About the diet

Why is this diet necessary?

We all consume too much plastic. Literally. There is plastic in the food we eat, the water we drink and even the air we breathe. Unfortunately, what most people don’t realise is that when plastic enters our body it can make us sick. The chemicals in plastic and plastic particles may cause cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, arthritis, impotency and even harm babies in the womb.

This diet revolves around tackling the concerns about plastic affecting human health, avoiding leakage of plastic into the environment and aiming for absolute reduction of plastic production.

It’s very simple…

…choose one or more of these six areas of your life and start your plastic diet today. This diet is for everybody who wants to make a difference in their plastic consumption, from the absolute beginners to the eco-heads out there.

How strict is this diet?

We understand that a strict plastic diet is very difficult and impractical to follow. Everyday plastics like those found in your car, your phone, or your laptop are unavoidable. That’s why we want to make this diet easy, achievable and stress-free for you.

Don’t worry, we will walk hand in hand with you to help you reduce your overall plastic footprint. One item at a time. Are you ready to accept the challenge of a plastic-free diet?

Where to start?

The goal of this diet is to help you reduce the amount of plastic you use, to prompt you to choose the right alternatives, and to thereby prevent you from getting sick from the many toxic chemicals added to plastics.

According to the EU, each year an average European citizen creates about 31 kgs of single-use plastic waste. But each country in Europe has a different plastic footprint: the Netherlands generates 147kg per person per year, Norway 92kg, Italy 41kg, and Poland 32kg. With this diet, you can prevent two or more kilos of plastic waste per month!

Are we the experts?

We work with scientists and researchers on this international platform, called the ‘Plastic Health Coalition’. We urgently call on companies and governments to finance more scientific research on the health effects of plastics; we are running out of time.

The current overconsumption of plastic must be reduced — not by banning all plastics, but by going on a ‘plastic diet’. We all need to go on a ‘plastic diet’: companies, retailers, governments, and individuals alike.

Quick wins

In order to help you kickstart your diet, we made a list of quick wins:

  • Download the app Beat the Microbead to check if any cosmetic product you purchase or already own contains microplastics!
  • If you want to learn more about the issue of plastic pollution and immediately take action by stop using specific plastic items… My Little Plastic Footprint is the app for you! Download it now and start reducing your plastic footprint!
  • With small changes in your washing machine habits, you can reduce the number of plastic fibres from synthetic clothing that are shed. Download the GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE for consumers.
  • Download the Litterati app to track the trash you encounter in your street, neighbourhood, and city. Tag the trash and help us monitor the plastic out there.

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Hi, I'm Betty, your personal dietician!

You’ve probably read some really bad news on this website. Well, don’t feel hopeless; I will help you and together we’ll lose some plastic weight!

Let’s begin by clicking on the different pieces of the pie and go through the tips. Select the ones you are interested in and finalize your diet when you’re done.

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Garden
Maybe you’re not into planting vegetables or gardening excessively, but you might love flowers or have plants in your house…This diet is also for you! Have a good look at your garden, balcony, and inside your house: plastic pots, plastic watering cans or plastic outdoor furniture? Plastic is not long-lasting in outdoor environments, so it’s time to do something about that!

Potting plant trays are usually made of single-use plastic that is very difficult to collect and recycle. When you buy plants, refuse the single-use plastic tray, because it’s unnecessary and easily avoidable. Ask your gardening center for cardboard alternatives, if you really need it. If you already have single-use potting plant trays, return them to your gardening center.

What about the plastic pots that you already own? Well, try to reuse them as much as possible and when you need to dispose of them, return them to your gardening center. When buying new plants, try to find alternatives in glass, bamboo, wood, clay, metal, or even cardboard or cellulose!

When visiting the florist, ask them not to wrap the flowers in cellophane or other plastic materials. Go for paper or naked flowers!

Don’t buy plastic plants for your garden. If they are outside, they will end up leaking small pieces of plastic or additives because of sun exposure and other weather conditions. Choose the real thing!

