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Five simple ways to go plastic-free

You've got your canvas shopping bag and your food bin - now try these five simple swaps to earn serious eco creds (and save the planet, obv).

Whether you’re waging a full-on war on plastic or you’re just eco-curious, there are more ways than ever to avoid the constant onslaught of packaging and one-use products – you just need to know where to look.

We roped in sustainability superstar Beth Noy of Plastic Freedom to help us tackle the toughest room in the house: the kitchen. First up, some burning questions…

Beth Noy Plastic Freedom

Aren’t non-plastic items in the kitchen less hygenic? 

Not at all – if anything, the plastic used in kitchen items doesn’t have to actually pass any standards we are used to, such as BPA-free water bottles. The great thing about plastic-free kitchen items like reusable kitchen towels is that they are washed at high temperatures which removes any germs, without synthetic microfibers being washed into the water systems. 

I can’t be bothered with extra faff in the kitchen – what are your quickest hacks? 

Use old jars like mayonnaise jars to store leftovers or freezing things! You can even write on them in wipeable marker so you know what’s what. Most people think you have to spend a fortune on cutting out plastic but we have so many reusable things right in front of us – so next time you go to put something in the recycling, just think, ‘Can this be used for something else?’

My kids will destroy anything glass or ceramic – plastic is my only option!

Try bamboo tableware! It’s lightweight and super strong, and a popular choice for eco options because bamboo grows so quickly in comparison to other types of wood. If a little one wants to take it on, I promise it will survive!

Aren’t refills more expensive than just buying new bottles?

Most of the time you’re paying for the packaging and not the product. It’s like wine – a certain amount of money has to go on the bottle, right? I shop at refill stores with my own containers and my shop is SO much cheaper but you’re getting better quality items!

Okay, I’m ready to transform my kitchen! What are your top product recommendations?

Aarke Carbonator

Aarke Carbonator, from £179

These are STUNNING and mean you can make your own fizzy drinks at home – one gas canister replaces 60 plastic bottles of water.

Eco Living Dish Brush with Plant Bristles

Eco Living Dish Brush with Plant Bristles, £6

These are amazing because the heads can go in your compost bin (the bristles are made from plants) and you can buy replacement heads.

Stasher bags

Stasher Bags, from £9.99

These are made from natural silicone so they aren’t plastic and can be used for everything from freezing meat to sandwich bags!

Fill washing up liquid

Fill Washing Up Liquid in Ginger, £7.20

This is our own brand and can be sent back to us to refill at Plastic Freedom, cutting down waste. I would also urge people to look at a local refill store to get their bottles refilled as it’s cheaper and better than shipping back and forth.

Leaf Wax Wraps

BeeBeeWraps Vegan Wax Wraps, £7.20

This is a perfect clingfilm alternative for those who want to cut their own size wraps, then re-roll and have them handy when you need them.

Hop over to Plastic Freedom for more fantastic plastic-free goodies – including their new Christmas gift sets.

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