Sustainable living is here to stay and Pat Kane from wants to help. By now, most of us are familiar with plastic-free alternatives for day-to-day products – think bags, water bottles, straws and coffee cups.

But what else can we do? Well, this month, Pat is highlighting simple ways to reduce your consumption of single-use plastics. Nothing out of this world, he has easy tips that will help the planet and potentially, save you a few quid too.

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. Cling-film for beeswax wraps
Cling-film is a soft plastic and it can't be sorted at a recycling facility. Cling-film goes in your rubbish bin, but that means they sit in landfill for many, many years or end up being incinerated. Neither is a good option 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 different, grab a deodorant bar by Soap Out Loud. They work wonders and my favourite one is the Lavender and Tea Tree Bar.

4. Ditch the lunchtime single use plastic
If you have young children, you might find yourself with endless empty pouches of pureed food hitting the bin each day, or worse: Ziploc 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.