You probably have noticed that the information card that goes with your plant is mostly made of plastic. After you bring your plant home, do not keep that card in the soil, keep it somewhere else so you can check the information, because otherwise it will disintegrate into small pieces in the end.

Buy wooden and metal gardening tools, and avoid the plastic ones. What to do with all those plastic tools that you already own? Don’t keep them outside because they will break down over time and those harmful tiny pieces, called microplastics, will leak into the environment.

Buy a metal watering can and refuse the plastic one, it looks cooler and it’s more environmentally-friendly. As a general rule, do not leave plastic items around your garden, as they will release plastic particles that leak into the environment.

If you have a garden, do not use artificial turf (or synthetic grass), use real grass. It will take more maintenance but it is better for your plastic footprint and for your health!

Keeping a garden organized can be a difficult task. When you have to use a binding wire to arrange your plants, trees or flowers, make sure you don’t use the plasticized ones. Over time, the plastic coating around the wire will break away and all those plastic pieces will end up in your garden soil. Use a natural rope instead!

You might need a division to separate different areas in your garden. Avoid plastic fences and plastic lawn edges and use stone, concrete, metal or wooden ones.

When you need to choose the furniture for your garden, backyard or terrace, go for wicker, iron or wooden options.

Growing tomatoes or any other kind of vegetables is definitely fun and rewarding. If you have a vegetable garden and you want to cover it, make sure you use natural materials like husk or bark and not plastic. Plastic coverings break easily and can be blown away by the wind. Also, with the sun and other weather conditions, additives might leak from the plastics to your vegetables.

If you’re going to compost your food, check that there are no plastic pieces left in the organic waste before you compost it. And if you buy compost, be aware that there is hardly any plastic-free compost available in the market. Make sure you ask your retailer about it. But remember, if you make your own, you will know exactly what’s in it!

When planning on growing new plants, try to not buy the seedlings in a plastic pot. When buying seeds, buy them without packaging. Plant them directly in the soil or use pots made of clay or other natural materials.

Household
Walk around your living room, bedroom, and laundry room… What do you see? Plastic everywhere! Your curtains, carpets, and even your clothes are made of synthetic materials, which lose tiny plastic particles when put in the washing machine. Just by walking around your house, you are breathing in all of these fibers. Check out these tips to reduce the release of microplastic fibers at home.

Most carpets and rugs in your household are made of synthetic materials such as viscose, nylon, and polypropylene. A recent research piece by world-renowned institutions demonstrated that some carpets sold in Europe contain toxic chemicals that are suspected carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and reprotoxins that could pose health risks. Try to avoid buying synthetic carpets and rugs and go for wool, cotton, or other natural materials available on the market.

Polyester is a common fabric used in curtains because of its durability and affordability. But did you know that because of exposure to the sun and the passing time, curtains release tiny polyester particles into the air? If you notice a ray of light coming in your house through the window, you’ll probably see these fibers floating. We are breathing them! Go for cotton, silk, linen, or lace curtains.

Did you know that up to 9 MILLION plastic fibers go down the drain every time you wash your clothes? One of the easiest ways to reduce that number is to… wash less! Wash your clothes only when really necessary. Jeans and other clothing items don’t need a weekly wash! If you do this, you will help reduce the amount of plastic fibers that end up in the ocean, in the air, and in our food.

Another easy way to reduce the number of fibers you release every time you do your laundry is to buy fewer synthetic clothes altogether. Or buy secondhand clothes, because clothes release the most fibers the first four times we wash them, and secondhand clothes have (hopefully) already been washed many times!

Polyester, nylon, acrylic, polyamide, spandex, rayon… These are  all synthetic fabrics and, when washed, they break into smaller pieces, smaller than 5mm. Avoid them as much as you can and look for wool, cotton, linen, silk, cashmere or other natural fabrics. That goes for clothes or any other textile that you purchase for your house.

