Plastic seems to go against the entire concept of Green Living. It’s bad for the environment and bad for your health, yet it’s everywhere! With a little exploring around though, it’s possible ditch our dependency on plastic-based products. Let’s look at some eco-friendly alternative materials you can easily find to replace their plastic counterparts.
Though glass products are noticeably heavier than their plastic equivalents, they provide many benefits in other areas. Glass doesn’t leach chemicals or degrade over time, allowing it to lay for decades (unless you break it!). It also doesn’t absorb residual odors or tastes from food it touches, so your saucy lunch today won’t become what you taste tomorrow. The best thing about this material is that it’s made primarily from sand, a naturally abundant material, making it a worthy sustainable alternative to the crude oil-based plastic.
Find it in these products: Food and beverage containers, liquid containers
Aesthetically the closest material to plastic on this list, Silicone actually boasts superiority in a lot of ways. Though it looks like plastic, it doesn’t contain any of its harmful chemicals like the estrogen-mimicking BPA (bisphenol-A). It is also highly durable and can withstand huge temperature fluctuations and harsh chemicals without deteriorating. Furthermore, what’s cool about Silicone is its flexibility, allowing it to be made into super convenient, collapsible products to save space.
Find it in these products: Collapsible food containers, collapsible beverage containers, plates for kids, container for toiletries and beauty products
So durable that they needed to emphasize it with an adjective in its name, STAINLESS steel is a great long-lasting alternative to single-use plastic. This strong material won’t leach chemicals or degrade over time. The best thing about stainless steel, however, is that it’s completely recyclable. In fact, most stainless steel products nowadays contain approximately 60% recycled material!
Find it in these products: Food and beverage containers, cutlery, kitchen tools, straws
Many people associate wood with Green Living, but bamboo is really the way to go. Bamboo is technically a grass, so unlike hardwoods, which can take at least 40 years to mature, bamboo grows much faster and can be harvested between 1 to 5 years. This quick rate of growth allows us to use abundant amounts of this material without depleting it’s supply. So bamboo is like wood, minus the deforestation. Though it’s strong and durable, it’s also surprisingly light, which is a convenient touch. Bamboo is also flexible in its applications. Whilst the entire bamboo can be used to make sturdy tools, it’s fibers can be used to make lightweight cloth-based products like clothes and towels.
Find it in these products: Cutlery, grooming kits (i.e. comb), toothbrush, cooking utensils, clothes, towels, bedding and blankets