Plastics are cheap, useful and ubiquitous. They are also made almost entirely from synthetic chemicals that don’t occur in nature and will never break down. Every single piece of plastic ever made still exists, and will continue existing for at least 500 years. Reducing the amount of plastic you use might seem difficult but it can be a lot simpler than you think. Here are 6 simple ways to a plastic-free day – start with one or two of these steps and add on over time:

Cut Back On Processed & Packaged Foods

Instead, prepare whole foods from scratch in the comfort of your own home. Shop the grocery store’s bulk bins using jars from home or compostable brown paper bags provided in-store.

Use A LifeTime Bottle

Having a reusable drink bottle will allow you to say goodbye to plastic water bottles for good, as well as help you avoid washing the hundreds of dirty water glasses that seem to emerge all over the house. GoodFor LifeTime Bottles are not only a great size and easy to travel with, they have the added bonus of keeping your tap water cool for up to 24 hours and your hot liquids hot for up to 12 hours.

Reuse Glass Jars

Hold onto food jars that once held sauces and dressings and reuse them for pantry storage or other creative uses in your home. They not only look simple and stylish but maximise the life of packaging. All they need is a quick rinse!

Keep Shopping Bags On You

Keep one or two reusable shopping bags on you whenever you leave the house. Fold them up in your handbag or keep them tucked away in your car so that whenever you find yourself popping into the green grocer, supermarket or butcher, you’re ready to go with bags and can always say no to plastic bags.

Pack Lunches In Honey Wraps & Containers

Instead of using cling wrap and plastic bags to hold yours and your kids’ lunches, pack them in Honey Wraps or Ever Eco stainless steel containers.

Choose Natural Fibres

Plastics hide in everything from clothing and toys to furniture and foam pillows. Always look for products made of wool, cotton, hemp and other plastic-free, biodegradable fibres as opposed to synthetics. You’ll be happy with the premium quality of these materials too.