Beat Plastic Pollution

5 easy plastic-free swaps to beat plastic pollution in 2022

Pat Kane is the founder of – a business she started to encourage minimal-waste living. She shares her top 5 easy plastic-free swaps to beat plastic pollution in 2022.

Pat Kane

1. Handwash for good old soap bar

We have never washed our hands this much, that’s a fact. But have you ever thought about the number of plastic bottles in your house that could be replaced by a humble bar of soap? Hand wash in every bathroom as well as bottles of shower gel. Soap bars are a super simple solution!

The good news is that there are some fabulous independent Irish soap makers out there, making sustainable soaps that are good for you and good for the planet – check out Janni Bars, Dalkey Handmade Soaps, Foami Connemara and Soap Out Loud.

2. Clingfilm for beeswax wraps

Clingfilm is a soft plastic and it can’t be sorted at a recycling facility. Clingfilm goes in your rubbish bin, but that means they sit in landfill for many, many years or end up being incinerated. And neither one of them are good options for our planet.

You can use a plate on top of bowls of leftovers to help keep them fresh or if you want to add to your zero waste supplies, then have a look at beeswax (or soy wax) wraps – either make your own or buy some jazzy ones by Hanna’s Beeswax Wraps.

3. Conventional deodorant for natural deodorant

Conventional deodorants tend to come encased in plastic that might not be easily recyclable. An easy switch is the plastic free, organic deodorant tube, Jannis Bars or Wild Rose Botanicals have incredible options. Their tubes are made from cardboard and are completely compostable.

If you are keen to try something a bit more different, grab a deodorant bar by Soap Out Loud. They work wonders and my favorite one is the Lavender and Tea Tree Bar.

4. Shampoo bottle for a solid shampoo bar

Back to the bathroom where even if you’ve made the switch to soap I’m willing to bet there are still single use plastic bottles aplenty.

Try out solid shampoo bars to replace your regular bottle – Janni Bars and Soap Out Loud make solid shampoo bars that feel as good or better than your traditional bottled shampoo.

5. Ditch the lunchtime single use plastic

If you have young children of a certain age, you may find yourself with endless empty pouches of pureed food hitting the bin each day or worst: Ziploc bags coming bags in their school bags. Every single day.

Check out re-usable replacements from KeepLeaf and Roll N Eat – the convenience of a pouch without the plastic price tag for the planet. They can be washed in your dishwasher. Alternatively, ditch the plastic juice bag or carton for a reusable water bottle. Irish brand Mother Reusables does the job!

There is no one big action that will save the planet overnight, but your everyday smaller actions all add up to being more sustainable – often with surprising results.

To shop a great range of products that will help you on your sustainable and eco-friendly journey, visit

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