Sustainability has become a big buzz word in the consumer world over the last few years, and rightly so. Sustainable products are created in order to serve a purpose whilst also minimising damage to the environment. Due to this, they are usually reusable, meaning from a consumers perspective you will need to buy products less often and therefore, save money. This is a fantastic way for environmentally conscious people to do their bit for the planet whilst also saving themselves money. Let’s walk through some simple swaps you can make throughout different areas of the house.
- Shampoo, Conditioner and Soap Bars – this plastic free alternative to heavily packaged products will reduce plastic consumption considerably. Organic bars contain far more natural ingredients that are much better for your skin and the environment. You will also find you are purchasing these products far less often than you would normal bottles of product as they last far longer.
- Reusable Cotton Pads – rather than throwing away single use cotton pads, you can purchase reusable and washable pads which last for years and years. You can either hand wash them or put them into the washing machine on a normal wash. Prepare to save plenty of money as you will no longer have to replace your cotton pads after the initial investment.
- Bamboo Toothbrushes – switching to bamboo toothbrushes will ensure that the amount of pollution and waste going into our oceans is reduced. When the time comes to change your toothbrush, the bamboo material is completely biodegradable.
- Reusable Sanitary Products – the amount of plastic in any disposable sanitary product is unbelievable. Significant amounts of waste is produced over the course of a year from just one person’s period. Luckily, there are eco-friendly alternatives available. You can use sanitary cups or washable underwear which can both simply be washed and used over and over again for years on end.
- Coffee Cups – 166 billion paper coffee cups are used each year which are responsible for 6.5 million trees being cut down and 4 billion gallons of water being used. Most coffee shops will happily accept reusable cups, so take your own cup and ask them to fill it with your favourite drink. Many coffee shops are now introducing initiatives to encourage customers to bring their own reusable cup so it is definitely worth doing.
- Water Bottles – similarly to single use coffee cups, plastic water bottles are responsible for a horrific amount of waste each year. So, make sure to always carry your own reusable bottle. Making a habit of taking it out with you will reduce your environmental impact and also save you significant amounts of money when you aren’t buying a bottle of water everyday.
- Beeswax Wrap – cling film and plastic sandwich bags are other single use items that can easily be avoided. Beeswax wrap is a reusable alternative that can easily be shaped around any product as the warmth of your hands gently moulds the wrap to keep it in place. You could wrap sandwiches or easily cover food packets. Again, these wraps will last for years and are mostly biodegradable and compostable.
- Baby Washcloths – as a parent, you are likely to use countless amounts of wipes each day for all sorts of things that will go straight in the bin. Although you can get biodegradable wipes which would be useful for when you’re out and about, try to use reusable baby washcloths when you are in the house. You can use them to clean up after meal times, crafts or they can be used in the bath. They can either be quickly rinsed or washed properly in the washing machine. You will save huge amounts of money on wipes whilst also helping the environment.
- Bamboo Nappies – using reusable and washable nappies would be ideal but it is completely understandable if this isn’t possible or practical for families. So, you can get biodegradable nappies which are far more gentle than normal nappies and they are also completely biodegradable, making them much more friendly for the planet.
- Coverall Bibs – a simple way you can save yourself time and money is to invest in coverall bibs. Rather than changing your baby’s outfit after meal times, you can simply pop on the coverall bib which will cover all of your child’s body and arms. You can then slip it off after meal time or crafts, give it a wipe and it is ready to use again. In the long-run you will save a lot of money on energy as you won’t need to do anywhere near as much washing!