Nourish - 3 Plastic-Free And Vegan Alternatives to Try This Veganuary
As more and more people adopt a vegan lifestyle, it’s important to consider not only the ethical and health implications of our choices but also their environmental impact. Since single-use plastic consumption has been on the rise during the last few decades, it’s more important than ever to find plastic-free vegan alternatives that align with our values.
Considering we’re in the month of ‘Veganuary’, I thought now would be a good time to talk about some tips for finding plastic-free and vegan alternatives to try out this Veganuary.
But first, in case you’re not sure what I’m talking about when I say Veganuary, it is a combination of the words vegan and January. It is a non-profit organisation that encourages people worldwide to try vegan for January and beyond. They started their mission in 2014 and have been going strong since
Here are some tips for finding plastic-free and vegan alternatives this Veganuary:
No. 1 – Invest in Reusable Options
Instead of using single-use plastic bags, containers, and wraps, invest in durable, reusable options like glass jars, silicone food bags, and wax wraps. Not only will these reduce your plastic waste, but they can also save you money in the long run.
These are something I use every day and I absolutely love. Essentially, they’re cloth coated in candelilla wax and you use them in place of plastic wrap.
They’re an excellent alternative to the plastic options available and really do help to keep your food fresh for longer. Typically, the plastic-free options are made with beeswax but of course, if you’re looking for a vegan option, this is it.
Depending on their level of use, they’re reusable for up to a year. Once they’ve seen better days and are ready to depart from your home, it’s easy. They’re compostable and biodegradable. Alternatively, use them as a natural fire starter.
If you’d rather opt for the beeswax version, we also stock that here.
No. 2 – Support Companies that Prioritise Sustainability
When choosing products, look for companies that prioritize sustainability in their sourcing and packaging. Many vegan brands now offer plastic-free options or have programs in place to offset their plastic use. By supporting these companies, you can help drive demand for more sustainable practices in the industry.
You won’t be surprised when I say, here at Nourish, we are huge fans of companies offering vegan, cruelty-free, natural and plastic-free products. It’s not possible to list them all, but here are just some of our favourite companies leading the way in sustainability:
If you’re looking for bathroom essentials, such as safety razors, reusable wipes or cotton buds, here’s your company.
A plastic-free and vegan company offering soaps, shampoos and body washes, all in bar form.
You’d be surprised what toxic brews can lurk inside something as innocent looking as a deodorant stick. That’s why we proudly stock a range of vegan, cruelty-free and natural deodorants.
A strong favourite here in Nourish is Pit Putty. Their deodorants are a combination of oils, butters, essential oils and naturally sourced powders such as arrowroot and bicarb.
They’re also packaged in sustainable packaging – horrah!
Here are a couple of links to previous blog posts I wrote about what you need to know about switching to natural deodorant if you’re interested:
This company offers vegan and plastic-free dental care products, including toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss and more. I’ve been using them for years and can highly recommend them.
If you’re vegan, moving towards plastic-free living, or just looking for a more sustainable way to take care of your skin, natural soap bars are the way to go. Friendly offer soap bars, shaving bars and shampoo bars to help you go vegan and plastic-free at the same time!
This company offers a range of items such as parchment paper, baking cases and foils.
An Irish company leading the way with their innovative thinking. This company provides plant-based and
gluten-free ice-cream, chocolate and nut butter whilst also thinking about sustainable options, such as their compostable wrappers and recycled packaging.
Their products are minimally processed and contain no refined sugars, soy, gluten or dairy. NoBó Ice Cream is also available from Nourish in our store.
Taking time to research companies’ sustainability efforts is also a great way to help support the right companies. Deliciously Ella has a large range of vegan products that we thoroughly enjoy eating as well as selling. On the company’s website, it explains in detail exactly what materials they use, why they use them and how they can be recycled.
No. 3 – Make Your Own Products
The convenience of buying already-made vegan products is fantastic, but if buying pre-packaged vegan products isn’t your thing, try making your own at home. This not only reduces your plastic consumption but also allows you to have more control over the ingredients and ensure that they align with your values.
We have a plethora of recipes on our blog to help you out. Some easy vegan products to make at home include:
- Nut/Seed/Oat Milk
It is surprisingly easy to make it yourself and the taste is stupendous. Scroll down to the bottom of this recipe page on Vegan Banana Oat Bites for the recipe.
For more tips about getting into a routine with making your own, have a read over my blog posts:
By following these tips, you can adopt a vegan lifestyle in a way that is both ethical and environmentally friendly. Whether you’re just starting out on your vegan journey or you’ve been plant-based for years, there are always ways to reduce your impact and live more sustainably.
Want to know more about reducing your plastic?
Have a read over my previous blogs here on:
- 10 Zero Waste Swaps to Help Reduce Your Plastic Waste
- How to Break Up with Single-Use Plastic
- 4 Foodie Tips for a Zero Food Waste Kitchen
Any questions? Drop into your local Nourish store to chat with our expert team and explore our full range of foods, supplements and skincare. You can also find our full product range in our online store.
*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention.
Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication