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8 Super Easy Ways To Go Plastic Free At Home

Kira Simpson

To completely eliminate plastic use in your life does require a little research and day-to-day planning. But, when it comes down to it, reducing your plastic use is actually really easy. A lot of it involves just making different choices.

Plastic Free July is an initiative that started in Perth in 2011. The purpose of the challenge was to raise awareness of the amount of plastic we use in our daily lives and to encourage people to eliminate single-use plastic from their lives for just one month each year.

If you keep saying you want to do more, this is a great place to start and you have the support of the many people around Australia also doing the challenge. Document your changes online to hold yourself accountable and share your wins.

This week we talk about how you can reduce plastic in your home. These are just some basic tips but if you have any to add, share them in comments below!

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Small changes you can make at home to limit your plastic waste

1. Avoid using cling wrap

There are so many ways you can store food without using cling wrap. Instead use reusable containers, food wraps or covers 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 or 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 wooden kitchen 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

If you’re not ready to commit to using 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 Bulk Foods which are adding new stores every month. Check on their site to see if you have one near you.

Affiliate links included to Biome, a store I trust and have for over three years. 

Kira Simpson

Founder + Director of The Green Hub, an urban green living advocate and coffee obsessive. She believes there is no one size fits all green lifestyle and we can all live more sustainably in a way that fits in with each of our unique lifestyles.