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My top 5 reusable items that will give you Eco-style and save you money

Regan with reusable cup

My top 5 reusable items that will give you Eco-style and save you money

Reusable products are the bee’s knees when it comes to saving our oceans.
How awesome is it that we can buy one cool, fun, colourful product and re-use it over and over again?!

Reusable products these days are fun, funky and fashionable. No matter what your style you will be able to find something that you love. Gone are the days of dull greens and browns dominating the eco friendly scene!

When I started on my eco living journey I was using those big bright green bags from the major supermarkets (you know the ones I’m talking about!). Not that there is anything wrong with them. They hold a lot of produce but being in my mid twenties and trying to keep up with the latest trends I was searching for something that had a little bit more style and not something every other man and his dog was using.

There are so many amazing local companies out there creating fun, stylish and eco friendly products that stand out from the crowd. I just purchased one item at a time and before I knew it I had a whole kit together that reduced the amount of waste I was creating and saving our oceans.

Below are my top 5 items every beginner must have + a product I love.
1. Get a Reusable bag:

Did you know Australians throw away about 7,150 recyclable plastic bags a minute, with 429,000 recyclable plastic supermarket bags dumped into landfill every hour (1).
As well as being an issue with clogging up our landfills, Tens of thousands of whales, birds, seals and turtles are killed every year from plastic bag litter in our marine environment as they often mistake plastic bags for food such as jellyfish (2)
Yip, Ive seen this first hand when I was working at Sealife on the Sunshine Coast. We had a lot of sick turtles come into our Rehabilitation centre from ingesting plastic. It was heart breaking.
Reusable bags can be placed in the car or at the front door for easy access and a reminder to take them with you. I love folding mine up and having it in the pocket of my handbag so its always there when I need it. Especially handy when you have those spontaneous shopping trips!

I Love: “Keep the sea plastic free” reusable 100% cotton tote bags.

2. Get a Reusable drink bottle:

Every time I walk along the beach or go for a swim I come across old discarded plastic drink bottles. Seriously, it’s pretty ridiculous how many are littering our beaches and they take 450 years to breakdown, they are not going anywhere fast.
Plastic drink bottles also contain BPA. Bisphenol A (BPA), is a synthetic chemical with an estrogen-like effect (3), BPA leaches into our drinking water from the disposable plastic bottle. Studies have confirmed that BPA can be harmful to humans at levels we are currently experiencing(4)
You can avoid BPA by using a premium grade stainless steel bottle or a glass bottle.
You don’t need to go out and buy an expensive bottle. I love using my old glass jars and my old Apple cider vinegar bottles make the perfect drink bottle and hold about a litre of water. Either way you will be saving money as you won’t need to buy bottled water again.

I Love: Cheeki Reusable Buddha bottle

3. Get a Reusable cup:

Many people think that coffee cups are recyclable but most of them aren’t. Because most disposable cups are lined with polyethylene they compromise the paper recycling process. The plastic lining also means they take a long time to break down (5). Annually, 220 billion paper cups are used worldwide and those figures are rising by the millions each year. (6) Its pretty crazy and good for our oceans!
I can’t leave the house without my reusable cup now, when I do I feel like a part of me is missing! Seriously I have become so attached to it. And I love that many cafes give you a discount if you bring your own cup! Winning!

I Love: JOCO cups they come in so many amazing colours and there glass bottoms rock!

4. Get a Reusable Straw:

Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are produced every day (7). I see straws everywhere when I’m at the beach, one day when I was at the beach with a friend we just focussed on picking up the straws because there were so many lying amongst the sand and seaweed.
We use plastic straws for only a few minutes and then we throw them away. How do we know that the straw we just used and threw away won’t end up in our oceans or littering our beaches? We don’t!
By using a glass or premium grade stainless steel straw you are helping decrease the demand for their production and your smoothie is going to be way more fun to drink when you have a beautiful straw to look at!

I love: Stainless steel straws

5. Get some Reusable cutlery:

Plastic wrapped in more plastic so you can eat your lunch. Another single use, disposable item that we can live without. This one is super easy to switch to a more ocean friendly option. You could just take a set from your draw but that may end up being slightly awkward when you have guests over and you don’t have enough knives and forks (awkward turtle!). I love heading to my local op shop for cutlery, utensils and plates. Not only are you recycling and reducing waste, you are supporting a local charity.
I Love: Heading to my local op shop. You can also buy some stylish reusable sets like this one HERE. 

References:
(1) http://www.cleanup.org.au/au/Whatelsewesupport/SayNOtoPlasticBag.html
(2) http://plasticbags.planetark.org/about/wildlife.cfm
(3) + (4) http://endocrinedisruption.org/endocrine-disruption/bisphenol-a/overview
(5) http://vs.keepcup.com.au/#
(6) https://jococups.com/environment/

(7)http://www.choosetobestrawfree.com/

No matter what your motivation is for wanting to ditch the plastic and invest in some reusable products it will enhance your life and save you money!

Do you have a favourite re usable product? Let me know what it is in the comments.

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8 Comments
  • Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living

    April 28, 2015 at 9:11 am Reply

    Some great tips there. I love my reusable bags + drink bottles. It is truly unbelievable how much waste goes to landfill each year. A friend’s brother is working to make The 2018 Commonwealth Games here on the Gold Coast plastic bottle free, I think that is a great movement https://www.change.org/p/gold-coast-councillors-green-games-2018-gold-coast-commonwealth-games 🙂

    • Regan Taylor

      April 28, 2015 at 12:55 pm Reply

      Hi Ashlea, thanks for your comment 🙂 Awesome to hear you love your reusable bag and drink bottle too! that is amazing what your friends brother is doing on the Gold Coast. Ill be sure to check it out. Regan xx

  • Kelly

    April 29, 2015 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Good work Regan! I always use my reusable bags wherever I go. I even use one as a library bag….because I am that cool ;). Always have my trusty water bottle on hand too. I can’t remember the last time I bought a bottle of water.

    Hope everyone can do their part to help out with the environment. xo

    • Regan Taylor

      April 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm Reply

      Hi Kelly, thats awesome to hear you love using your resuable bags, especially for your library trip 😉 I cant remember the last time I bought a water bottle either!Keep up the eco-style! xx

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  • Karen Nankervis

    October 11, 2016 at 10:59 am Reply

    Those stats on plastic bag waste are staggering. I’m going to share and remind people.

    • Regan Taylor

      October 18, 2016 at 11:45 am Reply

      I know, its a bit of a wake up call isnt it. Thanks for sharing 🙂 xx

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