Making Zero Waste swaps is easier than you think - and affordable! If you’re new to zero waste living the following list contains 15 easy swaps you can make.
1. Reusable Water Bottles:
This is one of the easiest swaps you can make. Available for almost every budget, a reusable water bottle saves hundreds of plastic water bottles from ending up in landfills, our lakes and oceans, and other unfavourable places.
2. Reusable Grocery Bags:
As we all know, plastic bags suck. They just simply do. While you can get a few uses out of them, no matter what they end up in a landfill (or worse). Try swapping out plastic grocery bags for reusable ones made of materials such as silicone, cotton or paper.
3. Thermos or Reusable Coffee Cups:
500 billion disposable cups are produced every year. Most of them can’t be recycled because they’re lined with plastic. If you’re sitting in the coffee shop ask for a mug to stay & if you’re getting your drink to-go, bring your own thermos.
This ones simple, easy, and super affordable. Switch out plastic straws for reusable ones made of materials such as metal, silicone or bamboo. You can get a convenient carry case and cleaner that fits perfectly in any purse or bag. Perfect for when you’re out - just ask for no straw when you order your beverage and use your own.
5: Plastic bags/sandwhich baggies:
Instead of single use baggies, try swapping with beeswax wraps. They’re all natural, reusable and keep food and products fresh. They’re available in a variety of sizes, uses and patterns. Try jar toppers for condiments too!
Going for a picnic? Having a BBQ? Don’t bring out the plastic cutlery - try bamboo! It’s reusable, eco-friendly and completely compostable when you’re finished with it. Just throw it in the garden and that’s that!
7. Switch to a French Press:
Who doesn’t love coffee? Most coffee makers create a lot of waste, which we don’t really realize. Ditch the filters, pods and plastic for a French press!! It’s simple, delicious, and enhances the flavour of coffee with bold notes. A French Press can also be used for tea and nut milks (that’s right, you can strain your nut milks with it!!).
8. Dish Brushes:
Instead of buying more sponges, try an eco-friendly dish brush!! They make life easier, are convenient and often compostable. Purchase a bamboo one, and you can cut the bristles off and throw it in the compost when you can’t get any more use out of it!
9. Cotton Towels:
Swap out the endless paper towel rolls and use cotton towels. Dish cloths & rags can be made from household items, or you can purchase cotton ones. They’re reusable, durable and come in tons of different designs and colours.
Swap out toxic cleaners for all natural, eco-friendly versions. You can make them yourself or purchase them from eco shops like us. They’re effective, safe and refillable!!
Every plastic toothbrush ever created still exists since their invention in the 1930’s. It’s time to end the cycle and it’s never been easier to do so. Swap out your plastic toothbrush for an all natural, eco-friendly bamboo one. They’re just as effective as plastic ones, and are compostable after use. Cut the bristles off and throw it in your compost or garden.
Plastic razors are just as bad as plastic toothbrushes. Instead of buying another set of refills, swap out for a safety razor. Made of steel, they’re recyclable, sturdy and give you the greatest shave ever. Refills are affordable, come in bulk and last way longer than disposables.
13. Menstrual Products:
A lot of the mainstream tampon and pad brands use a combination of bleached rayon, conventional cotton, and contain plastic. The average pad contains the equivalent of four plastic bags. Swap out pads and tampons for products such as diva cups & reusable pads. They’re better for the environment and for your health.
It’s such a simple swap to make from plastic containers to a bar of soap or reusable soap container. Try using a jar and metal pump for liquid soap, or a cute slice of bar soap on a reusable try. You can make your own or support local shops in go or area.
15. Glass Containers:
Swap out your plastic containers for glass ones or recyclable, reusable materials. They’re convenient, durable and can be stacked. Plus they’re super cute!!
Try these simple swaps today, and see how easy it is to begin a journey towards a zero-waste, sustainable lifestyle.