As we’ve highlighted in the past, many companies are making the switch from plastic to paper. It’s a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon. Not only does plastic hurt the environment but it can always hurt animals and sea creatures too. But it shouldn’t just be big businesses that take responsibility, we as consumers can do our parts as well.

There are so many simple changes you can make at home. Below we’ve highlighted a handful of easy, no-plastic hacks for a greener home:

Buy In Bulk

Does it ever seem like you are buying the same things over and over again at the grocery store? For many products this is a constant use of plastic that you are going to throw away in a week. For items you buy a ton of, try buying in bulk instead. This can cut down on plastic and will likely save you money too.

Avoid Water Bottles

Instead of purchasing water bottles why not take your own bottle or grab a glass, then hit up the nearest tap? Just like buying in bulk, this can also save you money too.

Reusable Coffee Cup

If you are someone that purchases coffee every morning, you might be going through a lot of plastic. Many gas stations or coffee shops sell reusable coffee cups that you can bring with you and fill up. Some even offer a discount if you use their coffee cups with their logo on it.

Cut Down On Cutlery

If you order takeout, often restaurants will toss in plastic utensils that you end up throwing out and never using. If this is the case for you, ask the restaurant not to include them.

Skip the Receipt

When cashing out, you will usually get asked if you want a receipt. If you say yes, what happens to the receipt? You probably look it over, crumble it up, and toss it out. But did you know that some receipts are coated in a thin layer of plastic that makes them unrecyclable? So if you don’t need that receipt, pass on it.

If you are desperate to reduce household waste and plastics these five tips might help get you started. There are hundreds of ideas that will help you cut down on plastic in your home and many are simple steps to take. We hope this list points you in the direction.