These eco-friendly replacements for the products you use daily will help you create a more sustainable home, making these small switches will help you reduce your household use of plastic and other potentially harmful materials.
There’s this myth that going green is expensive and takes a tremendous amount of effort. But that’s really not the case. Making some eco-friendly swaps is easy, and could actually save you money. Save the world and save some money!
We are not complete eco-warriors and know we are not perfect, but we are trying to do our bit, every little help and we can all do our bit.
A reusable water bottle
An easy and simple change to make, carrying a reusable water bottle also helps me make sure I actually have my 2 litres of water a per day. Plastic water bottles can take between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose. There are somewhere between 5-13 Million tonnes of plastic which makes it to the oceans every year. By 2050 the oceans will contain more plastic by weight than fish according to the research.
Reusable Coffee Cup
Anyone else need caffeine to function?! Its not secret that I love a coffee and I usually try to sit in a coffee shop when I can, but sometimes I need one on the go. I carry a reusable cup in car for long journeys in particular.
Bamboo tooth brush
I know that I go through a lot of tooth brushes, so it felt good to switch to a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush. They look really cute (super Instagram friendly), much better than a bright pink plastic toothbrush. My teeth feel just as clean which I found surprising. Each of use will use 4 tooth brushes per year (I carry one in my work bag to, so that’s at least 8 per year) if you calculate that over your lifetime that’s a lot of tooth brushes going into landfill!
Reusable shopping bags
Plastic bags now come at a cost in a bid to reduce the number of bags going to landfill, so getting yourself some reusable bags will also save you money. Most of the supermarkets sell reusable bags but I carry a small foldable bag everywhere I go and in really comes in handy.
Reusable spray cleaning bottles
Glass is more environmentally friendly than plastic and buying one of these means you’ll use fewer plastic containers. You can easily make your own cleaning solution which will also reduce the amount of toxins in your home by mixing 1 cup of water, a splash of white vinegar and a few drops of essential oils and away you go.
It’s the plastic stick that is the biggest problem with cotton buds. You can buy more environmentally-friendly non-plastic cotton buds alternatives where the stems are made of paper or bamboo making the product 100% biodegradable. When it comes to cotton buds, it’s important that they are not put down the toilet and disposed of in the bin. Again, you can get eco-friendly version on Amazon. A very easy eco-friendly swap.
Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, they are much better for the environment. I LOVE wooden toys; they are always really well built and seem to last a lot longer that the plastic ones. We’re big fans of Mellissa and Doug in particular but Aldi, Lidl and ASDA all do amazing wooden toys. We buy wooden where we can, the plastic toys that we do have, once we’ve finished using them, we always either give them to someone else or take them to charity.
Ok, I admit it, I absolutely hate paper straws! They disintegrate in my mouth and the kids don’t seem to be able to get on with them either. Not only are we filling the oceans with plastic water bottles, we’re also contributing to the world wide plastic issues by continuing to use plastic straws. We have some reusable straws at home and I plan to get some to keep in the car in case we have a cheeky McDonald’s Milkshake whilst we’re out and about.
Reusable makeup remover pads
Cotton pads are super wasteful, with many of them containing plastic, it’s easy to see why it’s important to use an alternative. Using a reusable make up pad or cloth rather than throwing away a bunch of cotton pads is not only good for the environment but also good for your purse.