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5 Easy Product Swaps for a Greener Lifestyle
Why make something that is meant to be used once, but will take hundreds or thousands of years to decompose? This is the problem with single-use plastics. They can't be reused and end up just causing a lot of waste. If you're looking for easy ways to reduce your waste and make greener choices, check out these 5 reusable items to replace single-use plastics in your life!
1. Bamboo Toothbrushes
Bamboo toothbrushes are a super easy swap to make! They're just as affordable as plastic toothbrushes but decompose in much less time. The next time you are looking to replace your toothbrush, consider buying a bamboo one. Swap it out every 3-4 months, just like you do with your plastic toothbrush. The best part? The bristles can be recycled, and the handle can be thrown into your compost bin!
2. Reusable Grocery and Produce Bags
By now most of us know about reusable grocery bags, but did you know you could get reusable produce bags too? Instead of using the bags the store provides, consider bringing your own. Reusable produce bags are lightweight mesh and come in a variety of sizes. You can store your produce in them at home or throw it in the washing machine in-between grocery store trips.
3. Shower Bars and Refillable Shower Products
Bathroom products have come a long way towards being more sustainable. Instead of getting your body wash, shampoo, and conditioner in disposable plastic bottles, consider getting them as bars. Several companies make bars for all sorts of products, including for hair! If bars aren't your thing, many cities now have stores where you can buy refills of liquid bathroom products. You just bring in your own reusable container (or purchase one if it's your first time) and fill it up. These stores base the cost on weight, so they help you weigh your container before and after refilling to ensure the most accurate price.
4. Reusable Food Storage Bags
Instead of reaching for expensive disposable sandwich and snack bags, consider making a one-time purchase of silicone reusable food storage bags. These bags contain no plastic and are food safe. You can wash them between uses and they come in a variety of sizes and colors. You can use them to store leftovers, carry snacks in your purse, or to pack your lunch.
5. Beeswax Food Wraps
Did you know that you don't need to use disposable plastic wrap? New reusable wraps made of beeswax are now on the market. They can be easier to use than plastic wrap, as they are not as flimsy. They can also create a watertight seal if applied properly. Besides being reusable, they also come in a variety of colors and patterns that can fit the theme of your kitchen.
Swapping out single-use plastics is easier than you think, but it can feel overwhelming when you don't know where to start. By swapping out plastic for the products mentioned above, you will be well on your way towards a greener lifestyle.