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Easy Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste in Your Home

The general popular consensus is that we, as a collective, need to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle. We’ve seen supermarkets ban plastic bags, fast food outlets move away from straws and a general surge towards a sense of climate consciousness. Our government might quite not be there but there certainly is a people power movement that’s seen many of us thinking green.

Here are some easy, straightforward ways you can reduce plastic waste in your house. It’s overwhelming to try and change everything at once so if you chip away at these, little by little, you’ll be able to be proud of your rapidly shrinking carbon footprint. Every little bit counts.

Here are the little bits that you can start doing today.

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Start Small to Reduce Plastic Waste in Your Home

Did you know that there are over 23 MILLION PLASTIC TOOTHBRUSHES that go into landfill each year? 23 million! When you start looking at cold hard facts like that it makes it a no-brainer to look for creative ways to reduce personal waste.

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  • Water Bottles

Disposable water bottles (as well as any plastic bottle) are an absolute scourge on our environment. Needless, constant waste borne purely of convenience. It’s one of our most pertinent environmental issues but it’s one that’s also in our power to help stop.

Take your own water bottle (and grab some for the kids as well) and use it. Make it part of your routine. You’ll be able to track your water consumption and you’ll know that you’re doing your bit, however small, to cut down on plastic bottle waste that creates landfill and is often found in our waterways and oceans. If you can’t help but use a plastic bottle, ensure you recycle it appropriately.

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  • Let’s Talk Periods

Tampons and pads have long been a necessary evil when it comes to creating waste. There are now a wide variety of products on the market to help you make a difference and to cut down on the personal waste you’re producing.

You could try a menstrual cup, otherwise known as a moon cup. These are inserted into your body and they capture your period blood. You then wash out the waste and pop it back in, ready to go for round two.

There are also a variety of period-proof underwear on the market. These are very easy to use – you simply hand wash them at the end of the day before popping them in the washing machine. They don’t smell or leak and they present a great opportunity to cut down on plastic waste.

  • Moving Away from The Plastics

Many supermarkets shrink wrap their vegetable produce. An easy way to cut down on plastic waste in your home is to refuse to buy them! Put your money where your mouth is and spend it at organic grocers instead. The prices are often cheaper and the food is often fresher and of better quality! This unnecessary waste in supermarkets needlessly contributes to pollution and waste – but it’s easy for you to say NO!

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  • Keep It, Don’t Wrap It

Invest in containers rather than relying on Glad Wrap (or similar) to store your leftovers. Use those discarded takeaway containers to keep food fresh for longer in your freezer.

You can now buy even more sustainable food wrappings if you look for biodegradable packaging. It’s often sold at markets or on the internet. A nice little beeswax wrap is reusable and significantly cuts down on plastic waste.

  • Recycle What You Can

Ensure that you follow the guidelines listed on your recycling bin as to what waste goes where. Create a compost garden to recycle vegetable scraps (and attract some cute little worms that the kids will love!). Many states have bottle and can recycling programs so get the kids involved (and they can earn a little cash on the side).

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The Importance of Reducing Plastic Waste in Your Home

There are many ways that you can reduce plastic waste in the home and teach your children about the importance of sustainability. We cannot bury our heads in the sand about this important environmental issue, nor can we expect other people to be the ones to effect change. It’s up to each and every one of us to reduce plastic waste wherever and however we can while we wait for our governments to catch up and get with the program.



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31 Comments

  1. 04/03/2019 / 7:44 am

    I’ve started taking the small bottles and plastics to the return and earn thing, so at least I know they’re really getting recycled. I’ve also got handmade muslin bags to use for loose veges (like beans) at the shop. I love these toothbrushes too.

    • Barbara Fehmel
      18/03/2019 / 1:33 pm

      Good on you for taking the step to bAN PLASTICS. If every site did this we would be clear of this dreaded monster quickly.

  2. 04/03/2019 / 10:27 am

    We’ve still got a long way to go but I guess you have to start somewhere. We use beeswax wraps instead of snaplock bags and plastic wrap, we recycle a lot and are now starting to take the plastics, glass and aluminium to the depot in return for cash. It’s only recently been introduced where we live. I’m also seriously considering trying a menstrual cup and have heard only great things about them.

  3. May
    04/03/2019 / 11:15 am

    Get the kids involved! Teach them about recycling and making better choices for the environment. That way they make better choices too and remind you to do so as well.

    • Anna
      18/03/2019 / 2:18 pm

      We use cloth nappies and also reusable baby wipes! It’s actually easier than to use people think, once you get into the routine of washing and folding!

  4. 04/03/2019 / 1:20 pm

    I keep seeing those bamboo toothbrushes everywhere! I must try them!
    I’ve been trying to reduce and recycle more. I’ve been taking the softer plastics to the local shop as they collect them for recycling and I’ve been using Norwex to reduce the need for multiple cleaning products. I often reuse gift wrap and gift bags too. Every little bit helps!

  5. 04/03/2019 / 2:19 pm

    Absolutely start with avoiding cling wrap or plastic boxes or utensils and also recycle is the key. Boo boo brushes are our fav too

  6. 04/03/2019 / 8:07 pm

    We do the recycle here as part of the bin service. I am also glad that our council has a pick up service 6 times a year for things that are too big. I would like to embrace the fewer plastic bottles but need specific sizes for my bag.

    Many good ideas here. Thanks for sharing them and continuing the link up!

