Our world is full of disposable, single-use plastics. From the oceans and waterways, to the side of the road, to our local stores and even in our home it can often feel impossible to try and kick the plastic habit. However, there are a ton of reusable plastic alternatives that can help you weave this into your lifestyle one step at a time. Speaking from experience, I can personally attest to the fact that awareness is key and simple actions truly add up, but like so many things, the first step is often the hardest and biggest obstacle to overcome.
So, if you are looking to cut back, here are 5 of the best reusable plastic alternatives to single-use, disposable plastics used in your everyday life.
Stainless Steel or Glass Food Storage Containers
When you can, replace your old plastic tupperware with one made of stainless steel or glass materials. No matter your stance on the harmful effects of the chemical BPA (Bisphenol A, that has been accused of causing cancer and acting as estrogen in the body, otherwise known as an endocrine disruptor) it’s always best to choose non-plastic items. Use a stackable, stainless steel lunchbox set like Cal Tiffin or my favorite, clear glass containers by Prep Naturals, so you can see what leftovers are hiding in your fridge and avoid wasting food.
Reusable Stainless Steel Straws
Straws suck. Plastic straws suck even more. These single-use items are used ubiquitously in restaurants, bars, smoothie stands and even children’s drinks but ironically, are one of the most harmful and polluted plastic items in the world. According to A Strawless Ocean, we use up to 500 million straws per day. While the best option is always to go strawless and stop sucking, a stainless steel straw is a great alternative. Check out the set of 8 stainless steel straws in different shapes by Yihong.
Put plastic wrap at the very top of your list of everyday single-use plastic items to ditch for-ev-er. Abeego Beeswax Food Storage Wrap is plastic-free, reusable, breathable and even compostable so it can break down, unlike plastic. You’d be surprised how many other ways there are to store food when you commit to no longer using plastic wrap and Abeego is just one of them!
Organic Cotton Produce Bags
Great for storing fresh fruits and veggies or even a loaf of bread, organic cotton produce bags can help you kick the plastic habit and significantly cut back on single-use plastics. Consider how many times you automatically grab one at the store for your apples or loose carrots and instead swap them out for a reusable item like a set of 6 washable cotton bags from Simple Ecology. They are easy to use and can even be thrown in the wash when you need, plus, a great conversation starter with onlookers at the farmer’s market or grocery store.
Stainless Steel Water Bottles
Chances are you’ve heard about what a huge problem plastic water bottles are, but in case you haven’t (or just need a reminder), there are over 50 million plastic bottles that end up in landfills each year. Refusing plastic bottles and carrying around reusable bottles is a simple and significant way to make an impact. For a beautiful stainless steel option that’s great for both hot and cold liquids grab a S’well water bottle.