Although I don’t live a plastic free life I do try to make simple sustainable swaps as often as possible. This year has been a little different to most and the lockdown has given me more time than usual to think about making new plastic free swaps. I hope that this post inspires you to do the same!
Probably my favourite plastic free swap of the year – these silicone food covers from Fresh Thinking are great as they mean that you don’t need to use cling film. Coming in a pack of 6 mixed sizes they will stretch to perfectly fit over square containers, round containers or even directly over fruits like I have done below, helping to keep your food fresher for longer. We love them so much that we’ve already bought a second set!
Although I’ve been using shampoo bars for over a year I hadn’t yet swapped to conditioner bars until trying this Alter/Native by Suma one from Eco Refill. Great for those days when you need a little extra help getting rid of tangly knots – it is made in the UK using natural ingredients and packaged in plastic-free recyclable cardboard.
I’ve always been a bit nervous about trying a natural deodorant but this one from Wild is great. They only just launched this year and I was lucky enough to be amongst the first 100 people to try them out – the case is reusable and the refills are compostable so they really are the eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastic deodorants!
In March Smol made the move from recycled plastic packaging to 100% plastic free packaging meaning that every time you buy Smol (instead of a big brand) you can save as much as 60g plastic! To be honest before Smol came along I never even knew that plastic free dishwashing was a thing. You can trial them for free and read more about them in my blog post here.
Who Gives A Crap sell toilet roll using 100% recycled paper (meaning that no trees are harmed) and absolutely no plastic! The company also donates half of their profits to help build toilets for those in need. I got mine from Eco Refill, an online zero waste store that launched this year.
None of us would have predicted that face masks would become a part of everyday life but now that they have (and with evidence suggesting that we are now using as many as 129 billion masks a month) it’s important to buy reusable masks rather than single use plastic ones. I’ve put a blog post together to help you choose the best and most sustainable masks around.
If you’ve made any new plastic free swaps this year then let me know in the comments below!