Hi folks, we’re back with tips and tricks on how to reduce plastic usage in your everyday life! Most of you will of course be aware of the plastic problem, you may have even read our previous blog post on this topic. You probably all have your favourite every-day hacks, which you apply to reduce plastic usage where you can. We do as well, and following on from our team’s participation in this year’s plastic-free July, we thought – why not summarise all our favourite tips and tricks and share them with our community?
A zero plastic, or zero waste lifestyle can be challenging and sometimes disheartening. Aiming for complete zero waste, while admirable, is also quite difficult and time-consuming. However there are little things, we can all do, without too much hassle, which still greatly help our planet.
To quote zero waste Chef Anne-Marie Bonneau ‘We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.’
So here is our collection of tips and tricks for all of you guys to follow.
- If you are still using plastic bottles… why not switch to a reusable one instead? We can highly recommend our KARMA reusable bottles … ;). The switch will not only be good for the environment, but also for your wallet!
- Reusable shopping bags – we have found it quite helpful to get into the habit of bringing our reusable shopping bags with us, when grocery shopping
- Face masks – choose reusable face masks over single use, if you can J. Additionally, why not support local business and purchase a reusable mask from an Irish business, such as this one (available via Etsy) https://www.etsy.com/ie/shop/creativeais
- Reusable wraps instead of cling film – switch to reusable and natural solutions when wrapping your food. We have made great experiences with bees wax wraps, and can only recommend these! See for example: https://irelandbeeswaxwraps.ie
- Toothbrushes – have you considered switching to a bamboo toothbrush? Toothbrushes account for a large amount of plastic waste and are an item which unfortunately often end up in landfill rather than recycling waste. A toothbrush will take around 500 years to decompose, so they might be a bigger problem than you realize.
- Fruits – purchase fruits without plastic wrapping where possible.
- Lemon juice – are you a fan of using lemon juice in drinks or for baking? Consider switching from bottled juice to fresh fruits. J
- Soaps, shampoos and deodorants – all of these can be purchased in bar form, without any plastic packaging.
- Clothes – consider purchasing items using repreve fabrics. Repreve are a fantastic organization working actively towards a solution of the plastic problem by creating yarn out of plastic bottles. You can check out there website here for more.
- No straws – probably the most well-known tip out there.. but still worth a mention 😉 – avoid straws where possible, or use metal/reusable alternatives.
- Sponges – did you know that your sponge for cleaning dishes is most likely made of plastic? Consider switching from a sponge to a fabric dishcloth.
- Refilling – and this is a big one, because refilling can be applied to so many everyday items! Next time you’re out shopping, consider stopping in any local refilling station for your everyday needs in sugar, flour, oil… basically anything that you would use in your kitchen. There are some local refill stations such as https://thefillingstationecostore.ie (for our Galway folks)
P.S.: Have you any tips or tricks of your own you’d like to share? Feel free to get in touch with us!