Want to reduce plastic waste? Here are some compostable and reusable alternatives from current Good Market community members. Click the logo to visit their profile page and connect.
The easiest alternative to a plastic straw is to skip the straw and drink directly from the container. For those that want a straw, Good Market community members offer paper, stainless steel, and bamboo. Other options include papaya leaf stems, natural wheat straw, pasta, and glass.
Bowls, Plates, and Containers
The best way to reduce takeaway waste is to dine in and use washable, reusable tableware. Good Market community members have cups, plates, bowls, and takeaway containers made from areca leaf (kolapath), coconut shell, and plant-based compostable materials like sugarcane bagasse. Other options are banana leaf and lotus leaf.
Spoons and Forks
Just like with tableware, the best way to reduce cutlery waste is to wash and reuse spoons and forks (or eat with your hands). Good Market community members offer compostable cutlery made from areca leaf (kolapath), coconut shell, and wood.
Wax wraps are a great alternative to plastic cling film. They can be used to cover a dish, wrap fresh bread, leafy green, and other produce, or folded to create an alternative to plastic sandwich bags.
Sponges can be replaced by washable dishcloths or coconut fiber. Good Market community members offer scrubbing pads made from coconut fiber and natural latex.
Cardboard boxes, paper bags, and reusable bins can be used for recycling and dry waste. If you live somewhere with enough space for home compost, you might be able to avoid garbage bags all together. Good Market community members offer compostable bioplastic bags that are ideal for compostables and other wet waste.
Shopping Bags and Produce Bags
Good Market community members offer paper shopping bags for retailers and restaurants and specialty reusable shopping bags for fresh produce, bulk purchases, and easy transport.
Good Market community members offer glass packaging, handwoven reed packaging, and packaging made out of paper and paper bioplastic composites.
Shifting from bottles to bars and using bulk products in refillable containers are two ways of reducing waste from personal care products. Good Market community members offer shampoo bars and refillable glass and ceramic containers for liquid products.
Hair Brush & Toothbrush
Good Market community offer bamboo hair brushes and toothbrushes. The toothbrushes that are currently available have nylon bristles that need to be removed before composting. Fully compostable options include boar bristle toothbrushes and miswak sticks.
Good Market community members offer plastic free razors and hard wax as an alternative to disposable plastic razors and razor cartridges. Naked Necessities currently does not ship outside of the UK.
Good Market community members offer reusable menstrual pads and cups. Orikalankini trains people to make their own reusable cloth pads.
Nappies / Diapers
Good Market community members offer cloth nappies / diaper and inserts and training on how to use them.