But what about the rest? Sustainable business guru and make and mend maven, Jen Gale, shares her quick tips to help you ditch the disposables.
Once we’ve sourced re-usable alternatives for the Big 4, what can we do next as individuals and families to cut back on single use plastic, asks Jen Gale, founder of SustainableIsh.
5 Simple Plastic-free Switches to Beat Plastic Pollution
1. Swap handwash for good old fashioned soap
Have you ever thought about the number of plastic bottles in your house that could be replaced by a humble bar of soap?
Hand wash in every bathroom and shower gel at the very least.
Bar soap is a super simple solution that seems somehow quaintly old-fashioned now.
The good news is that there are some fabulous independent soap makers out there, making sustainable palm oil free soaps that are good for you and good for the planet – check out All Natural Soap or the Gloucestershire based The Soap Folk.
2. Swap clingfilm for beeswax wraps
Although clean clingfilm can sometimes be recycled with plastic carrier bags, a far better alternative is simply to avoid it altogether.
Try good old Tupperware (yes, still plastic, but not single use) or even a plate on top of bowls of leftovers to help keep them fresh.
3. Swap roll on deodorant for cream
Roll on deodorants tend to come encased in plastic that is currently not easily recycled.
An easy switch is the plastic free, organic deodorant cream, Fit Pit, or if you’re really keen, this is my tried and tested recipe for homemade deodorant (yes really – I promise it works!).
4. Swap a shampoo bottle for a solid bar
Back to the bathroom where even if you’ve made the switch to soap I’m willing to bet there are still single use plastic bottles a plenty.
Want to ditch other plastics from your bathroom – read our Ditch the Disposables feature here.
5. Ditch the lunchtime single use plastic
If you have young children of a certain age, you might find that you have endless empty pouches of pureed food hitting the bin each day.
Check out these re-usable replacements from Nom Nom – the convenience of a pouch without the plastic price tag for the planet.
Alternatively, ditch the plastic carton covered takeaway lunch for a reusable, plastic free lunchbox, like this one from Nature & My, made of rice husks. Oh and don’t forget the plastic-free water bottle!
Jen Gale is a sustainable living specialist, founder of the A Sustainable Life with Jen Gale Facebook Group and the Sustainable Life podcast.