    Denyse x

  7. Rebecca Costa
    06/03/2019 / 8:21 am

    I use own shopping bags for groceries and try to use containers more for freezing food rather then using freezer bags.

  8. Jody Smith
    06/03/2019 / 2:28 pm

    I wrap dirty nappies in newspaper

  9. Carmel Corry
    06/03/2019 / 6:32 pm

    Have been wanting to try these brushes for quite a while. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  10. Bec Goodwin-Parry
    06/03/2019 / 6:47 pm

    We made the move to reusable drink bottles a few years ago. I love my stainless steel straws and smoothie cups and have converted friends and shop owners to using them, they even ask me if I have my cup /straw when I order 🌿

  11. Nicole Marie Williams
    06/03/2019 / 8:27 pm

    Recycle everything we can, use reusable shopping bags, stainless steel straws and refill Tupperware bottles instead of buying bottled water

  12. Samara McRae
    06/03/2019 / 9:09 pm

    Re-usable shopping bags, beesewax food wraps, reusable yoghurt pouches for school lunches, nude lunchboxes, keep cups for coffee, stainless steel water bottles. Gosh, so many other ways.

  13. Robyn Keramidas
    08/03/2019 / 7:07 pm

    Wrap gifts in reusable fabric, I like to use tea towels. We also use solid shampoo bars instead of liquid shampoo ( too much waste with the plastic bottles, pumps etc).

  14. Dana Flannery
    11/03/2019 / 10:09 am

    We have a no rubbish policy at our school. No bins on campus. All lunch waste needs to be taken home and they do random “open your lunch box and lets talk waste” occasions where kids are taught about plastic waste. They then feel “shamed” and bring that message home. Irks me but it works too. Nothing disposable in our lunch boxes ever. It wasn’t that hard to change frankly, just bought some reusable containers and it’s cheaper to buy a “bulk pack” and put some in lunch boxes than to buy ten tiny bagged versions for three times the price.

  15. Sarahmary
    12/03/2019 / 4:56 pm

    We recycle everything carefully for a start but we also keep our home free of plastic bags and have just started using metal straws

  16. Maggie Karner
    14/03/2019 / 10:07 am

    I changed over to bamboo toothbrushes about 8 months ago. They are great. I have for the past two years been converting everything over to eco-friendly. This wasn’t very difficult as I already lived in a time warp period of yesteryear. I have though taken to using beeswax wraps. These are fantastic. The same as making my own cleansers and cleaners. A thought for other readers. When buying many products in stores you are paying for them to have already added the water content, then you have to carry that water content home. If you are unable to make your own, try to buy concentrated products. This reduces the packaging and you can add your own water once at home.

  17. Lesley Olariu
    16/03/2019 / 11:14 am

    Always wanted to try these! Love my beeswax wraps, glass containers and soapberries but thes would be another step to becoming more sustainable and living as plastic free as possible!

  18. Leanne white
    16/03/2019 / 11:50 am

    We avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic. Even those that appear to be cardboard are coated in a thin layer of plastic. Plus you’ll be eating fewer processed foods

  19. Carmel Corry
    17/03/2019 / 4:23 pm

    We have been using washable sandwich wraps for several years. Not the wax ones, but I’d like to try those one day .

  20. Lindsay
    17/03/2019 / 5:01 pm

    I use containers to store food instead of plastic wrap.

  21. Sarah
    17/03/2019 / 6:14 pm

    Thank you. So informative! Hope i win! X 😊

    • Sarah
      17/03/2019 / 6:16 pm

      I make my own bread daily, carry a metal straw and reusable coffee cup in my handbag, and buy from farmers markets.

  22. Deborah Bolam
    18/03/2019 / 9:49 am

    I have reusable drink bottles and don’t purchase bottled water anymore bought a filter for the kitchen tap

  23. Lisa
    18/03/2019 / 10:32 am

    I carry a bunch of reuseable mesh bags to use when grocery shopping instead of plastic produce bags. Everyone in my family has a reuseable water bottle which we all carry, and my husband and I also have keep cups for the morning coffees. In fact, I have several, at home, in the office and in the car. My handbag has a set of stainless steel straws as well as a set of cutlery for when we are out instead of using plastic. Any single use plastic that makes its way into our house is kept and put into the redcycle plastic recycling bins next time we do grocery shopping

  24. Sarah
    18/03/2019 / 11:12 am

    We use non plastic drink bottles only, take our keep cups everywhere for coffee and take all our own shopping bags everywhere we go. Thereare many more things we’d like to implement too!

  25. 18/03/2019 / 12:23 pm

    We are buying toilet paper through Who Gives A crap, I use cloth pads and we’ve used cloth nappies for a kids. I have just started trialing a deoderant balm from a local place that comes in a glass jar. So far so good!

  26. claire evans
    18/03/2019 / 12:46 pm

    buy local at markets so we use our own bags and no packaging as we pick and pack

  27. Mel
    18/03/2019 / 6:08 pm

    I just try to avoid all single use plastics, if I have to use them I try to reuse them instead of throwing them away

  28. Amelia
    19/03/2019 / 2:19 pm

    We use cloth nappies, bamboo toothbrushes, keep all our soft plastics for recycling or reuse and we always carry a bag so we don’t need to take plastic with us. We’ve begun taking fabric bags for fruit and veges too so we can stop using the thin plastics used to put veges in at the supermarket

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