I’ve started to be a bit more environmentally-conscious in the past year or so. It was watching a show a few months ago around all the rubbish Australia was sending overseas that made me determined to take more steps to reduce my household waste.
Here’s a few things I’ve found helpful:
Beeswax wraps as an alternative to cling wrap or foil. I was sold after I used one to wrap my avocado smoothie. When I previously used cling wrap or a mason jar, I found that the top layer would oxidise. No oxidation after using beeswax wraps! The only downside is that since wraps are precut, it’s a bit awkward trying to fit a massive wrap on a smaller container, for example.
I bought mine from Beeswax Wraps Australia but there are a lot of other sellers out there.
Produce bags to wrap my fruit and veg in. I found that despite bringing my own grocery bags I would still use plastics to wrap my fresh produce in separately. Now I have to make sure I always bring them when shopping.
I got mine from Eco Shop Co, though similarly there are other brands out there.
Rollo wrap. I do a fair amount of baking and have gone through rolls of baking paper. This is a better alternative. (I still have a roll of baking paper left, but have been using it to trace over my sewing patterns.)
Reusable sanitary products. I’ve been using reusable sanitary products for the past 8 or so years. I highly recommend Wemoon, Thinx and Modibodi. (Some of my friends swear by their menstrual cups, but personally I’m a bit nervous to try them out.)
Reusable coffee cups and water bottles. I’m lucky to live in a country with potable tap water. I don’t see the point in buying bottled water, I just make sure to bring my bottles everywhere. I also have two KeepCups for when I buy takeaway coffee.
More ethical household products:
- Environmentally friendly toilet paper and paper towels. Trying to use less paper towels in general, but it’s hard!
- Palm-oil free anything (especially soaps), if I can help it. (I’ve been loving Only Good)
- Environmentally conscious cosmetics and toiletries
- Repairing things that can be repaired, like my shoes at Roger Shoe Repairs
- Buying local as much as possible
I have a long way to go, but at least it’s a start!