THE SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE
Use a reusable bag when shopping. To ensure durability throughout your shopping trip, look into Jute shopping bags – they can hold a fair bit of weight and accompany you for a long while. Remember that Jute is plant fibre that is rapidly renewable and durable!
Further to the above, you could also use mesh fruit and veg bags when shopping, so you do not need to use the unnecessary plastic bags that stare you in the face every time you go to grab your 5-a-day!
We recommend using a water bottle or a flask for both cold and hot beverages when you’re out and about. We would not recommend reusing a plastic bottle; as much as you may think you’re doing the environment good by reusing that plastic bottle, you could be causing harm to yourself. To put it simply, plastic will start to break down and in between the cracks of your reused plastic bottle, harmful bacteria can begin to breed. Plus, reusing your bottle can give a foul taste when you consume, and water is meant to be refreshing! Right?
Nowadays you can purchase stainless steel and bamboo straws as an alternative to plastic straws! Most sustainable straws come with a travel case so there is no excuse for you not to have your straw hidden away in a compartment of your bag whatever size the bag may be.
Don’t buy fruit juice in plastic bottles, eat fruit instead or make your own fresh-squeezed juice. Not only does this cut down on plastic waste, but it’s also better for you because you’ll be getting more vitamins and antioxidants.
Here are a few suggestions regards the sustainable alternatives from Adrian Warwick, Founder and Managing Director of don’t break 345. Make a positive change and help make a big difference.
Disposal of your rubbish
When disposing your rubbish, dispose of it correctly. Make sure you use the correct recycling facilities for the correct materials it requests. If there are no facilities within convenient distance, then consider taking it home with you to then dispose of it correctly. Whatever you do, do not litter.
Use matches instead of lighters. It’s simple really – most lighters are made from plastic and we would be interested to understand what you do with them once you have run out of lighter fluid? We do understand that you can refill your lighter with more fluid, but would it not be eco-friendlier to use matches instead? As Bodie Thoene once said, “What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient”.
Are you hungry?
Avoid using plastic utensils such as plastic forks, plastic knives, plastic sporks and plastic spoons. Instead look into sustainable alternatives such as bamboo cutlery sets or even using your own cutlery from your kitchen.
Nappies! According to the EPA, 7.6 billion pounds of disposable nappies are discarded in the U.S. each year. Plus, it takes about 80,000 pounds of plastic and more than 200,000 trees a year to manufacture disposable nappies for American babies alone. By simply switching to cloth nappies, you’ll not only reduce your baby’s carbon footprint, you will also save money.
Use soap bars instead of shower gel and soap dispensers. Yes, we appreciate soap bars can be overlooked from a hygiene perspective but if that concerns you, you can purchase soap bars for each member of the family to use individually! As we venture further into the bathroom, maybe you could consider using a bamboo toothbrush rather than a plastic toothbrush. Ask yourself, where does your toothbrush go once you have bought a new one? Your bamboo alternative is biodegradable!