12 tips for a greener lifestyle
1. Alternatives for plastic bags & food storage:
- organic cotton shopping bags
- stainless steel food containers
- glass jars
- wooden food containers
- paper snack & sandwich bags (instead of tinfoil/plastic foil) from Boobalou
- reusable plant based food wraps made from cotton (instead of tinfoil/plastic foil and a vegan alternative for beeswax food wraps) from Biome Eco Stores or OpalStorm on Etsy
2. Buying fruit & veggies:
- local farm shop/wholesale market (no packaging)
- buy in bulk
- without packaging
3. Beauty products & cleaning products:
- soaps/shampoo without packaging, buy soap bars instead of plastic bottles from for example Lush, Faith In Nature,…
- make your own cleaning products with organic white vinegar (=all purpose cleaner) and/or bicarbonate of soda
- sponge: compostable & reusable dish brush (plastic free), I use a natural scouring pad made from 100% coconut fiber from Boobalou to replace a traditional sponge.
- make your own toothpaste using organic coconut oil, bicarbonate of soda and a few drops of peppermint oil
- shaving: use a safety razor, instead of disposable razors, I got mine from Mutiny Shaving and bought their Mutiny Box
- toothbrushes: bamboo toothbrushes are compostable & sustainable, I bought mine from Boobalou
- makeup remover: organic coconut oil & reusable cotton pads (from Boobalou) OR organic biodegradable cotton pads
- Laungry: use soap nuts instead of laundry powder or laundry liquid, it comes in a reusable bag and the soap nuts are compostable, I bought mine in a local health shop, but you can easily order them online too OR use laundry powder that comes in a paper bag
4. Toilet paper, kitchen roll, tissues, menstrual pads, kitchen towels:
- use 100% recycled, unbleached, biodegradable and/or organic washable materials
- buy toilet paper, kitchen roll and tissues in paper packaging or compostable packaging
- mentrual pads: organic washable/reusable cotton pads, biodegradable pads or use a menstrual cup. I use a lunette cup I bought from amazon and is the most eco friendly option. If you don’t know what brand or size you should buy, go to putacupinit and fill in the quiz, they will give you a few options to choose from, I tried the quiz myself, they recommended me the lunette cup size 1 and it fits perfectly!
- bamboo kitchen towels OR woven cotton cloths
5. Plastic water bottles:
- buy water in glass bottles
- use distilled tap water in reusable bottles: stainless steel or glass
6. Wrapping paper on birthdays and holidays:
- re-use newspaper
- biodegradable twine
- paper packaging tape from Boobalou
7. Individually portioned coffee & tea + disposable coffee filters:
- french press
- loose coffee & tea
- buy in bulk
8. Baking & cooking:
- alternative for tinfoil or disposable baking mats: reusable non-stick baking mat from Boobalou
9. On the go food & drink:
- alternative for disposable coffee cups and cutlery you get in coffee shops and take away meals: bring your own reusable/washable coffee cup and ask the staff in the coffee shops to make your coffee/tea in your own cup, bring your own cutlery ideally made from bamboo
- alternative for plastic water bottles: when you plan a day out, make sure to bring your own glass water bottles
10. When you have to buy a pre-packaged item: always choose recyclable packaging made of glass, metal, or paper over lower-grade plastic packaging.
11. Put a sticker on your mailbox you don’t want to receive junk mail/free publications.
12. To reduce your waste use a compost bin and recycle as much as you can!
You can find eco friendly products in local health shops and organic shops or you can look for webshops that sell eco friendly/zero waste products, like Etsy and Amazon for example.