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Ditch the disposables: 9 ways to replace the single use plastic in your bathroom and bag

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Georgina Wilson-Powell

31 August 2017

It’s time to think beyond plastic. With scary statistics on the horizon - like there being more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050, it’s time to take a look around and think post-plastic. And it’s actually not that bad. There are beautiful, functional and sustainable alternatives for almost everything you reach for on a daily basis - both in your bathroom and in your bag.

Come with us as we take a whirl through nine things everyone uses all the time and discover how to ditch the plastic.

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Ditch The Disposables Pukka coffee cup

Coffee cup

Guys, the numbers are frightening - how many coffee cups we throw away per year runs into billions. And they’re pretty much non-recyclable (thanks polyethylene). So grab a reusable one. Pukka has some awesome patterned travel mugs that come in two sizes, are made from sustainable bamboo and are BPA free.


Ditch The Disposables The Soap Co

Soap

We’ve all got used to liquid soap but really it’s unnecessary and mostly full of stuff that you can’t pronounce. Swap it for this season’s coolest bathroom accessory - the wool wrapped soap. Social enterprise, The Soap Co. have this number - it’s made from cocoa butter and olive oil, wrapped in Herdwick wool from the Lake District as an exfoliant. It comes smelling of bergamot and mint, works a treat and it’s called a pebble.


This Yuhme water bottle might just be the most eco in the world

Water bottle

Plastic water bottles are our biggest bugbear, and they should be yours too. And they’re costing you money. Save money and your oceans by investing in a reusable bottle. Yuhme is one of the most eco-friendly water bottles out there. It’s made from sugarcane and every bottle pays for six months worth of clean water in Africa.


Rawgaia Msm Range

Moisturiser

Superfood clean beauty gurus Rawgaia’s moisturiser not only rocks but it also comes in a glass jar. The MSM Organic Beauty Cream is award-winning,cold pressed, vegan, cruelty free and packed full of frankincense and myrrh (if it was good enough for the Three Kings…).


Bamboo toothbrushes from Mable - ethical and non plastic

Toothbrush

Bamboo and wooden toothbrushes are a lot more common than they used to be. We love Mable, simply for its beautiful design. Mable is made from sustainably grown bamboo, it’s biodegradable and for every one bought ones goes to a kid in need.


Ditch The Disposables safety razors

Razor

These gleaming beauties are almost impossible to recycle. The US alone throws away over two billion of them a year. Swap back to a more traditional metal razor, or a safety razor as they’re known. Choose between a single or double edged blade (beginners are better off with a double edged), the outlay might be more than you’re used to, but this is going to last you decades. Or choose Preserve, who make ethical razors from other bits of plastic and will recycle yours when you’re done.

Swap out shaving cream for coconut oil or make your own clean beauty shaving cream.


Use a soapnut bar as a sustainable alternative to shampoo

Shampoo

We’ve got a feature on different ways to ditch shampoo for natural ingredients but Soapnuts has an organic, vegan friendly soapnut bar that is perfect for hair and it's palm oil free. Soapnuts have been used for centuries as they soften skin and hair and have a mild anti-bacterial and anti-microbial function.


 Ditch The Disposables Moa Green balm

All round balm

Organic beauty brand MOA’s Green Balm is a hands down miracle product that has a multitude of uses. From make up remover to calming down insect bites or soothing scratches, it’s a natural, vegetarian friendly, cruelty-free balm in a glass jar that uses yarrow as the superstar ingredient. It’s even good for chapped lips.


Ditch The Disposables Awake organics

Deodorant

Awake Organics use British clay, arrowroot and sodium bicarbonate to keep you whiff free with four organic essential oils working hard to soothe the skin and there's no aluminium. Better yet, this lovely deodorant cream comes in a glass jar.


Ditch The Disposables Pukka coffee cup

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Coffee cup

Guys, the numbers are frightening - how many coffee cups we throw away per year runs into billions. And they’re pretty much non-recyclable (thanks polyethylene). So grab a reusable one. Pukka has some awesome patterned travel mugs that come in two sizes, are made from sustainable bamboo and are BPA free.


Ditch The Disposables The Soap Co

2 / 9

Soap

We’ve all got used to liquid soap but really it’s unnecessary and mostly full of stuff that you can’t pronounce. Swap it for this season’s coolest bathroom accessory - the wool wrapped soap. Social enterprise, The Soap Co. have this number - it’s made from cocoa butter and olive oil, wrapped in Herdwick wool from the Lake District as an exfoliant. It comes smelling of bergamot and mint, works a treat and it’s called a pebble.


This Yuhme water bottle might just be the most eco in the world

3 / 9

Water bottle

Plastic water bottles are our biggest bugbear, and they should be yours too. And they’re costing you money. Save money and your oceans by investing in a reusable bottle. Yuhme is one of the most eco-friendly water bottles out there. It’s made from sugarcane and every bottle pays for six months worth of clean water in Africa.


Rawgaia Msm Range

4 / 9

Moisturiser

Superfood clean beauty gurus Rawgaia’s moisturiser not only rocks but it also comes in a glass jar. The MSM Organic Beauty Cream is award-winning,cold pressed, vegan, cruelty free and packed full of frankincense and myrrh (if it was good enough for the Three Kings…).


Bamboo toothbrushes from Mable - ethical and non plastic

5 / 9

Toothbrush

Bamboo and wooden toothbrushes are a lot more common than they used to be. We love Mable, simply for its beautiful design. Mable is made from sustainably grown bamboo, it’s biodegradable and for every one bought ones goes to a kid in need.


Ditch The Disposables safety razors

6 / 9

Razor

These gleaming beauties are almost impossible to recycle. The US alone throws away over two billion of them a year. Swap back to a more traditional metal razor, or a safety razor as they’re known. Choose between a single or double edged blade (beginners are better off with a double edged), the outlay might be more than you’re used to, but this is going to last you decades. Or choose Preserve, who make ethical razors from other bits of plastic and will recycle yours when you’re done.

Swap out shaving cream for coconut oil or make your own clean beauty shaving cream.


Use a soapnut bar as a sustainable alternative to shampoo

7 / 9

Shampoo

We’ve got a feature on different ways to ditch shampoo for natural ingredients but Soapnuts has an organic, vegan friendly soapnut bar that is perfect for hair and it's palm oil free. Soapnuts have been used for centuries as they soften skin and hair and have a mild anti-bacterial and anti-microbial function.


 Ditch The Disposables Moa Green balm

8 / 9

All round balm

Organic beauty brand MOA’s Green Balm is a hands down miracle product that has a multitude of uses. From make up remover to calming down insect bites or soothing scratches, it’s a natural, vegetarian friendly, cruelty-free balm in a glass jar that uses yarrow as the superstar ingredient. It’s even good for chapped lips.


Ditch The Disposables Awake organics

9 / 9

Deodorant

Awake Organics use British clay, arrowroot and sodium bicarbonate to keep you whiff free with four organic essential oils working hard to soothe the skin and there's no aluminium. Better yet, this lovely deodorant cream comes in a glass jar.


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