When synthetic fibers go down the drain after separating from synthetic clothes during the washing process, they cannot be filtered through wastewater treatment plants because of their tiny size. Consequently, microplastics end up in rivers, lakes, seas and oceans. In order to minimize that risk, avoid long washes: long periods of washing cause more friction between fabrics, which cause more tearing of the fibers.

Every time you do your laundry, more than 9 million microfibers go down the drain and pass undetected through wastewater treatment plants. In order to avoid this, do your washing at a low temperature (30º), because when clothes are washed at a high temperatures, some fabrics are damaged, leading to the release of fibers.

Having clothes with glitter for you or your kids is as bad as having glitter anywhere else. Why, you may ask? Because glitter is plastic! You might have noticed that glitter comes off easily when you put your clothes on or when you simply touch them. Imagine putting glittery clothes in the washing machine. The plastic glitter goes directly down the drain, polluting our oceans, and eventually our bodies.

An acrylic scarf sheds up to 300,000 fibers, and if you have a look at your closet, you will realize that most scarves are made of acrylic. If you’re planning on washing them, make sure that you use washing liquid instead of powder: the “scrub” function of the grains in the powder results in the loosening of clothing fibers. Fibers are more likely to come loose with powder than with liquid detergents.

You’re done with your workout and you plan on washing your sport clothes. Do they include a pair of nylon socks? Well, just this pair will release 136,000 fibers in one wash. Check if you’re using detergents with a high pH and oxidizing agents to reduce the amount of fibers as much as possible!

Among the most common types of bedding fabrics and blankets, we can find polyester or some sort of cotton blend (cotton/polyester or cotton/rayon). Pillow covers can sometimes be made of vinyl, which may contain chemicals (like phthalates) which are known to cause serious diseases. You can easily avoid synthetic fibers by choosing natural fabrics for your bedding.

Higher revolutions increase the friction between clothes, resulting in higher chances of fibers loosening. Do the environment, animals and yourself a favor by minimizing the amount of fibers that are released while drying your clothes in a dryer. And, if you can, avoid dry cleaning your clothes — just hang them!

If you have a dryer, don’t flush the lint down the drain when cleaning the filter, throw it in the bin. If you flush it, all the fibers released during the drying process will end up in the environment.

Wooden laundry clippers are a better alternative to plastic laundry clippers because the former can easily get lost and end up breaking down in the environment.

Try not to use single-use diapers for your baby, use reusable clothing diapers instead. It’s good for the microfiber release from your laundry and good for your baby’s skin!

How can you clean up after your dogs? With paper poop scoops! That way you and your dog can be plastic-free together!

When buying a new sofa or a mattress, try to avoid the ones that contain polyurethane (or poly foam). Chemicals like these are also found in cushions and similar products and have been linked to cancer, obesity and a decrease in sperm count. Always look for 100% natural latex cushioning.

Many startups and small companies are working on solutions to prevent microfibers from polluting our oceans, such as the washing machine filter from Planet Care. Donate a small amount to support crowdfunding campaigns and other small entrepreneurs.

Leisure
Having free time is awesome: going on holidays, to a festival or a party, hosting a BBQ in your garden or enjoying a picnic at the park… But have you ever thought of all the plastic that these activities may involve? If you’re willing to put in the effort, you’re surely going to enjoy your free time even more when it’s plastic-free!

More than half a million plastic straws are used every day around the world. When you’re on vacation or spending your evening in a bar, make sure you order your drink without a straw or plastic stirrer. Make your drink fancier by keeping the toxic plastic out. We love initiatives like FinalStraw or Klean Kanteen.

FIVE trillion plastic bags are used yearly according to UN Environment. Side by side, the bags can encircle the world 7 times… Therefore, do your groceries on vacation plastic-free, take a beach bag along and keep your lightweight plastic bags from flying away!

When you go on holidays and you get to your hotel room, do not open the little plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, or body lotion. Bring your own refillable toiletries or solid bars when you travel, because solid is the new liquid when it comes to preventing plastic pollution.

Did you know that your sunscreen can not only harm coral reefs,  but your body as well? Yes, when you lotion your skin to protect it from those crazy sun rays and then step into the water or take a shower to wash it off, you might be adding to the microplastic menace. You can find some microplastic-free sunscreen option here.

