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10 Plastic-Free Swaps for a Greener 2024: Sustainable Living Made Easy

2023 was the hottest year on record, with multiple natural disasters attributed to climate change. As we step into 2024, it’s time to ramp up our efforts in tackling this global problem. It can feel helpless at times, but there are things we can do as individuals to lessen our impact, such as reducing our use of plastics. Let’s explore ten simple yet impactful changes you can incorporate into your daily routine for a greener tomorrow.

1. Reusable Water Bottles: Invest in a durable, BPA-free stainless steel or glass water bottle to stay hydrated on the go. By ditching single-use plastic bottles, you’ll not only reduce plastic waste but also save money in the long run.

2. Beeswax Wraps: Say goodbye to cling film and plastic sandwich bags by opting for beeswax wraps. These reusable wraps, made from cotton infused with beeswax, resin, and jojoba oil, are perfect for covering leftovers and packing lunches.

beeswax wraps pack of three sizes

3. Reusable Shopping Bags: Keep a stash of reusable shopping bags handy for grocery runs and errands. Opt for sturdy tote bags that can easily fit into your purse or backpack.

4. Stainless Steel Straws: Swap out disposable plastic straws for sleek stainless steel alternatives. Carry a reusable straw in your bag or invest in a set of stainless steel straws for home use. Plastic Free me has a range of these to choose from, check them out here.

metal straw two sizes with brush and bag

5. Bulk Buying: Reduce packaging waste by purchasing items in bulk whenever possible. Bring your own containers to refill pantry staples like grains, nuts, and spices at bulk stores or zero-waste shops, such as The Source bulk foods.

6. Metal Pegs: Forget plastic and wooden pegs that break. Invest in stainless steel pegs that won’t rust, break or get hot on the clothesline. See ours here.

stainless steel pegs rainbow 2mm in a. canvas bag

7. Sustainable Self Care: Replace plastic bottles of liquid soap and shampoo with package-free bar alternatives. Look for bar soaps and shampoo bars packaged in compostable materials or naked options from zero-waste brands. Stop buying plastic roll on deodorants and switch to natural deodorant pastes, we stock a range of these from local Gold Coast brand Rustic Peppermint.

styled shot of natural deodorant paste fresh pits alongside a green leaf

8. Reusable Coffee Cups: Kick the disposable coffee cup habit by bringing your own reusable cup to cafes and coffee shops. Many establishments offer discounts to customers who BYOC (bring your own cup), making it a win-win for your wallet and the planet.

9. Glass Containers: Invest in a set of glass food storage containers for storing leftovers and meal prep. Glass containers are not only safer for reheating food but also more durable and eco-friendly than plastic alternatives.

10. DIY Cleaning Products: Ditch plastic bottles of cleaning sprays and opt for DIY cleaning solutions made from simple, natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils. Not only are these homemade cleaners effective and eco-friendly, but they also reduce plastic packaging waste.

Making these plastic-free swaps may seem like small changes, but collectively, they can have a significant impact on reducing plastic pollution and promoting a more sustainable way of life. As we embark on the journey to a greener 2024, let’s embrace these eco-friendly alternatives and inspire others to join us in protecting the planet for future generations.

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