Did you know, about 80 per cent of the world’s toothbrushes end up in our oceans, or that it takes up to a thousand years for the average shampoo bottle to decompose? Little by little, we can all do our bit to cut waste and help the planet, whether that’s swapping our plastic toothbrush for bamboo, ditching our lotion bottles for compostable alternatives or investing in reusable Beeswax Wraps in place of cling film. Here are 9 easy swaps you can make to start living plastic-free.
1. Say no to bottled water
Avoid buying water when on the go and invest in a durable bottle that you can fill and take with you. Beautifully simple and made using sustainably sourced bamboo, Panda Packaging’s Bamboo and Stainless Steel Bottle will help to keep your drinks cool through the summer months. Download the Refill App so you can find free refill stations wherever you are around London.
2. Pack it properly
Lunch al-desko needn’t be a plastic-wrapped sandwich from your nearest shop. Plan ahead and pack up your lunch in this neat Bamboo Lunchbox with lightweight cutlery you can use again and again.
The average Londoner buys a startling 175 plastic water bottles every year. Help the planet by investing in reusable.
3. Don’t grab at straws
The UK uses about 8.5 billion plastic straws per year, which averages out at 130 straws per person. Do your bit to make a dent in the waste and sip from these nifty reusable bamboo alternatives.
4. Put your money where your mouth is
80 per cent of the world’s toothbrushes end up in our oceans. Swap them out with Georganics’ Eco-Friendly Toothbrush, which is made from 100% biodegradable bamboo. Georganics are an incredible oral care brand who avoid any synthetic chemicals that are bad for our health and the environment. Team your toothbrush with Georganics natural Activated Charcoal Toothpaste and Spearmint Mouthwash Tablets which both come in reusable glass jars.
5. Periods are natural, so shouldn’t feminine care be too?
Well now it is. Disruptive femme care brand &Sisters are giving women a choice that’s better for the planet. The nüdie Period Cup can be washed and reused every month. Using a nüdie cup can help you save more than 2,000 disposable period products over 10 years, minimise your carbon footprint and, ultimately, reduce your impact on the environment. Watch this to learn more about &Sisters’ amazing ethos.
It takes a thousand years for the average shampoo bottle to decompose. Swap it for a Soapnut Bar.
6. Shower with a conscience
Ban bottles of shampoo and shower gels from your bathroom, and exchange them with a Living Naturally Coconutty Soapnut Bar. Made only with organic and vegan ingredients as well as pure essential oils, it’s super moisturising for your skin and hair, and comes without any plastic packaging.
7. Plastic-free cling film
Rather than using cling film or foil that you throw away after one use, The Beeswax Wrap Co‘s reusable, compostable food wraps can be washed and re-used again and again for months. Whether you’re wrapping bread or your leftover lunch, these cling film alternatives keep your food super fresh, too.
No longer a nostalgic thing of the past: get your milk delivered in glass bottles
8. Milk in glass bottles
Remember when our milk used to be delivered in glass bottles? Well, the guys at Ivy House Farm are bringing it back. Farmdrop delivers Ivy House’ organic milk in glass bottles and they can be returned in your next order for them to reuse again. If you’re looking for dairy alternatives, M*lkman make delicious nut milks in glass bottles, too.
9. Compostable coffee pods
Sales of coffee pods are booming, but did you know they can take at least 150 years to decompose? Specialty roaster Volcano Coffee Works is among the first to create fully compostable coffee pods that mean you can enjoy coffee with convenience – without costing the earth.