A project in our house is to use less plastic. When I realised exactly how much affect plastic has on our health and environment I decided that I wanted to phase it out (as much as possible) from our home. Naturskyddsföreningen has a wide range of articles about the effects of plastic at their website (in Swedish). I don´t think that we will ever have a completely plastic free home but I believe that a little plastic is better than a lot of it.
Once we started to get rid of our plastic stuff we realised that we needed something to replace it with. Luckily there are many great web shops for a plastic free household. In this post I am going to share a few things that we have replaced our old plastic with.
In the picture above you see Bee´s Wrap. Bee´s Wrap is a muslin cloth covered in beeswax and it´s an alternative to plastic for food storage. You may for example use it to seal the top of a bowl or to wrap it around halved fruits and vegetables. You simply use your hands to shape it and it will stay in that shape. The best thing is that it is reusable which means that you can clean it and use it over and over again. You can buy it here and here.
These cups are from Biobu by Ecobo and they are made of biodegradable bamboo fibre. You can also buy cutlery, bowls, plates and trays in the same material. This is a great alternative for all the plastic cups, bowls, plates and cutlery you get for your children. They are also great to bring on picnics and excursions. You can find products from Biobu by Ecobo here and here.
Another thing we wished to replace was disposable cleaning supplies for the kitchen. I have consumed many dish sponges in my life and I am happy that we have now found a functional replacement. You will find plastic free cleaning supplies here and here.
We also decided to get rid of our plastic food storage like lunch boxes and so on. The natural alternatives in this case are made in glass and stainless steel. You can buy them here and here.
Finally I want to add that phasing out plastic is a long-term project that requires a bit of devotion. Plastic can by very convenient and you may need some time to adjust to life without it. Another aspect is of course that it costs to replace all your stuff. Some of the alternatives to plastic may seem expensive but don´t forget that most of these products are reusable and last for a very long time. I hope that I have given you some inspiration with this post. I will continue to share more alternatives to plastic.