These days it seems almost impossible to escape plastic – everything is made out of it!
Plastic can take from 500 to 1000 years to start degrading, that means all the plastic ever made still hasn’t even started to degrade.
When plastic finally does start to break down, it is only breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic parts of itself. This then contaminates the environment even further.
- Each year approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide, that is more than one million bags being used every minute
- 50% of plastic used is for single use, then thrown away
- One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed each year as a result of plastic in our oceans
I think it’s safe to say, things need to change.
You can begin eliminating plastic from your life today.
Living by example is the best way to reduce plastic pollution. Once you start sharing your eco friendly journey with friends and family, you’ll notice your actions get others thinking about their own plastic waste.
So be sure to share your journey, letting people know which alternative products you use, as well as sharing articles like this. As more and more people become aware of and join the eco friendly movement, we’ll start to see things change for the better.
To help you with your transition away from the plague of plastic products, I have put together what I believe is the ultimate list of eco friendly products, that you can buy today to help stop plastic pollution.
A little cliche, but this is how we change the world.
Have a browse through the list and decide which products you’d like to switch out to get started with your eco friendly journey.
What difference will one toothbrush make? Said 20 million people…Switching out your plastic toothbrush to a bamboo toothbrush is how many people get started on their eco journey. A quick and easy change, and a great gift to get a friend started.
Until I started living a more environmentally conscious life, I had only ever seen toothpaste in plastic tubes. Then I discovered Georganics. They have done an incredible job at creating 100% organic toothpaste that works. Georganics toothpaste is also supplied in glass jars, so they can easily be reused or recycled.
Natural Soap Bars:
Shower gel and soaps found in the supermarket are usually sold in plastic bottles or wrapped in plastic. Brands like Primal Suds are working to change this. Their range of natural, handmade soaps smell amazing and work just as well without all the synthetic fragrances and SLS. Even better, they are supplied in cardboard and paper packaging.
Solid Shampoo Bars:
Our range of solid shampoo bars are the way forward if you are looking at ditching the plastic normally associated with your hair care routine. These solid shampoo bars work wonders, are SLS, paraben and fragrance free, they are also vegan friendly and have zero plastic packaging.
Solid Conditioner Bars:
Just like with our shampoo bars, solid conditioner bars will allow you to ditch the plastic waste when washing your hair. Caring for your hair shouldn’t have to include polluting the planet. Well it won’t anymore!
Natural deodorants that are plastic-free. Far better for your skin and much kinder to the environment.
These natural deodorants are aluminium free, cruelty free and made using 100% natural ingredients. Available in biodegradable card tubes and reusable metal tins.
Replace disposable plastic razors with one that will last you a lifetime! Safety razors are a great way to reduce plastic waste in the bathroom. Simply purchase replacement blades when required and keep on shaving! Replacement blades for safety razors are also supplied in cardboard packs.
Natural Shaving Soap:
There is no need to have plastic associated with your shaving routine. Supplied in reusable/recyclable metal tins, our vegan friendly shaving soap pairs well with safety razors and vegan shaving brush.
Reusable Cloth Nappies:
Cloth nappies are the eco friendly answer to plastic containing disposable nappies. Washing and reusing your little one’s cloth nappies will help save on the massive amount of waste from nappies that goes to landfill, all while saving a few pounds in the process. They’re comfortable, super-absorbent and looks awesome! What’s not to love.
Made using completely natural organic ingredients and vegan friendly, this Aloe Vera mascara from ZAO is perfect for building length and volumising your lashes. Although it isn’t 100% plastic free, it is refillable so it’s still definitely a better alternative than traditional makeup.
Our ZAO concealer stick is supplied in a sustainable and refillable bamboo casing, with its very own drawstring cotton travel pouch! Natural and certified organic, while also being vegan friendly and cruelty free!
Lip & Cheek Stain – Fat And The Moon:
Fat And The Moon lip and cheek stain is a fantastic way to condense down makeup, its perfect for travelling with or just keeping in your handbag.
Adding a dab of this on the apples of your cheeks and lips gives just the right amount of colour. Best of all it comes in a handy recyclable metal tin.
Supplied in a recyclable metal tin, this vegan makeup remover from Valley Mist is a great addition to your eco makeup routine. This vegan cleansing cream removes makeup with ease while leaving skin feeling beautifully soft and hydrated.
