Most people don't even think about how often the products they use are plastic! Think about how many times you use a plastic straw, bag or packaging that is plastic. If you are like me, it is a ton! I never thought about how single use plastics are part of habits in every day life. I have never looked at a plastic fork the same since I was exposed to the serious issues that single use plastics are having on our environment.
My use of these plastics was not out of ill will; but rather the lack of understanding why these common used items in our routine habits are bad news for preserving our earth.
By encouraging people to be more aware of their plastic use, we can create a cleaner world for generations to come.
Part of this involves supporting behavior change and helping others habitually #choosetorefuse shopping bags, straws, takeaway containers and coffee cups – just to name a few.
Here is an easy list of 16 alternatives to use instead of single use plastics-
Bin liner (plastic bag) - Line your bin with several layers of newspaper. Learn how.
Deodorant - Make your own (see our recipe)
Doggy doo bags - Folded up newspaper
Coffee cup (lid) - Request no lid / take a reusable cup
Gladwrap / cling film - Reusable container / aluminium foil / fabric wraps
Hair brush - Keep an eye out for wooden/bamboo hairbrushes
Milk - Look for milk in refillable glass bottles
Nappies (diapers) - disposable - Reusable cloth nappies
Pasta - Make your own, buy in bulk or look for cardboard-packaged pasta
Plastic bag - Arms /cardboard box / reusable bag
Plastic drink bottle - Reusable drink bottle
Plastic straw - Lips / metal or glass straw
Shampoo - Solid bar shampoo
Toilet paper - Look for toilet paper wrapped in paper
Toothbrush - Look for a wooden bamboo toothbrush
Toothpaste - Make your own (see our recipe)
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