Daily Plastic Items to Swap for Eco Friendly Alternatives
Plastic is everywhere in our lives and reducing the amount of plastic we use can be a little daunting and feel a little overwhelming. Where do I start? What do I replace it with? Can I afford it?
Going single use plastic free doesn’t happen overnight and doesn’t have to be hard. Just by making more daily conscious choices about what plastics we can do without, having resources and sustainable options readily available and by replacing our single use plastic items with more sustainable alternatives, we can all, bit by bit, item by item, make a huge difference.
Not sure where to start? Neither was I. So I have made a list 11 plastic items that we may use daily and eco friendly alternatives to swap them with, or consider, to start you off.
TAKE AWAY COFFEE CUPS
This was the world’s first barista standard reusable cup! Designed in Melbourne and made in Australia and the U.K. The team at Keep Cup are dedicated to ensuring the world no longer needs, wants or uses disposable coffee cups. With a variety of sizes available there is a Keep Cup for every type of coffee or tea lover. Made from tempered soda lime glass, Keep Cups are light weight, durable and shock resistant. The Natural upcycled cork around the middle is fully compostable and they are BPA and BPS free!
Pottery for the planet is the original ceramic reusable coffee cup. Made on the Sunshine Coast, this company started out making limited edition pieces to help raise money for environmental causes. They are all about encouraging people to buy handmade, local and sustainable to reduce our waste. Each cup is made from vitrified ceramic and fitted with a 100% silicone lid. With a huge array of sizes and stunning colour combinations, you are sure to find the perfect cup for all your coffee needs.
Forgot your reusable cup? No problem!
Started by two dads trying to make a difference, Green Caffeen is a swap and go scheme that is passionate about reducing land fill. Green Caffeen works on subscription, for a small $4.99 a month and with that you can go into any participating cafe and get your reusable cup with your coffee order. When you have finished your coffee, take back to the cafe, or another participating cafe – you don’t even have to wash it! Now there is an option for when you forget your own reusable cup! Made is Australia and BPA free, Green Caffeen are on a mission to save 1 million disposable coffee cups from landfill by the end of 2019.
PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE
Water3 is an Australian company on a mission to eliminate single use plastic bottles by providing refill stations that dispense chilled spring water as well as sparkling, from the Sunshine Coast to Byron Bay from as little as $1
Water3 bottles are made from tough reusable, and recyclable stainless steel so they won’t get damp condensation on the exterior! Another cool feather is the intuitive RFID chip in the bamboo lid. Register your bottle on the app, upload money and then simply swipe the lid at refill stations to fill up with cold water!
Every time you refill, another plastic bottle is stopped from entering the environment. Water3 is committed to preserving our environment and profits go towards funding local cleanup and marine life rescue initiatives.
TAKE AWAY JUICE CUPS
Ever Eco is a sustainable lifestyles essentials company that aims to replace single use plastic. Made from stainless steel, double walled and vacuum insulated these tumblers will keep your juice or smoothie cold for 8 hours. Each come with a sliding lid for easy sipping, but are not leakproof, so transport in an upright position. They come in beautiful soft colours and practical and easy to drink from with or without a straw.
This is a new Australian designed and owned company who want to make a real positive impact on the world. The Smoothie Cup is stylish with pantone colours and is a one size fits all, with measurements on the side of all industry standard smoothie and juice sizes. Made from strong light weight borosilicate glass and fully enclosed in an easy to clean food grade 100% BPA free silicone sleeve. The cup comes with a reverse hot and cold silicone lid, stainless steel straw and plastic free dribble/carry bag. They are currently in their pre order stage but are definitely a brand to keep an eye on.
Take at a look at their reusable coffee cups which are also a one size fits all! They are stunning.
PRODUCE BAGS/SHOPPING BAGS
Khaki Carriers are an Australian company established by a group who wish to influence positive change by being kind to the earth without compromising on style. Made from 100% cotton, Khaki Carriers strive to provide quality, recyclable carriers for your everyday needs and are designed to withstand everyday use for any task.
The Gypsy Grocer is a small family run business whose passion is to create an eco-friendly environment by making handmade and eco-friendly reusable net bags.
$1 from every purchase is donated to Australian Marine Conservation Society, Australia’s only charity dedicated exclusively to protecting ocean wildlife and their homes.
