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5 Creative Ways To Cut Down On Plastic

You’ve heard it all -

Bring your own cups, water bottles, straws, bags... we’re confident you guys are already doing those things by now. So let’s get a little more creative this time! We challenge you to look more deeply at your lifestyle and see what other changes you can make for the planet.

naked foods plastic free july 5 creative ways bamboo toothbrush

1. Rethink Your Bathroom

There are lots of sneaky plastics in your bathroom - so look a little closer and try something new, like:

  • Compostable bamboo toothbrushes - now stocked in our Naked Foods stores.
  • A stainless steel razor with replaceable blades. We love this one from The Clean Collective - get it 10% off in July with the code NAKED10.
  • A menstrual cup or reusable pads - give it a go, it's not nearly as scary as it sounds! 
  • Make your own natural shaving butter (get our recipe here).
  • Soaps that come in a bar, like the good ol' days - it turns out that liquid soap has up to 10 times the carbon footprint of bar soap, so you can feel really good about this one. Try our favourite charcoal soap here.
  • Shampoo and conditioner bars - find them in stores now, in delicious flavours.
  • Homemade hacks, like replacing makeup remover with jojoba oil in your own container.
  • DIY products – from body wash to moisturiser, toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm or shaving butter– anything you can buy, can be made!
  • Bulk buying Castille soap, coconut shampoo and conditioner in your own jars).

2. Smell Better... In Bulk

Not only is cutting out packaging better for the planet, natural bulk deodorants let you skip the nasty toxins and chemicals found in traditional deoderants. We're stoked to be launching bulk deoderants in stores for Plastic Free July. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oils to make your own scent.

naked foods plastic free july 5 creative ways

3. Clean, Cleaner 

Reuse your existing cleaning product bottles at a bulk store, or make your own. Try this:

4. Beat The Microbead

Watch out for the sneaky little plastics in your personal care products! Check the products you buy for polyethylene, polypropylene and nylon - check out beatthemicrobead.org for more.

naked foods plastic free july 5 creative ways diy nut milk

5. Make Your Own Milk

Make your own nut milk, or opt for waxed cardboard or glass bottles over plastic! To make your own milk, simply:

  1. Soak 1 cup raw, unsalted nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, pecans, macadamia, walnuts) - overnight in enough water to cover them.
  2. Drain, and blend the nuts with 4 cups of water until smooth. 
  3. Strain the milk using a nut milk bag, and keep refrigerated for 3-4 days!

Words by Amy Fraser.


Alicia :

Coconut oil is great in cooking; also a great mascara (including waterproof) remover.

Jan 08, 2020


- I’ve started going to lush to get shampoo and conditioner bass which eliminates the plastic bottles and they reuse and refill their containers
- I’ve invested in a menstrual cup which not only reduces plastic but also helps save money and reduces pain fullness of cycles
- I’ve brought all metal straws and keep some in my car so I can say no to straws but also have stainless steel coffee cups and takeaway cups so I don’t have to use plastic ones
- also have my own knife fork and spoon to reduce taking a plastic one
- last but not least I started buying all my washing powders, teas and overall house hold items and foods from naked foods and invested in glass jars in my kitchen cupboard to reduce taking or buying products from the supermarket and helping local business such a fruit shopss to reduce my plastic intake.

Jul 23, 2019

Dale Dengate:

You have posted many handy ideas to help eliminate plastics, but many of them are just what I grew up with,especially taking my own jars in colourful cloth bags to the store.

Jul 11, 2019

Helen Montgomery:


Jul 11, 2019

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