So, I wanted my first proper blog to focus on the very current issue of plastic. People are probably getting fed up of hearing about it but tough, it’s an important issue that we’ve spent too long ignoring.
I’ve started making small changes to my habits in order to cut out single use plastic and general waste and I thought you’d take you through these simple swaps. Maybe it will inspire you to make some changes. I’d also be very keen to hear any suggestions you have for easy swaps.
Ditch the disposable cotton pads from your daily routine and swap to washable pads. This was my latest swap and I must admit I had some reservations but I’m glad I did.
I’d seen a lot of different pads around but they all seemed to be white or very pale and I was afraid that they wouldn’t wash up very well. However, a quick google and I found some black pads and a wash bag for under £10!
I’ve been using them for around two weeks so far and haven’t had any issues. My only worry with them is when it comes to removing nail varnish because I’m not sure how well this will wash out. If anyone has any experience I’d be keen to hear it please.
Bamboo Cotton Buds
A simple swap is to swap from plastic to bamboo cotton buds. There’s not really a lot more to say, they function exactly the same, so what are you waiting for?!
Solid Soap & Sisal Soap Bag
Another easy swap which cuts back on waste is to switch to bars of soap rather than shower gel in plastic bottles. The soap bars can be teamed up with a Sisal soap bag which also cuts back on spending out on sponges; the soap bags last so much longer and can just be popped in the wash when doing the towels.
Solid Shampoo & Conditioner
I’ve actually been using these for a while and find them amazing. My hair feels far better than it ever did with main stream shampoo products. Lush is my go to store when it comes to these sort of products, the main draw being their focus on natural ingredients and cruelty free ethos.
My go to products are the Seanik shampoo bar and the Big conditioner bar. My hair is quite flat and tends to get greasy quickly but after talking to one of the lovely assistants in Lush I had these products recommended to me. My hair feels volumised, it’s not weighed down by the random rubbish they fill cheaper shampoos with, both products smell great and best of all they’re plastic free and not tested on animals.
I was also given a small sample of the Big shampoo which I like to use a couple of times a week for a really good clean. The shampoo is made with seaweed and sea salt which makes the shampoo excellent for scrubbing any product out of your hair. This shampoo does come in a plastic tub but they’re handy for storing products when travelling or you can wash them out and returns them to Lush to be re-used.
I plan to eventually buy all my products from Lush but I’m using up what I have first as it would just be a waste to bin it.
CLEANING AND LAUNDRY
You may not be aware but there are several brands which specialise in eco-friendly, cruelty free products. I’m in the process of switching my cleaning and laundry products to Method and Cover. I’ve been using them in the kitchen and bathroom for around two months and I’ve found them to be pretty much on par with the more popular chemical cleaners, plus they smell amazing.
The only slight issue I’ve had is with the Ecover toilet cleaner which isn’t’t budging the limescale quite as well as chemicals but maybe that’s just me not leaving it long enough or not scrubbing hard enough. I’m also in a very hard water area.
I’ve also started using the Minky M Cloth in both the bathroom and kitchen (different ones of court). They’re antibacterial, excellent at scrubbing (was non-scratch) and you can just pop them in with the wash and they come up good as new.
I use Method as my laundry conditoner and have recently signed up with Smol for detergent pods. They offer a free trial (just pay £1 postage) and they’re posted right through your front door. I’ve found them great so far, they smell really good, the packaging is super compact and minimal and is made from recycled products and can also be recycled.
There is obviously still a long way to go but I’ve made a start.
Thanks for reading and hopefully this has inspired you to make some changes. I’d be super keen to hear about your swaps and any suggestions you have!