So Plastic Free July has come to an end and we wanted to celebrate all the amazing sustainable steps and swaps you have all taken to join our #ReuseRevolution
Living a plastic free life isn’t just for July though, so we now challenge you to keep this up to save the planet from the estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste that's destined for our environment by 2040! We’ve rounded up our favourite household plastic free swaps from the past month, including a few of the swaps you submitted for our #ReuseRevolution campaign. Remember, small changes make a BIG impact. Just ask @ambertheevegan who shouted about her plastic free swaps too!
Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world, after water and while most tea is consumed in leaf form globally, 96% of us in the UK are used to tea bags. However, non-biodegradable plastic can account for roughly 25% of the bags! Composting tea bags is great, but if these single use, plastic filled bags are being collected as organic waste, a large amount of polypropylene could be released into the environment.
The solution…there are some great plastic free tea bags out there already from the likes of our B Corp friends at Brew Tea and Pukka Herbs. Or simply use and reuse tea leaves!
Face wipes are the queen of convenience, right? However, the UK alone goes through 11 billion wipes in just one year, causing 93% of blockages in UK sewers. There has been a 400% increase in the number of wipes found on beaches in the UK too! Biodegradable or not, they are still single use.
The solution…a Konjac Sponge paired with your favourite cleanser! This little tool is 100% compostable (from the sponge, to the packaging it arrives in) & lasts a good 2-3 months compared to a single wipe which could take up to 100 years to breakdown…
An average UK household goes through roughly 40-60 single use plastic cleaning bottles in a year. These products often hide up to 300 different chemicals. In fact, indoor air can be up to 4 times more polluted than street air because of these toxic chemicals...
The solution…switch to multipurpose natural cleaning products such as bicarbonate of soda mixed with vinegar (great for stubborn grime & to deodorise fabric). Or look to refillable cleaning products (like We Are Spruce) that are free of toxic chemicals & single use plastic.
Babies are cute...nappies, not so much. We go through 3 billion single use nappies in the UK a year, the vast majority of them not being recyclable and containing elements of plastic. That's not going into detail about their huge water footprint and chemical contents too.
The solution…reusable nappies! We know what you're thinking...gross, expensive, not convenient right? Reusable nappies are incredibly hygienic, breathable, gentle, and the 'cost per wear' goes down each time you use one. Take it from our Founder Jo who loves using these on her little one! Look out for fellow B Corp gDiapers who make some colourful options.
One way to go plastic free in the kitchen is to stop using cling film. 1.2 billion metres of the stuff is used in the UK in a single year...shockingly, that's enough to wrap around the earth 30 times over. We are literally drowning our planet in plastic!
The solution…look to reusable options such as containers you already own or keeping food fresh with Beeswax Wrap (or Soy Wax if you’d like a vegan alternative). Check out our DIY blog on how to make your own!
It’s estimated that 1 billion hand sanitiser gel bottles will be used in the UK this year alone (understandably of course), but most filled to the brim with microplastics. Each year, 8 million tons of plastics enter our oceans...most of it less than 5 millimeters in size. Over 500 microplastic ingredients are still being used in the cosmetic industry today.
The solution…a refillable hand sanitiser! Our refillable Organic Vegan Hand Sanitiser spray (link) is 100% microplastic free and a part of our Return · Refill · Repeat programme - meaning you can choose to stay hygienic AND sustainable at the same time while on-the-go.
Your Plastic Free July
We’ve had so many of you submit your own sustainable swaps to us this month for our #ReuseRevolution challenge. Here are some of our top picks!
@gnome.at.five - Creating and reusing effective face masks from spare fabric
@coolcatzz – Swapping cotton pads for hand knitted reusable face cloths!
@jojoscoble – Using mouldable glue to fix and reuse items (or mod our hand san into a key chain!)
@vegan.lb – Reusable food containers, reusable bag & reusable hand sanitiser
@panningwithlou – Switching from face wipes for reusable pads, cloths & konjac sponges
@s.e.l.89_2 – Showcasing some on-the-go sustainable essentials
@vegan.tally – Turning this smoothie into a sustainable one with a reusable straw
@bear.and.dot – Fixing some spare corks with sustainable glue to make biodegradable soap dishes!
So many amazing ideas and a huge thank you for getting involved! For more info on Plastic Pollution, we highly recommend reading our ‘The Truth About Plastic’ blog. Feel free to keep tagging us in your sustainable swaps!