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6 disposable products & their ecological alternatives

June 28, 2019

Disposable products are ubiquitous today: dishes, wipes, beverages to take go ... This mode of consumption is ultimately a real scourge for the environment. See how to limit your impact on the environment, thanks to these few reusable alternatives.


Plastic bottles and cups
You can easily replace plastic bottles with stainless steel or bamboo flasks. You will ensure that you always have to drink and you will not have to buy a new bottle every time you go out.
Also remember to choose reusable cups for your take away drinks. During your next visit to the café, all you have to do is fill up your own container!


Cottons and cleansing wipes
The manufacture of cottons to remove makeup requires a lot of water, and the daily use of these makes them very polluting. In the same way, cleansing wipes contain many chemicals and are non-recyclable. To counter this, there are washable squares and reusable cotton, bamboo or even eucalyptus  fiber. Just put them in the machine after use!


Straws
To limit the use of plastic straws, we encourage you to use a metal or bamboo straw. Thus, you will be able to refuse straws in fast food restaurants and cafes and use your reusable straw. Thanks to their resistant materials, these new-generation straws have an almost infinite lifespan.


Food packaging
To avoid overpacking foods, consider bringing reusable cloth bags when shopping. Also prefer the bulk department for all dry products such as seeds, pasta, cereals, tea or rice. You can store them in small reusable woven bags, and avoid the use of disposable plastic bags. To limit the packaging, we also advise you to avoid buying products and prepared dishes, and to favor the homemade.


Paper handtowel & paper napkin
Paper handtowel & paper napkin are the ultimate waste and disposable products. If possible, do not hesitate to banish it from your kitchen! To replace it, you can collect cotton fabric scraps or cloth napkins. In addition to having the same efficiency, cloth towels are reusable many times.


Dishwashing liquids and shower gels
Liquid soaps are often contained in plastic containers. Because of their frequent use, they generate a lot of waste each year. So, why not go back to the classic soap bar? Equally effective and much more economical, solid soap is preferred to limit waste. Prefer it without packaging, opt for a soft bread soap for the skin, and a soap of Marseilles to do the dishes. It is an unstoppable weapon against grease and traces. There are also solid shampoos, to be adopted urgently!


As you understand, it's time to trade single-use products for greener solutions. In addition to preserving the environment, these reusable products will be for some much cheaper to buy and for others, very quickly profitable.