How to Make Your House Plastic-Free?

Plastic Free

Even though plastics have made life easier, now it’s becoming one of the biggest problems for the environment. So, it’s not surprising that many people want to have a plastic-free life now.
Of course, replacing plastic straws with a reusable one is easy, but what about your household products? If you look carefully, you will find lots of plastic items in your house. But don’t worry! It’s easy to change them too.
In this article, you will find useful rules to go plastic-free in your house and some interesting plastic-free alternatives for your household products!

Why is It Important to Go Plastic-free?

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According to the United Nations, the oceans receive around 8 million tonnes of plastic waste every year! Unfortunately, plastics will remain polluting these natural ecosystems for hundreds of years as they’re not biodegradable!
On the other hand, plastics are made from non-renewable resources, and they can transfer toxic chemicals to your food and drinks! In addition, more plastic waste means more landfills too.
Therefore, going plastic-free is one of the best things you can do for your health and the environment. It can be hard to stop using plastics at the beginning since they’re everywhere, but it’s possible!

What You Can Use Instead of Plastics?

Nowadays, there are several things you can use instead of plastic, especially for your household products. You can go for reusable and sustainable products made from durable, biodegradable, or recyclable materials, such as silicone, bamboo, glass, stainless steel and others!

3 Simple Rules to Have a Plastic-free Home

Now that you’ve decided to go plastic-free in your home, you must be wondering how to make it possible and where to start. It can be overwhelming, but there are three simple rules you could remember to make it easy:

Use what you already have

Having a plastic-free house doesn’t mean you need to go and throw every plastic item you have.
It might sound contradictory, but you should use the household products you already have as long as you can, even if they’re made of plastic. Once they’re no longer useful, you can replace them with a plastic-free alternative.
Remember that every item you discard could potentially end up polluting the environment. So, reuse your plastics, even if they’re “single-use”.

Stop buying new plastic household products

Every time you need to buy a new household product, look for plastic-free options. Take a moment and search for something reusable, recyclable or biodegradable.
You will probably find household products made of wood, organic cotton, bamboo, glass, aluminum or any other material. But if you don’t, make sure you will use your new plastic product for a long time. Keep in mind that you will also need to find a responsible way of discarding it.
Likewise, if you will meet up with friends at your house, use reusable plates, cups, cutlery, and straws instead of single-use ones.
Below you will find some great plastic-free household products!

Avoid plastic packaging

It’s difficult to go completely plastic-free because almost everything you need comes in a plastic package. The good news is that for some of these things you can avoid packaging by shopping a little differently.
First of all, avoid single-use bags by using your own reusable bags and try to prefer products with no packaging, such as vegetables and fruits.
If you want to go further, buy in bulk or look for refill stations. With this, you will avoid lots of plastic packages! You can take your own containers and fill them with what you need, from foods to laundry detergents!
But if you can’t buy in bulk, buy the biggest option for products with a long shelf life to avoid small packages.

Plastic-free Alternatives for Your Household Products

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If you need to buy a new household product, find out if there’s a plastic-free alternative for it. You’d be surprised to know that you can find eco-friendly counterparts for most of your household products!

Kitchen Plastic Free Household Products

An easy place to start your plastic-free journey is your kitchen. Check some useful household products to replace common items in your kitchen:

  • Beeswax wraps to keep your food fresh and replace plastic wraps.
  • Silicone bags to save snacks and avoid zipper bags.
  • Coconut brush instead of using a plastic dish brush.
  • Old glass jars instead of using plastic containers to save food.
  • Metal or bamboo utensils instead of new disposable utensils.
  • Biodegradable sponge made of plants to replace regular sponge made of plastics.

Also, a great alternative to avoid packaging is to prepare your own foods, snacks, and dips! You can prepare some delicious and healthy foods to reduce food packaging!

Bathroom Plastic Free Household Products

Another place you should look for plastic-free household products is your bathroom. Most skincare and hygiene products come in plastic packages and some other products are single-use plastics. You can find some good alternatives, such as:

  • Bamboo toothbrush to replace your plastic toothbrush.
  • Plastic-free package toilet paper to avoid plastic packaging.
  • Shampoo bars to replace disposable bottles of shampoo.
  • Shaving soap instead of shaving cream.
  • Metal safety razor to replace several disposable razors.
  • Menstrual cup instead of several sanitary pads.
  • Reusable makeup remover pads to avoid disposable face wipes made of plastic fibers.
  • Biodegradable dental floss instead of using regular dental floss made of plastic.


Laundry and Cleaning Routine

Doing laundry and cleaning your house are necessary activities. Yet, they’re not the most eco-friendly ones. Usually, the household products you use for these activities contain toxic chemicals and come in plastic packaging. Check some good alternatives:

  • Soap flakes to avoid plastic bottles from regular laundry detergents.
  • Natural bristle wooden broom instead of a plastic broom.
  • Coconut brush instead of a plastic scrub brush.

If you’d like to avoid packaging and toxic chemicals, you could find refill stations! Or you could create your own home-made cleaning products and reuse some old plastic bottles!

As you noticed before, it’s possible to replace some common household products with eco-friendly and sustainable alternatives. You just need to do it one step at a time!

If you want to start your plastic free lifestyle, here is an article just for you, Start Your Plastic Free Life with these 10 tips!



Resources:
“Our Planet Is Drowning in Plastic Pollution. This World Environment Day, It’s Time for a Change.” #BeatPlasticPollution This World Environment Day. Web. 24 Nov. 2020.

               
Author: Monica Chang
On my own ethical journey since 2010. Always happy to learn more!