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16 Really Fucking Easy Ways To Use Less Plastic

You don't have to do them all every day, but every little effort makes a difference.

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1. Get used to drinking without a straw.

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It's totally fine if stainless steel straws don't seem like your thing, because you can just say "no" to getting a straw with your drink. It'll taste the same.

2. Quit using Q-tips.

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Yes, they're great to poke inside your ears (even though you're not supposed to do that) and fix up smudged eyeliner, but they're also a pretty unnecessary waste of plastic.

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3. Buy or make some beeswax wraps.

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These are an incredible alternative to plastic wrap and will keep your food just as fresh.

4. Avoid getting a receipt when you can.

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Some receipts are coated in a thin layer of plastic that makes them unrecyclable.

5. When shopping, don't use plastic bags in the fresh fruit section or at the checkout.

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6. If you really need a bag, grab one of the paper bags that are designed for mushrooms.

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These are great for loose-leaf lettuce, tomatoes, and other fruit and veg you don't want rolling around your trolley.

7. Get your bread from a bakery.

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Bakeries often put their loaves into paper bags rather than stuffing them inside plastic.

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8. If you use tampons, try switching to a silicon menstrual cup to avoid monthly plastic waste.

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JuJu cups are available in Australia for $55.

9. Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of disposable razors if you shave.

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10. Preference takeaway options with sustainable packaging.

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Zambrero, for example, use completely carbon-neutral, sustainable packaging.

11. If you're getting food delivered to your house, let the restaurant know you won't be needing cutlery.

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Plastic forks are shit to eat with anyway tbh.

12. Buy soap that's sold without any packaging.

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13. And look for beauty brands that do their best to remain sustainable.

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New Zealand-based brand Ethique sells a range of solid beauty bars to use on your skin and hair.

14. Basically, when you buy anything for you or your house, see if there's a version that isn't wrapped in plastic.

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Who Gives a Crap toilet paper is delivered plastic-free and donates half its profits to organisations that improve sanitation in developing countries.

15. Get a reusable coffee cup and actually use it.

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This one from Stojo is collapsable so it won't even take up much room in your bag. Get one here for $19.95.

16. And, finally, stop buying bottled water.

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Take your own bottle or grab a glass, then hit up the nearest tap.

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