Top 10 Plastic Free Options

We have been so impressed with the amount of folks coming in looking to make the small changes to live plastic free!

At Generation Green we  continue to look for innovative products that can make these consumer choices affordable and accessible.   We also want to continue to encourage people to reuse and reduce their waste by refilling, purchasing in bulk, practicing mindful consumerism and if visiting our in-store cafe, please bring back any packaging received to have composted.

Here are our top 10 plastic free alternatives  as we head into Plastic Free July!

  1. Reusable Straws – we stock Onyx Containers stainless steel straws, locally made glass  straws from Brook Drabot and silicone straws made in Canada from Colibri. To make it even easier to bring your own straw, we have some lovely, local carrying sleeves from Twinkle & Blink and Colibri wide bag fits 4 of their silicone straws easily!
  2. Produce/Bulk Bags – another fantastic local find from Practical Homestead, that we recently stocked. That plastic, good for nothing roll at the grocery store is definitely a huge focus for many to replace and has us happy dancing over here at GG!
  3. Ditch the saran wrap and try one of these options – Abeego beeswax food wraps or also from Practical Homestead washable, food safe bowl covers, sandwich and cheese wraps.  Of course Colibri has long been stocking us with reusable sandwich and snack bags that you’ll find a hundred and one uses for!
  4. Bulk!! Bring in those bottles & jars and fill them here at Generation Green with shampoo, body wash, lotions, dish soap, laundry soap & more (see our full list here).
  5. Oral Health – Bamboo toothbrushes from BAM Brush and our fabulous find (that took forever!) from Flosspot Gold is vegan corn fibre dental floss.  Also available in refill!
  6. Razors – invest in a solid brass safety razor from Well Kept that will last you forever!!  Did you know that it’s estimated that over 2 billion plastic razors are discarded in the US alone!?!
  7. Shampoo & Conditioner bars from The Unwrapped Life hit the shelves here a month ago and we’re pretty darn impressed with them!  The biggest being that they replace approx 2.5 bottles, so wastefree and economical!
  8. Carry a cup/bottle! This is an easy one! Find one you love and bring it everywhere to have filled.
  9. Cutlery – we have travel cutlery from Joseph Joseph called Go Eat that contains a magnetic fork, spoon and knife that all clip together conveniently in a silicone storage case.
  10. We love that more companies are thinking about packaging, like Glowing Orchid Organics with their new paper tube deodorant that we are now stocking (and love!)

Lastly, REFUSE – have your say to what you purchase and how you purchase it.  It’s an ongoing effort but changes are happening! Be one of the change makers!

Our Top 5 Picks for Waste Free Living

The change starts with you! It simply must.

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There are so many everyday items that we could easily convert to reusable and it won’t hurt a bit! We promise!!

#1 is reusable bags! It’s our hope that the more people who make this simple switch will have everyone easily shouting BAN plastic bags!!  From reusable shoppers, produce bags and even bread bags, we have options for you!!

Did you know…

“Plastic bags are not biodegradable, they are “degradable”, which means that they will break down into smaller and smaller pieces until they form micro plastics but they will never disappear from the environment altogether. Plastic bags take between 15 and 1000 years to degrade. The problem here is that these micro plastics can enter the food chain, ending up inside animals and even humans”.

#2 is plastic food wrap!! We offer Colibri reusable sandwich and snack bags, Onyx stainless steel food containers and Abeego beeswax wraps.  These all work well to eliminate the need to wrap your food in plastic food wrap.

Did you know…

“BPA and some phthalates (found in plastic food wrap) are endocrine disruptors, meaning they can mimic the body’s natural hormones and cause a raft of health problems. There is growing scientific evidence that even at lower levels of exposure, phthalates and BPA may be causing problems such as infertility, obesity, breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease and diabetes”.

#3 is a reusable straw! Carry your own stainless steel or glass straw and say no thanks when a straw is offered!

Did you know…

“Plastic is a material made to last forever, yet 33 percent of all plastic – water bottles, bags and straws – are used just once and thrown away. Plastic cannot biodegrade!

#4 is a vessel for your beverage, water, coffee, tea, ditch the disposable cup!! Or if you reeeeally need one, make sure it’s compostable and that there is a compost collection happening on site.  Actually insist upon it!

Did you know…

“The more we insist & persist, then changes begin!  The choices you make are the reasons why things continue as they do.  We vote with every purchase, so if you don’t support the options given that’s when things will be forced to change!”

#5  Purchase items that can be refilled or even better, where you can re-use your own container to fill  (like at Generation Green tee hee!).

Did you know…

“Refill, Reduce & Re-use are the “R’s” we love at Generation Green! We have gotten so “used” to recycling that some think almost everything can be recycled and neglect the reduce, reuse.  The other thing we turn a blind eye to is that recycling uses energy and raw materials which in turn impacts the environment.  Recycling has its place but it really needs to be the last R we use.”

Sometimes problems can seem so overwhelming and just too huge to tackle, and I get that!  We are human, we get tired of never-ending problems, life stresses and hearing about world issues. Personally, for a long time the issues I was hearing about scared me to the point of  panic and having anxiety.  This feeling was amplified even more after I started having children. I was scared for them and what type of world they were going to grow up in. I’m sure many others can relate to this feeling. Eventually I realized I was going to either continue to contribute to the problems or make changes to not be a part of it, and maybe possibly even make it better.

 I’ll be honest in saying this took time as it’s difficult to face the big truths and start actively participating in the solutions.

We want you to know that at Generation Green we are here for you, if you are just starting to face the big issues, and need a little hand holding to do it! We also love learning from all of you that have taken on the role of the trail blazers! Your suggestions, ideas, guidance and wisdom is gratefully received!

Thanks for reading & for doing your part!  Sherry Sobey

Information respectfully sourced from:

One Million Women

The Plastic Straw

Choice.com