We all know by now how terrible plastic is for the environment and ourselves, and avoiding it can be difficult. Over the years I learned that one of the ways I’m able to lessen my plastic usage is to invest in sustainable alternatives to everyday items.
And with #plasticfreejuly here, I wanted to share some of my own items that I use:
1.BKR Water bottle vs. Single-use water bottle
This BKR water bottle, also known as my beloved “Thug Smasher” (you ask me about this later ) has been the best reusable water bottle I’ve tried by far.
It’s made out of glass so my water is always at room temperature and ensures it always tastes crisp. And with it’s silicone cover I don’t have to get (too) nervous when I drop it. I’ve had this baby for awhile and I don’t plan on ever going back.
2. Bamboo Toothbrush vs. Plastic Toothbrush
Fun Fact: Every toothbrush you have ever had still exists.
This applies to all plastic-based products, but this really shocked me to think about how many traditional toothbrushes I have used over the course of my lifetime thus far.
Luckily there are so many bamboo toothbrushes on the market, but one of my favorite ones has been Brush with Bamboo. They are the first and only plant-based toothbrushes, which means it will completely biodegrade at the end of it’s lifecycle. And Manju, aka @zerwastefarmer, is the president of this brand and I truly admire the way she encourages everyone to reduce their plastic usage in such a powerful way. So of course I have to support her!
3. Joe Cup vs. Disposable Coffee Cup
I had been on the hunt for a resuabel mug for a while, and My Joe Cup has been perfect.
Because it’s sustainably made with bamboo fibers and a silicone lid, it’s so lightweight and I don’t have to worry about it breaking. I can easily throw it in my bag and go about my day. And with this fun electric blue color, I know it would be hard to misplace it.
4. Plant-Based Loofah vs Plastic-Based Loofah
Since I was little, my family and I had always used exfoliating loofahs from the 99 cent store when we showered. This had become something so engrained into my routine, that it was till recently that I decided to make the swap for this plant-based loofah from Package Free Shop. This little guy keeps my body incredibly soft, minus the micro-plastic fiber waste of traditional loofahs.
5 Davids Toothpaste vs. Traditional Toothpaste
It’s crazy how many tubes of toothpaste I used before I recognized that these are a major source of plastic pollution. Once this realization hit me I began searching for a new sustainable toothpaste, and luckily one of my local stores, Shop Good, had one. David’s toothpaste comes in an aluminum tube with a metal piece that helps get every natural drop!
6. Baggu Grocery Bags vs. Plastic Grocery Bags
You probably noticed this, but…. Baggu is hands down my favorite reusable tote. Their prints keep grocery shopping fun and they can easily be folded up into a square so you can just throw them in other bags when you need an extra hand. And though they are made of Nylon (a form plastic), 40% of it is recycled, are ethically made, and are meant to last a lot longer than your traditional plastic bag from the grocery store.
7. Dot Cup vs. Tampons
Dot cup is an amazing brand that strives to make sustainable periods accessible for all. But it’s not just an amazing brand, this cup has changed my life!
My periods are way more comfortable and cleaner because of this it, and it’s even reduce my menstrual cramps. Even on the rare occasion I do have to use a normal tampon, I feel incredibly uncomfortable and dream of my lil’ silicone cup.
8. Thinx vs. Pads
Similar to Dot Cup, Thinx’s mission is to break taboos surrounding our periods and normalizing them. They are famous for their reusable pads that look and feel like real underwear. I use a pair of their sports Thinx for the day(s) before I start my period. It helps me go about my day without any worries of leaking through my jeans :-)
9. Pela Phone Case vs. Plastic Phone Case
Honestly it still bugs me that iPhones are design to force us to need a phone case.
But if we still have too, these biodegradable phone cases from Pela Case are a safe bet. They come in array of colors and they frequently partner with a variety of environmental charities on different case designs. And [trust me] I’ve dropped my phone enough times to be able to confidently say you shouldn’t have to worry about any cracks.
10. Buffy Comforter vs. Traditional Comforter
I never cared about what my comforters had been made out of until THIS BEAUTIFUL NATURAL CLOUD from Buffy had entered my life.
Out of all the products I had mentioned, this is the only one that was #gifted to me. But I swear I am genuinely obsessed with it. It’s ethically made of biodegradable eucalyptus fibers and is naturally hypoallergenic, which is perfect for someone who frequently gets allergies person like me. Also it does feel like a sweet little cloud that’s weighted, but won’t make you too hot. I’ll vouch for them any day and I demand all comforter makers to jump on track.
These were just 10 products that I made the switch to reduce my everyday plastic usage. But if you still need some convincing, here are some articles that highlight out plastic pollution problem:
Life Without Plastic Is Possible. It’s Just Very Hard. by The New York Times
We Made Plastic. We Depend on It. Now We are Drowning in It. by National Geographic
The Problem With Plastic by The Story of Stuff