A sad side effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has been an uptick in single-use plastic, thanks to the increased use of disposable medical equipment and personal protective equipment, takeaway meals taking the place of dining in and many cafes choosing early on in the pandemic not to accept reusable coffee cups. (Not to mention the lack of brain space for environmental issues as the pandemic changes the very framework of our lives.) If your mission to decrease the amount of waste you produce has taken a back seat this year, Australian retailer Thinc Eco might help you get back on track.

Founded last year by two mates from Perth, Andonia Kailis and Hannah Dunkley, Thinc Eco offers key products that will help you on your journey towards getting unnecessary single-use plastic out of your life.

“We have both always been interested in living a low-waste lifestyle, and when we spoke to our family and friends we noticed that they shared similar concerns, but were unsure how they could make a difference and where or how to start,” Kailis tells Broadsheet.

The pair began to take note of the plastic products they used the most and worked out what eco-friendly materials would be best to replace them with. The result is five products: silicon zip-lock bags, a bamboo lunch box, produce bags made from cotton, bamboo toothbrushes and straw shopping bags.

While the products are doing good simply by acting as reusable alternatives to a slew of single-use options, they’re also made from materials that don’t detrimentally impact the planet. The bamboo in the toothbrushes can be composted (once you’ve pulled the bristles out); the produce bags are made from organic, non-toxic cotton; and the bamboo lunchboxes are 100 per cent biodegradable (apart from their silicone straps). All the products are durable – the BPA-free silicone bags can even withstand temperatures of up to 200°C, meaning you can pop them in the microwave or load them up with warm food.

What's more, Kailis and Dunkley interrogated the number of products they would sell – focusing on just five to ensure they weren’t putting stuff into the world that wouldn’t get used (though they plan on adding to their range by the end of the year).