Plastic seems like an unavoidable part of modern life, but when you stop and think about the impact it’s having on our planet and our health, it’s hard not to feel motivated to reduce it.
One person who has made the move to ditch plastic is Andonia Kailis, co-founder of Thinc Eco – a lifestyle brand helping people cut down their plastic use.
“Plastic is made of crude oil and contains chemicals like BPA (Bisphenol-A), which do a great job at making plastic durable – too durable, in fact,” says Andonia. “Did you know that plastic can take up to 1000 years to break down?
As one of the biggest causes of pollution, more and more people are ditching plastic in favour of other, more sustainable, biodegradable and safe materials – like bamboo, wheat and organic cotton.
“Through Thinc Eco, we hope to do more than simply sell plastic-free products,” says Andonia. “We’re also here to educate our customers about the ways we can be more sustainable.”
Here are some simple ways you can reduce your plastic use at home…
Carry reusable bags
When you did your last grocery shop, which bags did you use? A lot of grocery stores still provide plastic bags for you to purchase, but an easy alternative to plastic are reusable produce bags. It’s a simple swap, so long as you remember to have them handy – we like to keep ours in our car.
Use your own containers
Plastic containers are becoming less and less common but, if you’re someone who is still using plastic containers to pack your lunch, consider an alternative material – like bamboo, for example. Bamboo is an extremely sustainable material and has antifungal properties, making it the perfect carrier for your lunch on the go.
Cut out packaged drinks & snacks
When buying drinks or snacks, consider how much packaging you’re picking up with each product – juices, water bottles, soft drink, chips, chocolate and lollies are all notoriously plastic-laden. Instead, try making your own! This won’t just help the planet, but will also save you a tonne of money and is much healthier. You can find a delicious and easy to make chocolate bark recipe here.
A great way to minimise your plastic use is to make your own cleaning essentials. A lot of the cleaning products sold at the supermarket are not only packaged in plastic, but also carry a lot of harmful chemicals – instead, try making your own all purpose cleaner to help banish unnecessary packaging.
Did you know that 3.5 billion toothbrushes are sold worldwide, every year? And that most of them get lost in the recycling process and end up in landfill, or worse – make their way into rivers and oceans? Plastic toothbrushes also take up to 400 years to decompose. By making the switch to a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush, you are taking a step in the right direction.