Five Easy Ways to Go Plastic Free this Plastic Free July
Posted on July 11 2018
Make Your Morning Coffee Sustainable
If a coffee-to-go is part of your morning routine, we totally get it – it’s part of ours too! But have you ever wondered about where all those disposable coffee cups end up? 99.75% of disposable coffee cups don’t get recycled, even if you’re religious about putting them in the green bin. Whilst we’re making progress with companies like vegware, not all coffee companies stock these types of biodegradable cups. A better alternative and a cheaper one, is to bring your own takeaway cup. Most coffee shops offer a slight discount to anyone bringing their own! A popular brand within the STARSEEDS team is the Keep Cup.
Ditch the Water Bottles
Water is essential for all of us, and if you’re drinking the recommended amount of 1.2 litres of water a day, that’s up to three 500ml water bottles you’ll be gulping your way through. So what’s the plastic free alternative? Reusable and sustainably made bottles. Not only are they better for the environment, they’re better for you as plastic bottles can leak toxins and chemicals into our water as we drink it. Not nice. We really love S’well for their gorgeous designs!
Zerowaste Your Bathroom
There are loads of ways to start becoming more sustainable and ethical in the bathroom, from changing your cleaning products to buying different brands. However, finding refillable shampoo, conditioner and body wash bottles can be tricky if there’s not one local to you. An easier alternative is buy soap – yes, even for your hair! Lots of companies are now doing shampoo and conditioner bars for all hair types, and most come with tins you can store them in to keep your bathroom tidy and avoid that puddle of soap scum forming on your bath and sink. We’re fans of Haeckels Seaweed Block and this coconut-based shampoo from Lush.
Swap Your Shopping Bags
This has been taking off since all supermarkets began charging for plastic shopping bags and it’s amazing to witness so many people with their own bags at the store. However, we all sometimes run out of spare canvas bags to use, forgetting them or just preferring to buy and reuse. This July, see if you can avoid buying any plastic bags from the shops full stop, and instead invest in one or two plastic free bags that are big enough for your shopping. STARSEEDS are proud to have supported the SQUAЯE bag on their journey to launch.
Clean Up Your Kitchen
It’s easy to focus on your plastic packaging and containers such as your washing up liquid bottle, when thinking about going plastic free in the kitchen. But most of our sponges and brushes are made from plastic or non-biodegradable fibres. An easy way to change up your washing up tools is swapping the sponge for cotton cleaning cloths, swapping your brush for a wooden brush with plant made bristles and swapping a scouring sponge for a stainless steel scourer. The key to making this as easy and sustainable as possible is by buying several cotton cloths, and washing them on rotation, and then recycling your stainless steel scourer when it’s beyond saving.