Super easy single-use plastic swaps that will make the world a better place
You know what they say, a single-use plastic swap a day keeps trash out of a sea turtle’s way. (Or maybe that’s just what we say!)
While reducing single-use plastic may feel overwhelming at first, it’s really not that hard once you do a little digging for planet-friendly alternatives. Here are some simple and easy plastic swaps that will make your habits healthier for you and the world.
10 single-use plastic swaps you have to try
1. Bye shampoo bottles, hello shampoo bars
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All those plastic bottles of shampoo seriously add up. By opting for bars like Lush Shampoo Bars — you’ll save lots of plastic over time. And have healthy, gorgeous hair (added bonus!).
Same goes for body wash. Bars of soap do the job without the plastic packaging.
2. Bye throwaway cups, hello reusable mugs
It’s estimated that billions of coffee cups are thrown away every year! By using our reusable Live Gently Upon This Earth mug, you can sip plastic-free and be proud to not be part of that crazy high statistic.
3. Bye plastic bags, hello reusable totes
First off, reusable bags (like our Wholesome Culture cotton totes) are more comfortable on the shoulder, stronger for bigger loads, and just plain cuter than plastic bags. But more importantly, they don’t get ingested by sea animals!
Since the hardest part is often remembering to keep them handy, we recommend placing them strategically in cars, purses, and anywhere else that’s convenient to grab on the go.
4. Bye detergent jugs, hello detergent strips
Forget the plastic jugs and pods, Tru Earth laundry strips are changing the clothes cleaning game. The idea is simple: one strip, one load (no measuring necessary!). Not to mention, the strips are hypoallergenic, paraben-free, and vegan – and the outer sleeve is made of compostable cardboard.
5. Bye plastic wraps, hello reusable vegan wraps
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Breaking up with plastic wraps has never been easier thanks to the many reusable food storage options out there. Vegan food wraps like Etee Wraps make it easy to store and cover food without resorting to plastic sealing.
6. Bye plastic cutlery, hello bamboo utensils
Stash a set of reusable set of utensils in your purse and you’ll be good to go plastic-free wherever your taste buds take you. If you’re looking for a new set, check out our Wholesome Culture utensils that also come with a cute cloth bag.
7. Bye plastic straws, hello bamboo straws
It’s estimated that Americans use 500 straws daily, according to The National Park Service. Yikes! But there’s no need to give up iced lattes and smoothies, just remember your reusable straws like our Be The Change bamboo straws. Plus, they weigh practically nothing and are super easy to clean.
8. Bye plastic razors, hello metals razors
Getting rid of hair doesn’t have to come at the expense of the planet. Try using metal razors instead. It’ll cut back on your overall plastic usage and save you from buying those chintzy plastic razors that last three shaves.
We love Well Kept’s safety razor, which comes in three cool colors: white, dusty rose, and black.
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9. Bye single-use cotton swabs, hello reusable swabs
Those small, single-use cotton pads are often wrapped around a short plastic rod. And they’re typically packaged in some variation of plastic material. Not good. That’s where LastSwab comes in. It’s a reusable version of a cotton swab that’s made to last about 1,000 uses (seriously!). And it comes in cute and colorful biodegradable cases.
10. Bye plastic toothbrushes, hello bamboo brushes
Keep your teeth and the ocean clean by using a bamboo toothbrush. While you’re at it, keep an eye out for floss stored in non-plastic containers.
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