Life with plastic is easy, convenient, and frankly all around brilliant- especially with managing kids. I’ve been to many kids parties where plastic cutlery and plates have been used- simply because it saves on washing up. Parents have been doing this in the knowledge that the plastic can be recycled and so a great alternative to washing up. We didn’t understand the environmental consequences then and the true cost of it.
However, with so many recent studies explaining how harmful plastic is to the environment, continuous usage doesn’t make sense anymore. According to research, in 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. Heartbreaking isn’t it?
And, we’ve probably all seen videos of Sea Turtles with plastic stuck in their eyes or birds who have ingested plastic bags. It’s utterly heart breaking isn’t it?
Perhaps one of the worst offenders and also one of the easiest things we can change is to reduce the single use plastics.
To combat this, we need to start taking responsibility for how we all contribute to this problem. Hence, please do consider removing or reducing plastic items from your life. I am starting to make switches too.
Here are 10 eco-friendly items that are great as alternatives to plastic;
Reusable Shopping Bags
Grocery bags are one things you use that can make you store plastic at home a lot. Instead of using plastic bags, opt for eco-friendly, reusable shopping bags. For instance, the Green Bulldogs Bags come in a set of three, and are biodegradable, lightweight, & great for easy storage.
Reusable Water Bottles
Stainless Steel Water Bottle
It doesn’t matter if you live a particularly active life or not, everyone needs to keep hydrated. Keeping your water handy is definitely better than drinking out of single use plastic water bottles. This water bottle is cost effective, recyclable, and great for keeping water at a specific temperature.
Biodegradable Disposable Wooden Cutlery
Cutlery is a necessity for every picnic or eating out occasion, however, you don’t need disposable plastic ones. Instead, opt for a compo-stable option like the this biodegradable, disposable wooden cutlery set. They are FDA approved, great for the environment, and biodegradable.
Glass Pantry Jars
2.2L Clip-Top Storage Jar
Storing your pantry essentials such as cereal, nuts, etc., can be done without plastic. Try using a designated container. For example, these glass containers are great for storing various items. It’s see-through, reusable, recycle friendly, and a great option for high shelves.
Reusable Food Wraps
Organic Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps
Food wraps are a great alternative cling film. The organic reusable food wraps are made of sustainably harvested beeswax, jojoba oils, organic cinnamon, etc., which is great for keeping your food healthy. It offers 3 different sizes of reusable wraps for different sizes of meals.
Glass Cold Tea/Coffee Brewer
Glass Tea Brewer
If you love iced coffee or tea, then you need a glass cold tea brewer in your home. Great for the environment, they are a better alternative to plastic brewers. Plus, they are very aesthetically pleasing.
Stainless Steel Straws
12 Pack Reusable Stainless Steel Metal Straws
If you’re tired of seeing those horrible videos of sea turtles struggling with straws in their eyes, it’s time to use metal straws! This 12 pack stainless steel straws are reusable, lightweight, and perfect for everyday use.
20 Wooden Hangers
Stop buying plastic hangers, and pick up wooden hangers! Wooden hangers are better for the environment, and won’t snap as you pile on heavy sweaters. Plus, they look much better.
Bamboo Cutting Boards
Extra Large Bamboo Cutting Board
Bamboo cutting boards are sturdy, organic, and the best alternative to plastic chopping boards. This extra large cutting board is anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and very knife friendly.
Bamboo Hair Brush
Bamboo hair brushes are not only a better alternative for the environment, but also for your hair. Natural bamboo is anti-bacterial, and thus great for preventing an infection. Also, it features an empty bristle hole for ventilation.
Plastic may have been somewhat convenient and a real solution in the past, but with how harmful it is, let’s all try some alternatives.
Maybe start with the items mentioned above, and in time, we’ll replace every plastic product in our homes. Let’s do this!