- Blueland has a new product
for this, which is a powder you can use. We have actually not used this yet, as we currently have a dish soap bar. Both are fantastic options.
Multi-Surface Cleaner - Yes Blueland again! Works just like the hand soap and comes in their kit with the bathroom and window cleaner items.
- Blueland for the win
! In fact, they just keep adding more fantastic products. What is great about having one retailer for so many products is you can order and have them all shipped at once to be even better about packaging and that carbon footprint!
- We have found great non-plastic sponges made from coconut; however, they were still shipped in a thin plastic. Our current favorite alternative is a kitchen scrub brush like this
(again from Package Free). These will last you a while and there are many articles that warn against the use of sponges (due to how they can hold bacteria) so if you're looking to switch, this is a great solution.
Straws - You know this has to be on the list, given it seems to be one of the most talked about plastic problems. There are so many alternatives for plastic straws. We found that bamboo had a "taste" and was too thick. Metal or silicon were our favorites and so we have a set on hand when necessary. When out, we simply say NO to straws. Single use paper straws work, but like the bamboo straws, they often have an odd flavor. Besides that, the paper straws can be a pain as they fall apart too quickly.
Bottled Water -
One of the easiest first steps you can take is to eliminate plastic bottled water with a reusable water container. If your faucet water is not what you want to drink, consider a water purifier or using a 5 gallon jug dispenser to refill your water. We are a fan of Cosco's Primo Bottom Loader Cooler
that dispenses hot and ice cold water. A 5 gallon jug is less than $2 to refill and can last a couple weeks.
- Blueland, yes believe it! This goes in their standard cleaning kit
with multi-surface and bathroom cleaner and works exactly the same (a glass jar, a tablet, warm water, done).
Laundry Detergent Tablets
- We swear this is the last win for Blueland
, as mentioned before, they just keep adding new products! When we first started using them, it was just the hand soap and the three cleaners (bathroom, window, and multi-surface).
- We are not proud of this, but about 3 years ago we bought a Costco box of plastic trash bags (200 count), and we honestly went through so little trash that we are just barely past halfway through it! That being said, there are three good routes to go to replace your plastic bags. The first route would be a bio-based (made from plants) and certified compostable (proven to break down in hot conditions) bags. You want those two specific things to be mentioned. However, the problem here is that garbage bags, even these ones, won't really biodegrade in our landfill system. Worse, they won't do so if they end up in our water. The second option is simply to stop using trash bags completely. The fact is, if you start reducing plastic, properly recycling what you do bring in that is plastic/cardboard, and also composting all of your food scraps, what remains are items that are not particularly messy. You will find that putting them directly in your trash cans and then just dumping those into your outside trash containers is pretty practical, and then you can occasionally rinse them out if they start to get dirty. You will also find you go through a lot less trash by recycling and composting efficiently. Our trash can can last 1 to 2 months before getting full, and it is just a standard size trash can. The third option, and the one we are going with, is a reusable trash bag. You buy this product one time from Zero Waste Store
, and then it is machine washable, leak-resistant, and mold-resistant. Great for reuse and to keep your bin clean of any potential mess.