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Hi! Happy Plastic Free July. For the first time, I’m taking place in Plastic Free July and am aiming to not use any single-use plastics during the next month. For the past year, I’ve been working to reduce the amount of plastic I use, whether that’s in my bathroom, kitchen or when I’m out and about. So here are some of my favourite swaps that I’ve made in that time…
Related: 10 Low-Waste Bathroom Swaps
Plastic Toothbrush -> Bamboo Toothbrush
This is one of my favourite swaps as it’s a simple one that we can all make. On average, we use 300 toothbrushes in our lifetimes – all of which will go to landfill or the ocean! They’re so easy to find online and in stores now, I use this bamboo toothbrush [ad | gifted] from F.E.T.E and you can get 10% off their site with the code ‘JESSRIGG10’ [not affiliate].
Clingfilm / Foil -> Reusable Wraps
Wax wraps are a really simple way to help store/make your food last longer and are usually made with beeswax, but there are vegan alternatives too like these ones from Ivy & Green [Affiliate Link]. There are also reusable cloth sandwich bags [Affiliate Link] or metal lunchboxes [Affiliate Link] for those who take a packed lunch to work!
Shampoo & Conditioner Bottles -> Bars
I’ve tried a few shampoo bars in the past and have gotten on with them well, but I’ve been apprehensive to switch to a conditioner bar as I have quite curly/frizzy/unruly hair which needs lots of hydration. I was super excited when Kind2 reached out to gift me some of their products, which are suitable for the curly girl method! I’ve been trying the Hydrating One Shampoo & the Restoring One Conditioner. The bars are equal to two 250ml plastic bottles of product, so saving 4 bottles overall! I know some people talk about a transitional period of greasy hair but I haven’t experienced that with these products, so I’d really recommend them! My hair feels so clean and moisturised.
Standard Period Products -> Plastic-Free or Reusables
I wrote a whole post on plastic periods which was an AD for Natracare, who are a great company if you’re looking for disposable but plastic-free products. Pads can be up to 90% plastic which means that they’ll stick around for 500+ years! If you want to eliminate waste completely, then some good reusable options are menstrual cups [if you’re able to use one, they’re not for everybody!], cloth sanitary pads and period pants. Whilst some items are a bigger upfront cost, it’s another swap that can save a lot of money in the long run.
Disposable Plastic Razor -> Metal Safety Razor
I just wish I had made the switch sooner! At first, I was quite intimidated by the look of the razor however after a few tries, it was super easy to use and gave a cleaner shave. I have this razor from Mutiny Shaving which I bought at a local zero waste store [The Jar Tree for anyone in Leeds] and it pays for itself after a couple of months! I also use a shaving bar, but soap probably does the same thing!
Plastic Heavy Skincare Routine -> Glass Bottles on Glass Bottles
Related: Eco Honesty Gift Box Review
One of the biggest changes has been the shift in my bathroom from plastic to glass. I am a big fan of glass bottles and I love to find ways to reuse them. My skincare routine has one new plastic bottle but otherwise I’ve made the switch to glass or have refilled old plastic containers. Here are some sustainable products I love:
- [AD | Gifted] I’ve been using Lani’s Blue Mint Facial Cleanser for a couple of weeks now and I love it. I can feel it cleansing the impurities out of my face and it’s in the cutest blue glass bottle. The brand is vegan, cruelty-free and donates a % of it’s profits to charity, which is so great!
- [Gifted as part of my role as a judge in the Cert Clean Beauty Awards] I hope you all wear SPF daily! My sun protection of choice is Coola’s SPF 30 daily moisturiser which comes in a glass bottle and is vegan, cruelty-free and the ingredients are over 70% organic. It is, of course, reef-safe.
- [AD | Gifted] In terms of haircare, I use the TYH London hair oil before washing and it has really reduced the frizziness of my hair! It comes in a glass bottle made from 40% recycled glass and contains all organic ingredients which is so fab. After washing I just use an organic argan oil which helps the curls form.
- [AD | Gifted] One final product is the Fruit and Seeds eye cream [Affiliate Link] from Whitfords [Affiliate Link]. I’ve been using this for a week or so now and so far, I’m finding it so hydrating. Whitfords is a great British skincare brand who only use the best plant-based ingredients. Their entire range is plastic-free which is so amazing!
Single Use Cotton Rounds -> Reusable Rounds / A Face Cloth
Since becoming more interested in sustainability, it’s shocked me how bad those cotton rounds really are. You can read more about the impact of cotton on people & the planet here, but basically it’s a very resource-grabbing plant and is usually grown with lots of pesticides. A super simple swap which you can DIY (from an old t-shirt) or buy online is reusable cloths. For about £5 you can buy some reusable organic cotton rounds [Affiliate Link] or a recycled cotton face cloth [Affiliate Link].
If you fancy making your own like I did, Jo from A Rose Tinted World has a great guide which you can read here: How To Make Reusable Make-Up Pads.
I hope that you found this post useful, whether you’re a total beginner or well on your way in your sustainable journey. Let me know which swaps you’ve made!
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