Simple Home Swaps to Reduce Plastic Use
Plastic Free July invites us to consider our disposable plastic use and encourages us to adopt more biodegradable alternatives. Here are some simple things our team does to reduce our daily plastic waste.
REDUCE PLASTIC IN THE BATHROOM
Next time you run out, swap bottled shampoo and conditioner for shampoo and conditioner bars. We love the shampoo bars from Emz Blendz, an Ashland-based natural body product company! Booda Butter deodorant is also crazy effective and comes in a recyclable glass jar.
REDUCE PLASTIC IN THE KITCHEN
The most significant opportunity to reduce plastic waste lies in the kitchen, so where do you start? Just Bag it. Keep reusable grocery bags in your trunk, mudroom, or kitchen cabinet. Rinse and reuse disposable plastic vegetable bags. Use fabric drawstring bags for the bulk bins and transfer them to glass jars when you get home.
REDUCE PLASTIC WITH PETS
REDUCE PLASTIC IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM
Reduce plastic waste in the laundry room by using reusable, wool-felted dryer balls instead of disposable fabric softeners made of synthetic polyester that does not break down. This Public Goods option rates high on our list. Pair them with zero-waste laundry strips from Tru Earth and ditch those plastic dispensers for good.
REDUCE PLASTIC IN THE BEDROOM
Bedding should also be considered when curbing plastic use. For example, polyester and polyester blends may feel nice at first touch but will shed microplastics with each wash, ultimately ending up in our soils and waterways.
When you do invest in bedding, consider a natural fiber like Bamboo and ensure it is 100% pure by reading the label. If the price looks too good to be true, it may be a polyester-bamboo blend.
REDUCE BEFORE RECYCLING
Please remember the most sustainable option is the one you already have. Use what you've got and replace it with something more ecological as you can afford to. Lasting and meaningful changes rarely happen overnight.
If you've got other great swaps, do tell. We'd love to hear them!