Welcome to 9 Eco Swaps: Reduce Household Waste.
This guide includes 9 of our favourite easy swaps that significantly reduce how much disposable plastic you have in your home, and how much avoidable waste ends up in your bins.
These products are all tried and tested, and we fully vouch for their effectiveness. The collection includes:
- Plastic-free washing up liquid
- Reusable food bags
- Refillable cleaning solutions
- Plastic-free dustpan and brush set
- Refillable plastic-free hand wash pumps
- Reusable cling film alternative
- Plastic-free fluoride toothpaste
- Compostable kitchen sponges
- Compostable cleaning cloths
Making the switch is easy, and once you've started using these products you will never want to do without them again!
The theme with this collection is simple - all of these products are 100% reusable or compostable, and they directly replace high street alternatives that are made from single-use materials which could end up polluting the planet.
Browse our collection below, and if you have any questions about any of the products featured, please get in touch with Bridget on firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to help.
Ditch plastic washing up liquid bottles for good by switching to solid dishwashing bars. They are super effective at cleaning dishes, minus the harsh chemicals generally found in high street brands. And they're 100% plastic-free.
Each bar lasts 3-6 months. To use the bar, you put it under running warm water and rub it with a sponge or dish scrub to turn the water in your bowl milky, and then you're ready to go. The bar doesn't create bubbles which can take some getting used to, but you'll soon realise the bubbles are completely unnecessary for cleaning dishes or cutting through grease and grime. Your dishes will be left shiny and as good as new.
Reusable food produce bags are the perfect companion when shopping for fresh vegetables, fruit and dried produce. They can also be used to keep your fridge and cupboards nice and tidy. They are very lightweight, so barely register on the weighing scales in your supermarket or zero waste shop, and you can easily see what is inside.
There are 8 bags in a pack, and they all fit inside a handy carry pouch including a clip, making them super easy to transport and store. These bags are made from a special material called rPET - a breathable, mesh fabric made using recycled plastic bottles. This means they're very strong and durable, they allow your produce to breathe and therefore last longer, and supporting this product also helps minimise how many plastic bottles there are in the world!
Refillable cleaning solutions include products which can be refilled and reused time and time again, cutting out the need for wasteful disposable cleaning products. Options include refillable aluminium cleaning products, and dissolvable cleaning drops that turn any spray bottle into a reusable cleaning bottle as you simply add a cleaning drop and water to an empty bottle, and you've got a brand new spray to use. Once you've made the switch, you won't look back! And you will notice a significant reduction in how much plastic ends up in the bin.
This plastic-free, vintage style dust pan and brush set is made using sustainable beech wood and natural coir (coconut fibre bristles), with a recyclable metal pan. A stylish addition to your plastic-free home, and also 100% zero waste - the metal is recyclable and the brush is 100% compostable. So you can be safe in the knowledge that when it's reached the end of its use, it will not end up polluting the planet.
The refillable hand wash sets by milly&sissy are truly outstanding! This set comes with a British Amber Glass Bottle, so ditching the plastic hand pumps is not only good for the planet, but also looks so much nicer in your home! The hand washes are made using 99% natural ingredients, and they are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They reduce carbon footprint by 94% compared with standard hand washes, because water is not included in the sachets and therefore isn't being pointlessly transported around before it reaches you. The sachet refill pouches are also 100% compostable. Simply pour the contents into your glass bottle and add water, and you're good to go.
Zero Wrap is a zero waste food wrap made from high quality, food-grade silicone. It is an eco-friendly alternative to disposable cling film, aluminium foil, and baking paper. It has 3 main uses - to cook, cover and wrap your food and it comes in multiple sizes to meet your various kitchen needs. All materials used are 100% recyclable.
The unique design offers a durable and versatile wrap which is suitable for a number of purposes including lining baking trays, covering leftovers, and wrapping food. Zero Wrap is oven-safe, microwave-safe and dishwasher-safe. And it is the perfect addition to your zero waste kitchen!
These fantastic kitchen sponges are 100% biodegradable and compostable, and are made from plants. They are plastic-free, made of natural renewable resources including cotton, wood pulp & flax, and they do not emit micro-plastic pollution, unlike classic sponges. They are highly absorbent, durable, and are great for cleaning kitchens, bathrooms and all around the house.
These fantastic plastic-free, compostable sponge cloths are super absorbent, durable and reusable. Made from natural, sustainable materials, they are great for cleaning kitchens, bathrooms and all around the house! When ready to be replaced the cloths can be popped into your compost bin at home and it will safely biodegrade without releasing any micro-fibres or micro-plastic into the environment.