Plastic is the most used products in our everyday lives. Individually, we use approximately 53kilograms of plastics a year and a collective of over 2.5million tonnes in Nigeria. While plastics are readily available, flexible and fairly cheaper, it is mostly degrading our environment; plastic litter, gyres of plastics in the oceans, and the toxic additives in plastic products are major plastic challenges.
To contribute to ending plastic pollution, we have curated top 10 alternatives to plastics in your everyday live across personal care, decor, kitchen, travel and packaging.
- Reusable Linen Shopping Bag
Why use 2-9 single-use plastic bags per shopping around when you can use 1 reusable bags 20 times-over; saving yourself space at home and the environment of heat-trapping plastics.
You can shop Ecobarter Reusable Linen Bags for 1,000 NGN per pair. The bags are foldable, washable and definitely eco-friendly.
- Bamboo ToothBrush
Ecobarter’s Bamboo toothbrush is your perfect replacement for the plastic in your home. Millions of plastic toothbrushes end up in the environment annually because they are made from polypropylene plastic and nylon, they also take 100s of years to biodegrade. Where plastic toothbrush are burnt on landfills, combustion is incomplete and releases harmful toxins to the environment.
- Reusable Platinum Silicone Water Bottle
Made primarily of sand and food-grade platinum silicone; our foldable silicone water bottle is your best friend for outdoor activities. You can easily fold and keep in your purse when not in use and fill when necessary. Saves you the need for PET water bottles, Stainless Bottles or disposable cups. Ditch 100s of PET bottles by buying this Silicone water bottle.
- Plant-Based disposable plates
What’s a Nigerian party without “take-away”. Millions of disposable plates are consumed weekly and they are mostly PET or Styrofoams, which are both types of plastics that breakdown into microplastics to infect our food chain and marine lives.
Your party should definitely be fun and sustainably, so look to replace plastic disposable plates with plant-based biodegradable options like Ecobarter compostable cane fibre plates. They are available in different sizes and shapes
- Glass Cups
Glass cups are more eco-friendly; especially at your office or small gathering. They are made primarily from sand and are 100% recyclable.
- Wooden Hangers:
Absolutely no one realizes that hangers are conventionally plastic. Reduce your plastic footprint and forget about broken hangers by switching to wood hangers.
- Stainless Steel Food Containers
Enjoy food and snacks at your preferred temperature without the guilt of plastic by going with stainless steel food containers for your outdoor activities.
- Compostable garbage bag:
Ditch non-biodegradable single-use trash bags for recycled or compostable options.
- Soap Bars
Personal care products like hair shampoo and conditioners are packaged in high-density plastics that unfortunately only get used once. Replacing liquid shampoos packed in plastics with less packaged Bar Shampoos is a great way to reduce your plastic footprint.
- Plant-based Scrub/Sponges
Our sponges are mostly made from plastic materials, that easily breakdown into microplastics when left in the environment. Ecobarter Loofah Sponge is great and therapeutic alternatives you should buy.