WRITTEN BY STACEY SULLIVAN
I started my lower-waste journey nearly two months ago now, and it has been such a great experience so far between changing up our usual routines and exploring new ways to lessen our plastic use.
Most people think you have to be absolutely perfect in this process and to change every routine so drastically but I’ve found that taking things slow and eliminating small things a day at a time works best!
I’ve gathered just a few tips together on just some of the changes I’ve made in my home to eliminate plastic use and I hope it will help get an idea on where to start if you’ve been itching to practice more waste-free habits!
Let’s get into it!
// bamboo toothbrushes
This was one of the very first steps we took to getting rid of plastic use in our home.
Being that this is an everyday routine in every persons home, it was important for me to start here!
They are biodegradable / environmentally friendly and are made from sustainable bamboo.
// stainless steel straws
These were definitely at the top of my list!
I love to make shakes / smoothies very often and enjoy using these to drink out of!
They are reusable and very durable!
// linen + cotton textiles
These have been amazing to have around!
I am guilty of having OVER used paper towels before going more low-waste.
I didn’t realise how much I was throwing away daily and knew it was something I could definitely do away with.
I purchased some linen + cotton cloths to replace any paper towel usage in our home and they’ve been SO great to have around!
We have a small basket in our kitchen where we will toss our dirty linens in, and just wash them to reuse again!
I got mine from IKEA, but you can find these ANYWHERE!
// DIY cleaners + saving scraps
This is SO important in our home!
I made a previous blog post about a diy citrus infused all-purpose cleaner I had made for our home and can’t stress enough about not throwing away those peels! They can still be used to make a cleaner to eliminate having to buy some from your local store.
Simple ingredients and no harsh chemicals added whatsoever and it smells GREAT!
(see recipe for cleaner: here)
// stasher bags
I had been eyeing these for SO long until I finally got a few!
I used to use so many zip-loc bags and it was terrible to know how many I’d actually
throw away once I was finished with them.
These are a perfect replacement if you were like me and used plastic baggies so much!
Although they are a little on the pricier side, I do think they are very useful and I enjoy having these in my home.
These are made from 100% non-toxic silicone / dishwasher + microwave safe and reusable!
// bee’s wrap
These are an absolute MUST!!
I am obsessed with these. Ditch that foil paper/plastic wrap and buy you some of these bad boys.
These are made of beeswax / organic cotton / organic jojoba oil and tree resin.
They are reusable and can last up to a year with proper care!
Bee’s wrap can be used for many things like bread, cheese, vegetables, or to cover a jar/bowl that has no lid.
// REUSE Glass Containers
One of the first things we started doing was see what glass jars/bottles were being thrown out that could be reused instead!
I get so excited about using up a glass container knowing I can reuse if for something else!
One main tip I’ve grasped with me is to USE WHAT YOU HAVE.
Look around and see what you can use that you already have lying around!
It’s been one of the most enjoyable parts to this journey.
These two smaller jars are from apple juice I had drank, that now serve another purpose!
The parmesan cheese jar is just a mason jar but I reused the top from the previous
plastic bottle it was on and it actually fit on the jar perfectly!!
// reusable bowl + jar covers
This idea is so cute!
I love thrifting and finding different linens + cloths that I can cut up at home and turn into covers!
I got this one for only 99 cents at my local goodwill in the textiles section and its the perfect way to cover any container! Just use a rubberband or some string to tie is shut!
// reusable shopping bags
This is a huge step!!
EVERYWHERE you go, plastic follows. At your grocery stores, at the mall etc.
By using your own reusable bags for your everyday shopping needs, you’re already making a HUGE difference!
I like to have these readily available to me by the door for when I head out!
It’s so helpful
These are just some of the ways we practice lower-waste habits in our home!
I hope this will help you in your journey as well and make you feel as happy as it makes me. (:
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