It’s very easy to fall into the convenience of accepting a plastic cup with beer or soda when you’re at a party or a festival. But this particular single-use plastic is very easy to avoid! If you’re hosting a party, make sure you have reusable glasses or ask people to bring their own glass, cup or mug to the party.

“All that glitters is not gold” or, for that matter, environmentally friendly. We all love to put on some glitter when attending festivals and parties, but it turns out that glitter is actually just a bunch of small shards of shiny plastic that washes down the drain and never disappears — just ask any kindergarten teacher. Remember, glitter is litter!

Are you planning a BBQ? Then get ready to say goodbye to single-use, throw-away plastic plates, cups, forks, knives, spoons, straws, and the list goes on. Build your stash of reusable party-ware. If not, use paper and bamboo alternatives.

What would a BBQ be without meat? It’s time to pay a visit to the butcher near you. Food-packaging is a substantial contributor to plastic pollution. You should avoid it whenever possible. So go to the butcher with a container and get yourself some juicy cuts.

Single-use BBQ or disposable grills are easy and convenient, but they are, needless to say, also the least environmentally-friendly… They come completely wrapped in plastic. Imagine how much plastic waste you are producing every time you buy a single-use BBQ!

Eating finger food is fancy, but not when it comes with a plastic skewer. Why don’t you go for a toothpick or a wooden option? It’s a very easy and widely available switch.

When getting ready for a picnic with friends or family, plastic-wrapped sandwiches are a usual suspect in the picnic bag. Why don’t you replace that plastic cling film with reusable containers or a cloth pouch to carry your sandwich? Or even better, Bee’s Wrap!

Cigarette butts were the most found item worldwide of this year’s World Cleanup Day. They are made of plastic and are thrown away very irresponsibly. Now is the time to quit smoking! It’s better for you, everyone around you, and the environment. If you must, don’t throw your cigarette butts on the ground.

Single-use cigarette lighters are found on almost every beach around the world. According to the Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup Report, all the cigarette lighters collected during cleanups performed in 2017 together would have stood 10 times higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Get yourself some good old matches made of wood or a metal lighter!

People would not release balloons if they knew what happens to them after we let them go in the air… What goes up, must go down! Records of collected beach rubbish show that increasing numbers of balloons or balloon pieces and ribbons are being found, and the consequences for animals are terrible. So try to not use balloons and, if you do, do not let them go!

Did you know that most chewing gum contains synthetic rubber which does not biodegrade? Well, you must have looked under an old school desk — chewing gum stays there forever… Go for a non-synthetic rubber chewing gum instead! Yes, they exist!

You want to have wine at your dinner with friends, with your significant other, or even just by yourself after a long day at work. Have you checked the stopper? Is it cork or is it plastic? More and more companies choose to use plastic stoppers since they are cheaper than real cork. Don’t let them fool you! Check the stopper when you buy your next bottle!

Chemicals in plastic can be toxic for our bodies. Besides, if these plastic toys are lost in the ocean or the environment, they can be really harmful for animals and birds. Buy higher quality plastic toys or try to use alternatives made of wood when traveling or going on holidays; there are endless choices out there. Keep the environment clean everywhere in the world!

Birthdays and Christmas have one thing in common: presents! Did you know that most wrapping paper has a plastic lining that makes it impossible to recycle? Yes, calling it wrapping “paper” is definitely misleading! And what about the tape you use to wrap the “paper”? Also plastic! Go for actual wrapping paper and paper tape or natural rope and make your presents plastic-free and hipster at the same time.

Shooting a confetti cannon for a birthday party, graduation, anniversary or just because it’s fun… why not? Well, a lot of confetti is actually plastic. Don’t make the world a bigger mess than it is — if you really need to then choose paper confetti for your celebrations.

Garlands and other party decorations can also be made of plastic and are usually the cheaper option. Even when they are made of paper they will come wrapped in plastic. You can make your own paper garlands and decorations and turn them into a very fun activity to do with family or friends.

