Go Plastic-Free with GoodFor’s Top Picks

A close up of reusable straws and brushes on a shelf inside GoodFor.

Banish your everyday plastics with a bunch of nifty replacements courtesy of the clever folks at refillery, GoodFor.

We are facing an unprecedented climate crisis which can feel overwhelming at the best of times. A simple starting block for everyone is shifting daily rituals to more sustainable options; whether that be by eating less animal products, shopping second hand or cutting back on our dependence on plastic. Not only is it achievable but also markedly better for the planet.

As New Zealand Aotearoa focuses our collective attention on Plastic Free July, now’s the time to swap out some of your plastic laden products for eco-friendlier alternatives. With plastic taking an eye-watering 500 years to biodegrade in landfill, we reached out to our friends at GoodFor for a rundown on their favourite everyday plastic substitutes.

One Good Razor

It’s all in the name. The One Good Razor will see you the distance when it comes to shaving. And with over 5.3 billion disposable razors going to landfill every year, this razor will save your fair share joining that mind-boggling number. But best of all, One Good Razor should last a lifetime if well cared for and therefore handy for the old bank balance. Suitable for both men and women, it’s time to wave goodbye to the single use one my friend.  

The One Good Razor with packaging sitting on a table.

Pantry Staples

Soft plastics are notoriously hard to recycle in New Zealand, so why not think about plastic-free alternatives to some of your staple pantry products like oats or pasta. Jumbo rolled oats can be used in a myriad of ways, perfect base for breakfast bowls, as well as a versatile baking staple. You can purchase pantry staples at GoodFor and put your purchases straight into your BYO container sans plastic. Easy as.  

Dried dinosaur pasta in a glass jar on a kitchen bench.

Ethique Shampoo and Conditioner

If your aim is to rid plastic from your bathroom, Ethique’s shampoo and conditioner bars are a quick win. 100% plastic free, ethically and fairly sourced as well as free from palm oil, these bars come in a range of different formulas depending on your hair type. Those bulky and cumbersome plastic bottles in the shower will be a thing of the past and good for the planet too. 

Ethique Shampoo and Conditioner bars on a white table.

Coffee

We’re big fans of coffee along with the other one billion people who drink coffee daily around the world. When you think of it like that, it’s a helluva lot of non-recyclable packaging. If you want to make a difference to the global plastic imprint, try buying your coffee from GoodFor without the need for excess plastic. Allpress, Kokako and Supreme beans and grounds are all available alongside GoodFor’s own organic beans. 

A man refilling the coffee machine at GoodFor.

Bamboo Toothbrush

Brushing your teeth with a biodegradable and recyclable toothbrush is a straightforward switch and a bit of a no-brainer. When you next need to replace your existing one, seek out the Go Bamboo Toothbrush. Made with a natural bamboo handle and an edible wax it will be a welcome replacement from your garish plastic one. Promise. 

Go Bamboo Toothbrushes in jars lined up on a shelf.