In honor of Plastic Free July, Herewith a series of plastic alternatives for your home. Be sure to stay tuned for more alternatives.
Why is plastic bad?
Plastic is made from fossil fuels. Plastic is bad because it’s plenty, common and only used once then thrown away. Only a little percentage of it is biodegradable.
It breaks down into small pieces called microplastic that sip into alot of things. Rather than that plastic itself leaks chemicals into products that we use for cleaning, cooking, beauty, baby, plastic is everywhere and usually wrapped around almost everything.
Plastic goes into our water and plant systems, chokes animal and marine life. We absorb these toxins from plastic through our skin, can be breathed in, contaminated food from its plastic packaging and eaten from marine life.
Therefore, interrupting our hormonal balance and has other negative effects against us. Plastic is not food and our digestive system can’t break it down.
Further more plastic lasts for years on end and litters our planet. Makes us wonder if there will be a future for the next next generation.
What should we do about it?
Luckily there is something we can do about it. By making better sustainable choices and helping reduce single plastic use. We make a difference. We dont have to be perfect but every conscious decision we make makes a big impact.
More and more companies are choosing wisely. Eco, plastic-free, zero waste and sustainable is the cool thing to do. Let’s make a difference for tomorrow. We only have 1 planet. We should take care of it.
How do we save the planet?
Would you love to be a super hero and save the planet plastic free?
We can start by Bulk shopping allows less packaging in your homes. You can prepack in glass and stainless steel jars to store in your fridge and freezer.
Farmers Market, Butchery, Bakery, Deli (Fishmonger), Fruit and Veg shop, Online Plastic-free shop allow you to buy in bulk and mostly plastic-free.
I have come to discover that there is an eco-friendly version of your favorite products except these do not contain harmful toxins that adversely affect you, your family, your environment and ultimately your future.
Rethinking and Precycling, Reducing, reusing, recycling, rotting, refusing plastic: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/zero-waste-lifestyle/
Buy local and in season because they most likely will not be n plastic packaging. You may also speak and encourage them to go plastic-free. Plus added at peak freshness in in-season fruits and vegetables, makes them last longer too.
Consider composting and growing your own herbs and vegetable so that you wont need to purchase them in plastic.
Plastic-free storage equipment in the home.
Plastic free alternatives:
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Room by room Plastic-free and zero waste alternatives:
Plastic Free Home:
Scents (air fresheners, paraffin candles, cleaning sprays) replace with natural spray cleaners, beeswax or soy wax candles, essential oil diffusers, essential oils, natural potpourri pot, natural plants, natural air Fresheners.
Buy food in glass jars / bottles. Jars / bottles are a great addition and investment in your pantry. Use them to store dried goods such as beans, pasta, and rice that you pick up at bulk bins. Leftovers, Liquids such as cooking oil, vinegar, Additionally, you may use jars to organize snacks, preserve spices, tea leaves, etc! It keeps them fresh for longer.
For heating use gas stoves, gel stoves, water bottles or simply apply padding to walls and windows to reduce the amount of cold seeping throw windows. Invest in solar panels which use the natural source of heat (the sun).
Eating healthier – less processed, packet food but eating more real food. (home cooked and or organic).
Plastic Free Kitchen and zero waste:
Replace oven cleaners with eco alternatives. You may DIY and use vinegar or purchase eco alternatives.
Dish washing liquid to be replaced with a dish washing block. Dish washing liquid comes in a plastic container. If you already have plastic containers, dont throw them away. Instead repurpose them.
Bamboo cutlery and utensils: Plastic cutlery and cooking utensils should be replaced with bamboo, ceramic or stainless steel. Cups, plates, straws, napkins
Cleaning sponges and brushes can be replaced with cotton, coconut fibres etc.
Cling wrap can be replaced with beeswax wraps, a kitchen cloth and silicone lids.
Ziplock bags – reusable silicone bags are a good alternative.
Disposable cupcake liners.
Unpaper towels to replace paper towels. These can be easily made from old clothes that have been washed and sterilized.
Keeping the fridge door closed to save electricity.
Herbal apothecary – natural medicine cabinet. Using herbs and spices as natural medicine. Drinking and eating fruits that are high in vitamin c for a boosted immune system etc.
Lunchboxes can be stainless steel, bamboo or glass. Helps keep food fresh for longer.
Naked Vegetables buy and store them by cutting the ends off and placing them in water. Or cutting the vegetables into pieces and freezing. Shop seasonal fruits and vegetables. They are fresher and tastier.
Cleaning cloths can be used by recycling old clothing. Cotton, wool are great alternatives.
Disposable Coffee cups and water bottles to be replaced with a coffee mug made from stainless steel that should be refilled and carried with you. I feel liquid stays warmer or colder in stainless steel for longer.
Kitchen gadgets should be replaced with eco gadgets or make do without them. Stainless steel is a great alternative.
Reusable grocery bags.
Newspaper and other alternative bin bags.
Join us in this cause of going plastic-free on Instagram.
Educating yourself and reading more on living free of plastic.
In conclusion: Remember every small step and change counts in the quest for making a better environment and future for our children and grandchildren.
You may read more about plastics here: https://badplastics.com/bad-plastics.html
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happy plastic free living,