Ice cream containers might be made of styrofoam or paper cups that have a plastic lining to prevent the cardboard from getting soggy. Plastic spoons are made of the same type of plastic as other disposable cutlery, which is difficult to recycle. This one is an easy one to avoid… order your ice cream in a cone!

When you go to a festival and you bring a tent, make sure you take it with you when the festival is over. It’s devastating to see all these abandoned tents when festivals are over, tents which are not made to be single-use! Invest in a good tent that you can reuse over and over again. As for cooking? Make sure you bring your own utensils so you don’t need to depend on single-use plastics!

It’s very easy to lose your flip-flops when you’re going into a lake or the ocean. Millions of plastic flip-flops end up polluting beaches and shores around the world every year.. Not only that, marine animals mistake them for food which could make them starve. Furthermore, many additives in plastic are toxic. So, go for natural rubber or hemp flip-flops and try not to lose the plastic ones you already own.

Travel
Being on-the-go shouldn’t prevent you from making the right choices in terms of plastic use. Of course, there are some things that you don’t have any control over — like the plastic built into your car — but some changes are feasible: bringing your own reusable cup to your regular café, for example. Here are some simple plastic-free suggestions for your on-the-go life.

To-go cups are the crux of travel life, making our lives much easier and faster. But more often than not, these to-go coffee cups or smoothie cups are made of plastic. Even paper cups are lined with a plastic coating on the inside, making them non-recyclable. Reusable coffee cups are so diverse that you can use them for anything, be it tea, smoothies, or any other liquid. Having one with you at all times is a great way to reduce your plastic consumption.

If you aren’t carrying your own reusable coffee mug, then make sure you at least refuse the plastic lid, plastic stirrers, and plastic straws. These are easy ways to decrease your single-use plastic footprint.

Only one in five plastic bottles are recycled, so we advise you to avoid buying single-use throw-away plastic bottles. You can carry your own reusable steel flask for all things, hot and cold. You can refill it with cold refreshing water, freshly squeezed juice, or a hot cup of coffee!

We use straws for a just a few minutes and then toss them away, but they stay on our planet for centuries, harming marine life as well as our fellow beings on land. Try to always refuse a plastic straw. If you really need to use a straw then use a metal, paper or bamboo one. Check out Klean Kanteen or this badass Final Straw.

The easiest way to solve the problem of unnecessary plastic bags on-the-go is to always carry a cloth tote bag in with you. They hardly take any space and you can use them for groceries or shopping anywhere.

Millions of tons of plastic waste is generated by the takeaway food industry, and not even 5 percent of it is reused or recycled. On your lazy days, try to take your own reusable container to your favorite take-out restaurant. Or support your local businesses that are trying to go plastic-free.

Another way to avoid plastic-wrapped food is to take your own reusable cloth sandwich bag with you. When buying food at your local deli, provide them with your sandwich bag and tell them why you don’t want to use plastic packaging. A great conversation starter!

Whatever happened to the good old handkerchiefs? Continue to use handkerchiefs and you will save money and plastic waste production. After all, the plastic wrapped around your paper tissues is single-use!

Single-use plastic forks, spoons, knives and chopsticks? Who needs them when you can almost have them all in one,  i.e. in the case of metal folding sporks! These tiny, all-in-one beauties can fit right into the smallest pocket in your bag and they are fun to eat with. Why wait, get yours today!

It is very convenient to buy little bottles of shampoo, soap or toothpaste when you travel. But it’s a huge inconvenience for the environment. Always try to go for solid options, or refill small, reusable containers with the products you already have at home.

Everyone gets hungry while traveling; whether it’s a short or a long trip, we often end up buying snacks packed entirely in plastic. All you have to do to prevent this is bring your own snacks with you while you’re on-the-go. This way, you can also avoid the plastic-packaged food that airlines provide. This simple change will help you go far without plastic.

