Plastic Free July - easy swaps you can make to reduce plastic in your home

Plastic Free July easy swaps you can make to reduce plastic in your home
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350 million tonnes of plastic are being produced each year so Plastic Free July feels like a good campaign to get behind. According to facts available on Plastic Oceans "8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean every year. If waste management practices don't improve, scientists predict this amount could increase tenfold by 2025." If you can't commit to changing your entire lifestyle then lets encourage each other to make a few swaps. When choosing products look for packaging that is made from glass, metal, bamboo, compostable or biodegradable cardboard, silicone and recycled plastic.

I'm sure many of you have already switched to reusable shopping bags, bottles, coffee cups and maybe utensils and lunchboxes. I've previously covered these types of products in the following posts -

Other easy swaps to be made around the home might be to reduce or change the products you use for cleaning your home. You could choose natural ingredients (lemon, vinegar, bicarb etc) or brands with refillable or glass bottles instead of plastic.

Eco-friendly period care products are next on the hit list and there are a wide range of options. You can swap to organic cotton tampons and pads, reusable cloth pads and underwear or menstrual cups. I think this is a market which is rapidly changing with more brands producing eco-friendly and plastic free options. Personally I'd like to see a drop in price on cotton pads to make them more accessible to people who have smaller budgets and heavy periods. 

Lastly, lets cover my favourite topic of skincare as there are so many indie brands using zero waste or glass and aluminium packaging. I have previously collated some brands that may interest you (zero waste & plastic free skincare packaging and solid soap bars) but I'd like to add to these. Also there are simple swaps you can make with your accessories such as bamboo toothbrushes, paper stem cotton puds and reusable cleansing pads and cloths.

I hope that you find this a useful resource and will share with others. Let me know on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram if you have any other suggestions and I can update my lists.

Sarah x