Can you go a whole month without plastic?

Plastic free JulyAcross the globe, millions of people will be taking up the challenge of ditching single-use plastics for Plastic Free July. If you’re one of them, read on for our top tips.

 

Ditch the cling film!

Cling film is difficult to recycle and contains ingredients such as phthalates that can leach into food. If you love the convenience of cling film, but hate the waste, switch to Bee’s Wrap. It’s made from organic cloth, beeswax and other natural ingredients, and moulds to the shape of whatever you need to cover. You can use it to wrap everything from cheese to sandwiches, and then just rinse it clean. (It’s also rather pretty!)

Bees Wrap natural alternative to cling film

If you prefer sandwich bags, try If You Care’s Paper Snack & Sandwich Bags. Not only are they plastic-free, they’re also greaseproof and chlorine-free and keep bread soft for up to six hours. Go for the larger version if you prefer baguettes to sliced bread.

 

paper sandwich bags

Make your own natural washing powder

Cut down on plastic bottles by swapping to a reusable laundry aid, such as Soap Nuts. Or if you’re feeling crafty, why not make your own laundry detergent? It only takes a few minutes, and all you need is one cup of Dri-Pak Borax Substitute, one cup of Soda Crystals and a bar of Dr Bronner’s Pure-Castille Soap. Grate the soap, mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight glass jar. Simple, but effective.

You can also use Borax Substitute as a laundry booster, by adding a couple of teaspoons of it to the drawer of your washing machine. Stubborn stains? Dissolve a cup of Borax Substitute in some warm water and leave the clothes to soak before you put them in the machine. Alternatively, just make a paste with Borax and water and cover the stain with it before washing.

Check out our guide to using Borax Substitute

 

Choose super-concentrated fabric conditioner

We’ve only recently started stocking Ecoizm laundry fragrances, but they’re already proving a hit with customers. You only need a few drops per wash, so a 50ml bottle lasts for up to 100 washes! You need at least 30ml of standard fabric conditioner for just one wash, so there’s a pretty big difference. For an extra boost, add a few drops of Ecoizm to white vinegar for fragranced, softer, brighter clothes.

 

ecoizm concentrated laundry

Look for multi-purpose natural cleaners

Borax isn’t just a whizz at cleaning clothes. You can use it for everything from deodorising your carpets to removing mould. Dri-Pak Soda Crystals are another powerful multi-tasker – they can help with removing burnt-on food, cleaning moss off paving stones and more. It’s so powerful than it does have to be packaged in plastic unfortunately, unlike Borax, which comes in a box. Finally, try citric acid for getting rid of limescale without scrubbing.  

 

Read our top tips for using soda crystals

Choose natural alternatives to plastic

Plastic is used for everything from clothing to toothbrushes, but there are often natural alternatives that work just as well, if not better. LoofCo source sustainable ingredients, such as coir and loofah fibres, to make eco-friendly washing-up pads, scrubbing brushes and more. They last for ages and naturally biodegrade after a few months of use.  

biodegradable brushes and pads


Go for biodegradable plastic

One of the simplest steps you can take for a greener lifestyle is switching to biodegradable bin bags. While they are made from plastic (and very strong), they have an extra additive which makes them degrade once they get to landfill. 

 plastic free soaps

Swap to soap

Switching to soap and shampoo bars is an easy way to cut down on plastic bottles. Some bars do come in plastic wrap, but others are packaged in cardboard. You could try Dr Bronner’s soap bars  which are made with sustainable and organic palm, hemp and coconut oils. Shop all soap bars

 recycled plastic


Recycle, recycle, recycle!

When you can’t avoid plastic packaging, look for products that are packaged in post consumer recycled bottles, that can then be easily recycled again. Bio-D and Marcel’s Green Soap products, for example, are housed in cardboard or recycled plastic.

 

Want some more tips on going plastic-free? Check out our guide to living without plastics.

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