Shockingly each year, millions of tons of plastic are used once and then thrown away. A lot of that plastic waste ends up in our oceans, but we can work together to change that and find low cost plastic-free swaps that are better for our world.

Plastic Pollution

Each minute, enough plastic to fill a garbage truck is dumped into the ocean, and because it doesn’t decompose, almost all the plastic ever made is still in existence. One out of every four fish tested contains plastic, which means that the plastic pollution we create ends back up on our plates.

Unfortunately, tens of thousands of animals living in the ocean are killed each year because of plastic pollution. Plastic consumption is also linked to cancer, lowered immunity, and other health problems in humans.

Plastic-free Options

Luckily, there are steps we can take to reduce plastic waste and help make the world better and safer for everyone. You can find low-cost plastic-free swaps for your everyday life that promote a better environment and enrich your own life.

You can replace the plastic bottles and single-use cups you use with stainless steel water bottles that are more cost-efficient for you and better for the environment. They also will help keep your beverages at your preferred temperature for longer.

Using reusable grocery bags instead of plastic ones is also a great way to reduce your plastic waste. Packaging in products also contributes to plastic waste. Buying in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging or buying from companies to use less packaging are other ways you can reduce your plastic waste.

Our Top Picks for Low Cost Plastic-free Swaps

Cotton Mesh Shopping Bag – Natural

A fantastic eco-friendly cotton mesh shopping bag will make a wonderful addition to your shopping excursions. Featuring two carry handles that are long enough to go over the shoulder and a wide top opening making for easy packing when food shopping. Easy to roll up and store when not in use. Ethically sourced and made in India.

Bamboo Spork 2 in 1

A low cost eco-friendly alternative to plastic knives, forks and spoons whilst you are out and about. Bamboo spork is the zero-waste alternative to plastic cutlery.

 

Cotton Mesh Shopping Bag - Natural Bamboo Spork 2 in 1

Dish Soap – White Vinegar and Citrus 120g

Eco-friendly plastic-free dish soap bar white wine vinegar and citrus are hand made in Marseille France from natural ingredients; designed to be tough on grease yet gentle on your hands.

Eco Features

  • 100% natural
  • Fully biodegradable
  • Vegetable base with white wine vinegar and essential oils
  • Suitable for Vegans

Organic Indian Soap Nuts 1kg

Organic Indian Soap Nuts 1kg supplied with a free cotton wash bag. Indian washing nuts, popularly referred to as soap nut is a naturally sourced laundry detergent. Unlike chemical detergents, these organic Indian washing nuts are non-toxic. They can be used as a liquid cleaner, hand wash, shampoo, and for clothes as a laundry detergent.

Eco Features

  • These soap nuts are 100% organic and safe
  • They are environmentally friendly
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Biodegradable
  • Sourced naturally
  • Vegan
  • Multiple uses
  • Gentle cleaning properties

How to Use

Add 5-7 shells per load into a cotton bag or even an old sock and place them inside your washing machine. You can even reuse the nuts up to four times before they’ve exhausted their cleaning power.

The gentle cleaning features of these nuts help in maintaining the colour of clothes longer. You can use the soap nuts for hand wash and machine wash effectively and they can be used for both white and coloured fabrics (between 30° and 90°). Because they are naturally sourced and hypoallergenic, they are the perfect alternative for people who are allergic to chemical detergents.

They do have a strong smell, however, this is not transferred to clothes when washed. As they are a completely natural product, they may differ in appearance and stickiness. If needed, they can be dried easily in natural sunshine for a few hours. Inside the bag, there will be a mix of whole and broken shells. May differ in colour due to the time of year they were harvested. This does not affect the efficiency of the soap nuts.

 

Dish Soap - White Vinegar and Citrus 120g Organic Indian Soap Nuts 1kg

 

Bioloco Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle – Black

The elegant shape of the Bioloco insulated stainless steel bottle in black will keep drinks warm for up to 18 hours and cool for up to 12 hours.

Features

  • Capacity of 500 ml (16.9 oz)
  • Made of double-walled kitchen-grade stainless steel.
  • Wooden lid with a silicon looped handle
  • BPA-free, Phthalate-free and toxin-free.
  • Hand washing recommended.
  • Designed and made in Germany

Argan Oil Shampoo Bar Lavender and Rosemary All Hair Types

Lavender & Rosemary Solid Shampoo designed for all hair types and its natural ingredients help the hair to resist the stress of pollution, colouring, and styling. This special purifying and repairing formula has been designed using nature’s cleansing plants to clean and protect your hair and scalp. Leaving you with a zingy astringent sensation to invigorate your senses.

If you are just starting out on your plastic-free journey the trick is to start small. Find one item you want to swap and take it from there. It’s a lot easier than you think and quite addictive once you start!

 

Bioloco Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle - Black Plastic-Free Lavender and Rosemary Shampoo Bar

We hope you enjoyed our article on low cost plastic-free swaps and found something you like!