Switching to reusable items is an easy and effective way to reduce plastic waste. Here are five durable alternatives to disposables that are stirring up debate.
There has been a lot of discussion about environmentalism lately. People are becoming increasingly aware of environmental issues. The general public is now more likely to segregate waste, use public transport, or participate in recycling initiatives. Reusable items like food packaging, cloth bags, and straws have also gained popularity. These reusable items have now become a permanent part of our lives, and the internet is full of alternatives to single-use products, some of which are quite controversial.
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Reusable cotton buds
There are varying opinions on the effectiveness of cotton buds. Some people think that they are harmful, while others believe that they work well for cleaning the lobes of the ears. Some people also use them for both shallow and deep cleaning. However, it is clear that disposable plastic cotton buds are not environmentally friendly, and their alternatives can be surprising.
Instead of traditional cotton buds, reusable alternatives are available in a variety of shapes and colours. The sticks are often made of recyclable plastic and can replace up to a thousand disposable cotton buds. This solution is beneficial when biodegradable alternatives are not yet readily available.
Reusable trash bags
A while back, there was a lot of talk online about reusable trash bags that Ikea, a well-known furniture store, was selling. Some people were in favour of this idea, while others were not. Those who were against it didn't like the idea of having to wash the bags or were concerned about them developing a bad smell. However, the manufacturer claimed these bags were great for separating dry waste such as paper, plastic, and clean glass.
Reusable handkerchiefs, once the norm, are now considered an unusual solution. This alternative is particularly popular among those committed to the zero-waste lifestyle. Although many people prefer using tissues, many passionate nature conservationists have switched to handkerchiefs. Nowadays, you can find a wide range of handkerchief designs and colours available online. They are typically made of high-quality cotton that absorbs moisture exceptionally well.
Reusable cleaning sponges
Sponges and washcloths are products that are commonly used in large quantities. They tend to develop a foul smell due to the growth of bacteria and fungi in damp and warm environments. To avoid this, it is essential to replace the sponge used for washing dishes regularly. However, this solution is not environmentally friendly. A more eco-friendly solution is to use a reusable hemp washer. This natural alternative has antibacterial properties and is long-lasting.
Reusable toilet paper
Toilet paper made of fabric is the last item on the list of eco-substitutes and the most controversial one. This alternative requires using a piece of cloth that needs to be rinsed under running water and washed afterwards.