12. Beeswax Wraps – Say goodbye to clingwrap and try reusable beeswax wraps or vegan wraps. They keep your food fresh and are home compostable at end of life.
13. Storage Jars – Perfect for storing all your food and keeping them airtight and fresh. You can buy them from bulk food stores or Biome. For a budget-friendly option look for the second hand on Gumtree or from op-shops or use old sauce, peanut butter, or any food jars you already have.
14. Produce Savers – If you like to leave your veggies in the plastic produce bags to keep them fresh, swap them for reusable produce bags. They work brilliantly to keep your produce fresher for longer.
15. Coffee Pods – Compostable or refillable pods are the earth-friendly option or if you’re an instant lover, try Sipp Instant for a cafe-style instant coffee with a compostable bag.
16. Sandwich Bag – These make great cling wrap or ziplock bag replacements for kids or your lunches.
17. Cloths and Sponges – Most clothes and sponges are designed to be thrown or fall apart after a month or so of use. The sturdier microfiber cloths aren’t good either as they shed microplastics which ends in the ocean. Instead, look for cotton or natural fiber cloths which are sturdier, made to last and can be chucked in the wash for a clean.
18. Dish Brush – Swap the plastic for bamboo and metal. The bamboo can be composted and the metal recycled. Bonus points for replacing the head a few times before the handle wears out.
19. Skewers – Use uncoated compostable bamboo or stainless steel reusable ones.
20. Lunchbox – There are so many options out there for lunchboxes try Biome, Bento Box, and pretty much any grocery store, Target, Kmart etc. For parents I have it on good authority Seed & Sprout make a great lunchbox for little ones.
21. Tea Infuser – Did you know most teabags contain plastic? Which means they’re not compostable either. Swap out the teabags for looseleaf and an infuser.
22. Teatowels – Paper towels are a huge waste, cotton tea towels clean up spill just the same and last a lot longer.
23. Ziplock Bags – Silicon pouches make a great replacement for ziplock bags and they’ll last a lot longer. They’re also perfect for freezing food.
24. Plate Covers – You can use beeswax wraps or silicon covers which seal keeping the food fresh.
25. Dish Soap – Replace the dishwashing liquid with a bar of soap you keep on the sink used with the abovementioned dish brush Or keep your containers and refill them at bulk food stores.
26. Pots and Pans – Stainless steel or cast iron is much better for the environment and your health than plastic-coated non-stick cookware.
27. Cooking Utensils – Stainless steel all the way unless like me you have old plastic ones, then use them until the end of their life or yours, whichever comes first.
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28. Laundry Powder and Liquid – So many great options here. Dirt Company, Biome, and Ecostore are my tops picks.
29. Pegs – Opt for stainless steel to last a lifetime or bamboo which you can compost and recycle at end of life.
30. Jars and Spray Bottles – Happy to DIY? Invest in reusable bottles to store your cleaning products.
31. Coat Hangers – Wooden which you can find cheaply at Bunnings and Target or stainless steel hangers make a better alternative to plastic
32. Candles – Go for glass jar you can reuse or refill.
33. Toilet Brush – Stainless steel or wooden with natural bristle brushes.
34, Postage bags – Swap plastic satchels for compostable ones. Bonus points if you use a compostable label as well.
35. Garbage bags – This is a tricky one because there’s a lot of greenwashing marketing out there. Any product that says it’s biodegradable or compostable means they can be composted in a commercial-grade bin. Look for plant-based options like cornstarch as an alternative to plastic. Not a perfect solution but the best available for now.
36. Dog poop bags – As above if you’re out and about use bio-bags for picking up waste. For home bypass the bags altogether and chuck the poop straight into a dog poop composter.