My Plastic Free Life – A New and Better Way to Live

The sky is the limit when it comes to your regular household products becoming available in a plastic-free version! And it is becoming popular as we realize the extent to which plastic is devastating our oceans and in turn, our own health.

It is time we give plastic the cut!

We have become so dependent on plastic in almost everything we do, so much that we produce nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. That is a scary amount!

And then we dump more than 8 million tonnes of plastic into our oceans every year…

From all of this, the packaging is the largest use of plastic with it summing to 40% of plastic usage.

Why Should We Care About Protecting Our Oceans?

First off, every plastic material that was ever created, STILL LIVES HERE TODAY. What!

This is because plastic takes approximately 400 years to eventually, degrade in water.

  • Foam takes 50 years
  • Styrofoam takes 80 years, and
  • Aluminum takes a whopping 200 years!

Humans rely on our oceans for survival; it literally is needed for us to breathe air.

  • 70% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by marine plants
  • 97% of the Earths water supply is contained in the ocean
  • 30% of CO2 emissions produced by humans are absorbed by the oceans

Health Risks From Consuming Fish

It can also affect us when we consume fish; this is because the chemicals that run off into our oceans, such as pesticides, lead, and other heavy metals can contaminate water supplies and food chains through the marine life affected.

This can cause:

  • Hormonal Problems
  • Reproductive problems
  • Nervous System Damage
  • Kidney Damage

Additionally, bacteria turn metals like mercury into their most toxic form which is then absorbed by the plankton and then makes its way up the food chain until it is on your plate.

Mercury Exposure can cause:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Heart disease

Ditch Plastic For Good!

Just with this information, you can see the devastating effects it has on the earth and our own health.

So it is time to work together and make every plastic ditch count!

We are lucky to have companies that are providing us with products that are plastic-free, some products you would never have guessed to be able to go plastic-free.

Bamboo Toothbrushes

 

Bamboo toothbrushes are made from 100% biodegradable and sustainably grown bamboo. The bristles are made from nylon-6 bristles from Dupont. The packaging is also made from recyclable material.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Shampoo Bars

 

Plastic and 100% Palm oil free shampoo bar. Handmade from natural raw ingredients. Suitable for beards, hair and body washing!

For more information on Shampoo Bars, click here.

Reusable Bags

 

Organic cotton replacement to plastic bags! These chic, lightweight bags are perfect for daily essentials and groceries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zero Waste Heroes!

Thank you for taking the time to have a look and educate yourself on what’s out there that can help you combat plastic. It really is amazing to see so many products that are plastic free. Enjoy your zero waste shopping and feel free to throw me a comment below about anything related! Keen to hear your opinions and queries!

 

Yours Truly,

 

Danielle Packer

Founder of The Earth Co.

 

References:

Plastic Oceans Foundation. (n.d.). InfoGraphic: How Ocean Pollution Affects Humans – Plastic Oceans Foundation. [online] Available at: https://plasticoceans.org/infographic-ocean-pollution-affects-humans/ [Accessed 19 Jul. 2018].

 

20 thoughts on “My Plastic Free Life – A New and Better Way to Live

  1. Love love love your website! I really like the toothbrushes you showcased and I am going to check those out. I fish at a lot of lakes and see some of the trash, plastic bottles and bags and it makes me so sad for the marine life that are living their. I believe we should leave nature the way it was before we came if not better. We need more people who think like you. I thank you for this awesome blog!

    1. Thanks, David for your compliment! 🙂 Aw yes I agree with you when seeing so much rubbish floating in lakes or in the ocean, it just breaks your heart! Yes, we need to do more and inspire others as well 😀 Thanks for your positive energy!

  2. I can’t believe I’m reading this right now!

    There’s a documentary called “A Plastic Ocean”, it talks about the issue of plastic and how harmful the usage of plastic (all plastic) can be.

    A lot of the things that you’ve mentioned on your list are great alternatives for anyone looking to live a more plastic-free life.

    Thanks for sharing this, I know a lot of people who will appreciate reading this and benefit greatly from doing so.

    Question: What are some other plastic-free alternatives that we can use for our groceries that are sealed in plastic (e.g. bread, juice, milk etc..)?

    Do you know of any supermarkets (or grocery stores) that do not use plastic wrapping at all?

    I would love to hear back from you,

    – Emonne

    1. Hey! Great questions Emonne! For juice and milk, they are recyclable! And for packaging around bread, I have not heard of an alternative but I am sure one day soon they will use biodegradable wrapping 🙂

  3. Wow! I had no idea that many of these products even existed? Shampoo bar? Beeswax food wraps? I especially love the bamboo toothbrush. I am so happy that there has been so much innovation when it comes to reducing plastic waste. I need one of those straws as well! Thank you for this information!

    1. No problem Colleen! It is amazing how many products there are, and definitely encouraging 😀 The straws I have at home, and they are pretty great! 🙂

  4. Hi Danielle!

    What a wonderful site and article.

    I never knew that all these alternatives were available!

    I am definitely going to purchase some of these today! A bamboo tootbrush? how cool!

    Imagine me eating with a bamboo spoon at the office! wow….it addition to saving the planet it looks damm cool!

    I am bookmarking your site….anything for the planet!

    Ravi

    1. Wow, thanks so much Ravi! Your comment made me smile from your incredible enthusiasm to help our planet! Thanks again and best wishes 🙂

  5. This is a great post! I love all the different options to go waste free, there are so many more ways to do that than I realized!
    I particularly like the beeswax food savers, and plan on coming back through here to get them 🙂

    1. I am glad you like my post hannah! Yes, it is amazing how many ways there are to be eco-friendly, More then you would think! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I am keen to hear from you again 😀

  6. This is a very well put together post!

    You’re truly doing better for the planet, I never knew these alternatives even existed but I’m glad I know now.

    Hopefully this website becomes more popular, people need to know plastic is ruining the eco-system.

    1. Thank you so much! And yes a lot of people don’t know how many alternatives there are too plastic, but the message is spreading 🙂

  7. I love the idea of using products that won’t harm the environment. In my household, we use a lot of plastic bags so I’m really keen to try out the food waste bags. Thanks for sharing!

  8. i freakin love this website, i hate plastic, i remember raising my children and boiling glass baby bottles, it seemed so much more sanitary and safe, i live on the coast of New Jersey and there was just a big issue with all this trash that washed up on shore and most of it was plastic, i will spread the word about this site to try and educate more people about the dangers we are in for for my grandchildren and beyond, thank you so much

    1. Thank you Robert for your enthusiasm! I am so glad you like the website and want to educate more people about how to reduce plastic waste 🙂 Keep up the great work!

  9. Really love this post we need a lot more of them like this. A great and remarkable article that the whole world needs to know about. I did not know about all the products that are plastic free. Good job putting this post together keep up your amazing work.

    1. Thank you Fred! I appreciate your passion for the subject. It is amazing how many products can be plastic free, it is all about spreading awareness 🙂

  10. Hello Danielle,

    I couldn’t agree more! I completed all the courses for a graduate degree in Ocean and Coastal Studies and the effects of plastics and pollutants to the oceans and to our water in general is just terrifying. I have estrogen dominance myself and don’t know all the reasons but exposure to plastics can be one of them. This can cause serious heath problems.

    I love all the products you show here. I had never heard of some like the BeesWax Food Wraps! What a neat idea!

    Thanks,
    Jessica

    1. Thanks, Jessica for commenting! That is really great to hear how informed you are about the impacts plastics have on our world, especially in our oceans. So glad you love the products and yes the beeswax wraps are an interesting one, but very cool 😀

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