In Australian alone, each year 30 million toothbrushes end up in landfill, contributing to 1000 tonnes of waste.
Bare Brush has a vision and mission to guide humanity to optimal oral and environmental health through education and natural products that give us all something to smile about.
Bare Brush toothbrushes are a sustainably sourced, hand-crafted and 100% biodegradable. The bristles are naturally anti-microbial and each toothbrush is sent in a 100% linen bag so there is no plastic packaging.
Kappi Life is an Australian Eco brand that stocks vegan friendly products and is passionate about replacing the worst single use plastics with stylish reusables.
Kappi Life stock sustainably sourced Eco Bamboo Toothbrushes. Toothbrushes ideally should be replaces every 3 months so Kappi Life toothbrushes conveniently come in a 4 pack, with each brush marked with a different symbol, representing each of the four seasons.
Bristles are medium and completely BPA and vegan. The handle is made from sustainably sourced bamboo and is biodegradable and can be composted.
Kappi is also a member of the 1% of the Planet Global Network. They donate 1% of total sales to approved nonprofit partners each year, who focus solely on finding solutions to some of the worst environmental issues facing the planet today.
Reusable food wraps that are 100% Australian designed and manufactured near Bryon Bay.
Made with 100% certified organic cotton, Australian beeswax, organic coconut oil, tree resin and Australian jojoba oil. These bees wax wraps are so eco-friendly that when you are finished with them you can put them straight in your worm farm or compost.
This Australian company is committed to living greener and giving back. Each year they help a number of schools and community projects by fundraising their green activities.
Gypsy Vibes is small company passionate about creating waste-free awareness by providing beautiful plastic free, reusable alternatives.
Their reusable steel rose gold razor comes in a pack with 10 pack razor blades, a wooden shave brush and a vegan shave soap bar.
Modern razor heads are made of so much plastic and rubber that they cannot be recycled and as a result, millions of disposable razor heads end up in landfill every year. They also end up costing a lot of money, so save yourself some dollars and save the environment by switching to a Kappi Life razor.
All razors use a single, metal razor blade that can be recycled once you have finished with them.
Ok, I know toilet paper is made of paper, but what about the packaging it comes in and the paper it is made of?
Who gives a crap is Australia’s number one toilet paper made with environmental friendly materials and completely made without trees.
Who gives a crap started their company when they learnt that roughly 40% of the global population didn’t have access to a toilet. They donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.
They have two options of toilet paper – one made with 100% recycled paper and the other made with 100% forest friendly bamboo. Both types are super soft and contain no inks, dyes or scents.
All toilet paper comes in paper and packaged in cardboard boxes so there is no sign of plastic anywhere.
TAKE AWAY CONTAINERS/PLASTIC CONTAINERS
Seed and Sprout Co is an Eco store located in Byron Bay.
Their eco stow set is the perfect way to transition from plastic to a reusable option. These containers are toxic-free with borosilicate glass and sustainable bamboo lid.
Every order included a 100% compostable and plantable seed card with real seeds. Every purchase, Seed and Sprout Co plant a tree in an area of need.
Seed and Sprout Co aim to encourage more people to make small but achievable changes to reduce their plastic use so we can have a positive impact on our environment.
Coral Tree is a wooden sunglass company from FNQ Australia that make sustainable, biodegradable and unique sunglasses from environmentally friendly and sustainable materials. Each frame is crafted from carefully selected sustainable hardwoods and the lenses are made out of a biodegradable plastic derived from plant fibres with a UV400 and polarized protection.
Every aspect of their packaging is made with recycled and/or biodegradable materials and all products are designed with the environment at the forefront.
These beautifully designed eco-friendly phone cases are the world’s first truly sustainable phone case. The phone case is a zero waste product and are durable, BPA free and 100% compostable.
Pelacase is on a mission to create a waste free future and is a proud member of 1% for the planet.
iBark created the world’s first iPhone case made from corn and Australian hardwood. Proudly made in Byron Bay, iBark have created a durable, protective and stylish phone case that would not end up in the oceans or landfill as they compost after only nine months in the compost.
These are just a few examples of single use plastic swaps, if you have any other ideas, suggestions or know of another great company doing great things to reduce single use plastic please comment below and we can continue to add to this list to make the swap from single use plastic to eco-friendly alternatives more accessible.