5 Sustainable Swaps You Can Make Today
So you've decided to live a more sustainable life (yay!) But where do you start? It can seem like a daunting task swapping to more sustainable products but we're here to help. We've put together a list of five of the easiest sustainable swaps that will actually make a real difference.
There are loads of search engines out there but some are better for the planet than others. By switching your search engine to one that promotes sustainability you'll be helping the planet without even noticing it. Our favourite eco search engine is Ecosia, it donates 80% of its profits to organisations that plant trees and help tackle deforestation. They have already helped to plant over 116,000,000 trees around the world - amazing job!
Keeping your house clean is important, but there's no need to do it at the expense of the environment. Not only do traditional cleaning products contain nasty chemicals that can be harmful to the planet and wildlife, they also come in plastic bottles that are usually hard to recycle. OceanSaver is a range of cleaning products that contain natural, environmentally friendly ingredients and are plastic free. Each OceanSaver EcoDrop dissolves in warm water to give you a full 750ml of eco friendly cleaning with no plastic packaging. With a Good Housekeeping award and at only £1.50 each, these products are not only great for the planet but they are great for your home and your wallet too!
It's probably not even something you've thought about before, but so many mainstream toilet roll brands come covered in non-recyclable plastic. Imagine how much toilet roll you go through in a year and consider how much plastic wrapping that amounts to. By switching to a more sustainable toilet roll brand you could be saving hundreds of pieces of plastic from going to landfill each year. Brands such as Who Gives a Crap wrap their toilet roll in funky paper wrappers which are all 100% recyclable. They also offer a delivery service, meaning no more lugging around unwieldy rolls of toilet paper, simply place your order online and a few days later, there they are on your doorstep in lovely recyclable packaging, easy.
Whether using it for your hands, face or body, soap is something we all use every day. Convenience has led to a huge increase in liquid soap in plastic soap dispensers, however more traditional soap bars are making a come back. Switching to a soap bar instead of a plastic soap dispenser can not only help reduce your plastic waste, but can also save you money. Traditional bars tend to last a lot longer than their liquid counterparts, a win win.
It's not only your hand soap that can be switched to a plastic free alternative. There are so many fantastic soaps designed for your body as well. Our favourite is the Shea Butter Soap bar from Zero Waste Path which is fantastically nourishing as well as cleansing. Paired with a soap saver pouch, you won't even miss your plastic body wash bottle.
When looking for a replacement soap bar make sure to check all packaging is recyclable or biodegradable, unfortunately there are still a lot of brands wrapping their bars in plastic. If you're feeling adventurous you could even try making your own soap from one of the many tutorials available online.
Oral hygiene is a prolific contributor to the plastic that ends up in landfill sites. Toothpaste tubes are generally not recyclable and even those that are, are often not recycled due to the effort involved for such a small amount of plastic. By switching to mineral toothpaste or toothpaste tablets, both of which come in glass containers you could save an incredible amount of plastic from ending up in landfill each year.
Replacing your toothbrush every two to three months is recommended by dentists. Whether yours is manual or electric, toothbrushes are more often than not, not recyclable. Using a bamboo toothbrush, or switching to recyclable electric toothbrush heads will mean the same great cleaning power for your teeth but less pollution for the planet.