A plastic free home?
Having a completely plastic free home would be ideal, for disposable plastic items anyway. But it is pretty much impossible if you don’t have a huge amount of time to devote to finding all the alternatives. But that’s not to say we can’t all reduce the amount of plastic we use by making some small changes. It takes a bit of thought, but small changes do add up to make a real difference. And the more we show that’s what we want, the more the retailers will listen. I’ve been working to reduce plastic where I can for a couple of years now so I thought I’d share a few ideas to help out with some of the regular consumables.
5 of my plastic free home solutions
Compostable liners for the bin
I’ve been using these for a couple of years now to line my main bin that goes to landfill. You have to be a bit more careful than regular plastic bin bags but on the whole they are an easy swap, if not quite as cheap. They are made from 100% plant-based material so are completely plastic free. They break down in 6 months in a composting environment and a little longer in landfill. These are great for garden waste too if you don’t have your own compost system. When we get ours up and running I’m going to try going bag free as there shouldn’t be much in the way of bin juice. Another alternative is to line your bin with newspaper.
Again, this one is an easy win if you’re shopping in a regular supermarket. And it’s much cheaper than the plastic-packaged tablets. BUT it’s not perfect. I’m going to try an eco version to reduce the impact of the product itself. Either some plastic-free tablets I’ve seen with better eco credentials or a bio washing powder which is naturally derived to minimise the impact of washing on the environment. Will let you know what I think.
Beeswax cotton food wraps
These are great to cover anything for storage in the fridge or to wrap sandwiches for your lunch! Made from organic waxed cotton, basically they are like a Barbour jacket for food! Use the warmth of your hands to soften the wrap and create a seal. When cool the wrap holds its shape.
I’ve also tried stretchy silicone covers but I personally find these easier to use as they don’t need to stick to the object and don’t slip.
LiveCoco recyclable toothbrush heads
OK, these aren’t plastic free but I love my electric toothbrush! It really makes a difference for me so I was not keen to give it up. That’s why I was SO excited to find these – the whole thing is recyclable, even the bristles. They work well but are only compatable with Oral B.
Recycled toilet paper
I had my first delivery of this before Christmas having seen it a while ago. The rolls are packaged beautifully (and hilariously) with no plastic in sight. Yes it’s more expensive but they also donate half their profits to help build toilets for those in need. In their words it’s “as soft as unicorn kisses and as strong as 1000 ponies”. So basically it also works for on the loo entertainment.