Cut down on your plastic waste with these plastic-free household essentials

Read Time:   |  31st January 2020

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Discover eco-friendly alternatives that can help you reduce your use of those dreaded single-use plastics in your home. These plastic-free household essentials are just what you need...


The amount of single-use plastics that we use on a day-to-day basis without realising is rather extraordinary. From lunch boxes to bin liners to washing tablets, plastic creeps into almost every simple daily task. But do not fear! There are so many wonderful eco-friendly alternatives that can help you reduce your use of those dreaded single-use plastics. Take a look at some of these plastic-free household essentials to get you started…


If You Care – Paper Snack & Sandwich Bags


These sandwich bags are made from the unbleached pulp of Scandinavian spruce trees, which is a natural and renewable source. The pure wood pulp is specially ground and pressed to form a natural barrier that prevents grease or fat from penetrating.


Zero Waste Club – Reusable Bamboo Straw


Plastic straws are incredibly damaging to sea life and it is wonderful to see so many establishments are no longer providing them. This 100% biodegradable, sustainable and dishwasher safe bamboo straw with an engraved message is the perfect replacement.

Kalleco – Stainless Steel Metal Rainbow Straws x4 Pack & Cleaner


These rainbow stainless steel metal straws are a great all-rounder. This pack of four also comes with a straw cleaner and a linen bag so you can pop them in your bag and take them out and about.

Ecoegg – Laundry Egg – Fresh Linen


Replace laundry detergents and fabric conditioner completely with this Ecoegg. It contains no harmful chemicals, just natural minerals and helps to reduce single-use plastics while also being kind to your skin! This Laundry Egg will last form approximately 70 washes.

Smol – Dishwasher Tablets

£4.20 for 28 tablets

These dishwasher tablets are all-in-one, so no need to buy salt or rinse-aid again! They also use lower levels of chemicals than other tablet brands and the packaging is made from both recycled and sustainable materials.

Smol – Washing Tablets

£3.85 for 24 capsules

These low chemical washing machine tablets use lower chemicals per wash compared to other capsule brands, and also come in 100% recycled and sustainable packaging. Their products are only tested on towels making them completely cruelty-free.

Zero Waste Club – Replaceable Head Bamboo Dish Brush


This handy brush is perfect for cleaning dishes, and with an easily replaceable head, you save money and resources. The handle is made from 100% sustainable bamboo whilst the bristles are made from 100% natural sisal plant making the brush 100% biodegradable. They also plant a tree for every item purchased!

Organic Reusable Tea Bag


For 5% off use the code VEGANFOODLIVING5

With 96% of commercial tea bags containing polypropylene, a synthetic resin that isn’t biodegradable, many of us are consuming microplastic without even realising. These tea bags are made from a thin layer of organic cotton which is easy to rinse and wash.

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