Everyday Eco Swaps

This year is just flying by, well over half way through July and I couldn’t let Plastic Free July pass without a little post on here. I’ve been sharing a few of my eco swaps over on Instagram so thought I’d share a round up of some of my favourite and most used ones on here. I’ve thrown in a couple of more recent swaps I’ve been trying out too.

Starting off with the first conscious swap I made to reduce waste, shampoo bars. Over the past 4 (ish) years I’ve tried lots of different brands and varieties, some have been far more successful than others. There is one that really stands out for me, my go-to shampoo bar and the one I always end up repurchasing time and time again, the Lamazuna vanilla and coconut shampoo bar. I’ve sung the praises of Lamazuna shampoo on here before and of you follow me on Instagram there is a good chance you may have seen me mention it on there too. I have long curly hair that used to get really frizzy and the bar works a treat on my unruly mane.

Next up are reusable face wipes and face cloths. Such a fuss free swap for me that’s made my skin feel so much better since switching from disposable facial wipes, a win win if you ask me!

Reusable bags, now this one is a no brainer, we all need to carry things at some point, we might as well make the carrier reusable. I do have a bit of a thing for a nice bag. You can never have too many…can you? I mean I do use bags for lots of things, shopping, storage I could go on.

EcoCoconut scourers, these are another favourite of mine. The other half loves them too! He doesn’t comment much on things like this so it’s high praise indeed when he says they’re good and I should get some more! Saying that they last forever so you can go many months before needing to replace on of them.

Earth conscious deodorant. I never thought I’d have much to say about deodorant but here I am writing about deodorant (again)! This one does deserve a mention though I’ve been using it for the past 2 years and it’s got me through every weather and is my first recommendation. When it’s used up the packaging in made from a light cardboard so can be placed straight in the recycling.

Solid soap bars and facial cleanser bars are another way I’ve massively reduced single use plastic usage in the bathroom. I’ve switched shower gels for soap bars and my previous facial cleanser came in a hard plastic pump dispenser. Apart from being tricky to recycle the packaging meant that it was impossible to use up the last bit of product. There is just so much less wastage with solid cleansing bars and I reckon they’ve saved me a few pennies too.

Reusable bottles – my go to bottle is my Klean Kanteen TK Wide. I have a 20oz one in a lovely yellow colour called lemon curry. Often used for tea and icy cold water when the weather gets hot enough.

Icy cold water on the beach

Bamboo toothbrushes, this ones another no brainer swap for me. With it being recommended to replace toothbrushes every 3 months or after an illness it makes sense to me to choose a more sustainable material then the usual plastic brushes.

Recent plastic free purchases

I’ve been using these sponge cloths by ecoliving from babipur for the past few weeks and they’re great. A good replacement for the blue cloths that don’t last long before they start disintegrating. They’re washable too and I’ve already purchased another pack.

Next on my to try list is the Lamazuna solid conditioner bar, I’m yet to try it but I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on with it, it smells lovely!

Have you tired something new or made any swaps for Plastic Free July? I’d love to hear about them!