Plastic-Free Swaps Infographics

Plastic is a big problem for the environment. It ends up in landfills and it’s regularly eaten by numerous marine and land animals, to fatal consequences. It does not biodegrade. Ever. It just sits and accumulates in landfills and in the oceans forever. It might be difficult to stop using plastic products from one day to the other, but little by little it is possible. Searching for easy tips to reduce plastic consumption I found from The Plastic Soup Foundation the following infographics that I want to share with you.

1. Swap a plastic toothbrush for bamboo or wooden toothbrush.

Throughout your lifetime, you are estimated to use about 300 toothbrushes. Plastic toothbrushes are difficult to recycle and end up on the river banks, beaches and in the ocean. Bamboo toothbrushes are biodegradable thus better for the environment.

2. Swap plastic bottle shampoo for a shampoo bar.

Skincare products and cosmetics may contain microplastics. These tiny plastics are hardly visible to the naked eye, they flow straight from the bathroom drain into the sewer system. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to filter out microbeads and that is the main reason why they contribute to the plastic soup in the ocean.

3. Swap disposable razors for a metal razor.

Our shaving routine might be contributing to the 2 billion razors and cartridges disposed of each year. A metal razor can be used for a long time and it can be recycled once you are done using it.

4. Swap disposable menstrual pads and tampons for a menstrual cup or reusable cloth pads.

Disposable menstrual pads and tampons may contain plastics and are often flushed down the toilet. On average, a woman is estimated to use and dispose of about 10,000 menstruation products in her lifetime.
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5. Swap plastic brushes for wooden brushes.

Even though plastic brushes are not single-use, they are made for short-term use. The best is to replace all the brushes that you use for wooden ones. You can find one at a local green store near you.

6. Swap plastic sandwich bags for reusable cloth bags.

From the 380 million tonnes of plastics produced worldwide each year, more than 40% are used in packaging, of which the majority is used in food packaging.

7. Swap plastic straws for bamboo or stainless steel straws.

Plastic straws are one of the most common types of litter found on beaches. They can’t be recycled and don’t biodegrade. Instead, they end up in landfills and in the ocean.

8. Swap plastic wrap for Bee’s wrap.

The chemicals which are added to a plastic wrap to make it more clingy make it harder to recycle. On top of that, plastic cling films are single-use plastic. Bee’s wrap is an eco-friendly way to wrap food. It is easy to wash and it can be reused for a long time.

9. Swap packed tea bags for loose tea and a tea-ball.

A lot of tea bags that appear to be made of only paper, may also contain plastic. The added plastic, however, is rarely mentioned on the packaging, and the consumer remains unaware. Plastic tea bags are just another way for microplastics to end up in our body, and potentially in the environment.
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10. Swap single-use plastic bread bags for a reusable cloth bread bag.

The plastic around store-bought bread is single-use and not recyclable. Instead, you can go to your local bakery with a cotton bread bag, which you can use for a long time. If you have plastic-free options available to you in the form of a paper bag packed bread, then that’s an option too.

11. Swap disposable to-go coffee cups for a reusable coffee cup.

To-go coffee cups are made of plastic. Even paper cups are lined with a plastic coating on the inside, making them non-recyclable. Reusable coffee cups are so diverse that you can use them for tea, smoothies, or any other liquid. Having one with you at all times is a great way to reduce your plastic consumption.

12. Swap plastic baby bottles for metal or glass bottles.

Baby plastic bottles are lightweight and inexpensive, but sometimes they may release endocrine disruptors (BPA) which can potentially mess up hormones in our bodies. Metal and glass baby bottles are environmentally friendlier. They are saver for babies and can be passed over to family and friends because the nipple can be replaced.

13. Swap regular chewing gum for non-synthetic rubber chewing gum.

A lot of regular chewing gum brands contain synthetic polymers, polyethylene, and plasticizers. This is to make the gum stretchy, soft and flexible. On top of it, chewing gums are not biodegradable.

14. Swap plastic laundry clippers for wooden or stainless steel laundry clippers.

Plastic laundry clippers are often found in the litter polluting our beaches and river banks. They can easily get lost and end up breaking down in the environment.

15. Swap a plastic watering can for a metal watering can.

Plastic is not made to resist outdoors in the long term. When plastic withers away it loses particles over time. This is because of the gradual degradation caused by outdoor weather conditions like sun-light.

16. Swap plastic plants holders for holders made from cardboard, glass, bamboo, wood or cellulose.

When buying new plants, try to find them without a plastic holder. If you can’t find a plastic alternative, try to reuse the holder as much as possible. When you are done using them, return them to your gardening center instead of throwing them away.

