13 plastic-free household products you should be using

The average Australian household produces 1.5 tonnes of waste each year: It's time for consumers to step up and do their bit to save the planet.

With the government pledging to make Australia's packaging recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025, the war on waste is getting serious.

Swapping your household items for some of these eco-friendly products is one way to reduce the impact you have on the environment.

Toothbrush

Bamkiki's biodegradable toothbrushes are crafted from a bamboo handle and have recyclable nylon bristles.

Prices from $13.90 for 2, Bamkiki

Dental floss

This plastic-free dental floss is made from activated charcoal bamboo fibre and is infused with organic virgin coconut oil and 100% pure essential oils.

$12.95, Noosa Basics

Toiletries

LUSH's packaging-free shampoo bars will last up to 80 washes and one bar is the equivalent to three 200ml plastic shampoo bottles.

Jason and the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar, $14.95 from LUSH

This packaging-free shower gel is double the concentrate of regular liquid shower gels.

Limited Edition Naked Shower Gel, $14.95 from LUSH

Crockery and cutlery

Made from real coconuts discarded as waste, these bowls, cutlery and chopsticks are biodegradable and make for a fantastic alternative to plastic crockery and cutlery.

Prices from $7.95, Coconut Bowls

Straws

These food-grade stainless steel straw are eco-friendly, BPA-free and reusable.

$8.90, Tropeaka

Pet poo bags

According to Oh Crap, four percent of landfill is made up of dog poo - yuck! These non-plastic PVA bags are biodegradable and will break down in six months.

Prices from $14.99, Oh Crap

Coffee cups

Disposable coffee cups contribute enormously to Australia's landfill and, with beautiful reusable cups like this on the market, should become relics of the past. 

Prices from $30, KeepCup

Hairbrush

Treat your locks to a sustainably-grown bamboo hair brush with an ergonomic handle.

$21.95, Biome

Toilet paper

Made without trees using bamboo and recycled paper, Who Gives A Crap's toilet paper doesn't just come wrapped in pretty and plastic-free packaging, it also donates 50% of its profits to building toilets in the developing world.

Prices from $18 Who Gives A Crap

Dishcloths

Made from cotton and cellulose, these Swedish dishcloths are super absorbent and can replace around 17 rolls of paper towel over their lifespan.

$6.95 from Retro Kitchen

Food wrap

These reusable beeswax wraps, made with 100% organic cotton, natural Australian beeswax, organic coconut oil, tree resin and Australian jojoba oil, are an eco-friendly alternative to cling wrap.

Prices from $15 from Honeybee Wrap

Ethically handmade in India, these reusable cotton canvas snack pockets are biodegradable, machine-washable and can replace your plastic zip-lock bags.

$12.95 from 4 My Earth

Header image source: Honeybee Wrap

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Posted by Merrilyn15Report
Great ideas, but seriously-who can afford all of this (as wit most products that are expensive & claim more uses & thus no more expensive, it's usually not the case!). If people are serious about this stuff the products need to be cheaper than the non-reusable & consumers will naturally go for that alternative! Make the choice easy!