If you don’t know already, tomorrow is Earth Day 2021! This year’s theme is Restore The Earth, so I thought it would be cool to share some sustainable swaps. I know that as a student it can sometimes be easier to go for the cheapest item but, in the long run, plastic-free products are always the best.
The first out of the sustainable swaps is cleaning drops. A cleaning drop is an antibacterial spray refill which you add to 750ml of water and then hey presto, it’s made! This is perfect because it means that you don’t need to buy another plastic bottle of antibacterial spray – you reuse the one you have. I only discovered these when I was looking on Green Pear Eco‘s website but I can’t wait to use it once my current antibacterial spray has run out.
Reusable make up pads
I got these make-up pads about 1&1/2 years ago and I can’t even imagine buying single-use wipes now! I can’t talk enough about how great they are and once they are dirty, just put them in with the laundry (in their little bag).
Before I swapped to reusable ones, I was using biodegradable wipes and while they aren’t great either, they are better than ones that aren’t. But, what about the plastic that contains those biodegradable wipes? That didn’t even cross my mind whilst I was buying biodegradable ones but it’s something to think about.
Reusable make-up wipes are a long-term purchase and aren’t too expensive either – I can’t remember where my parents got these from but you can get them from pretty much anywhere! If you can, try and support a small business.
Who gives a crap toilet roll
You might be wondering why I’m putting this down when it is £24 but just hear me out! Who gives a crap toilet rolls last for so long – I haven’t even used half of my box yet but I’m thinking they’ll last me 6 months. Shop bought toilet roll might be cheaper but the amount of plastic it comes in is ridiculous. The packaging for these are 100% recyclable and come in pretty designs, as well as the shipping being carbon neutral. They also donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets – a company that is environmental and gives to charity seems like a win-win situation.
You can buy a box of 24 for £24, 48 for £36 or subscribe and decide the interval that they deliver to you. As well, the last couple of rolls are in red packaging that reminds you that you’ve almost run out – I love that! If you want £5 off your first order click here, and I’ll get £5 off for referring you.
We all give presents to people and last Christmas I was trying really hard to wrap my presents origami-style (and failed). Instead, why not use paper tape that biodegrades and is recyclable? Plus, this tape is 50m long and for only £2.50!
Related post: 7 simple actions to take for Global Recycling Day
Soap bars will literally last you months and did you know that they are actually better for your skin that bottled soap? This is because most soap bars tend to be more natural whereas bottled soap might have lots of chemicals inside. Plus, soap bars are completely zero waste.
My sister bought me my current one so not sure where it came from but once again, you can buy them pretty much anywhere! I love that there’s such a wide variety of colours and scents.
Herb mix seedballs*
I feel like a lot of people started growing plants in the pandemic, it can be hard if you have limited space though. You can plant these seedballs in a pot which is great if you aren’t rooted (get the plant pun?) in one place. You don’t need any expert knowledge, just add water and keep in the sun, and they will grow. It’s also much cheaper to plant herbs than to keep buying from the shop – think of the amount of plastic!
What are your favourite sustainable swaps that you’ve made?
Best wishes, Cx