Many times when you are traveling, airlines or buses provide you with earphones which are often low quality and short-lived. Carrying your own headphones or earphones can help you avoid the unnecessary plastic.

Are you often annoyed by the earplugs that are given to you in planes, buses or at concerts? Did you know you can have your own reusable earplugs that can be a part of your keychain, so you never forget them? There are many cool alternatives available in the market, give them a try!

Your luggage does not need plastic wrapping. It is a very unnecessary use of plastic which ends up in the trash after one use. The plastic that is used is very difficult to recycle. Strictly refrain from using plastic wrap for your luggage if it’s not necessary.

If you say no to the free gift bags or giveaways sometimes provided by airlines (which will end up in the bin sooner rather than later), you put the right message across to the airline and avoid useless plastic at the same time.

Whenever you travel to another country, learn the phrase “No plastic, please” or “No plastic bag, please” in the local language to help you avoid misunderstandings and useless single-use plastic. It’s a fun way to learn the language and spread awareness about the issue!

Did you know that microplastics from tires are the second biggest source of microplastic pollution in our oceans? While there are no absolute solutions or alternatives available for this issue, we advise you to use public transport wherever possible.

When you’re traveling, you probably need to take a towel with you that doesn’t take up a lot of space. Did you know that lightweight towels, also known as microfiber towels, are made of a blend with polyester in it? Carry a cotton towel instead, even if it takes a bit more space.

Kitchen
Your kitchen is full of plastic items; just by opening the fridge or the kitchen cabinet you will see your food wrapped in all sorts of plastic. Not only that, but we all have plastic utensils that can be easily replaced. Let’s try to make your kitchen as plastic-free as possible — for the health of the environment, and your own!

About 160,000 plastic bags are used every second worldwide and only 1-3% of them are recycled. There is an easy solution to that: carry your own reusable bag to the supermarket or even to the mall. You will reduce a lot of unrecyclable plastic waste. It takes each one of us to make a huge impact.

Our fruits and vegetables do not need to be wrapped in plastic. The plastic produce bags are in use for the shortest time and then tossed away. They cannot be recycled, on the top of it all. Use reusable cotton produce sacks and try to buy plastic-free loose fruits and veggies wherever possible.

The plastic around your store-bought bread is also short-lived packaging and not really recyclable. Go to your local bakery with a cotton bread bag, which you can use for a long time. This simple switch will help you avoid a whole lot of unnecessary plastic. If you have plastic-free options available to you in form of a paper bag packed bread, then that’s an option too!

Firstly, we would like to advise you to not put your plastic containers in the microwave. When exposed to heat, plastic can leach out harmful chemicals into your food which may cause Alzheimer’s, heart problems and even cancer. Although it is alright to use reusable plastic containers, if you really want to bring down your plastic footprint, go for glass and metal container options.

You know that microwaving your food in plastic container is harmful, but imagine what happens to your water when you boil it in a plastic water boiler. You are just brewing your water with all the chemicals that the plastic is leaching out at the same time. Invest in a good quality metal water boiler.

Did you know that tea bags which appear to be made of only paper sometimes also contain plastic? The added plastic, however, is rarely mentioned on the packaging, and the consumer remains blissfully unaware. Plastic tea bags are just another way for microplastics to end up in the environment, and likely also the human body — without the tea-drinkers’ knowledge. Go for loose tea leaves and brew your own tea on the stove! Fun!

Did you know that the chemicals which are added to a plastic wrap to make it more “clingy” make it harder to recycle? On top of that, plastic cling films are largely single-use plastic. What are the alternatives? BeesWax wraps which work equally well, are 100% recyclable, reusable, and come in pretty designs!

Convenience food, whether ready-to-eat or frozen, could be a significant participant in your plastic waste footprint. Putting plastic-packaged meals in the microwave is the worst thing you can do to your food and to yourself, as, when heated, plastic leaks chemicals into your food and your body. Preparing fresh meals is a way to avoid this. When it comes to frozen food, you can always freeze at home: buy the fresh fruits and veggies you want to freeze, cut them as you like and freeze them, easy!

