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6 Awesome Plastic Alternatives

Have you ever dreamed about saving the world, but not sure where to start? I know it seems a little obvious, but the best place to start is at home; in your day to day life. If you’re anything like I am, you usually want to skip the mundane details and launch straight into the big stuff; the stuff that we think makes the most impact. But really, the little things we do each day are the things that add up and make the difference.

Sourced from @plasticfreemermaid on Instagram

I’ve put together a list of 6 awesome plastic alternative products to welcome in to your life. At first, it can be a challenge remembering to use these items, but the more you become conscious of your actions, the easier it becomes. Sometimes we are so busy and in such a rush, we choose the most ‘convenient’ options out of habit, not thinking about the the effect it has on our environment.

I promise you that in no time, you’ll be a reusable product eco-warrior and you’ll be spreading the word across the globe!



Product #1 – Shopping Bags

Why should I get them? The average Australian uses 170 plastic bags every year. 150 million of these end up as litter, only 3% of them are currently being recycle and 200,000 bags are dumped in landfill every hour. That’s a lot of landfill for an average of 15 minutes of use.

Where can I buy them? Many shops are now selling reusable shopping bags, which is great! I bought the bags pictured in Primark (UK) and from SOS Tartarugas (Cabo Verde) – but I also have locally purchased bags from supermarkets and fashion stores and bags from my overseas travels – I usually bring them back as gifts for friends!

Where will I keep them? I keep mine in the car and in my handbag, there’s no way I could ever forget them!


Product #2 – Glass Coffee Cup

Why should I get one? 1 million disposable cups end up in landfill every minute. And even though compostable and biodegradable paper cups might sound better, they have to be processed in a commercial composting facility, not in household compost; they require a dedicated collection because waste sorting is unable to differentiate compostable cups from other disposable cups, meaning they all go to landfill.

Where can I buy one? The Developing Clean and Take 3 For The Sea are my favourites.

Where will I keep it? Home, work, car. That pretty much covers all bases!


Product #3 – Metal Straw

Why should I get one? Have you seen that heartbreaking video of the Sea Turtle with the straw up his nose? That’s why.

Where can I buy one? Take 3 For The Sea or if you’re feeling fancy, you can purchase a beautiful golden straw from the Clean Coast Collective.

Where will I keep it? I keep mine in my handbag so I can whip it out wherever I may be.


Product #4 – Water Bottle

Why should I get one? Bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to biodegrade and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes.

Where can I buy one? Earth Bottles have a great double insulated stainless steel bottle that can keep your water hot or cold. They come in different sizes too.

Where will I keep it? Mine is pretty much glued to my hands. I take it wherever I go and if I manage to forget it I feel completely naked and have to head to the water fountain!


Product #5 – Bamboo Toothbrush

Why should I get one? 

Sourced from @paulamuga on Instagram

Where can I buy one?
Head to over to The Developing Clean.

Where will I keep it? Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about forgetting this one! Just keep it in the bathroom!


Product #6 – Bamboo Hairbrush

Why should I get one? Bamboo Hair Brushes are stylish, practical, anti-static, anti-microbial and super eco-friendly.

Where can I buy one? Head to over to The Developing Clean.

Where will I keep it? Another easy one; just keep it on your dressing table!

Once you’ve got the hang of these, why not axe more plastic from your life and replace it with these fantastic alternatives?

Bamboo Cutlery Set
Beeswax Wraps
Metal Razor
Glass Storage Jars
Eco-Friendly Soap & Shampoo Bars

I hope this has helped inspire you to begin your journey to minimise your plastic footprint.

Please feel free to share any other tips you have or ask any questions.

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