In honor of #PlasticFreeJuly we wanted to encourage unique ways to reduce your plastic. Chances are if you are shopping at SPUD and care about your environmental impact, you are likely to use a reusable bag, carry a water bottle and say no to straws! While these are all great ways to reduce our plastic use, below are some more simple and creative ways to make a big impact!
1. Give up gum
Did you know gum is made of synthetic rubber (aka plastic)? Look for plastic-free chewing gum or opt for a mint!
2. Switch to loose-leaf tea
Many tea bags contain plastic and do not break down. Further, they cannot be composted in all areas. Switch to loose leaf tea for a low-waste option!
3. Buy (or order) foods in bulk
Instead of purchasing pantry staples in packaging, bring re-usable containers and buy in bulk! Not only is this cheaper, but better for the environment. If you live in Vancouver, you can order bulk staples in reusable jars and return them with your SPUD bin through JARR!
4. Bring cloth bags for produce
If you make a trip to the traditional grocery store, omit the plastic produce bags (you have to wash the produce anyways), or bring a few cloth grocery bags, we love these ones!
5. Reduce packaging by making staples yourself!
5. Try shampoo bars over bottles
7. Switch up your menstrual routine
Per year a woman can through away roughly 400 lbs of period product packaging! Did you know menstrual cups have about 1.5% of the environmental impact as pads and tampons?
8. Try bamboo combs and toothbrushes
Bamboo toothbrushes and hair brushes are great recyclable alternatives to traditional plastic ones. Toothbrushes are made from polypropylene plastic and nylon which come from fossil fuels.
9. Use a metal razor
Try a saftey razor with a metal head to save plastic!
10. Use bar soap instead of bottled
Bar soaps save plastic bottles from landfills
11. Wash your clothes less!
Each time we wash synthetic clothes they release microplastics which can end up in oceans.
12. Use reusable clothes and clothes as rags and Swiffer pads
Instead of throwing out a Swiffer pad each time, use a rag soaked in water and vinegar. Old t-shirts and washcloths also make great replacements for paper towels!
13. Use dryer balls instead of sheets
Instead of dryer sheets, wool dryer balls can reduce waste!
14. Try a homemade cleaning solution
Reduce packaging and make a simple cleaning solution at home! This 2-ingredient cleaner uses just vinegar and citrus peels!