Essential Zero Waste Swaps To Make At Home
I've noticed many customers trying really hard to reduce their waste by choosing plastic free accessories and reusable alternatives. It’s not always an easy task finding swaps that work.
We all know that plastic is convenient and essential in certain workplace settings, but if it’s not recycled correctly it harms marine life and it takes decades to disintegrate. We're happy to see a real boom in biodegradable alternatives in recent years as people become more inclined to purchase reusable options to replace their plastic die hard habits. This list below are some changes we've recently made in our household and our waste is significantly less because of it.
- Silicone baking mats and cupcake moulds make baking a breeze. Usually made of high-quality, food-grade silicone and perfect for baking messy or sticky concoctions because of their non-stick qualities. You can also try our Agreena silicone wraps and baking sheets. These are an easy alternative to baking paper and tin foil, last ages and can be washed in the dishwasher.
- We make our own household plant fertiliser with leftover 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. 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 then bin them, or use the bamboo to label plants or herbs in your garden.
- Reusable takeaway cups and reusable bags are essential for any family. 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 hair even. 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 and powders are so popular. There’s a new range in store called Love Beauty Foods made right here in Australia. These are zero waste, 100% natural & preservative-free. The flavours are delicious with Turmeric Orange being my favourite. The Toothpaste and Toothpowder gently cleans and polishes your teeth while the anti-bacterial ingredients helps to promote oral health, cleaner teeth and a healthier, whiter smile whilst naturally strengthening enamel and detoxifying your mouth. There's no need for chemicals or added nasties. Plant power all the way!
- 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 skincare 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 great.
- 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 damaged.
- 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 in your life too. It's not hard and certainly lots of fun being creative. Check out our eco home collection for added inspiration.