SWAP: Dish Washing Sponge with Natural Dish Scrubber
That old yellow foam sponge that we grew up with is a serial offender when it comes to shedding micro-plastics but thankfully it can be swapped effortlessly with a scrubber made of natural fibres or even hand crocheted scrubber pads. All do the same job but with the added benefit of breaking down in your compost heap or in the garden after its useful life. Give the Goodbye detergent! Spaghetti Scrubs a try, I promise you’ll never look back!
SWAP: Foam Cleaning Cloth with Cut Up Rags
Take any old t-shirts or jeans that are too shabby to go to goodwill, cut them up into 15cm x 15cm pieces and fold them up and store them in a big jar under the kitchen sink for use when mopping up spills or wiping down surfaces . When their dirty throw them in the wash. There’s really no need to purchase cleaning cloths from the supermarket, if we just take a little time to look at what we’ve already got. Be sure to use pure cotton fabrics as anything polyester will shed microplastics!
SWAP: Paper Towels with No-Paper Towels
Such a simple concept but a huge waste reducer! Simply use these as you would a paper towel for cleaning up spills drying hands etc. and they go into the wash after use.
SWAP: Plastic Cling Wrap for Beeswax or Soy Wax Wraps
An enormous 8.2 million tonnes of food waste is generated each year in Australia alone.
Food wraps are an effective way to wrap up food and preserve its shelf life. Wrap leftovers by folding a wax wrap over the top of the bowl or wrap half an avocado to keep it fresh. These can be used for just about anything and once used, can be washed with warm water and a little dish liquid for reuse.
Repurposed jars are also great for storing dry foods as they have an airtight lid and you can see into them making it easy to find what you’re looking for when you’re looking in the pantry or fridge. Keep any jars you collect along the way such as coffee jars, peanut butter jars and honey tubs, these all make great storage vessels.
SWAP: Plastic Bin Liners with Newspaper
Instead of using a plastic bin liner, try making a newspaper liner instead. This is easier than it sounds and there are multiple online videos to show you how to do it. TIP: Try to divert as much wet waste into your compost or garden as possible so the liner doesn’t get soggy and put it out regularly to avoid overfilling!