Reusable Sanitary Pads:
Sanitary products account for a massive share of the plastic waste produced each year, due to the fact they are single use disposable. It doesn’t have to be this way though. Cotton Sanitary Pads can be washed and reused, freeing up tons of plastic waste each year. A sound investment for your eco friendly journey.
Who Gives A Crap – Recycled Toilet Roll:
Who Gives a crap not only produce incredible recycled toilet roll, but they also give 50% of their profits to help build toilets in developing countries. They seem to last twice as long and look great on display in the bathroom. An amazing product from an inspirational company. We love it.
Glass Coffee Cups:
If your avid coffee drinker (like me), investing in a reusable coffee cup is a wise choice. Simply hand it over the counter at your favourite coffee shop to refill each time, and right away you have saved 100’s of disposable coffee cups ending up in landfill each year.
Stainless Steel Lunch Boxes:
Just like the reusable coffee cup, a stainless steel lunch box is a great way to reduce your plastic waste. Sure plastic lunch boxes can be reused, but how long do they last before breaking? Then what happens when it’s finished? Stainless steel lunch boxes can last a lifetime and are easily recycled if needed.
These rice husk lunch boxes are the ultimate eco-friendly alternative to plastic food containers. Made of 100% natural rice husks and therefore completely biodegradable! Better still, as they contain no metal they are also suitable to use in the microwave.
Cotton Produce Bags:
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, one million plastic bags are being used every single minute with 500 billion used each year. All it takes is a little preparation before heading out for your groceries. Grab your cotton produce bags and shop knowing you’re not contributing to the plastic bag epidemic.
Glass Water Bottles:
SoL have made their glass water bottles using hand blown glass with a BPA free silicone sleeve for grip and protection. Reusable, light and durable your SoL bottle provides a cleaner drinking experience without plastic.
Stainless Steel Water Bottles:
You can’t beat drinking ice cold water from an ice cold stainless steel bottle. Jerry Bottle has done an incredible job of creating an eco friendly, stainless steel water bottle that will last a lifetime. Ditch plastic water bottles today, forever.
Cotton Bread Bag:
I live very close to a bakery, so I am often in there my bread and other goodies. Having your own eco friendly bread bag really does help reduce plastic, simply hand it over the counter and there is no need for a plastic bag. Brilliant.
Reusable Cotton Sandwich Bags:
I hate plastic, but I hate single use plastic even more. The idea of putting your sandwiches in a plastic bag only to throw it away in a few hours once you’ve eaten them is just ridiculous. Reusable cotton sandwich bags from Marley’s Monsters make this a thing of the past. Simply wash and reuse them.
I love it when a product solves a problem while looking awesome doing it. These bento bags from Marley’s Monsters are an awesome way to carry your bits and bobs without plastic bags. Did I mention they look amazing?
Say goodbye to cling film forever with these reusable beeswax wraps. Simply place them over your food container and mould them to the shape of the opening. The heat from your hands is enough to mould them firmly in place. Wax wraps are a completely plastic free alternative to cling film. Simply wash and reuse them, then pop them in your compost bin when its time for a new one.
Bamboo Kitchen Utensils:
Ditch plastic in the kitchen with our range of bamboo kitchen utensils. Bamboo spoons, spatulas and tongs. 100% biodegradable, bamboo kitchen products are a brilliant way to stay eco friendly when cooking up a treat.
Cotton Bowl Covers:
Similar to Bees Wax Wraps but designed more for the fridge than the lunch box. Easily cover food when eating outdoors and save leftovers with reusable cotton bowl covers. They’re super handy and I personally love the printed designs from Edgy Moose.
Coconut Soap Dishes:
If you’ve made the switch to an eco friendly soap you’ll know they can be quite messy (100% worth it). Once you pop it in a soap dish you’ll notice it’ll catch any runoff. Of course your natural soap, needs a natural soap dish – naturally!
Soy Wax Candles:
Handmade, completely plastic free and also vegan friendly. Witchwood Candles have done an awesome job with these, they look and smell divine. Check out their coffee vegan candle, seriously.
Ecoegg Laundry Eggs:
These laundry eggs are a great way to reduce plastic waste involved in your laundry routine. Simply fill up the egg with fresh pellets when empty, supplied in cardboard of course, and pop in the washing machine. You’re now washing the eco way!
Ecoegg Dryer Eggs:
Soften your laundry without the need for plastic bottles of fabric conditioner with these amazing dryer eggs by Ecoegg. Simply pop in the dryer with your clothes and it will get to work, speeding up the process by 28%!
