In recent years as a society, we have come to be reliant on single use plastics. From the obvious things such as plastic water bottles, plastic silverware, and single use plastic straws, to the less obvious things like loofahs, toothbrushes, and razors. We have been trained to think that once we throw away these plastics they are no longer a problem to us. In reality, these plastics take over 1000 years to decompose which destroys ecosystems, kills animals, and poisons our food. That’s why it’s so important to switch to more sustainable products to encourage large corporations to use sustainable packaging and control their pollution. Below is a list of very simple suggestions to make your home eco-friendly, these products can even save you money in the long run!
- Bamboo Toothbrushes
Bamboo toothbrushes are simply amazing. They can be recycled, reused, and even composted. Better yet, properties in bamboo kill bacteria that penetrate it’s surface, providing lasting protection that a plastic toothbrush cannot offer.
2. Bee’s Wrap
Bee’s wrap is a great substitute for plastic wrap. They can easily be cleaned in the sink and can last about a year.
3. Reusable Ziplock Bags
These ziplocks completely get rid of the need for traditional plastic bags. They are dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe most importantly they are reusable!
4. Reusable Shopping Bag
Recently, there have been a few states prohibiting the use of plastic bags in stores. For the people within those states and the people who just want to make a difference there’s these great reusable bags. They’re compact and machine washable.
5. Glass Straws
Glass straws are a great alternative for metal straws, and an even better alternative for plastic straws! They don’t leave a metal taste in your mouth, they’re durable, and dishwasher safe. The brand Hummingbird Glass even offers a lifetime warranty for free on all its straws.
6. Bar Soap
It may seem simple but its extremely effective. When you use bar soap you are forced to use the entire thing insuring there is none wasted and often times they come in recyclable cardboard boxes.
7. Safety Razors
The initial price of a safety razor is a bit expensive. But they can be used for years to come and all you have to do is change the razor blades. Some companies like Leaf Shave Co. have a life time warranty and will recycle the used razor blades for you.
8. Natural Loofahs
Most loofahs are make from plastic and because of how it is made they can’t be recycled after. Natural loofahs are 100% bio-degradable and wont break the bank.
9. Reusable Baking Sheets
Tin foil and parchment paper is not good for our environment. Neither of them can be recycled and they both take awhile to decompose. Reusable baking sheets last for years and have a nice outline for baked goods.
10. Reusable Water Bottles
Why buy plastic single use water bottles when you can buy a reusable filtered water bottle that last for years. Americans throw away over 35 million water bottles a year. Imagine the good that would come from just half of Americans switching to reusable water bottles. In the long run you’ll not only be saving money but the planet too.
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