The announcement of Coles and Woolworths phasing out plastic bags over the next 12 months is good news for the environment.
I’ve only recently been convicted of my use of plastic bags after reading more about where these bags end up and how they can be detrimental to sea life. Clean up Australia estimate 3.76 billion bags or 20,700 tonnes of plastic are disposed of in landfill sites throughout Australia every year. Australians dump 429,000 bags every hour. That’s a lot of plastic.
The more I read, the more I understand our need to make better decisions on the products we use every day to make a difference to what ends up in landfill.
As a result we’ve put together some products you might consider swapping to make your home more eco-friendly.
8 Easy Swaps for an Eco-Friendly Home
1. Swap plastic produce bags for these recyclable farmers market bags to put fruit and veggies in when grocery shopping.
2. Swap plastic straws for stainless steel straws. This set comes with a cleaning brush.
3. Refill a Biodegradable coffee cup instead of purchasing your coffee in paper cups that can’t be recycled.
4. Put your own tea leaves in reusable tea bags.
5. Swap paper towels with these reusable towlettes when wiping up spills.
6. Swap plastic wrap for Beeswax wraps when wrapping food for lunches.
7. Apply makeup or wipe makeup away with reusable makeup pads.
8. Stop buying plastic water bottles and bring your own glass bottle and refill with water as needed.
A few simple lifestyle changes and swaps can not only reduce landfill, but save you money as you don’t have to keep buying them on repeat. What swaps have you made to reduce your contribution to landfill?
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