being a part of the problem.
I originally starting to use less plastic just for the environment, but I’ve found that limiting products in plastic has helped me in a ton of other ways.
- I’ve saved money because I realized slowly that I didn’t actually NEED everything I was buying. Most of the plastic-free products I buy last longer.
- Companies that focus on helping the environment usually care about other important things like being Non-Toxic, healthy or organic.
Saving money and positively impacting my health were just a few awesome side effects of using less plastic. It’s been so impactful that I wanted to share a few tips so you can start living an (almost) plastic-free life!
1) Cut out straws
There are millions of plastic straws being used every day that eventually find their way into a landfill or the ocean. It makes sense why, between the daily iced coffee at Starbucks or the dinner out drinks.
Unfortunately, these can’t be recycled, so tossing them into the recycle bin isn’t going to do the trick.
Here are some tips for using less plastic straws:
- When you head out to a restaurant, let your server know you won’t be needing BEFORE they bring your drinks. Some restaurants put a straw in your drink before they bring it to you.
- Keep a metal straw to use in place of plastic. Or better yet, forgo the straw and drink straight from the glass.
2) Use a shampoo bar
I LOVE using shampoo bars. I’ve found that I overused liquid shampoo by accident. With a bar, I’ve found that I don’t use as much, but I still get that nice sudsy feel in my hair that I like.
Not to mention, there aren’t any sulfates or bad ingredients that can permanently damage your hair!
Lush has a lot of really great bars, but this is my favorite!
3) Skip “on-the-go” lunches
Single-use plastic is quite literally everywhere, especially in the fast food industry.
Think about your favorite cafe that sells ready-to-go salads, sandwiches, etc. Most likely, all these products are wrapped in plastic film, or in a plastic container that will be thrown away as soon as you’re done eating.
Bringing your lunch (and fork) from home will not only cut down on the amount of plastic you use, but it’ll save you money and probably be healthier for you (no preservatives!).
4) use re-useable veggie bags (or none at all)
Did you know you don’t need to use those plastic veggies bags in grocery stores for each type of veggie? Especially for things with skin that you’ll likely peel or not use like potatoes, lemons, avocados, etc.
You might assume that grocery stores require that you use them, but out of all the grocery stores I’ve been to, it hasn’t been an issue.
But if putting loose lemons on the check out line isn’t something you want to do, grab some re-useable veggie bags for your next grocery haul!
5) Make your own home cleaning solutions
If you look under your sink, there’s probably a ton of plastic filled with not-so-great toxins and chemicals!
I was shocked once I really started to realize how many of these products I have. I wanted to focus on creating less plastic waste, but I also wanted to cut these toxins out of my life!
After a little bit of research, I found that most cleaning products can be made at home! But if you’re not into the idea of DIY products, I gotcha covered!
Listed below are a few of my favorite places I like to buy products from!
My Favorite eco-focused/zero waste stores:
There are SO many new companies popping up that have a focus on protecting the environment. Especially in the online space!
So, before you need to restock on a product, do a quick Google search to see if there is an eco-friendly alternative you can get instead!
- SuperNatural: Non-Toxic household cleaning products in glass jars to use over and over.
- Brandless: Not everything from brandless is non-plastic. But I love to get toilet paper here and other paper goods that are either recycled already or made from sugar-cane or bamboo. And a bonus, everything on their site is only $3!!
- Girlfriend & Reformation: These are two AWESOME clothing companies! Read more about them in my post here
- Dropps: Non-Toxic, plant-based laundry detergent and dishwasher pods with NO plastic in the Dropps or in the packaging!
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How do YOU use less plastic?
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Here’s to reducing, reusing and recycling! 🥂♻️