Yes, we know that plastic bottles are tempting as they are lightweight and inexpensive, but they sometimes release endocrine disruptors which can potentially mess up hormones in our bodies — young children are especially vulnerable. Try to avoid plastic baby bottles, even the “BPA-free” ones as there are many substitutes to BPA which are just as bad, if not worse. So get your baby a metal bottle. Give Klean Kanteen a try!

The same problem exists with plastic nipples on the plastic baby bottles. Make sure you are buying a natural rubber bottle nipple. Your baby is worth it!

Are you a coffee enthusiast who loves having a cup of coffee at home? Do you use coffee capsules? Then you are participating in the single-use plastic crisis. Coffee capsules are one of the sinners of the single-use, unrecyclable, plastic problem. Institutes and offices around the world are voluntarily giving up on single-use coffee capsules and it’s about time that you do too. Try local stores that provide crafted coffee beans and ground coffee without plastic-packaging, or try these reusable ones from SealPod or WayCap!

Most plastic scrub sponges and brushes are not recyclable, which add up to the heaps of plastic waste that will survive the end of times. Using wooden brushes to clean your dishes is yet another way to bring plastic objects to a bare minimum in your life. Got stubborn stains and burns on your dishes? Use copper scrubs!

Plastic spatulas and ladles usually contain flame retardants and other plastic additives which are believed to cause cancer and birth defects. By using them on hot surfaces, these additives may leak into your food. Always go for wooden or metal spatulas.

This one is another very easy and widely available swap. Just use wooden chopping boards. They are much better for your kitchen, both in terms of quality and aesthetics. You don’t need to use the thin plastic boards which can be easily scratched and sliced with your knives, this way, you don’t have the risk of tiny plastic shavings getting into your food!

The same goes for your plastic cutlery. Over time, it wears and tears, losing tiny microplastics here and there or leaching chemicals and additives when exposed to heat. We do not need microplastics in our bodies and these quick switches will get you a long way.

Although the non-stick pans have made our lives easier and they are kind of plastic-free, they do come with a price, also known as PFOS/PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid). They are the first to leach into your food. Why is that a problem? Because PFOS/PFOA are used as plasticizers and can cause harm to kidney, lungs, liver and reproductive systems. Alternatives to non-stick pans are cast iron pans or steel pans.

The easy swap for kitchen paper tissues that come wrapped in plastic is cotton tea towels, or just turn your old t-shirts into kitchen towels.

When buying eggs, make sure that you buy them in cardboard containers instead of a plastic ones. It’s a very simple fix that can reduce your plastic consumption by a lot!

Buying your food in bulk will save you from a lot of plastic waste. It’s one of the most effective ways to reduce the plastic in your kitchen, and it will get your plastic footprint down by a lot, as plastic packaging is the biggest contributor to our plastic waste problem. While you go on your bulk shopping spree, don’t forget to take your glass jars along!

Bathroom
You’re about to take a shower, or brush your teeth, or simply wash your hands after going to the toilet and what do you see? Plastic everywhere! Keeping yourself clean and keeping the environment clean not always come hand in hand. So let's have a look at what little habits you can work on and start turning your bathroom into a plastic-free paradise!

Did you know that personal care products and cosmetics may contain microplastic ingredients? Download the Beat the Microbead app to check if your cosmetic products are microplastic-free or visit the Beat the Microbead’s product list page. There are also products that are free of any plastic ingredients. The brands and companies that do not use microplastic ingredients in their products can carry the ‘Zero Plastic Inside’ logo. There are many Zero brands that you can choose from.

The list of stores and markets that sell soap bars, shampoo bars, conditioner bars, and lotion bars are endless. This is the most simple and exciting way to cut down the unnecessary plastic in your bathroom. The alternatives to plastic-packaged shower utilities are way more fun. Try out our ‘zero plastic inside’ brands like Werfzeep and Soap7.

