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Irish people are going plastic free and here’s how!

Trying to cut down on your use of single use plastic and make changes for the environment? Well, read on for the ultimate list of plastic free swaps Irish people have made to reduce their use of single use plastic and make steps towards zero waste! I recently ran a competition on Facebook & Instagram where I asked people to comment with a plastic free swap they’d made, and I was blown away by the response.

This complete list of responses is created from comments by real people in Ireland making real plastic free changes! I hope you’ll be as inspired from reading it as I was!

July is the perfect time to introduce even one of these changes as we enter Plastic Free July. The best bit is at Green Outlook I stock a lot of these items but don’t forget you can get creative at home and make some of these items yourself too. Never feel pressure to introduce all these changes. We want sustainable lifestyle changes but at a sustainable rate. Do what you can, when you can, even if you can’t do it all. Let me know if you give any of these plastic free swaps a go!

Fiona 😀

The amazing list of plastic free swaps created by Irish people:

Kitchen

  • Jug of filtered water instead of bottled water (Reusable charcoal water filter)
  • Water filter installed to mains tap
  • Buy kitchen sauces and condiments in glass jars
  • Buy eggs in cardboard instead of plastic
  • Buy loose fruit and veg
  • Reusable natural fibre kitchen scouring pad sponges & washing up brush (All compostable)
  • Concentrated eco-friendly kitchen and bathroom cleaning sprays (Refillable where possible)
  • Laundry Bar
  • Shop at a zero waste/ bulk shop for dried goods
  • Paper lunch bags
  • Beeswax wraps or vegan wraps instead of cling film
  • Eco wraps for sandwiches
  • AeroPress or reusable coffee pods instead of single use coffee pods
  • Reusable silicone baking tray
  • Recyclable paper tape instead of plastic tape for wrapping gifts
  • Soda stream for sparkling water
  • Biodegradable bin bags for general waste, compost and dog bags
Vegan and beeswax wraps handmade in Cork

Bathroom

  • Shampoo bar
  • Conditioner bar
  • Body soap bar
  • Zero waste cosmetics and body creams
  • Non plastic packaged deodorant
  • Lip balm in cardboard or metal container
  • Eco friendly recycled toilet paper, plastic free
  • Natural material or wooden soap dishes
  • Bamboo toothbrushes
  • Mouthwash tablets in glass packaging
  • Toothpaste tablets in glass
  • Plastic free tooth floss
  • Toothpaste in glass jar
  • Glass toothbrush holder
  • Reusable cotton or bamboo face pads & make up cleansing wipes
  • Safety razor as replacement for disposable razor
  • Cotton buds
  • Using bar soap instead of liquid soap
  • Natural sunscreen in a recyclable tin or cardboard packaging
  • Upcycling glass jars to hold make up wipes
  • Cloth loofah for the shower
  • Copper tongue scrapper
  • Reusable cloth baby wipes
  • Reusable cloth nappies
  • 100% biodegradable nappies or wipes (when not using cloth nappies)
Spearmint Natural Toothtablets

Sanitary

  • Menstrual cup, a reusable replacement for tampons
  • Reusable period underwear
  • Reusable pads and panty liners
  • Organic cotton sanitary products such as Ilo

On the Go

  • Reusable stainless-steel water bottle
  • Reusable cutlery (Bamboo or kitchen cutlery)
  • Reusable coffee cup
  • Reusable straw
  • Bring a reusable lunch box to the deli for grocery shopping or when getting lunch to go
  • Avoid plastic bags, instead use a reusable cloth, cotton bag or tote bag
  • Re-use jars as containers
  • Reduce buying fast fashion (synthetic fibres). Shop in charity shops
Fiona with her reusable water bottle at Croke Park

Other cool plastic ditching tips that were suggested:

  • When at the beach collect a bucket of rubbish, including fishing line, one of the biggest plastic polluters of our oceans
  • Avoid soft plastic packaged items as much as possible. Soft plastic is not widely recycled in Ireland
  • Make your own body care (deodorant, hand cream etc)
  • Make your own cleaning products
  • Make your own food (Nut milks/Oat milk, bread, snacks & cookies etc.)
  • Grow your own veg
  • Make your own bath salts
  • Make ice at home instead of buying plastic bags of ice
  • Make your own ice pops & ice lollies with fresh fruit using a reusable mould
  • Refuse plastic straws & plastic cutlery when dining out
  • Wash and reuse all glass jars in the kitchen
  • Wash hair less often
  • Mend & repair clothes to make them last longer
  • Get your kids involved and teach them young
  • Make eco bricks for home DIY projects from soft plastics
  • Avoid single use wipes (They are predominantly made of plastic)
  • Set up a sustainability committee in work
  • Buy canned drinks instead of plastic bottles

This is not a definitive list of what we can do to avoid single use plastic but it’s a start. Always try to use up what you have at home before investing in your next plastic free swap. We want to create as little waste as possible and use all resources to their fullest. Feel free to add your comments below with more of what you’re doing to be as environmentally friendly and plastic free as possible.

Shop some of the above items here at Green Outlook. Green Outlook Ireland is an Irish plastic free shop owned and run by Fiona. She set up Green Outlook in 2019 to help Irish people reduce their environmental impact. Fiona also shares tips and information on the Green Outlook Facebook and Instagram pages.

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