14 Jul 5 Sustainable Replacements for Items You Use Daily
It’s not the big things, it’s the little things that count. Right? Replacing small things that you may not even realise are harmful or are even made of plastic around your house can make a huge difference to how sustainable you are living. For example, having a re-useable coffee cup is a very small change to make, yet the savings you can make by carrying your own coffee cup can be huge. For example, my Pret filter coffee with coconut milk costs 99p to anyone who uses a single use cup, for me who has made it a habit to bring in a re-useable cup it’s 49p. I have a coffee every day (sometimes two depending on how late I’ve worked on The Bare Minimum during the week), 5 days a week, every month. My coffee bill for July this year would be £22, instead it’s a short £11. It also saves 22 single use cups from being thrown away.
Here are a few small items you can buy that will, in the long run, save you some money and save the planet.
produce an eco-friendly phone case that is BPA free and compostable. So if you upgrade your phone and need a new one, simply throw this one on your compost heap.
I swap my toothbrush round once every 3 months. That’s only 4 toothbrushes a year, but the average plastic toothbrush stays on the Earth 400 years meaning that the toothbrush I was using when I was 3, is still going to be very much alive once I’m gone. I swapped out my plastic, electric toothbrush for these bamboo ones a little while back. The bristles are soft, it’s BPA free and even the box is recycled.
Since the plastic bag 5p charge was introduced in the UK plastic bag usage dropped by 76%. Just imagine if that kind of effect happened on all the plastic we use, whether it’s plastic bags, toothbrushes or coffee cups. Supermarkets have a limited range of plastic bags you can use, but if you don’t want to use plastic at all then purchasing a woven one is a great sustainable alternative
Coffee cups, water cups, whatever beverage you love to drink, try and drink it from a reuseable cup/tumbler
. It’s estimated that the average person will dispose of 167 single use water bottles per year in the United States. This doesn’t count soda bottles etc. If you can make an effort to only drink out of reuseable cups you’ll be making a huge difference to the amount of single use plastic that is irresponsibly disposed of every year.
2018 has seen a lot of great sustainable changes and one of the most noticeable has been the demand for supermarkets to get rid of their unnecessary plastic. I’ve spotted a lot of Buzzfeed videos covering the ‘worlds first plastic free supermarket aisle’ and whilst an aisle is a start, there are supermarkets out there which are entirely Zero-Waste. If you’re looking to get into a Zero-Waste lifestyle with your food shop, then things like re-useable grocery bags, bulk food bags
and mason jars will be your best friend.
Have you incorporated any alternatives into your lifestyle lately?