In a world of convenience, for better or for worse disposable products have become the norm. But now that we are learning more about the harm that many of these products cause to the environment, there has been a big shift towards ditching the disposables and learning to adopt more sustainable habits. So how can we do our bit for the planet? What is the best way to ditch disposables and what can we use instead?
Ditch Shampoo Bottles and Use Shampoo Bars
Shampoo and shower gels come in plastic bottles that can be harmful for the environment. Indeed, when you consider that more than eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans every year, it quickly becomes apparent that this is one area where you can make a difference. By purchasing shampoo bars and bars of soap instead, you can make a real difference. Shampoo bars last twice as long as bottles of shampoo and if packaged, they will be in recyclable materials.
Ditch Dryer Sheets for Dryer Balls
Manufacturers of tumble dryers often recommend that we use dryer sheets to keep our clothes smelling nice and static-free. The reality is that clothing dries just as well in a tumble dryer without any sheets. You can even do away with fabric softener without any negative side effects. But if you do feel that you need something to soften your laundry, you could try wooden tumble dryer balls instead. These balls are natural and can be used up to a thousand times.
Ditch Disposable Diapers for Reusable Cloth Ones
Disposable diapers are definitely one convenient habit that might be hard to break, but cloth diapers are much better for the environment. Indeed, even with the cost associated with washing them, it still works out cheaper to reuse than to buy disposables. While you are at it, you could also ditch disposable wipes for your baby and invest in some reusable wipes. Cloth wipes are kinder to baby’s skin, better for the environment, and will save you money.
Ditch Single-Use AA Batteries for USB C Rechargeable AA Batteries
While you’re at it, why not ditch all your single-use batteries and invest in a set of rechargeable batteries of all sizes. Yes, the initial cost of buying rechargeable batteries will be higher than the cost of single-use alternatives, but according to the experts at Pale Blue Earth, using rechargeable smart batteries will save you a ton of money over time and is much kinder to the planet to boot. With the ability to charge the batteries hundreds of times, you won’t have to worry about running out of batteries for your gadgets.
Ditch Disposable Razors for Reusable Safety Razors
Disposable plastic razors are still massive, but safety razors are definitely becoming more popular among those looking to move away from single-use or disposable products. With a safety razor, all that needs to be replaced is the blade when it dulls, reducing the impact on landfill. Some reusable razors can hold a variety of razor types too, which will accommodate different shaving needs.
Ditch Plastic Straws for Environmentally Friendly Alternatives
Many big companies have already moved away from providing plastic drinking straws and are now offering recyclable paper straws instead. At home, you can also use paper straws or, even better, invest in some reusable bamboo or metal straws that can be washed and used again and again.
Make the Change
Single-use products often end up in landfill because they cannot be recycled. This waste is affecting air pollution and contributing to climate change. Ditching the disposables is everyone’s responsibility for a better world.