Plastic Free July - 5 Easy Swaps You Can Make
It's hard to believe another Plastic Free July is here again, we love PFJ because it's a great opportunity to set some goals for the month to reduce your plastic consumption. Similar to giving up something for Lent, you might find after a few weeks that you don't even miss it that much!
Today we bring you 5 super easy swaps you can make this month, you don't need to do them all, choose one to start with and see how you get on.
1. Swap plastic bottles of shower gel for soap bars
In our opinion, this is the easiest swap you can make! Soap bars sometimes get a bad rep because people find them drying or don't like when they go mushy, but when you use a natural soap bar, it's even more nourishing than shower gel! As for the mushiness, you need to make sure you're putting your soap bar on a soap rest or soap dish with drainage, and when it gets really tiny, pop the small bits into a soap pouch so none of it goes to waste.
2. Ditch your plastic toothbrush
Another easy, foolproof plastic free swap you can make. Every plastic toothbrush ever made, still exists in some form, they don't ever break down! When you use a bamboo toothbrush, they fully return to the earth in just 6 months. Bambooth brushes are the first and only bamboo toothbrush on the market approved by the Oral Health Foundation (an accredited independent panel of dental experts).
3. Switch to reusable cotton pads
Using single use cotton pads every day generates a lot of waste, using 2 a day adds up to 730 pads per year (and a lot of wasted money too!). When you invest in a pack of reusable cotton pads like these LastObject ones, it saves at least 1,750 single use pads and their plastic packaging. They're also 100% home compostable at the end of their life.
4. Wave goodbye to toothpastes in plastic tubes
Toothpaste tubes are tricky to recycle because they're usually made of a few different materials. Toothpaste in a glass jar or toothpaste tablets in paper packets are a much more eco-friendly choice, you can up-cycle the jars for food storage or tea-light holders, or you place them in your glass recycling if you don't have a use for them.
5. Swap your shampoo bottle for a shampoo bar
Most bottles of shampoo are 80% water, whereas a shampoo bar is like concentrated shampoo without the water. Shampoo bars have so many positives, here's some of our favourites:
- Eliminates the need for plastic bottles
- Little or no water is needed in the production phase
- Easier to transport - you can fit much more shampoo bars in a delivery box than bottles of shampoo, this helps lower the carbon footprint when delivery big quantities to shops
- Better value - most shampoo bars are the equivalent to a least two bottles of shampoo, sometimes more!
- No more cluttered bottles in the shower
- Easier for travelling