Zero-waste made easy with these 5-simple plastic-free alternatives
Updated: Feb 19
The journey to going zero-waste can be an overwhelming prospect. You may be thinking, ‘Is it achievable? Can I afford it? Will I really be making a difference?’. The answer is yes, yes and yes! But remember to take it one step at a time, zero-waste living doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a process. One small change really can make a positive difference to you and the environment.
As my own sustainable journey progresses so does my daily lifestyle choices. Here are my initial 5 easy, eco-friendly zero-waste tips that I used to start on my own sustainable journey.
1. Skip the plastic bottle
With over 100 billion plastic drinks bottles used per year, taking approximately 450 years to decompose, it’s no secret that the plastic pollution caused by these ‘throw away’ bottles is increasingly destroying our beautiful planet.
However, there is hope. By opting for an alternative reusable plastic-free water bottle you will be helping towards the fight against single-use plastics. I use a couple of different style reusable water bottles that I alternate between for different trips out!
2. Don’t use plastic straws
The Marine Conservation Society estimates that 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year in the UK alone. That’s an unfathomable amount of single-use plastic that is more than likely ending up in our oceans.
In my bid to fight against this, I carry my stainless-steel straw and will always ask politely not be given a plastic straw with my drinks order.
3. Bring your own cutlery
A bit like the plastic straws, the option to bring your own cutlery is a great idea. Although, carrying a whole dinner service around with you probably isn’t the most practical thing to do! So I opted for a stainless-steel spork! It’s AMAZING! An all-in-one alternative that is handy to carry with you for your lunch time salad!
4. Use reusable bags
Worldwide we ‘throw away’ over 1 trillion plastic bags per year. Back in October 2015, the UK Government introduced a law requiring all large shops to charge 5p for all single-use plastic carrier bags which was a great step to reducing daily plastic consumption.
As a shopper we can all avoid the 5p charge by being organised and bringing our own reusable shopping bag, but don’t stop there. Have you ever thought about those silly single-use plastic bags used for brining your veggies home from the supermarket? They’re used for no more than half an hour to get your veg home, then ‘thrown away’. But there is no such thing as ‘throw away’ plastic. There is NO away… it has to go somewhere, and the majority ends up polluting our oceans. Fortunately, there is a couple of really easy alternatives… a mesh produce bag and string produce bag. They’re lightweight, breathable and easy to pop in with your reusable shopper, so there’s no need to reach for those silly plastic bags! I use mine every week and always get comments how nice they are 😊
5. Switch to plastic-free food wrap
Do you find yourself reaching for the cling-film to wrap your left overs and sandwiches? I use to do the same, until I learnt about the damaging effects it has on me and the environment.
With plastic-free vegan-friendly food wrap now available I have no reason to reach for the plastic-wrap. Plus, I love the fun, stylish patterns that they come in!
So many times, I’ve been asked where I purchased my stylish, sustainable plastic-free alternatives from. So I designed the LOWTOXBOX® Zero-Waste Starter Kit as an easy way to get everything needed to start a sustainable plastic-free journey.
Plus, don't forget that a tree is planted with every box purchased, more than offsetting the carbon footprint of the delivery and the already eco-friendly packaging. This contributes towards our #LowToxTrees mission to plant 25,000 trees by 2028!
Remember we can all do our bit to make a positive difference to our beautiful planet.
Love to you all,