How to Have a Plastic-Free Home
Nowadays with nature suffering from fires and viruses that possess a threat to the ecosystem, it is quite clear that there is a strong interconnection between the health of humans, animals, and the environment.
Hence, due to this interconnectedness, messing with Mother Nature can actually boomerang back at you at some point! In other words, maintain harmony with nature and it will, in turn, be harmonious with you. Try avoiding acts that cause a disruption in the biodiversity, a disruption in climate and importantly a disruption on the land you are on.
This said the best way to start cleaning up this mess is to reduce plastic pollution. Going plastic-free is the same as saying keeping yourself and Mother Earth safe and healthy. So, start using plastic-free products in your everyday life and this will go a long way in saving our planet.
Using non-plastic products is all about reuse, zero-waste and being safe. The two main areas where most of the waste is created are the bathroom and kitchen. And most of this arises due to the excess use of plastic whether it is disposable food storage, cleaning equipment or bathroom essentials.
To avoid such waste, let us try swapping these items with non-plastic ones and see the difference. Some awesome alternatives that will surely not disappoint!
Agreed that the majority of the household waste comes from this area but it doesn’t have to be this way if you can have wonderful alternatives. Along with the cleaning stuff like dish brushes mentioned earlier, start using dish bars that are 100% plastic-free and 100% vegan. You are sure to get clean dishes with no harmful chemicals that pollute!
Other common items in the kitchen are food storage. Yes, it might be true that plastic containers are more accessible and they have a range of aesthetically pleasing and practical ones to choose from but do you want to intentionally cause danger to your body or the earth? Or would you rather use alternatives that do you no harm? Alternative and sustainable choices that are reusable and keep your food fresh include containers or bags that are made from stainless steel, glass, silicone, beeswax or cotton muslin. Just like food storage you could also replace your plastic cutlery with the Meico Cutlery Set made from bamboo. Unlike plastic, these are earth-conscious and toxin-free that consider yours and the planet’s health.
Most of our bathroom essentials such as soaps, shampoos, soap pouches or even tooth floss and toothbrushes are made from mixed materials which includes plastic. These non-recyclable items end up in landfill or begin to pollute our oceans.
Therefore to overcome this try swapping your existing bathroom essentials with items such as the Bamboo Toothbrush which is biodegradable and environmentally sustainable. A great alternative to those plastic brushes! Likewise, since we are on the dental, you could also switch to the Biodegradable Tooth Floss. Apart from being plastic, regular floss contains harmful ingredients such as PFC’s which is found in Teflon. This vegan floss on the other hand is made from a cornstarch- based PLA, a compostable plant based renewable floss.
Also swap to Bar Soap and Bar Shampoo instead of liquid, which is a lot more natural for your body and the planet. These treats are chemical-free and toxin-free which means no damage done to the oceans and environment! And while you are in the shower, you can lather up by placing these in the 100% natural sisal bath and body Soap Pouches which is made of high density pure plant fibres. A bath that is good-for-you and good-for-the-earth!
Plastic-Free Cleaning Essentials
Unlike synthetic brooms or brushes, natural ones are non-toxic, biodegradable and more effective. Eco brushes such as bottle brush, dish brush or scrubber that are handmade from coconut unbleached fibres are naturally antibacterial so it won’t become smelly, mouldy or greasy. True that these naturally sourced products need a little extra care than the plastic ones, but they can last a long time if you treat them well.
To sum it up, with all that is happening in the world right now, take the time to think of how we can protect and take care of our environment. After all, as Wendell Berry quotes, “The Earth is what we all have in common.” And just like it is created to nurture us it’s important that we also nurture it back!