• Oliver Yates

Household Plastic swaps

We spend a lot of time researching and asking lots of questions before we use a supplier and their materials to make sure they are what they say they are. We try our best to source from small and local businesses with excellent eco credentials, using recycled and recyclable materials for all our packaging and sustainable wax and wicks. We have found that when you dig a little deeper not everything that people say when it comes to natural and eco friendly products is true. It’s one of the reasons we have decided to not use soy wax amongst other things. Often times when the wax has been given the “sustainable” seal of approval it is because the damage has already been done. For example, if you chop down areas of rainforest destroying the habitat of many animals and indigenous people to make a sustainable farm. Yes it is sustainable but can this really be considered natural and eco friendly? This is not taking into account the roads and carbon footprint of transportation to processing plants, manufacturers and then to wholesalers, etc.

With this in mind we have been making a lot of swaps around the home to cut down our plastic usage, lower our carbon footprint and to use more natural products... that still work.

So far most of the swaps we have used have been very good and we will definitely continue to do/ use. We have been getting our fruit and veg from our local shop and getting produce from the UK as best as we can. We have cut down our meat intake by a large proportion and when we do get meat we buy from our local butcher who only stocks local produce (I love my meat, but there are so many amazing vegetarian recipes easily accessible thanks to the internet that I would choose over a lot of meat dishes now and the experimenting is fun). Brilliant, no plastic there, much lower carbon footprint, and we have been amazed at how much better the quality is and in many cases we have paid the same if not slightly less than we would at the supermarkets. We now make our own pasta, so shocked by this. It’s so quick and easy and you get the best pasta I have ever had. If I do say so myself. 4 mins to make, half an hour in the fridge and then the fun and actually therapeutic bit, rolling out. After only a couple of attempts I can make 2 portions of linguine or similar in a couple of minutes. Give it a go it’s great fun, I really look forward to it and a great activity with the kids.

A few other swaps we have made are switching back to soap bars, shampoo and conditioner bars, we have tried a dish soap bar (not found a good one yet), toothpaste tablets (not sure of, perhaps we just haven’t found the right one), biodegradable dishwasher sponges, beeswax wraps, and my favourite double edge or safety razor. I could go on for quite a while about these and have done but in short. Zero plastic, far superior and closer shave, no razor burn or rash as only 1 blade, faster shave, much cheaper (£8 for a year and a half worth of blades if shaving 2 or 3 times a week) and far better quality. I was terrified when I first used one and they are slightly different the way you shave but now I’m much faster, never cut myself and get a much closer shave... happy to discuss in greater detail with a glass of wine if anyone is interested as my partner has now banned the topic.

I am interested to know what swaps have you made? Are there any products that you think are amazing? Are there any that haven’t worked for you? What has your research turned up? Is there anything super easy to do or swap that you can’t believe people aren’t doing already?

As with everything we aren’t expecting to find the perfect answer straight away and I’m sure there are lots of new businesses working on some amazing things. We are constantly looking at how we can improve and do things better, is there a better material we can use, in future can we promote sustainability and improve the environment with the materials we use, etc. But it would be great to hear from you and get a discussion going. Leave a comment and let us know we would love to hear your thoughts and what you have tried.


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