Posted on June 13 2019
Plastic has become one of the most harmful materials to our environment. It has devastating effects on our planet, from filling up landfills for decades without decomposing and contributing to climate change to harming wildlife and polluting oceans.
But for those wanting to make a change, a plastic-free lifestyle can seem so overwhelming at first. Our society has become increasingly dependent on plastic products, so making the shift to living with less plastic can be a huge challenge. You mean to say I have to find alternatives for every plastic item I own?
But here at Sancho's, we believe that living a more zero-waste life can be accessible to everyone. Indeed, the simplest and cheapest of swaps which can make the biggest difference. You don't have to become a zero-waste warrior overnight - it's all about the little baby steps. With these 9 easy and affordable zero-waste swaps, you can reduce your plastic consumption and live a more plastic-free life!
1. Plastic toothbrush to a bamboo toothbrush
Next time you need a new toothbrush, instead of heading to the high street for a plastic toothbrush, pick up a bamboo toothbrush instead and do some good for the environment! These bad boys come with charcoal infused bristles and a 100% biodegradable bamboo handle. By making this simple purchase, you could save thousands of plastic toothbrushes entering the oceans throughout your lifetime. For extra eco brownie points, buy yourself some plastic-free toothpaste too whilst you're at it.
2. Disposable plastic razor to a reusable razor
An easy way to reduce your plastic waste, this sustainable razor and blades are ethically sourced and made locally in Devon, with all plastics eliminated from the supply chain. Switching to a safety razor is a little different than using a disposable razor, but once you switch you'll get a far superior shave. Plus, you'll save so much money in the long-term! You can also buy the full Naked Shave Kit for a bar of vegan shaving soap and five spare blades, alongside the razor and original blades.
3. New plastic grocery and produce bags to organic cloth and string bags
Don't just stop at swapping plastic grocery bags - swap out those plastic produce bags too. Great for filling up on fruit, veg and loose dried goods at local farmers markets and zero waste stores, these bags mean that you no longer need to use disposable plastic or paper bags. Simply take a few reusable bags with you whenever you go shopping. This will immediately cut out all of your plastic shopping bag waste and saves you the 5p charge too!
4. Ordinary pads and tampons to organic menstrual cups, organic cotton pads and period pants
Much of the mainstream tampon and pad brands use a combination of bleached rayon and conventional cotton. They also contain a ridiculous amount of plastic - the average pad contains the equivalent of four plastic bags! If you've started to think about how periods are a bloody nightmare for the environment, then these plastic-free, period-proof alternatives are a great solution to having a more eco-friendly menstruation.
5. Plastic-packaged soaps and shower creams to vegan-friendly plastic-free soaps
Buying organic, packaging-free soaps eliminates the need to buy body wash, hand soap, and other soaps that come in nasty plastic packaging. Lovingly handmade in Exeter, these vegan-friendly soaps feature a waxed cotton rope that you can hang in the shower. Free from palm oil and preservatives, made from only natural ingredients, these soaps are hard, long-lasting, and have a creamy lather, unlike supermarket soaps.
6. New plastic water bottles to reusable water bottles
Carrying a reusable water bottle is one of the easiest habits to get into to live a more zero-waste life. Not only does bottled water come in a plastic bottle, but tremendous resources are used to extract, bottle, and ship it. Instead, get a reusable 100% food-grade silicone or stainless steel bottle, fill it up with tap water before leaving the house, and refill it wherever you can.
7. Disposable plastic straws to reusable bamboo straws
Single-use plastic is a particularly nasty kind of plastic. We use straws for only around twenty minutes before they are binned, which is a tragically quick lifespan for an item that will be on the planet forever. Reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean has never been easier than with these amazing reusable bamboo straws! Bamboo is the world's fastest growing plant, making it an extremely sustainable material. This four-pack of quality vegan-friendly straws comes in a recycled box making it even more eco-friendly.
8. Disposable plastic containers to reusable stainless steel lunchboxes
Using a reusable container, made from 100% food-grade stainless steel, eliminates the need to throw away your plastic container after each use. Plus, when plastic food containers are exposed to extreme temperatures, it causes them to break down faster and leach chemicals more readily - not good! Strong, clean and brilliantly useful, this plastic-free lunchbox is made to last, meaning you can use it for many years to come.
9. Spray on deodorant to a natural deodorant stick
There are so many reasons why spray on deodorant is bad for the environment, including its non-recyclable plastic packaging and its contribution to air pollution. But don't worry because we've found a great eco-friendly alternative! Made from 100% natural ingredients, this natural deodorant stick is 100% cruelty-free, plastic-free, vegan-friendly and fully biodegradable! The natural ingredients and their anti-bacterial properties work to combat body odour all day long, allowing your skin to breath and perspire naturally without any nasty chemicals.