Replace with plastic-free alternatives like shampoo, conditioner and soap bars, toothpaste jars or tablets and a bamboo toothbrush.
Swap to bars of soap, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant. The carbon footprint of liquid soap is 25% larger than soap in bar form on a per-wash basis. Liquid soap also needs 5 times more energy to produce and can use 20 times more packaging. All of this makes liquid soap heavier and less efficient to transport from the factory to your shower. We love Lush’s package-free products.
Swap to bamboo toothbrushes and toothpaste in a jar. It’s estimated that 3.6 billion plastic toothbrushes are used worldwide every year, with the average person using 300 in their lifetime. Roughly 80 per cent of these end up in the sea, where they pose a risk to marine life and habitats. Each toothbrush takes up to a thousand years to decompose, so it’s little wonder that by 2050 it’s predicted that there will be a higher volume of plastic in the oceans than fish. We love The Environmental Toothbrush and Georganics English Peppermint toothpaste.
Swap to re-usable menstrual products. The UK use a whopping 4.3 billion disposable menstrual products every year. 8.5% of all the plastic found on our beaches is coming directly from our toilets. Try an OrganiCup.
Swap to recycled toilet paper. In the UK, on average we each use 110 rolls of toilet paper every year and more than 90% of this is produced from virgin forests in Scandinavia. We use Who Gives A Crap and love their colourful wrapping too!
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