10 Eco-Friendly Swaps You Can Make Right Now
If you are wanting to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle but don't know where to start, here we have 10 basic swaps that can be made immediately
Plastic pollution is currently a major environmental concern, and yet the rate we are going through single-use plastics is at an all time high.
Most of the plastics we use end up in landfills, the oceans and our waterways where they will remain for hundreds and hundreds of years. Over time, a lot of these plastics will break down into micro-plastics that animals and humans will digest, releasing numerous toxic chemicals into our bodies and the atmosphere.
"...plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its life cycle, from its production to its refining and the way it is managed as a waste product." - The Guardian
We have all seen the images of marine life with stomachs full of plastic waste and it has been predicted that by 2050, the amount of plastic floating around in our oceans could be greater than the amount of fish - and that's just crazy.
These plastics are creating land, water and air pollution that have devastating long-lasting effects - some of which will be irreversible if we don't act now!
The fact that it is down to us to 'save the world' can feel so overwhelming, which is why we recommend these 10 eco-friendly swaps as an easy way to begin:
1. Replace plastic bags with an Eco-Friendly reusable canvas tote bag
With supermarkets already taking steps to ban plastic bags in store, replacing your plastic bags with a reusable canvas tote bag (or any type of reusable bag) is a great first swap to make.
Canvas tote bags are extremely versatile, durable and can be used for various functions like clothes shopping, picking up take-away items, and packing food when doing a daily or weekly shop. They are fashionable too with many different designs on the market - you can easily find one that suits your lifestyle.
2. Replace plastic Cotton Buds with bamboo stemmed cotton buds
Bamboo-stemmed cotton buds are simply made to substitute for the plastic stem that you are used too. In place of the non-biodegradable single-use plastic on the neck of your cotton buds, bamboo stems are sustainable and do not harm the environment in any form.
3. Replace Plastic Straws with bamboo straws
Bamboo straws are just another amazing development in the industry.
The sustainable and natural bamboo plant can be made into a simple, non-toxic reusable straw that performs even better than the conventional single-use plastic straw.
Easy to carry around and a great eco-friendly solution that you can purchase from our store today!
4. Replace Plastic Bottles with reusable steel or glass bottles
Of course, plastic bottles are easy to find and use on the go, but they have a detrimental effect on our environment. The convenience of disposing of them after one use is what initially made them popular, but given the various disadvantages of plastic materials, it is worthwhile to switch to steel or glass bottles that do little or no harm to the environment and can be used time and time again.
5. Replace Plastic-Bottled Shampoo/Conditioner with shampoo and conditioner bars
Shampoo and conditioner bars are natural hair treatment soaps in solid form.
Instead of buying the regular plastic bottled shampoos and conditioners, you can easily opt for solidified bars that do not require any bottle. These shampoo and conditioner bars are non-toxic, usually made with completely natural ingredients and can outlast up to 2 or 3 times your usual liquid bottle, meaning not only are you being more eco-friendly, you are also saving money. Win-win!
6. Replace Your Plastic Toothbrush with bamboo toothbrush
Another excellent product of bamboo is the toothbrush.
Bamboo wood is carefully crafted into toothbrushes that are known for their anti-bacterial properties, which are both sustainable and eco-friendly. If you think how many toothbrushes we go through in a lifetime, which are not even recyclable, this is a really beneficial switch to make.
Don't just ditch your current toothbrush though - make sure you get the use out of it that is left and then you can re-use it as a cleaning tool.
7. Replace Teabags with loose leaf tea
I only found out recently that up to 25% of our tea-bags are made up of plastic, which means they cannot completely decompose. Loose-leaf teas are semi-processed teas that come in the form of leaves. Instead of grinding and blending the leaves into a tiny powdery form, the tea leaves are dried and ready to use which actually gives an enhanced flavour.
8. Replace Plastic containers with glass jars
Glass jars seem to be an icon of the zero waste movement. They can be reused multiple times and don't release any nasty toxins onto your food. You can fill them up at your local bulk store, keep dry store foods in them, jams and preservatives, make up drinks and even store non-food items - like your bamboo straws!
9. Replace take away coffee cups and use a mug or flask
Mugs and flasks are durable, reusable and can be filled up anywhere nowadays.
It was reported that some 600 billion single-use, disposable cups end up in landfills and the ocean every year, so swapping to a reusable, eco-friendly alternative would make a massive impact on our environment.
10. Change Cling film to beeswax wraps
This plastic film is commonly used for covering or wrapping foods and other items but there is a great alternative out there - Beeswax Wraps! If you get them from a reputable supplier, these wraps last up to 1 year and are a natural way to wrap and cover your food items as well as packing snacks for an adventure.
They are normally produced using organic cotton, 100% beeswax and organic jojoba or coconut oil and can just be rinsed after each use then they're ready to go again
You can even have a go making beeswax wraps yourself!
So there you have it
10 eco-friendly swaps you can make right now! We would suggest seeing how many of these you can swap out over the next month and then continue onto another 10!
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