Happy Plastic Free July. How are you going? We're a week in and we've learnt a few things.
We hear ya - going green is HARD. It seems completely overwhelming and somewhat expensive.
We are really passionate about creating sustainable and eco-friendly homes (Steph is even thinking of building one in a remote location, off the grid).
To help, we’ve come up with some simple replacements you can make for around $100 to kick start your journey to a sustainable life, reducing your plastic consumption. Trust us, it’s addictive and you’ll start feeling less guilty about your morning latte in that useless take away cup.
Start with one change at a time and it will seem less daunting.
Remember, the most sustainable purchase is the one you didn’t make so if you don’t need it, don’t buy it. The next best thing is not to invest in any plastic stuff (that includes anything reuseable) - spend your money on glass or cornstarch and other materials that will break down into useful matter for the environment.
You heard right. You don’t have to buy those expensive stainless steel straws if your bank account won’t cope. These are a really nifty alternative to plastic straws and they won’t go super soggy after the first sip.
Straw to Straw are a Brisbane based company and they have your back for $10.99 per pack of 100!
These Cheeki smoothie cups are a great way to lessen your plastic consumption. Not only are the reuseable, they will keep your smoothie colder and they look adorable!
They'll set you back around $33.
- Reuseable Coffee Cups
If you don’t have a reuseable coffee cup yet, we’re not sure what you’re doing with your life. Don’t invest in plastic cups. Try Pottery for The Planet for some really trendy ceramic cups or La La Land for your PLA / Cornstarch amazingness.
La La Land's beautiful designs will cost around $13 and Pottery for the Planet start at around $33.
- Glass food storage
Did you know that glass food storage containers not only look schmick in the kitchen but are also often cheaper than those gross plastic containers you buy in the supermarket? They are! Head to Pack My Product and you can deck out your kitchen cupboard for a fraction of the price.
Depending on how many jars you buy, you're looking at around $1.50 per 500ml mason jar, so you can get on your way with 6 jars for $9.00 + shipping.
- Reuseable Food Wrap
$30 bucks for a 4 pack of beeswax wraps and $27 for a set of 3 silicone food savers.
Some more Plastic Free Life Hacks:
- Opt for cones, not cups when you're out for ice cream!
- Keep a string bag in your handbag or car glove box for any bag related emergencies
- Reuse old sheets / pillow cases for cleaning instead of kitchen towel or clothes
In a few weeks, we’ll share some of our own personal eco kitchen storage and organisation to give you some inspo!