Happy Earth Day! I’ve been recently on the journey to becoming more sustainable. In no means am I perfect & in all honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever be 100% sustainable but I have found a few easy swaps that have gotten me started down the road of living more Earth conscious. Here are a few plastic free swaps I’ve made in the last year or so…
I’ve used plastic toothbrushes for as long as I can remember – especially the electric toothbrushes. But as of late, I’ve decided to try bamboo or wooden toothbrushes instead. They seem to work rather nicely & they compost a lot easier.
Organic Cotton Pads
I used to be an avid user of those one time use makeup wipes & packs of cotton rounds. But I realized how wasteful it was & the amount of money I was spending monthly on these products. I now use these organic cotton pads from Amazon that can be washed in the washing machine every week or so. They have managed to hold up really nicely & I will no longer be purchasing the one time use alternatives any longer.
I’ve been using wash clothes through my childhood. I find loofas to be bacteria havens. I love using wash clothes to apply body wash, apply face cleanser & even take off makeup. I simply put them in the washing machine like the cotton pads & they are good as new.
I find body washes to run out so quickly. I end up using way too much product & the containers are always in plastic containers. Instead, I’ve been leaning towards bar soaps [ Dove brand ] that come in cardboard packaging.
Metal Water Bottles
I love my Hydroflask water bottle & use it all the time. This is a easy plastic free swap because so many companies sell metal water bottles now a days. It’s perfect for travel & outdoor / active activities like hiking or going to the gym. They really help in maintaining proper water intake throughout the day as well.
Cotton Grocery Bags
Although many stores sell reusable grocery bags, most of those options are made of plastic. Instead, I purchased a few cotton material bags I use for a multitude of things – one being hauling groceries. I am no longer hoarding tons of plastic grocery bags.
This last swap is something I’m still on the fence about -but I’m trying. In terms of feminine hygiene, I’m aware how bad pads & tampons are to our bodies. But as much as I want to go to the reusable alternative, I just can’t get behind it at the moment. Maybe I need to browse other brands. But I would love to find period underwear or accessories to make this swap because even on a money saving gain, I know for a fact I would be saving tons of money a month not repurchasing tampons or pads.