I’ve seen the question of what to do with the plastic in your home once you’ve started the zero waste journey several times. There’s this assumption that once you commit to going zero waste you must purge all plastic items from your house and immediately purchase the sustainable, non plastic-y counterparts. Well, I’m here to say that is NOT true.
- I still use plastic containers to store pet supplies, toiletries, and organize nuts and bolts and more.
- I still use a plastic toothbrush for cleaning grout.
- I still use a plastic hairbrush – I’ve lost a few teeth but that bad boy is still operable.
- I still use a few freezer bags from before I went zero waste that I just wash out and resuse.
- I still use a set of plastic measuring cups.
- I still use a plastic mopping bucket.
- I use reusable plastic plates, cups, and utensils for camping
I could go on and on. My point is. We all have several plastic items in our households that are perfectly usable. Living “zero waste” doesn’t mean throw-all-plastic-away immediately. It means making better, more sustainable choices going forward and utilizing what we already have. It’s not about buying more – but buying less. Buying non-plastic items once the plastic ones wear out will result in longer product lives and ensure that they can be sustainably recycled/composted once it’s no longer usable. If you still feel that a few of your plastic items need to leave your life, then I highly suggest you donate it or recycle it if you can.
The great thing about using what we already have means that you don’t have to invest in a small fortune of reusable products to start eliminating waste. Social media continually paints this picture that zero waste is something only rich people can achieve and I hope I have done my part to prove that false.
For more on what you can do with your plastic, read 30 Useful Ideas for Plastic Storage Containers.
What plastic items are you still using?