10 plastic-free alternatives for daily essentials
At LAYA bikini, we care strongly about protecting our beautiful oceans. Humans use so many products that are made from and packaged in unnecessary plastic that doesn’t biodegrade and winds up in the ocean.
For marine creatures all around the world, life in plastic is not so fantastic! Animals are dying from getting stuck in our trash or ingesting plastic that gets mistaken for food. Whilst going completely plastic free can be very difficult, there are a lot of easy changes you can make today to make a big difference.
In Australia, millions of plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every year. Most toothbrushes are made from plastic. With plenty of wood and bamboo options on the market there is zero reason not to make the switch.
2. Shopping Totes
With plastic grocery bags now (finally) banned, eco-friendly tote bags are more available than ever! Tote bags are reusable and often made from organic materials such as cotton or jute. As an added bonus, you’re likely to be much more organised with your grocery shopping.
3. Bin Liners
Compostable bin liners are a great alternative to plastic bags that will break down much quicker than plastic. Home composts are the best disposal choice as you know exactly where the bag will end up. Whenever possible, ditch the bin liner all together! A good idea is to keep your dry trash in a separate bin with no liner.
4. Coffee Cups
Even paper coffee cups are often lined with plastic and come with plastic lids. Recycling is an option, but many recyclables still end up in the wrong places. A travel mug will last a long time, saving on single-use cups. Reusable is always better than recyclable!
5. Yoga Mats
A lot of yoga mats are made from synthetic materials and dyed or printed with harmful inks. Keep an eye out for mats made from organic materials such as cotton or jute
, and opt for minimal designs or eco-friendly printing.
Did you know that a lot of sunscreens contain micro-plastics that wash straight into water bodies when you swim in the ocean or have a shower? Be sure to read the product information on your sunscreen and check that it’s plastic-free.
7. Drinking Straws
We have seen a lot of restaurant already switching from the traditional plastic straws which is great! However we still have a long way to go. Plastic straws can easily be replaced by bamboo, stainless steel, glass straws or simply no straw at all. The best part is you can re-use them all... even the no straw option…;)
8. Shampoo Bars
Did you know shampoo bars could replace 552 million bottles a year? That is 552 plastic bottles that are thrown away ending up as waste. We think, we can do better. There are a variety of shampoo bars that have recently hit the market which aren’t only easy to take on your travels (and much lighter!) they also don’t create waste. It’s a win, win situation.
9. Produce Bags
Plastic fruit and vegetable bags are only used for a short amount of time - often thrown out as soon as the groceries are brought home. Why not substitute for mesh or cotton string bags? Most eco-friendly produce bags are even machine washable.
10. Reusable Water Bottles
By now most of you probably already have reusable water bottle they take with them instead of purchasing single use plastic bottles. Well done! For anyone who hasn’t made this change yet, please do. According to a recent Guardian article – 'a million plastic water bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021.'
That's a staggering amount of plastic. Let’s decrease this number together and make sure these bottles don’t end up in the ocean. Make the switch to a reusable water bottle.
There are so many cute styles out there too. :)