Easy swaps to make your home a little more environmentally friendly.
We've learnt a lot about the harmful impact of our excessive plastic consumption in recent years. According to National Geographic, single-use plastic accounts for a whopping 40% of the plastic produced every year. Plastic bags for example, may provide useful for a few short minutes or hours, yet linger in the environment for hundreds of years after disposal.
Cutting down on your plastic consumption might not be as tricky as you would anticipate. Just a few simple switches can make a big impact on your household waste in the long-term. Here are a few of our favourite eco-friendly swaps.
Reusable Produce Bags
No need to reach for a plastic bag when shopping for fruit and veg. These reusable mesh produce bags are made with 100% organic cotton and are super easy to throw in your bag before heading to the store. Simply wash and re-use when needed.
£9.99 (6-pack) / Amazon
There are many options when it comes to replacing plastic straws. Take your pick from metal, silicone, glass or bamboo.
Here we have shortlisted the glass variety - a set of 6 with 2 added brush cleaners. These are perfect for thicker smoothies and are super easy to keep clean.
£4.99 / Amazon
Perhaps not the first item you'd think to replace, but if you're changing your toothbrush every few months as recommended, that's a surprising amount of plastic over a lifetime.
Make the switch over to these bamboo alternatives with natural anti-bacterial properties and BPA-free bristles.
Perfect for travel or spares for guests.
£9.97 / Amazon
Reusable Sandwich Bags
A silicone Stasher bag is ideal for storing snacks and sandwiches when you're on the go.
With a pinch-press seal, these can be washed and re-used over and over. Also microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe.
£12.97 / Amazon
Reusable Cotton Pads
These cotton pads will become a staple in your skincare routine. Perfect for makeup removal or applying your favourite toner.
This set of 20 even comes with a laundry bag for easy washing and storage.
£9.99 / Amazon