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Small swaps we can all make
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Swap shower gels for a bar of soap and shampoo for solid bars. (Try Lush – most of its products don’t have packaging.)
Plastic stems on cotton buds are the most common form of litter from toilets washed up on beaches. Look for buds with paper stems.
Swap to plasticfree dental floss, such as SenzaBamboo Plastic-Free Tea Tree Oil Natural Silk Floss (R89, Faithful to Nature). And use a bamboo toothbrush too.
The average woman will use 12 000 to 16 000 disposable sanitary products in her lifetime, most of which contain plastic. Instead try a menstrual cup or biodegradable tampons. Also try reusable sanitary pads ( www.palesapads.com).
GH TIP: Plastic-free products aren’t always available in mainstream shops, but look on www.faithful-tonature.co.za for alternatives.
Avoid buying petroleum-based synthetics, including polyester and nylon, which shed thousands of microfibres every time they are washed.
If you’ve got a friend visiting the UK or US, ask them to bring you back a Guppyfriend microfilter washing bag (about R450). This mesh bag, which you pop your plastic-based clothing into before washing, captures
Swap detergent pods for powdered cleaners in cardboard boxes. While these aren’t perfect (they still contain chemicals and phosphates), they reduce the plastic entering the water system.
Get your name removed from junk-mail lists to reduce plastic envelopes coming through your postbox.
Keep plastic-free cutlery and straws (often made from bamboo or stainless steel) in your bag and desk drawer to avoid using plastic varieties.
Keep reusable shopping bags in the boot of your car and one folded in your handbag so you can say no to plastic bags at the till. Make smart choices. Choose products that come in glass bottles and jars rather than plastic containers. Pick loose fruit and veg rather than opting for those in plastic packaging.
FOOD ON THE GO
Beeswax wraps can be used for packaging sandwiches. Try Supa Wraps (R149 for three, Faithful to Nature).
Use a refillable glass water bottle.
Many coffee shops are happy to fill your bring-along cup, rather than using their disposable one. You’ll often get a discount too.
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