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The Brightside: Preparing For Plastic Free July - Top Tips For Creating New Habits

The Brightside: Preparing For Plastic Free July - Top Tips For Creating New Habits

This month is Plastic Free July, and it's the perfect time to embark on creating some new habits around our addiction to the convenience of plastic. We share with you our top tips and easy swap outs to help you remove plastic from your home ... step by step, day by day.

We are all well aware of the devastating effects plastic pollution has on our natural environment, both in its production and its inability to break down. However, more recently, we have also become aware of how detrimental it is to our health. 

Chemical additives such as Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates leech out of the material and contaminate food, water and beverages, causing hormonal disrupters and potential carcinogenic properties. Not to mention the microplastics present in our air, waterways and food.

Looking at the problem of plastic in its entirety can be overwhelming, to say the least! So let's break it down and start the journey with some simple changes you can make around your home and lifestyle.

Self-care and hygiene:

- An easy swap is to switch out liquid soaps, shampoos and conditioners in plastic bottles to bars. Most major supermarkets and chemists now offer these alternatives in bar soaps. However, if you are after something specific, we love Ethique, or the Seed & Sprout range. 

- For teeth cleaning, you can switch to bamboo toothbrushes rather than plastic. 

- Plastic toothpaste tubes also need to go. Here is a list of great alternatives and information from Sustainable Jungle.


The beauty industry is responsible for pumping out 120 billion units of plastic every year! However, this is such a tough one as we know many people are loyal to their go-to brands for skincare and makeup. The industry is constantly innovating with refill options and plastic alternatives, so it is worth your time and effort to lobby your favourite brands into offering sustainable alternatives. We love Conserving Beauty for skincare and Eco Minerals for makeup. 

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Food storage:

- Cling wrap needs no place in your kitchen. Instead, opt for reusable tupperware containers (preferably glass), silicone or beeswax wraps, and placing plates on top of bowls.  

- Try to avoid packaged food in general by avoiding the middle of the supermarket. 

- These days there are many brands that offer plastic free packaged goods or compostable packaging, so you can still snack away if you choose wisely. 

- For July, why not commit to heading to your local bulk food store for a weekly stock up on snacks and other goods you would usually buy packaged.

Take away meals and drinks:

- Cannot be bothered to cook at home? There is a simple solution ... dine in! It will save you on the washing up too!   

- If you love a coffee on the go - bring your reusable coffee cup. Better yet, fork out and buy that coffee machine. Best investment our family ever made!  

- Friday night pizza is an easy take out option as it comes in cardboard which is recyclable and biodegradable.  

- You could also BYO containers to your favourite local restaurant if they don't offer compostable packaging. 


- Switch out harsh chemicals in plastic bottles for refill options like our newest small biz, crush Pleasant State. Waterless, free of toxins and plastic free, it's the cleaning brand we never knew we needed! 

- For dishwashing, we love Seed & Sprout eco dish cleaning products, including plastic free brushes, compostable and biodegradable cloths, as well as bar detergents. 

- In the laundry, use powder rather than liquid detergents. Many brands have even removed the unnecessary plastic scoop (Omo, Woolworths Macro Brand, Eco Store). 

- Use stainless steel pegs (they actually last!).  

- Make sure to wash any polyester garments in a wash bag to avoid microplastics leaching into our waterways.


- When purchasing new garments, avoid polyester, acrylics, nylon, and other cheap man-made fibres that contain plastics and are harmful both in their production and inability to break down in landfill.  

- 'Wear it to death' – that's the mantra you should have with all of your clothing. 

- Choosing anti-trend/classic pieces you love that stand the test of time will mean you can do this with ease.  

- Thrift shopping, clothes swap parties with friends, and borrowing clothes for events are all great ways to save on clothing waste and money.


We hope these few small tips will help kick start your journey! For more in-depth reading, we love these blogs and websites with an abundance of articles and advice.

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