Eco-Product Alternatives for a Lower Plastic Lifestyle
I promised my Facebook page followers eco-product alternatives as part of a lower plastic waste campaign. So here we are!
I’ve geeked out, Googled, and scoured Amazon to identify the below eco-product no-plastic alternatives for every day items.
If you haven’t heard yet, let me be the first to tell you that plastic is bad for the environment.
When I was in elementary school I was taught that plastic was recyclable and this made it good. Years later we now know that BPA is toxic, most plastics aren’t recycled, and that improper waste disposal has resulted in the North Pacific Garbage Patch which is estimated to be the size of Texas.
In a perfect world we would be able to eliminate plastic from our lives all together. But one look around the grocery store will tell you it’s impossible. At least for someone like myself, and I’m guessing for you too.
However, just because we can’t eliminate plastic doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to reduce our plastic consumption. I have identified the below items through a conscious effort to choose eco-products.
I own them, I like them, I recommend them.
I bought the Mitbuty Amazon’s Choice 8 pack at $2 a brush. You can’t buy toothbrushes much cheaper than that even if they are plastic.
Wool Dryer Balls
In case you don’t know, dryer balls soften your clothes without chemicals and help your clothes dry faster. No joke, the first time I used them I called my best friend to tell her how awesome they are.
These organic hypoallergenic KINTOR Wool Dryer Balls are in my Amazon shopping cart as I write this. They are will likely be my next eco-product purchase.
Don’t heat your food in plastic Tupperware! BPA leaches out of plastic when it gets hot. Play it safe even if your Tupperware is BPA safe. Use glass!
The health and environmental effects of BPA replacement plastics are not known yet.
I own Glasslock and Pryex. Pyrex is good but Glasslock is better. Glasslock has a super tight seal making it spillproof. You can buy this Assorted 18 Piece Glasslock Set on Amazon.
Silicone Kitchen Utensils
I recently learned that silicone is not plastic and doesn’t have toxic BPA. Which is awesome because now I can tell you how awesome silicone kitchen utensils are with a clear conscious!
I got the StarPack Home 5 Piece Silicone Kitchen Utensil Set off my Amazon wedding Registry. These silicone utensils are both an eco-product and dishwasher safe.Related Post: 4 Steps to a Cleaner Kitchen
I honestly don’t know why I don’t own one of these. And make my husband use one of these for that matter.
The WEISHI safety razor is only $16 and Amazon’s Choice. A pack of replacement blades for a safely razor is less than $10. That’s a huge cost savings when you consider I buy a disposable pack for between $5-$8 every month. Added to cart.
Now that I’m attuned to my plastic usage, I’m attuned to how much plastic I consume with bath and body items. It’s my second largest source of plastic consumption after food packaging.
Ditch the body wash bottle and plastic bath pouf. Go back to the bar.
If you don’t like bar soap, I recommend you try the organic essential oil kind before making the final call. I got my organic soaps as a wedding gift from my Lisa of Lisa Holistic Bath and Body. I highly recommend their eco-products, and am sad my supply has almost run out.
While it’s different to apply lotion from a bar, I don’t miss the plastic lotion bottle at all. I mean why would I? Now I don’t have to microwave the lotion bottle, or cut it in half, just to get the rest of the lotion out. Yup I’m that cheap… I mean frugal… moving on…If you want to support a small business owner, I got my lotion bars as a wedding gift from my Lisa of Lisa Holistic Bath and Body. Otherwise, like everything else, lotion bars are sold on Amazon.
Right now I have this African Shea Butter in my Amazon cart ready for check out. I’m not a crafty person, but I do like to cook. And I’m super curious as to whether I can whip this shea with some essential oils into a holistic lotion. Sign up for my mailing list if you want to hear how it goes later!
To be honest with you I’m constantly disappointed with shampoos. I’ve tried drug store shampoos, salon shampoos, and organic shampoos. They all seem “ehhh” to me. The real problem may be that I’m constantly disappointed with my hair.Since I’m not loyal to any shampoo brand, I’ll for sure try a shampoo bar. I picked out this Ethique Eco-Friendly Solid Shampoo Bar since it claims to balance oil production.
I feel like using a shampoo bar will for sure be weird. But it definitely won’t be as weird as pouring apple cider vinegar on my hair as some people recommend.Have you ever used a shampoo bar? Please comment and let me know how it was!
Sugarcane Disposable Plates
I’m all about disposable plates for kitchen prep. It’s another one of my secrets to a cleaner kitchen.
The disposable plates in my pantry right now are paper, but I’ll be going with sugarcane next time I restock. Because sugarcane is more sustainable.
These Earth’s Natural Sugarcane Plates are Amazon’s Choice and now in my cart as saved for later.Related Post: 4 Steps to a Cleaner Kitchen
I’m been wanting a glass Tumbler for iced coffee for forever. For any of my readers in Guam, I recently asked at Java Hut and they are happy to fill your cold tumbler. The girl was pretty confused by the question at first, but I’m confident if I show up with a glass tumbler it won’t be a problem.
I haven’t been able to find an entirely free plastic tumbler. But at least Amazon’s Ello Kella Glass Sipper with Straw is BPA free.
Glass Travel Mugs
I have about 5 ceramic and silicone travel mugs in my cabinet right now. I love that they’re not plastic, but I hate that 3 of the 5 of them take on water when they go through the dish washer. They leak all over me, my car, and my desk at work. I’ve had about enough of it and will be trying glass in the future.
My Amazon eco-product pick is the Keeping It Fresh Double Walled Glass Mug.
Did you know plastic straws are not recyclable? Have you seen the video of the turtle with the plastic straw in it’s nose? Enough said.
I plan on buying these Hiware Reusable Drinking Straws with Cleaning Brush at $8 for 4 straws. They’re in my Amazon cart and saved for later.
In case you don’t like the idea of glass straws because they could break, here’s an Amazon’s Choice best seller option priced at $9 for 8 straws.
Natural Fiber Sponges
Sponges are yet another plastic item that we use daily. Luckily there are non-plastic alternatives.
Scotch-Brite Greener Clean sponges are sold on Amazon, but they may also be found in your local supermarket. A friend recently told me that eco-product sponges are sold at our base commissary.
Washi Paper Tapes
Shelbizleee on Youtube pointed out to be that tape is plastic and there are alternatives. I’d honestly never thought about it. But I could get into the eco-product tape alternative… Washi tape is super cute.
At the moment my husband and I have rolls of clear plastic moving tape to get through before I buy anymore tape. I know we would use it all eventually anyway. But since I’ve embraced minimalism, I try to minimize the amounts of duplicate products we have.
I embrace shopping as part of minimalism. So I’ve already picked out Molshine Washi Sticky Paper Tape on Amazon for future purchase. I’m really excited to use it with reused packing paper as gift wrap. I’ll let you all know how it goes when I get there.
PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!
Do you know of any other eco-product no-plastic alternatives for every-day items?