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My Guide to Zero Waste Swaps

alexandra vrabec

 

Let's face it... we all want to live a better lifestyle and keep our planet as clean and beautiful as possible for us and for generations to come. 

It's not about perfection, it's about making better choices.  No one is perfectly zero waste.  We're all doing the best we can and a whole bunch of people making small changes adds up to a massive impact.

The biggest swap you can do is with plastic.  I'm not going to tell you the effects of plastic, you can read that in my eco tips.

Here are some simple ways to swap plastic out of your life and a few products I would like to feature so that you can start making simple swaps:

Swap out plastic shampoo and soap bottles and go with bars instead.  Vegan, handmade and organic, our shampoo and soap bars are a great way to eliminate single use plastic bottles.  Both products are zero waste and great for the whole body.

The next swap you can make is your plastic toothbrush!  Get rid of it and choose bamboo.  Why?  Bamboo is an environmentally sustainable material and is the world's fastest naturally renewing resource which is also anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.  It will take plastic toothbrushes over 1000 years to degrade and they usually end up in landfills and oceans.

 Eco-Friendly 5 Pack                              Eco-Friendly 10 Pack

The next thing you need to seriously swap out are your plastic cotton ear buds.  These are the worst offenders when it comes to plastic use.  These are like tiny straws that find their way down tiny drains, into the oceans and then into our marine life.  I will spare you the pics because you will barf.  So switch to bamboo cotton ear buds and swap out your plastic straws for reusable stainless steel ones instead.

 Zero Waste Bamboo Cotton Buds      Stainless Steel Reusable Straws

What about saran wrap?  I hate that stuff.  It takes forever to decompose.  You can recycle it... but that's not really helping the problem.  And how many people actually recycle saran wrap?  Switch to reusable silicone fresh food wraps.  They're easy to clean, the material is soft and they can be used over and over again.  Silicone is eco-friendly, non-toxic, non-reactive and hygenic.  While we're at it, let's swap out our little plastic baggies with silicone ones instead, ok?  They're durable, reusable and can be used for anything from fruits and veggies to marinating.

Reusable Silicone Fresh Food Wraps         Reusable Silicone Fresh Bags

I don't think I need to explain how detrimental plastic bags are...

Worldwide, shoppers use 500 billion single-use plastic bags per year.  That translates to about a million bags per minute, across the globe.  Birds mistake plastic bags for food in landfills and 100,000 sea animals are killed from plastic bags annually.  1 in 3 leatherback turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs.  Alarming and disturbing.  And then there's single-use plastic water bottles.  Again, the statistics are staggering and what's worse, plastic water bottles contain dioxins that can seep into your water.  Here are 2 swaps that need to be happening now!

Organic Cotton String Mesh Bag       Keep Cold Stay Hot Bottle

No one needs plastic cutlery.  No one needs it delivered it to their home or their office.  We already have cutlery.  Plastic cutlery won't get recycled, even if  you put in the recycling bin.  Why?  It's too small and it's too lightweight.  And for on the go, here is the best product out there by far that you can leave in your car or at work (it's made from bamboo!).  

 

Eco-Friendly Bamboo Portable Cutlery Set

So I think I've given you some pretty good swap out alternatives, don't you think?  I'm not asking you to swap everything right away, but at least make a conscious effort to swap.  The next time you reach for that plastic purchase, just don't do it!

Bonus favourite item:

Stainless Steel Bento Boxes

What are some things that you are starting to do to go zero waste?  I'd love to here your comments :)  xoxo alex

 

 

 

 

 


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