25 Day to Day Swaps to Reusable or Lower Waste Alternatives

Feb 27, 2020 Reusable alternatives

I resisted the urge to put ‘simple swaps’ because they’re not always simple. It’s a worthwhile but challenging endeavour to switch to low waste alternatives. It often requires planning, preparation and restraint, all of which can induce decision fatigue in even the most motivated individuals! I love the quote by Anne Marie Bonneau ‘We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly’. The idea behind drawing up this list is one of hope and inspiration to nudge the everyday choices that we make in our lives towards swaps that work for us and the world. It is not supposed to feel like an impossible list of zero waste ideals that we must all be implementing every second of every day.

“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing zero waste imperfectly” Anne-Marie Bonneau

1. Reusable water bottle

2. Reusable coffee cups

3. Reusable cleaning cloths

4. Bamboo washing up scrubbing brushes

5. Buy second hand clothes and linens

6. Reusable shopping bags

7. Bamboo toothbrushes

8. Reusable stainless steel safety razor

9. Shampoo bar

10. Soap bar

11. Refillable washing up liquid

12. Reusable eco-egg instead of laundry powder/liquid

13. Buy loose fruits and vegetables

14. Buy unpackaged bread

15. Beeswax wraps instead of sandwich bags or cling film

16. Re-use glass jars or other already owned containers or bowls to store food at home

17. Get a veg box

18. Find a milk man

19. Minimise cleaning products. Opt for DIY versions using vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and washing up liquid

20. Find a plastic free deodorant

21. Find a plastic free loo roll like ‘Who Gives a Crap’

22. Try wooden pencils or pen and ink rather than disposable plastic biros.

23. Opt for colouring pencils over felt tips

24. Buy second hand electronics where possible

25. Buy second hand furniture

By Hannah