A plastic-free bedroom and closet are essential for a sustainable, eco-friendly, and healthy life.
Luckily, bedrooms and closets are a little easier than kitchens and bathrooms to convert into plastic-free spaces. Usually, kitchens and bathrooms are filled with single-use plastic packaging. At the same time, our bedrooms are a collection of furniture and clothing, items meant, at least in theory, to be reused many times over. However, even in the bedroom, less is more.
You might not have known, but our closets harbor the primary source of microplastic pollution in our waterways, synthetic clothing. They release parts of their fibers into the water each time we wash them.
The fashion industry is also a huge source of waste each year and should not be supported.
So, when choosing clothing and furniture, opt for used, slow-fashion items and eco-friendly materials that are entirely earth digestible once they become obsolete.
Organizing your closet can also be challenging without plastic and pesky plastic bins. But not to worry, we got you.
Storage Bins Made from Cloth or other Natural Materials
Pick baskets made from reed, cloth or other natural materials that work with the aesthetic of your closet for accessories, underwear or shoes. This will help your closet become plastic-free, and it will look great.
Next time you buy hangers, choose wooden ones. Plastic hangers break easily and look cheap, so select wooden hangers to upgrade your closet. It can be challenging to spend money replacing an item as simple as hangers; however, wooden hangers might last you a lifetime.
Linen or Bamboo Dividers to Organize Drawers
Use drawer organizers to make your drawers cleaner and more orderly. Instead of using plastic containers, use linen or bamboo dividers. These dividers work just as well for separating socks and intimates.
Wood or Bamboo Shoe Shelves
Wood or bamboo shoe racks are sturdy and look very classy. If you don’t have the money to buy a shelf made from solid wood, search your local second-hand store or opt for the less pricy bamboo variant.
Keeping microplastic pollution in mind, opt for natural fibers when buying clothes. Natural fibers include:
Pro-Tip: instead of buying new clothes, thrift or swap with friends!
Wash Less to Reduce Microplastic Pollution
Most of us wash our clothes too often. Just because you have worn the sweater one day doesn’t mean it needs to be cleaned immediately. If you haven’t sweated profusely, hang it up to air, and you can wear it again.
Air Dry your Clothes
When doing laundry, hang your clothes outside or on a drying rack inside to dry. It saves energy and prevents more microfibres from being blown into the environment.
Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
It is relatively easy to make your own laundry detergent, or you can buy plastic-free detergent or wash nuts. A great natural fabric softener and disinfectant that will even get rid of the most stubborn smell of sweat is vinegar.
The time is now to quit plastic. Take the pledge and learn how you can reduce your plastic footprint at https://pledge2050.org/