Companies that are Totally Plastic Free!

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Our society has grown to rely so heavily on plastic that it has become difficult to avoid purchasing, even for those of use who are actively avoiding it. That is why we have compiled a short list of companies making efforts to support you in your pursuit of a plastic-free life! If you know a company that should be on this list, please let us know in the comments! 

Don’t forget: We once lived without plastic. Beverage companies, for example, once relied entirely on refillable bottle systems — there’s no reason we can’t do that today while applying new technologies to increase sustainability and convenience for consumers”, Christy Leavitt told Waste360 (Bothwell 2020). 

 

Groceries

If you’re trying to cut back on your plastic Whole Foods has your back. While they are not entirely plastic free, they have set an example for other grocery stores by finding simple ways to cut out the plastic – and are continuing to put effort into making sustainability a priority. For those who do want to be completely plastic free, they also offer the option of buying in bulk

 But location is always going to play a role in what you have access to and Whole Foods is not always around the corner. A great resource for finding bulk options near you is Litterless. So, even if you are on the move, all you need to do is a quick search and you’ll know what is in the area.

 

On the other hand, maybe you prefer shopping online. Loop is an alternative to delivery companies, which is currently experimenting with reusable packaging – so, you’ll be able to return everything your food was brought to you in, and Loop will pick it up for free, wash it out and reuse it. They partner with brands ranging from pharmaceutical to ice-cream to shampoo, to provide reusable packaging for each. When you order a product, you place a refundable deposit for the packaging, which then you get back once its returned. Loop then cleans it and reuses it for another order. (loopstore.com). This company has gone international and 

 

The Wally Shop is another online option which creates a closed loop groceries delivery service. The zero-waste store provides all organic, fair trade, and GMO-free products. Their deliveries come in re-usable packages which can be returned, cleaned, and shipped out again. You place a deposit on the delivery tote ($10) and a deposit on each container ($1) of which you can fill 12. This money is returned (by dropping it off at a UPS or scheduling a pickup) to you once the items are returned empty – so you are not paying for any packaging (https://thewallyshop.co/about).

Home Cleaning Products

If you’re on the hunt for household upkeep items, there are a few options. Ecopod is a Florida based company that is combatting plastic waste. Like Loop, they pose the question of why consumers and companies are spending their money on the containers when they are not necessity and are thrown away almost immediately anyway. Ecopod is giving manufacturers and consumers alike the opportunity to reduce their use of plastic by placing kiosks in residential and retail spaces where they are easily accessible. We are hoping they expand their reach across the country (ecopod.us.com).

 

For those of us living outside of Florida, Blueland is another option for home cleaning products. They have been “carbon neutral” since 2020 and have been certified as Climate Neutral since 2021. You buy the containers once and order refills packaged in compostable paper when you need them. They have eco-ingredients and packaging, do not contain water (which allows for minimal shipping impact) and are also B Certified, so not only are their products having a positive impact, but their work environment has one too. Already, since 2019, Blueland’s products have prevented 1 billion single-use plastic bottles from entering the landfills (https://www.blueland.com).

Clothing

If you are looking for a clothing resource that supports your plastic free lifestyle, try BAM, Bamboo Clothing. Plastic cannot be found in their clothing nor their packaging, even if you’re having it shipped to your door. Instead, their clothing is shipped in Kraft paper card, and thread. By 2030, they are working to be fully sustainable, with nothing entering the landfill (https://bambooclothing.co.uk).

Another way to minimize your impact on plastic and waste when you’re shopping for clothing, is by purchasing used clothing – thrifting. It’s trendy, but it’s also a great way to help the planet recover from the consequences of an industry that uses a lot of plastic and produces a lot of waste. You can also contribute by dropping off clothes that you don’t wear anymore.

 

 Personal Care Products

Regarding personal care, you may have already heard about Lush. Yes, Lush does use plastics, but when they do, it is “recycled, recyclable, reusable, or compostable materials” (lushusa.com). More importantly, if you don’t want to use plastic, they have a slew of options that are entirely plastic-free. Their solid shampoo can be used 80 times. And, if you’re ordering from them online, the peanuts they use to package are totally plant based and water soluble.  

If you’re searching for makeup, RMS Beauty is another provider that does not use plastic. Their products are packaged in glass containers with aluminium lids and on top of that, their boxes are “made using 80% wind power” (https://www.rmsbeauty.com/pages/list-of-ingredients). The RMS Beauty products are made with “raw, food grade and organic ingredients in their natural state,” (https://www.rmsbeauty.com/pages/our-philosophy). If ordering online is not your style, Sephora and Bluemercury carry the mark, so keep your eye out!

 

Personal Hygiene Products

If you have a menstrual cycle, have recently had a baby, or experience incontinence, Natracare is a company that provides options to help you care for yourself and the planet at the same time. These hygiene products are made with “home compostable plant-based plastic made from renewable materials,” (natracare.com). They are sold in pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide, but in case you cannot find them, they are also available online.

 Sources:

Brothwell, Liz, and Christy Leavitt. “Plastic-Free July: Talking Solutions for Businesses and Consumers.” Waste360, InformaMarkets, 27 July 2020, www.waste360.com/plastics/plastic-free-july-talking-solutions-businesses-and-consumers. 

 

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