8 ways to use a little less plastic every day



Consider this: Every piece of plastic ever produced is still on the planet in some form…

… staggering, right? It’s little secret we’re big fans of reducing waste in any form ( has heaps of tips and in her book ).

So we thought we’d share some of Sarah Lantz and Tabitha McIntosh’s tricks for using less plastic in your daily life from their new book .


1. Take your own shopping bags when you’re grabbing your groceries.

Or opt for a cardboard box to pack them and carry them home.

2. Store your food in glass containers.

These are the most inert containers you can use.

3. Don’t microwave your food in plastic or glad-wrap.

Use ceramic or glass instead. Same goes for plastic utensils – always avoid mixing plastics with heat.

4. Avoid using any plastic made with bisphenol A (BPA).

This can be found in microwaveable ovenware, baby bottles, milk and juice containers, plastic water bottles, plastic lined cans and even takeaway coffee lids.

If plastic is your only option, look for those labelled ‘BPA-free’.

5. Encourage minimal packaging.

Many schools have introduced these kinds of initiatives. Talk to your kids about why it’s important from an ecological perspective and also for their health.

6. Switch to glass or stainless steel everyday water bottles.

And baby bottles. Make sure there’s no inner plastic lining.

7. Ditch hand-me-down plastic toys.

A ban on certain types of phthalates in children’s toys took place in 2011, but anything made of soft plastic that was manufactured prior to this probably contains some of the banned phthalates. Think rubber ducks and soft plastic toys, not Lego.

8. Start with what you’ve got, when you can.

It’s better than not starting at all!

You can find out more about Sarah Lantz and Tabitha McIntosh’s tips for living more simply and reducing chemical exposure in their book .

Sarah Lantz and Tabitha Mcintosh
Sarah Lantz (PhD) and Tabitha Mcintosh (ND) have spent nearly two decades exploring the areas of chemical toxicity, nutritional medicine and the impacts of the environment on our bodies. They have worked in clinical nutrition and naturopathic private practices; with some of Australia's best universities, on organic farms, with farmers’ markets and in ethical business.

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