Did you know whilst 90% of packaging is recycled within our kitchens, only 50% is being recycled by consumers in the bathroom. As a result, our recyclable bathroom waste accounts for 30% – 40% of total landfill waste (Chartered Institution of Waste Management).
What many people don’t realise is that there are excellent plastic free or reusable alternatives to the single use plastic items we use daily. Below is a summary of some of the great alternatives available:
A fantastic way to swap out plastic toothpaste tubes is with a refillable glass jar of “toothpaste tabs”. These little tablets do everything that toothpaste does but contain cleaner ingredients, pack a mintier punch and are zero waste. All you do is chew for 3-5 seconds and brush as normal!
There are some great refillable alternatives to disposable plastic deodorants which also use all natural ingredients. You may wonder if these work as well but you’d be surprised with how good the results are and all whilst being toxin-free.
An easy replacement to combat the billions of single-use cotton swabs that are consumed every day. There are reusable swabs available which are high quality, super durable and easy to clean with water and a little soap. And most importantly can be used safely up to 1,000 times.
No need to purchase single use pads over & over again, reusable organic cotton pads are available. They are plastic-free, super soft, washable and biodegradable.
“Eco nappies” are now widely available and replace the majority of fossil-fuel based plastic components with biodegradable materials such as bamboo and corn starch. The other big benefit here is that these are also free from nasty chemicals and are much kinder to a baby’s skin.