From Cutlery To Steel Straws: Alternatives To Plastic For A More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

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'What you sow, so shall you reap'. Have you ever witnessed nature narrating this phrase to you through her actions? The harm you cause every second to the environment, is equivalent to the wrath nature might bring upon you in the coming years. Plastic usage is really the worst thing that you can do to right now. Whether it’s straws that end up killing creatures of the sea or menstrual pads ending up in wastelands, you must avoid the usage of plastic or any non-biodegradable items. So let's not piss Mother Nature off and shift to a few eco-friendly alternatives while we can.

Bio-Degradable Cutlery From Ginger Lime

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Restaurants often end up using plastic cutlery that ends up in bins as soon as you are done eating, leading to waste. The replacement is bio-degradable cutlery or just asking the delivery service to skip the cutlery and use your own. We also found edible cutlery at Bakey's and you might want to check that out. 

Price: INR 150 for set of 3

Steel Straws

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Straws are super qualified to mess up with the environment single-handedly. This one-time use commodity often ends up at the sea and pokes the sea creatures the wrong way. Not only do they often end up ingesting it, they also sometimes get stuck in their nasal cavity, causing them problems. Invest in steel straws instead, and do your bit to save the aquatic life. You can buy them from SuckIN, an Indian brand that's all about moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

Price: INR 312 onward for a pack of 2 straws

Bamboo Toothbrush And Combs From Almitra Sustainables

Skip those toothbrush ads that prod you to invest in plastic toothbrushes. Instead, invest in bamboo toothbrushes that come closest to what our ancestors used-barks. They are not only efficient but will also rid you of the guilt of using plastic. Same for combs, choose a bamboo comb that will sort out your hair the natural way.

Price: INR 284 for a pack of 2 bamboo toothbrushes

Shopping Bags From EcoRight Bags

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With Maharashtra’s plastic ban, we cannot reiterate the fact enough that it’s okay to carry cloth bags to stores, just like our parents did. Plastic bags can be reused, true, but can the damage they cause be reversed? No. Cloth bags look cool and are stronger plastic bags. And if any store or shop insists on giving your essentials to you inside a plastic bag, refuse the offer. 

Price: INR 199 for reusable cloth totes

Vegan Handbags From New Leaf

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Ladies, you don't need to compromise on style to go eco-friendly. Because New Leaf makes life easier with its vegan handbags. From casual to party wear, a lazy brunch to a fancy dinner; there’s something for everyone. You can get slings, wallets, satchels, totes, backpacks, clutches, party slings and even travel accessories. For more vegan brands, check this out! And hey! You can also find awesome options on Shop LBB too. 

P.S-All their bags are PeTA approved. 

Price: Totes from INR 1,699

Reusable Coffee Mugs From Freelance

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We all know it's very hard to get going in the mornings without the shot of caffeine. But if you're tired of all those use-and-throw to-go cups handed out by your favourite coffee shop or the Styrofoam cups by the office vending machine, then we've got an alternative for you. These Eco Travel mugs from Freelance that are made from bio-degradable bamboo fibre and come fitted with a removable silicone sleeve for convenience.

Price: INR 299

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