1. Avoid using cling wrap
There are so many ways you can store food without using cling wrap. Instead use reusable containers, cloth bags or waxed paper to store of wrap leftovers.
2. Use reusable cloths or rags for cleaning
It’s time to ditch disposable wipes or paper towels. It’s so wasteful! Use washable cloths or rags made from old clothes of towels.
3. Switch to wood, stainless steel or silicone cooking utensils
Plastic might be cheaper but we all know how wonderful plastic is for the environment so switch to stainless steel and wooded utensils instead. They also last longer so in the long term, you’re saving money.
4. Swap plastic scouring pads and cleaning brushes with metal or wood alternatives
Scrubbing brushes, scourers, shower brushes, they all have wooden alternatives, many with replaceable head options.
5. Replace your plastic brushes with wood or bamboo ones
This applies not only to hairbrushes but toothbrushes, too. At the end of their lifetime, you just remove the bristles (usually plastic, though some are made from plant-based materials) and recycle or compost the handle.
6. Invest in metal safety razors with refillable blades
Like our grandparents, invest in a razor you use over a lifetime and just refill the blade. When getting rid of the blades, ask your local council how they dispose of metal – you don’t want someone to have to accidentally hurt themselves while handling your rubbish.
7. Invest in reusable sanitary products
Menstrual cups really came onto the scene not that long ago but there are so many around! They can last between 5-10 years, which will save on a massive amount of waste and plastic in one lifetime. If you’re not ready to commit to a menstrual cup, try washable underwear and reusable pads.
8. Buy food from a zero waste store
With the zero waste movement growing, there are lot’s of waste free grocer stores popping up all over Australia. They offer recyclable paper bags and jars for purchase o site to carry your food or you simply bring your own bags and jars an only pay for the weight of the food. The largest chain is The Source which are adding new stores every month. Check on their site to see if you have one near you.