Wet wipes are the crucial ingredient of fatbergs (lumps of congealed waste) that often build up in sewage systems across the globe. Single-use, made of plastic and packaged in plastic, wet wipes can be replaced with reusable organic cloth wipes that can be thrown in your laundry, only to be used again and again. If you really need to use wet wipes, just don’t flush them!

Another way to take control of your plastic footprint is to cut down on the plastic packaging that surrounds your make-up remover pads. You can use a cloth pad or reusable makeup remover pads that can be washed and reused to remove your make-up.

One of the most common items found on river banks are cotton buds made of plastic, according to the Clean Rivers Project. Did you know that you can replace these with a paper or a wood alternatives? Most importantly, do not flush cotton buds down the toilet!

Throughout your lifetime, you will use about 300 toothbrushes, which are made of plastic that is often difficult to recycle. Imagine how much unrecyclable plastic you would avoid if you bought a wooden or bamboo toothbrush, like the ones from Humble Brush.

Metal tongue cleaners work just as well and are made to last. You don’t need a plastic tongue cleaner!

Dental floss is an example of a single-use plastic that ends up in our waterways. Animals may mistake it for food and starve. Easy alternatives such as silk or beeswax floss are widely available on the market!

Disposable menstrual pads and tampons may contain plastics and are often flushed down the toilet. On average, a woman is estimated to use and dispose of about 10,000 of these menstruation products in her lifetime. Considering that half of the population of our planet is female, imagine all the non-recyclable single-use waste we are generating. There are simple, widely available solutions for this problem, for instance menstrual cups, which are a one-time investment which lead to virtually no plastic waste or exposure. Or, use reusable cloth pads. There are plenty of alternatives available for you to make your periods green!

Plastic ducks and other bathtub toys are usually made of PVC which is a type of plastic that may leak chemicals. You don’t want your kids to chew on them — so why would you want your kids to bathe with them? Make sure you have plastic toy-free bathtubs!

What can we say about them: just don’t flush them in your toilet! There are no long-term alternatives to disposable contact lenses, so try to use the longest lasting contact lenses available to you and dispose of them responsibly.

More often than not, the answer is NO! DO NOT FLUSH! Wet wipes, cotton buds, tampons and pads, dental floss are some of the many examples of the trash that is polluting our waterways. Only toilet paper is supposed to be flushed. So make sure you and your family dispose of bathroom waste responsibly.

Your shampoo bottles are more recyclable than you think. Do not throw your bathroom plastic in the general waste, put it out for recycling instead so the companies can retrieve those bottles and reuse them.

Yet another piece of plastic ruffled together that you don’t need. You can use a wooden brush or a pumice stone to scrub that dirt away. Easy!

Your grooming regime might be contributing to the 2 billion razors and cartridges disposed of each year. That’s only if you are using disposable razors! There’s a quick fix: a metal razor. Yes, they have existed since the beginning of times, and you can use them till the end of times.

Coconut oil is a magical eco-friendly product, full of vitamin E for your skin & hair and it works wonders as a make-up remover to boot. The best part is that it’s easily available in glass jars across supermarkets. You can save so many plastic containers from being used while giving your skin the natural nourishment it needs!

There are endless options available for plastic-free combs and hair brushes made of bamboo or wood. When your old one is up for replacement, it’s an easy way to minimize your plastic footprint.

Plastic shower curtains are an oft-overlooked but very easy-to-eliminate source of plastic in the bathroom. Simply swap your old one with naturally water resistant fabrics like burlap or hemp shower curtains. They can be easily washed in your washing machine and they do not release plastic microfibers, a win-win situation!

Although plastic toilet brushes are not single-use, they are made for short-term use. So YES! You can brush up your toilet with a wooden brush. What a great way to reduce your plastic footprint and have a greener toilet. You can buy one online at Labour and Wait or find one at a local store near you!

We have finally arrived at a difficult object: toilet paper, which is usually wrapped in plastic. There are, however, alternatives available. Plastic-packaging-free toilet paper is slowly catching up. Have you heard of brands like Who Gives a Crap and The Good Roll? If you want to take your plastic consumption to an absolute low, then give it a try!

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