Plastic-Free Swaps For Beginners

We’ve become a one-and-done society. Today we’re going to share some plastic-free swaps that you can incorporate into your life - even as a beginner! 

By Stéphanie Dion

We’ve become a one-and-done society. Today we’re going to share some plastic-free swaps that you can incorporate into your life – even as a beginner! 

Water Bottles

Do you find yourself grabbing a case of pre-filled water bottles from the grocery store? Instead, buy reusable plastic-free drink containers. They are easy to fill and go before you head out the door.

David Suzuki has gathered information from different studies on the effect plastic bottle waste on marine life. He’s found an alarming amount of single-use bottles accumulated at the bottom of the ocean.

Fish are feeding upon these bottles. This ultimately comes back to harm humans. We absorb the plastics they’ve ingested when we eat the fish.

Looking to make plastic-free drink container choices? We’ve created a great looking stainless steel water bottle for your convenience. The double-insulated interior is stainless steel. This material reduces bacteria growth and it’s easier to clean and maintain over a long period of time.

The Create Less Waste Stainless Steel Water Bottle makes a versatile and attractive replacement option.

Another benefit of stainless steel is that it lasts a long time and carries both hot and cold beverages. Tea will stay hot for up to 10 hours!


Disposable Coffee Cups

Did you know the average person in the United States consumes three cups of coffee per day?

Think about your own habits and how many of those are from a coffee shop.

When you buy your hot beverage to go, you’re taking a disposable coffee cup. This is a one-time-use cup that will be added to the garbage. Many of them are not compostable or recyclable.

At Altus Advantage, we have a stylish stainless steel 15 oz travel mug for your on-the-go hot drinks. They are easy to clean and reuse.

Next time you stop at your favorite coffee shop, bring your own mug and ask your barista to fill that instead.


Grocery Bags

Every time I go grocery shopping for a family of four, I come with at least eight to ten plastic bags. It is very difficult to re-use this amount of plastic bags. This means I throw away or try to recycle the balance.

In the last few years, many cities have no place to hold our garbage. As a result, residents are becoming very conscious of what we throw out. This is contributing to more recycling or composting where we can.

At Altus Advantage, we’ve created different sizes of reusable bags. They aren’t only for grocery shopping – they can also go along with you on your day-to-day outings.

We’ve created Use Your Own Bag eco bag. This stylish organic canvas and tote bags make this alternative option more appealing.

Fruit & Veggies Bags

Do you use clear plastic bags to carry your fruits, vegetables, and meats? Why not choose a plastic-free reusable bag that can also store the food in your fridge?

Bring home your produce and when you wash your kitchen towels, throw these in the machine as well.

These bags will replace the one-time use of something that is hard to re-use in other ways around your home.

We’ve found these Bamboo Bags from Amazon that we love and use when we go shopping for produce.


As you can see, making swaps to use plastic-free and reusable options is easy. It’s a one-time small investment of your budget that will make a big impact on our planet.

With a little bit of planning, these replacements will soon become second nature.

Our solid dish soap is an easy swap to reduce your household’s plastic container use. Learn all you need to know about this product in our article, Eco-Friendly Dish Soap.

Stéphanie Dion

Stéphanie Dion

Stephanie has been making soap and other bath and body products since 2008. She is a mother of two young adults, with one that has experience food intolerances and skin reactions to chemical products. These conditions started a path toward more natural products and lifestyle, while working full time and managing a small business.

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