If you thought you couldn’t live a plastic-free life think again. Thanks to technology and the movement towards sustainable living substitutes for plastic are available. The only thing we need to do is change the way we shop.
It seems everything is either wrapped in plastic or made of plastic all of which ends up in landfill, in our oceans or simply sprinkled around everywhere we look. As much as we all want to make an effort to change the way we live it can be overwhelming to image how we could possibly live a plastic-free life. The first step in making a change in the way we live is to become more aware of the serious problem of producing waste which is extremely damaging to the environment. The next step is easy. Thanks to innovation all we need to do is switch to buying the same type of products in a biodegradable material. Here are just a few examples of small products that can make a big difference.
Did you know it takes 25-40 years for a pair of sneakers to decompose? Allbirds tops are constructed in wool and the laces are made from recycled plastic. The soles are made from foam and can be recycled. According to Brian at Allbird, “Because the sole is made from foam, it uses a very minimal amount of product (much less than traditional rubber soles)”
If you haven’t tried a pair of Allbirds you should! They are incredibly comfortable!
Did you know it takes a plastic bag between 500-1000 years to decompose? These wraps by Etee are made from beeswax and organic cotton. They are reusable and biodegradable and will have you never using plastic wrap again.
Oh the dreaded ziplock bag! Sometimes we reuse them but mostly we don’t. These ziplock bags are reusable and made from 100% recycled FDA-grade PEVA material. According to their website 1 ziplock bag will replace 300 disposable bags.
Susty is not only plastic-free but produces beautiful, sustainable, and compostable partyware. Not only does Susty create a wonderful collection of ethically produced napkins, plates, cutlery, and more but they also partner with non-profit factories who employ and empower people with disabilities, visual impairements, or they support a charitable cause by donating proceeds.
It’s the small stuff that we don’t give a second thought too–small stuff like dental floss which is waxed nylon and is sold in plastic packaging. There is something better by Dental Lace. According to their website, if everyone flossed their teeth once a day every year our empty containers alone would fill a landfill the size of a football field that’s 6 stories high.
Buying cosmetics is complicated. There are the ingredients to consider which beg questions like, what are they and should I be putting them on my face? Then there is the issue of animal testing. But even if your cosmetics pass the test of cruelty-free and toxic-free there is the issue of all that packaging that is mostly plastic! Ethique is totally plastic-free and offers almost every type of beauty product in a bar so there are no bottles, no plastics, and no waste other than the paper packaging. I must confess I have not tried these products but am very impressed with their website which reveal such daunting facts like this one—80 billion plastic bottles are disposed of around the world every year just from shampoo & conditioner alone.
I do have the Dreamy face Moisturizer and Bliss Cleansing Bar on order and will get back to you.
There are so many more companies that focus on products that are not only ethically produced but packaged in a more environmentally conscious way. We need to find them and support them.
Eat well, laugh a lot, and be chic!