As the ever-growing market for plastic-free goods finds its way onto our high street, it has never been easier to start going plastic-free. From eco-friendly kitchens to waste-free beauty routines, learning how to go plastic-free is vital if you want to keep contributing towards a greener future.
As the world moves forward towards a plastic-free tomorrow, the introduction of the single-use plastic ban and the handy ‘bag for life’ initiatives have transformed our globe’s plastic footprint, however, as we still see over 300 tonnes of plastic waste generated annually, it’s clear that work still needs to be done.
Is It Possible To Go Plastic-Free?
The question is, can we ever be truly plastic-free? As new global initiatives continue to reduce our plastic consumption and eco-friendly retailers create more sustainable alternatives for global purchase, the answer is probably, one day.
While the fight to eliminate plastic completely, continues, remember that shrinking your own plastic footprint is about progress, not perfection.
If you’re ready to start your zero waste journey, we are here to help. Read on to learn how to go plastic-free in 5 simple steps and become the master of creating an eco-friendly household.
How To Go Plastic Free
Is It really ‘Single Use’?
One of the biggest mistakes new eco-warriors make is trying to be plastic perfect at the beginning of their zero waste journey. Before you throw out your plastic-based products and dispose of that single-use packaging, it’s time to rethink and reuse.
‘Single use’ plastic can actually live up to 450 years in the ocean, so why not put its strength to the test. Upcycling your current plastic waste is a great way to make use of your plastic leftovers during your zero waste transition. Why not start reusing plastic packing to store bulk food, eco-friendly cleaning products and personal care essentials?
As for single-use cutlery, why not keep it in your bag as the perfect travel essential that can be washed and reused on the go. This reduces plastic waste build-up and gives your plastic purchase a purpose for more than one use.
Create An Eco-Friendly Kitchen
If you’re still wondering how to go plastic-free, one of the smartest ways to start is to take a look at each room in your household and take a plastic-based audit for future reference.
Ask yourself, how much plastic in here is vital in order for this room to function. Anything that isn’t needed can be noted down and replaced with an eco-friendly alternative.
Take the kitchen, for example; this is one of the easiest rooms in the house to transform, and often one of the worst culprits for plastic waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 45% of global landfill waste is directly sourced from plastic food packaging and containers.
Instead, why not start bulk buying. This process won’t only save your pocket, but the planet too as you’ll consume less plastic packaging. Better still, why not store your food plastic-free too. Swap those clingfilm covers for beeswax wraps and swap those plastic containers for sturdy and sustainable alternatives that can be used over and over again.
Plastic Free Cleaning
Switching to a plastic waste-free cleaning routine can be challenging as most laundry detergents, dish soaps and surface cleaners come packed in single-use plastic bottles.
What if we told you that you could purchase your favourite cleaning products with no plastic based fuss? At Bower Collective, we offer refills for your cleaning essentials. Simply order your favourite cleaning products in their refill pouches and empty the pouch into your sustainable storage system.
Better still, these plastic pouches can be mailed back to the sender free of charge, to be recycled.
Waste Free Beauty
If you’re looking to improve your plastic waste management, your beauty personal care products might be a great place to start. Not only should you search for sustainably sourced products, but it’s time to start looking at their packaging too.
In fact, even though over 90% of the population now say they recycle kitchen waste, only one in two of us recycle our cosmetic products. Instead, opt for plastic-free, biodegradable packaging or simply reuse the container for future use.
One of our favourite personal care essentials are the skin and hair care cubes from Beauty Kubes, a new sustainable movement that eliminates plastic packaging from the hair care equation.
Opt for plastic-free, biodegradable packaging for the best zero-waste results.
Create An Eco-Friendly Bathroom
Your zero-waste household isn’t complete without the perfect plastic-free bathroom. It’s therefore time to despise those disposables and make bamboo your best friend.
Why not swap plastic-based toothbrushes for bamboo alternatives? Did you know that some types of bamboo are also naturally antibacterial, making it a great eco-friendly addition to your oral hygiene routine?
Why not also invest in a sturdy set of reusable dispensers, perfect for bulk buying bathroom essentials while also tying in with your bathroom decor design.