Surprisingly and shockingly, a high number of clothes are actually made from plastic. Since the 1950’s, plastic fibers have been making their own way into fashion, producing clothing that’s faster and cheaper.
Even more shockingly, every time clothes are washed they make it through the washing machine and into the ocean,
‘these synthetic fabrics, from which 60% of all clothing on earth is made, have a big hidden problem: when they’re washed, they release tiny plastic bits — called microfibers — that flow down our drains, through water treatment plants, and out into our rivers, lakes and oceans by the billions.’
To help reduce this issue, wash synthetic clothes less and wear natural materials such as cotton and bamboo.
As an avid tea drinker, I was shocked when I found out teabags contained plastic. Since teabags aren’t reused and roughly 50% of the population drink it, it’s a tiny product with a big plastic problem. The seal, string and attached tag of regular tea bags such as Twinings English Breakfast are made of polypropylene (plastic).
Obviously, loose-leaf tea is better for the environment, health and purse. The below tea products don’t contain plastic.
Bodhi Organic Tea $14.95
Pukka Organic Tea $7.95
Twinings Loose Leaf tea $8.33
I didn’t really consider what pillows were made from, until I purchased some recently. It took me a significant amount of time to find plastic-free pillows and I’m still not sure they really are. Pillows are mostly made with petrochemicals, polyester linings and other nasties, being thrown out and non-degradable in landfill sites. The thought of sleeping on plastic chemicals doesn’t allude to a good night’s sleep so here are some alternatives.
Organic Nature – standard organic cotton pillow $62.00
Kapok – Bamboo Kapok pillow 600g $79.00
Ecodownunder – standard corn fibre pillow $49.00