By Lottie Dalziel
I'll be the first to admit that reducing your waste is a lot harder than it sounds. In early 2018, on my weekly swim, I noticed plastic floating in the water. From that day, I started picking up a few pieces of rubbish every time I went to the beach, and I couldn't believe how easy it was to find.
I decided to make more of a conscious effort to reduce my waste and found it overwhelmingly difficult to find reputable information, products that were actually good for the environment and that came in plastic-free packaging, it sounds simple right? I thought if we want Australians to make a difference we need it to be a whole lot easier, so I started Banish to help provide Aussies with the best information and tools in the biz to help make a difference.
The average Australian generates 2.7 tonnes of waste each year, but who wants to be average? Together we can be extraordinary.
So what's the best thing you can do? Start. It's not about being perfect, doing something is better than doing nothing. Here are ten products that will have you kicking eco-goals in next to no time. Start with one or two and build your collection as you progress, we're in this for the long-run.
With most major supermarkets now forcing you to BYOB, it's time to grab a tote bag and carry it with you wherever you go! You'll never be caught out again and you'd be surprised with how often it comes in handy.
Aussies are coffee feens, slurping down at least six billion cups of coffee each year. One of the simplest swaps you can do is use a reusable coffee cup, plus responsible cafes will give you 50c off for BYO so you'll be saving money and the planet. High-five!
4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes end up in our oceans and landfills each year. It's a statistic that's hard to swallow, make the switch to a bamboo toothbrush and when you're finished snip off the bristles and throw the handle in your compost bin. Genius!
One thing I've never quite mastered was cling wrap. Not only could I never get it to tear off smoothly but it never lasted as long as it should. Using these silicone food wraps was a game changer and I never have to use other flimsy wraps again.
The average woman uses 11,000 tampons in her lifetime. Switch to an eco-friendly option like a Menstrual Cup to help your period have as little impact on the planet as possible.
Cut down on the number of plastic products in your shower in a couple of simple steps! One shampoo and conditioner bar is worth up to 6 bottles of regular hair product. Save time, money and the planet by making the switch today.
Say NO! to single use disposable bread bags, toggles & ties and Hello to Onya's vintage-style reusable bread bags, designed to carry your bread home in style without any packaging waste!
Similarly to plastic toothbrushes, every plastic razor you've ever used still exists somewhere on this planet and will last between 300-400 years. Make the switch to an ol' fashioned safety razor and you'll have one for life.
When it comes to cleaning it is important to be mindful of what chemicals you're spritzing around your home. Not only are they bad for your lungs but they're not good for our waterways too. Well played.
Slash plastic from your grocery shop with these produce bags that are made from recycled plastic drink bottles. Perfect for beans, spinach and bulk foods! Plus they are great for travelling.
So there you have it, my ten ideas on how to get started. If you've got any questions please sing out or follow Banish on Instagram for lots of simple and easy sustainable swaps.
About the author
Lottie Dalziel is the founder and editor in chief of Banish. She has a passion for the environment and wants to help educate and inspire individuals to make small changes towards a more sustainable future. Stay up to date with her latest challenges on Instagram @banish.au.