Promoting ethical children's clothes and toys - reduce plastic waste eco friendly

Did you know that plastic can be found in all sorts of surprising places? Wet wipes, clothes, plasters, glitter, coffee cups, chewing gum, and even some foods (microplastics can be found in tap water, beer and salt!1).

We are polluting the ocean with around 12.7 million tonnes of plastic a year1. Going completely plastic-free might seem to be almost impossible, especially when you have kids or are on a budget, but here’s some easy swaps and alternatives to help you reduce how much plastic you use… 

Straws – at least 4.4 billion straws are thrown away every year in the UK1 and statistics show plastic straws are one of the top 10 items found during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup1. Lots of big companies have made the switch to paper straws, including McDonald’s, Wetherspoons, Nando’s, and Costa, and supermarkets such as Waitrose and Iceland have stopped selling plastic straws too2.

You can join in by buying packs of paper straws instead of plastic or going one better and buying some reusable straws. They come in various materials including stainless steel, glass, or silicone, and you can wash and reuse them as many times as you want – no plastic or any waste at all! 

Toiletries – there’s a few items you might keep in your bathroom that contain plastic when they don’t need to. There are plenty of biodegradable, plastic-free alternatives that are similar prices and easy to find! 

Wetwipes and face wipes – there’s plenty of biodegradable options to choose from, with lots of shops doing their own brands. You could also cut out waste completely by swapping to face cloths or reusable cotton makeup pads. 

Cotton buds – there’s no benefit to a plastic stem so next time you pick some up, make sure you’re buying ones with paper or bamboo stems instead! 

Soap – why not use a bar of soap instead of liquid soap? They’re even cheaper than liquid soaps, with a classic Dove Beauty cream bar coming in at about 80p3.

You could also go the extra mile and swap shampoo bottles for shampoo bars, disposable razors for reusable razors, and toothpaste tubes for toothpaste tabs. 

Swap out your clingfilm and sandwich bags for beeswax food wraps. They’re made organically and when you’re done with them, they’re fully biodegradable and compostable. They’ll last for about a year and are easy to clean too. 

You can also swap out your plastic lunch box for a bamboo or tin one. They tend to look a lot more stylish too! 

If you buy coffee, use your own takeaway cup. You can buy biodegradable ones made out of bamboo. They’re reusable and you sometimes get a discount on your coffee as a reward for being eco-friendly too! And, like the eco-friendly lunch boxes, you’ll look a lot more stylish and unique! 

Also, why not invest in a reusable water bottle rather than buying single-use plastic bottles? Check out our range of water bottles (we have bottle for adults and children) here!

1 Condor Ferries – Plastic in the Ocean Statistics 2020
2 BBC News – Plastic straws: Which companies are banning them?
3 Which UK – How can we tackle our bathroom plastics problem?

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