17. Swap single-use cigarette for matches made of wood or a metal lighter

Single-use cigarette lighters are found on almost every beach around the world. According to Ocean Conservancy, all the cigarette lighters collected during beach cleanups performed in 2017 together would have stood 10 times higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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Reusable Bamboo Cutlery Set

Some plastic items are more dangerous for sea animals than others. The Ocean Conservancy ranks plastic cutlery as the second most dangerous plastic trash, right after fishing nets. Animals in the ocean often mistake plastic trash for food, which leads to a painful death. To help the animals and the environment, the best thing to do is to avoid single-use plastic cutlery and start using reusable ones. By bringing your eco-friendly cutlery set on-the-go, you can refuse single-use plastics while still enjoying your food at the train, at the park or your take-away lunch. You can keep your reusable utensils in your bag or your car.

In my Zustainabox from October, I received a reusable bamboo cutlery set from the brand Bambaw. The set is made from bamboo. It includes a knife, a fork, a spoon and a drinking straw with a corresponding cleaning brush. They are all packed in a natural cotton pouch with additional space to add chopsticks or any other utensils.

I discovered the brand ‘Bambaw’ via ZustainaBox. The ZustainaBox is a box full of sustainable alternatives for your current products. The box contains between 7 and 8 items and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free, help you towards a plastic-free life and are made with a low environmental impact. When you subscribe as a member, you will receive weekly tips and inspiration for an eco-lifestyle in your mailbox.

The boxes get deliver as green as possible. Within the cities, the delivery is by bicycle, outside the cities is with green cars. The next delivery dates are:
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Zero Waste Bathroom With Holland & Barrett

Having a zero-waste bathroom is now easier with the new collection of Holland & Barrett. I have listed my favorite zero waste must-haves that you can start replacing now.

1. Reusable cotton pads

Washable cotton pads are made from organic cotton and are suitable for all skin types. They are an environmentally friendly alternative to throwaway cotton pads and wipes. The cotton pads from Holland and Barrett comes in a small bag perfect for traveling and keeping together when you throw in the wash. These cotton pads can be used solely with micellar water or facial cleansers to completely remove your makeup.

2. Reusable cotton cloth

Muslin cloths are an environmentally friendly alternative to wipes. Apply your favorite cleanser all over your face and down your neck. Rinse the cloth under warm water and squeeze out any excess water. Hold the cloth over your face for 5 seconds, then in gentle circular motions start to remove the cleanser.

3. Exfoliate mitt

The exfoliating hand glove from Holland & Barret is made from ramie. Ramie is a natural fiber from a plant in China know as a Chinese nettle. The fiber is naturally resistant to bacteria and mildew. Wet with warm water, apply your favorite shower gel or soap and massage in circular motions over the body for a light exfoliation. Once finished rinse and air dry.

4. Double-sided face cloth

Unbleached cotton towel on one side for gentle exfoliating. Unbleached muslin on the reverse for light cleansing. This cloth is an environmentally friendly alternative to wipes and exfoliator. Use warm water with a face wash or cleanser to gently clean and exfoliate the face. Use the smooth side for light cleansing and removing the product from the face. The textured side gently exfoliates and cleanses the skin leaving a radiant, clean and healthy face.

5. Bamboo toothbrush

A bamboo toothbrush lasts just as long as an ordinary plastic toothbrush. The handle is made from sustainable bamboo, the bristles are made from Nylon 6 and all the packaging is recyclable. The bamboo is biodegradable.

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Reusable Coffee Cup Made From Bamboo

We all love coffee in the morning and even better if it’s to-go. While some people have reusable coffee cups, the majority of coffee drinkers opt for the fast and easy disposable coffee cup to hold their favorite drink. While this is good for both the local economy and our mental well-being, there are some negative side effects to that morning coffee-to-go.

Most of the disposable coffee cups cannot be recycled due to their plastic lining. While the paper part of the cup will break down quickly, it will take it over 30 years for the plastic lining to fragment and close to 100 years to break down completely.

Luckily there are now a lot of companies producing environmentally friendly products. This time I want to show you the reusable coffee cup that I use from the Dutch company Zuperzozial.

The coffee cup is made from bamboo and corn. The lid and grip are made from eco-friendly silicon. The cup is light in weight, which makes it handy to bring it in any bag. The cup is suited for hot and cold. And it’s dishwasher proof. I have the mini cruiser model in the color willow green.

 

As people begin to refuse single-use coffee cups, companies will adapt and adopt the same ideals and will be forced to change for good. Making a difference, one coffee at a time.

The mini cruiser reusable coffee cup, I got from the ZustainaBox. If you still don’t know, ZustainaBox is a subscription box with only sustainable products. The box contains between 7 and 8 products and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free and with a low environmental impact. Use my code to sign in ALISSONSIMMONDS15 to get a discount! Read more information here.

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Do you already have a reusable coffee cup? Let me know in the comments below.

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