I've noticed many customers trying really hard to reduce their waste and start using low waste swaps. It’s not always an easy task finding alternatives that work especially since manufacturers are selling us plastic wrapped everything. If it's not made of plastic, it's wrapped in plastic. Other times people know it's important to start using eco products in their home, but they just don't have the time.
We all know that plastic is convenient and easy to use but it harms marine life, takes decades to disintegrate and is reliant on the petroleum industry to thrive. We're happy to see a real boom in biodegradable alternatives in recent years as people become less inclined to buy plastic and are making some simple easy swaps. This list below are some changes we've recently made in our household and our waste is significantly less because of it.
- Beeswax wraps are the perfect swap to cling film. They wrap perfectly over dishes to cover them in the fridge, they cover fruit and veggies and they are great for wrapping sandwiches. They are 100% natural and compost easily. They can be used for everything from keeping a homemade loaf fresh for longer or wrapping your shampoo bar when on holiday. The wraps are naturally anti-bacterial and waterproof. Just rinse them in cool water and hang dry between uses and they will last you up to 18 months! You can also try our Agreena silicone wraps and baking sheets. They are the easy alternative to baking paper and tin foil, last ages and can be washed in the dishwasher.
- I make my own household plant fertiliser with banana skins. This is honestly the easiest organic plant fertiliser. Simply save the skins and keep them in a bowl of water for up to 5 days. The water becomes potassium rich and full of minerals, perfect to put on your plants. Your plants will thrive, try it. I've saved a few dying plants with this great hack. No more plastic fertiliser bottles needed.
- Obviously bamboo toothbrushes are a no brainer. They work, they’re firm on your teeth, and they can be soft as well for kids, and they are compostable. Snip off the bristles first and bin them.
- Reusable cups and bags are easy peasy lemon squeezy. With my trusted frank green cup, I can maintain my coffee addiction with a hot blast of fresh brew every day on the road. And the string reusable bags are so easy to squish into my handbag. I always have them on hand.
- Shampoo bars are brilliant and plastic free. Keep trying a few until you find the right healthy hair combo, it takes time. When you find the right organic shampoo bar that delivers silky, conditioned, healthy scalp hair, you will love yourself even more. Before you give up because you've had icky hair from shampoo bars, try the OG (Original) from Shampoo With a Purpose. You won’t be disappointed.
- Toothpaste tablets are getting better. There’s a new range I’m getting in October called EKO tooth tabs made right here in OZ. Usually they come from the US, so I’m happy to support and work with an Aussie biz.
- Skincare is one of the hardest if you're trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Most skincare comes in plastic, so I try to choose glass options whenever I can. Weleda offers everything in glass and this brand is natural, organic, trusted, effective and affordable. I also love containers that I can reuse and the Skin Juice range has the prettiest and most colourful packaging. I have planted mini cactuses in these containers and they look hot!
- Cut up old towels into little round makeup remover pads. You can get at least 100 reusable pads out of one old towel, they last ages and can be thrown in the compost bin when they're old and tatty.
- Make your own kitchen, bathroom cleaning spray with 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts water. I use about 3 oranges and peel the skins then leave the skins in the solution for about one month. The citrus skins unleash their fragrant powers and you will be AMAZED by the lovely orange scent! Then I decant into an old spray bottle. The clean results are second to none on tiles, glass and benchtops. Best results and oh so cheap.
- Join your local ‘buy nothing’ group and upcycle your old goods. Share your items no longer needed or wanted. It's much better than throwing them away. Shop at Op shops and recycled clothing stores. I've found some gorgeous designer threads for a fraction of the cost.
I hope you can be inspired to start making some easy sustainable changes to your life too!