You might have already seen my other post “10 Beginner Zero Waste Tips” on ways you can reduce your plastic items in your life. If you haven’t seen it, you can find it here.
Well, today while in the midst of #PlasticFreeJuly and fighting of a head cold, I thought I would do a post on how to reuse some items that would otherwise be seen as “single use”. (Lets be real, there is only so much resting and watching old movies that you can do while trying to recover from sickness before you start to get cabin fever).
The idea behind this post came from seeing a quote “It’s only single use plastic if you use it once.” It got me thinking, so here are some easy ways to reduce your plastic waste starting today.
- Shampoo/Body Wash – I have yet to switch to a shampoo bar, as I got purple shampoo for my blonde hair. However, I have the HUGE bottle of plant based, cruelty free shampoo and it’ll easily last me 6-8 months. When it is empty, I can just refill the bottle. For Body wash I opt for package free soap, although if you don’t have access to someone who makes their soap, you can get bars in cardboard or paper.
- Laundry Soap – another refillable/make your own type situation with the leftover bottle. I recently switched to Nellie’s brand of Laundry Powder and I have to admit I LOVE IT! It comes in a tin and is good for upto 100 loads. You can find it here or at a few select grocery stores.
- Toothpaste – Of course your toothpaste tube isn’t refillable but you can now find paste in a jar and there are the fairly well known tooth tabs that you chew and brush as usual. Still leave your mouth feeling nice and clean.
- Toilet Cleaner – I finally finished off my bottle of toilet bowl cleaner, and have now switched to using vinegar to clean the toilet! You can make toilet bombs (like bath fizzies) but I opted for the easy vinegar, water and optional essential oils for cleaning. Vinegar is great for cleaning all of your home!
- Bulk Tea – I recently went to get some more tea and thought to ask if I was allowed to use my own jar instead of buying one of their tea tins (and skipping the little ziptop plastic bag they usually use for their teas) and they said YES! So that was a great swap instead of your everyday teabag that often contains plastic. You can find a list of some of my favourite places to get tea here.
- Dishsoap – Easy one to refill over and over again, especially if you use a plant based, natural one. I switched to Mr’s Meyers brand and their Mint one is amazing! Some places also offer a bar of soap so you just lather it up on your dishcloth and wash dishes as usual.
- Paper towel – I am all for cutting up an old shirt or towel and using it to clean up spills and dusting instead of paper towel. A bit hard to get used to at first, but an easy way to save some trees from a one time use items.
- Safety Razors – this is my most recent addition to ditching the plastic disposable razors and I will do a review on it after some regular use. Way more cost effective, too.
- Reuse those plastic bags – I often buy bread, because I just don’t always have time to make it (although it is a priority on my list to start baking more). Those bread bags are great to rinse and reuse for freezing things or carrying your lunch in or even to store your baking. (They’re also great for storing toiletries or dirty laundry in when traveling)
- Opt for a tub of yogurt instead of portions – Save those yogurt containers or any containers with a lid really. Yogurt containers are great for storing leftovers or freezing things – especially if you like batch cooking. I only buy plain yogurt and use it as sour cream on things. The Silk Coconut Yogurt is my favourite – as it is the closest to dairy yogurt I’ve found.
So there you have it. Just some more easy ways to reuse single plastic that would’ve otherwise been wasted.. Just remember to try and be conscious of the impact your choices make. It was a slow process for me to accept that my choices weren’t always perfect (because who is..) but once I got started, I think about them ALL the time.
Anything you have swapped to better your footprint on the earth? Comment below!
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