5 Easy Swaps to Reduce Plastic Use
We just released our 32 oz Mini Refill Versatile Wash, with the hopes that you will Reduce, Reuse, and Refill! This refill just will allow you to top-off your 16 oz pump bottle, or fill it up twice over. It's also a great way to hang onto those bottles with personalized or limited edition labels! We are passionate about sustainability around here, and reducing our plastic consumption is a big goal we are always working toward! Read on to learn about some seamless ways you can limit your everyday plastic use.
1. Cotton Swabs
Plastic? In cotton swabs? Well, maybe... Do you know what your cotton swabs, specifically the sticks, are made from? Chances are, if you haven't checked to be sure, they are plastic! Studies have found the plastic sticks from cotton swabs are one of the largest contributors to ocean plastic pollution. They can take hundreds of years to break down, and when they do, they become a part of the microplastic problem. Instead, the next time you have to re-stock, look for swabs with paper or cardboard sticks. These will be biodegradable and/or compostable, and they may even be made from recycled materials themselves. Side note -- the tube from your HSCo Soy Wax Candle has great up-cycle potential for cotton swab storage!
2. Plastic Sandwich Bags
Whether you're packing the kids' school lunch, organizing your purse or travel bag, or just corralling loose items, plastic baggies certainly come in handy. Of course, their thin plastic is not recyclable, and they can take anywhere from 10-100 years to break down. Enter: Stasher Bags! We love Stashers because they come in convenient sizes and colors, can actually be cleaned (and turned inside-out to dry), and their "zippers" stand up to the test of time. Safe to put in the freezer, the microwave, and the dishwasher, they are free of BPA, BPS, lead, latex, and phthalates. Get yours here!
3. Plastic Wrap
Like plastic sandwich bags, it is easy to grab the cling-wrap out of habit or convenience. However, the concept of a reusable alternative is nothing new. For centuries, people have been using fabric coated in wax to wrap food and other fresh products (bar soap, anyone?) to keep them safe for storage and travel. Breathing new life into this tried-and-true concept, Bees Wraps, a B Corp, use 100% organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin to create a washable, reusable, and compostable alternative. Adding to the convenience factor are the thoughtful sizes and designs they offer -- like the sandwich wrap that includes a bamboo button and tie closure. Check out what else they offer here.
4. Sheet Face Masks
While the easy clean-up of a sheet face mask is undeniably desirable, have you ever stopped to think about how your favorite sheet mask is packaged? Odds are, these single-use masks come in a foil-lined plastic pouch, with a thin sheet of plastic between layers of the mask. Neither of these types of plastic is typically able to be recycled, and even if it were, research shows that only about 20% of Americans actually recycle items from their bathrooms. Alternatively, our French Clay Mask comes in a multi-use pack (depending on your use, get anywhere from 2-6 applications from one pouch), which uses no unnecessary packaging. Unlike the fused thin plastic & foil of the sheet mask packaging, the materials of our The Mask pouch can be separated and then recycled! Discover your new favorite face mask.
That's right, even your deodorant can come in biodegradable, plastic-free packaging these days! While the usual plastic of deodorant tubes can usually be recycled, you often have to remove the labels first (a little tidbit most people either don't know or forget about) and like we mentioned above, it's unlikely that your bathroom recyclables are making their way into the correct bin anyway. Take the guesswork out of it, and opt for a brand that is taking matters into their own eco-conscious hands already. One of the many reasons we love SmartyPits is that they do just that. Learn more about the awesome ways they're looking out for you (and our planet) here.
for more reading / sources: https://www.cottonbudproject.org.uk/ , https://www.cleanocean.org/ , https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/population_and_sustainability/sustainability/plastic_bag_facts.html , https://sustainability.ncsu.edu/blog/changeyourstate/bathroom-recycling/