A Plastic-Free Life: Getting Started

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Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans, according to Surfers Against Sewage. 

After watching A Plastic Ocean on Netflix, I felt compelled to take a pledge to reduce my use of single-use plastic. But when I started looking around my house, I felt overwhelmed with the amount of items that were plastic: toothpaste, beauty product containers, Tupperware, the list goes on and on.

So, I started doing some research and asking friends for suggestions on how to reduce my reliance on plastic.

I decided to focus on finding plastic-free items for each room, one at a time.


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Kitchen:

  • Trash bags
    • Plastic-free biodegradable trash bags sold on Amazon

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Bathroom:

  • Deodorant:
  • Cotton swaps
    • Humankind bamboo cotton-swabs: Bamboo and cotton form a durable swab that’s 100% biodegradable, without single-use plastic. Contains 225 swabs.
    • Bamboo Cotton Buds, Biodegradable and Plastic Free. Contains 200 swabs.

  • Conditioner
    • Humankind Conditioning Bar: Conditioner in bar form to eliminate single-use plastic waste from your hair care routine. Clean hair, clean planet.
  • Other
    • 35% of Lush’s products are packaging-free, or “naked” including solid shampoo bars, conditioners, soaps, scrubs, massage bars, bath oils and more!

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Other:

  • Laundry Detergent:

Here are some helpful books:

  • Plastic Free: how I kicked the plastic habit and how you can too by Beth Terry
  • F**k Plastic: 101 to free yourself from plastic and save the world by

Have a favorite plastic-free product? Let me know below. I will continuously update this page as I learn about new products and options for going plastic-free.

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