When you start moving towards a plastic free lifestyle, World Environment Day is not just one day a year but every day of the year.
By implementing a few changes in your day-to-day living, such as swapping out plastic items for more sustainable options, you’ll be making every day a world environment day. We’ve complied a selection of EORTH’s top eco-friendly, plastic free, “world environment day” swaps that will make your plastic free transition a smooth one:
Ditch the Plastic Wrap — Opt for a Reusable Wrap
Once you start using Reusable Beeswax or Reusable Vegan Wraps you’ll forget you ever had that roll of cling film in the cupboard. Reusable wraps can be used to wrap vegetables, bread loaves or used as a substitute for covering salads that may need a temporary cover in the fridge.
Reusable wraps are simple to use, just place the wrap around your bowl or food item and use the heat of your hands to soften the edges around your wrapped item.
At EORTH one of our favourite uses for a reusable wrap is for gifting fresh flowers. When purchasing fresh flowers from your favourite florist ask for flowers without the plastic wrap, instead wrap the base in a reusable wrap.
Prefer fresh cut flowers from the garden? No problem, just cut and wrap! After a week your gift of fresh flowers may be fading but the reusable wrap will last for months! It’s the perfect two in one gift.
Say NO to Single Use Water Bottles
Whether you’re heading outdoors for a hike, enjoying a long beach walk, or off to the yoga studio for a good stretch — no matter what your exercise of choice is you’ll want to take a reusable water bottle with you on the journey.
Taking a reusable water bottle on the go is the best way to reduce your reliance on single use plastic water bottles. With water being so readily available in major cities in Australia there really is no need to be adding to the plastic pollution problem by buying water in a bottle.
At EORTH we recommend stainless steel water bottles, they’ll last for years, and insulated water bottles will keep your water ice-cold for hours.
Go Plastic Free in Your Kitchen
Plastic sponges, plastic scourers, plastic scrub brushes — they’ve infiltrated our kitchen and they all have one thing in common: once they reach their end of life they are headed straight for landfill.
But there is a better way, a way that’s been around for centuries, using natural products from the land that will return back to nature once they reach their end of life.
Instead of reaching for the microfibre [aka micro-plastic] dishcloth, choose a more environmentally friendly option. A Swedish Dishcloth may look like your average supermarket dishcloth but these cloths are plastic free in both product and packaging. Made from a mix of 70% wood cellulose from FSC certified forests and 30% cotton, Swedish dishcloths are also biodegradable and compostable. Now that’s the type of product we need to see more of in our plastic free, eco-friendly homes!
Couple your dishcloth with a plastic free scrubbing brush made from wood and coconut fibre and you’ve easily eliminated most of the plastic around your kitchen sink!
Remove Plastic from Your Dental Products
Dental Products are something we don’t give much thought to when we think about single use plastic. However home dental products such as toothbrushes and dental floss are typically 100% plastic. Dental Floss (made from nylon and encased in a small plastic container) is used once and thrown in the bin. Switching to biodegradable or compostable products is a more environmentally friendly option.
Reduce the plastic waste in your bathroom environment by using silk floss (encased in a glass canister) or vegan corn fibre dental floss (available in an unbreakable stainless steel canister). Silk floss can also safely be added to your compost.
Bamboo toothbrushes are becoming more popular on the market today, which is a great thing! Standard toothbrushes are 100% plastic, the handle being plastic and the bristles made of nylon. By switching to a bamboo toothbrush you’ll instantly be reducing plastic waste in your bathroom and household. Once used the handle of your bamboo toothbrushes can be placed in your garden as herb markers where they will biodegrade naturally — the toothbrush bristles will still need to be discarded with regular waste.
Shampoo Bottles are Single Use Plastic
While shampoo in a plastic bottle isn’t necessarily a product that is used once and discarded, it does have a single use purpose — to hold the shampoo and conditioner until the liquid is used. Once the bottle is empty it’s either added to general waste or it added to recycling. Depending on the type of plastic used this product may or may not end up in recycling, and as we continue to see, plastic recycling is not an effective method of keeping plastics out of our natural environment.
What’s the next best option?
Shampoo Bars: as they say “what’s old is new again.” Shampoo Bars are a much more environmentally friendly option than shampoo in a plastic bottle. Not only will you be reducing plastic waste in your bathroom you’ll find that most almost all the shampoo bars on the market are made with natural ingredients, that won’t harm your body, or the environment.
There are so many ways to slowly start removing plastic from your home and making “World Environment Day” everyday!