In a world where sustainability matters, many people have started looking at the option of going plastic-free. The affordability and convenience of plastic ensure that it’s a hard decision to make, but it can be a worthwhile one.
Whether you want to do your part for the environment or feel good about your contribution to society as a whole, then read on. Here are a few helpful tips to put you on the path to going plastic-free for good.
Use Reusable Shopping Bags
Going plastic-free and being more aware of sustainability is a big step to take, but you can start small and still make a lot of progress. One such way to do that is by using reusable shopping bags, rather than single-use ones.
Fortunately, here in Australia, we’re all encouraged to do that anyway. ACT banned plastic bags in 2011, and more states, such as South Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory, followed suit. You can purchase reusable grocery bags from most supermarkets.
If you are beginning to see the value in sustainability, then you will no doubt be delving into every aspect of your life, wondering what you could be doing, using, and purchasing, differently. We can all make a significant impact on the health of the world, but it does take a lot of forethought, research, and planning.
While you’re busy cutting plastic out of your life and growing your own vegetables, have you thought about your bed sheets? Believe it or not, linen bed sheets are a sustainable textile that offers a whole host of benefits.
People often make the mistake of purchasing whatever bed sheets are on sale and are of the size they need. They may even try and match them to their bedroom’s décor with no thought for the materials.
By doing that, you can set yourself up for disaster. Some sheets don’t feature breathable materials, nor are they beneficial for your body or skin. Many also feature a lot of synthetic materials that may not be all that comfortable or can suffer durability issues. Then, there’s the problem with inferior quality materials slipping around, making you itch, and just not sitting right on your bed! There’s a lot to be said for natural materials instead.
As the years go by, most things get more expensive. If you’re lucky, your income rises with them. However, if there’s one thing that often bucks the trend, it’s clothing. As the years’ pass, it seems to get more affordable. How does that work? A major reason for this is sustainability. We’re no longer using as many sustainable and eco-friendly materials as we used to, and overseas production is bringing those costs down.
If you are ready to turn your back on polyester and other cheap materials that require a considerable amount of energy and resources to produce, then read on. Here are some great eco-friendly alternatives to consider.
Linen is not only an excellent option for bedding but for your clothing too. It’s made from a sustainable product, flax, and requires very little energy to manufacture. In fact, flax needs fewer pesticides, fertiliser, and water than cotton – making it a recyclable and compostable material with many benefits.