Life in plastik isn’t fantastik: 69 tips to go zerowaste

— Life in plastik isn’t fantastik: 69 tips to go zerowaste


Here are some tips for removing plastic from your life and, if you wish, from planet Earth. Follow one, follow two, follow ten, follow none, do what you feel, just the fact that you are reading this article is a big step forward.

  1. Carry reusable shopping bags
  2. Give up bottled water
  3. Cut out sodas, juices, and other plastic-bottled beverages
  4. Let go of frozen convenience foods
  5. Carry your own containers for take-outs and leftovers
  6. Carry a stainless steel travel mug
  7. Carry reusable utensils and glass drinking straws
  8. When ordering pizza, say no to the little plastic “table” in the middle of the pizza box 🙁
  9. Say no to plastic produce bags
  10. Return containers to the farmers market to be reused
  11. Buy fresh bread that comes either in paper bags or no bags
  12. Choose milk in returnable glass bottles
  13. Buy large wheels of unwrapped cheese
  14. Choose wine bottled in glass with natural cork stoppers
  15. Learn to love the bulk bins
  16. Choose plastic-free chewing gums
  17. Baking soda is a fantastic scouring powder
  18. Baking soda is also the best deodorant EVER
  19. Use powdered dishwasher detergent in cardboard box
  20. Hand wash dishes with plastic-free dish soap
  21. Use natural cleaning cloths and scrubbers
  22. Use natural rubber gloves
  23. Switch to bar soap instead of liquid soap
  24. Give up shampoo in plastic bottles
  25. Check labels of personal care products!
  26. Wash clothes with homemade laundry soap and stain removers
  27. Try hair salves and pomades in metal tins or glass jar
  28. Color hair with henna purchased without plastic packaging
  29. Try solid shave soap instead of canned shave cream
  30. Choose lotions and lip balms in plastic-free containers
  31. Switch from a plastic razor to a second-hand safety razor
  32. Reconsider how you clean your teeth
  33. Choose toilet paper that’s not wrapped in plastic
  34. Use plastic-free feminine hygiene products
  35. Look into plastic-free sunscreen options
  36. Explore plastic-free hair accessories and tools
  37. Keep your own reusable foodware & cutlery at the office
  38. Try natural beeswax coated cloth wraps instead of plastic cling film
  39. Choose stainless steel ice cube trays and Popsicle molds
  40. Don’t buy water filter cartridges unless necessary
  41. Make your own homemade yogurt without a yogurt maker
  42. Make your own soy or nut milk
  43. Make your own seasonings
  44. Make your own snacks and energy bars
  45. Acquire necessary plastic items used instead of new
  46. Repair things when they break
  47. Make your own glue
  48. Avoid disposable plastic pens, use pencils
  49. Compost food waste to avoid plastic garbage bags
  50. Choose natural cat litter
  51. Choose pet toys and furniture made from natural materials
  52. Buy second-hand pet supplies instead of new ones
  53. Learn to make homemade pet food without plastic
  54. When traveling, bring your own snacks on the plane
  55. Bring your own headphones too
  56. Refuse the mini bar (sorry)
  57. Choose plastic-free camping equipment
  58. Find Do-It-Yourself alternatives for over-the-counter remedies
  59. Use a handkerchief instead of paper tissue
  60. Avoid buying new plastic clothing
  61. Shop thrift stores
  62. Make your own clothes
  63. Look for plastic-free shoes
  64. Alter and modify old clothes into new
  65. Re-think your Christmas tree
  66. Find ways to wrap gifts without plastic tape
  67. Request zero plastic packaging when ordering online
  68. Look for second-hand electronics, games, and toys first
  69. Take care of what you already have