Jute & Seagrass Storage Baskets:
These natural jute and seagrass storage baskets look lovely around the home, and of course contain zero plastic making them 100% biodegradable. We have one by the front door for all our keys and also one in the bathroom for all our toiletries.
These dishwashing blocks from No Tox Life are a great replacement to plastic bottles of washing up liquid. With a rich, sudsy lather it cuts through stubborn grime and grease on dishes, pots and pans. Better still they are handmade, Free from SLS, fragrances and parabens, and completely vegan friendly!
Heavy Duty Dish Sponges:
Plastic free eco-friendly alternative to disposable sponges. Made using only natural materials – cotton, bamboo and hessian is combined to create a hardy and durable dish sponge.
Coconut Dish Brush:
Completely plastic free dish brush made using sustainably sourced coconut husks, recycled rubber tree and metal wire, this is 100% natural and biodegradable!
Coconut Bottle Brush:
When you have a reusable water bottle it can be quite a job cleaning it thoroughly! Made using sustainably sourced coconut husks, recycled rubber tree and metal wire, coconut bristle bottle brushes make life easy.
Konjac sponges are a completely natural vegan alternative to the sea sponge and disposable sponges. This plastic free sponge is ideal for an eco-friendly vegan skincare routine, it can be used for washing both your face or body and is perfect for sensitive skin.
The paper potter allows you to make your own plant pots using your own recycled newspapers. This is ideal for a zero waste and eco-friendly lifestyle, especially those who enjoy gardening. They’re fun to make too!
Check Out The Paper Potter In Our Eco Friendly Gardening Category
Eco Friendly Glitter:
Most glitter is actually made from tiny microplastics. These quick find their way into our eco system, having a massive negative impact on animals and the environment. Now you can glitter up plastic free with this range of eco friendly glitter from Eco Glitter Fun.
Biodegradable Cotton Swabs:
Cotton buds are another one of those products which we use for just a few seconds then instantly dispose of. The issue is what they’re made from – plastic! But once again bamboo is here to the rescue. Natural and 100% biodegradable, bamboo cotton swabs are changing the was we look as disposable ear buds.
Packaging is a recyclable glass jar with a metal lid, these eco friendly face masks contain 100% natural ingredients that have been sourced ethically and sustainably. The cute little jars can be reused or easily recycled if needed.
When I think of suncream, I think supermarket aisle filled with thousands of plastic bottles filled with synthetic chemicals, ready to be used and discarded.
Shade Natural suncream is the answer to this. Consisting of only 4 natural ingredients and supplied in a reusable/recyclable metal tin. We don’t think it gets much better than that.
Organic Shea Butter:
Organic shea butter supplied in plastic free packaging made from recycled paper. Finding skin care products that are natural and not in plastic has been a mission in itself, but the products are now starting to become available and awareness is starting to build.
Reusable Cloth Wipes:
These reusable cloth wipes from Marley’s Monsters are a great eco friendly alternative to baby wipes, facial cloths and makeup wipes. 100% cotton, washable and reusable. Marley’s Monsters have done an awesome job with the designs on all their products, they’re stylish and very unique.
Another great one from Marley’s Monsters. These bamboo washcloths are perfect for your face and body, they’re super dense and absorbent. Made using only natural material, they are extremely sustainable and eco-friendly.
Fat And The Moon – All Salve:
Far superior to petroleum jelly, this all salve from Fat and the Moon is made using 100% natural ingredients derived from botanicals. This all salve is perfect for healing cuts, scrapes, burns, bites and chapped hands.
Vegan Shaving Brush:
What I love about the eco-friendly and plastic free lifestyle is going back to traditional methods of doing everyday things. Shaving is one of these things, using a plastic free safety razor can take some getting used to but this vegan shaving brush is the perfect accompaniment to help with the process.
Man Balm Moisturiser:
This all in one man balm from Living Naturally is made from 100% natural ingredients, perfect for using on body, beard, face, hair, feet and hands. Award-winning and eco-friendly with it’s glass jar and metal lid, this vegan man balm is essential when it comes to natural skincare.
Bath & Body Oil:
This natural bath and body oil from Wild Sage & Co is an absolute dream because I never thought I would find a plastic free alternative but here it is. Made with lavender and geranium essential oil and packaged in a recyclable aluminium bottle, this is perfect for having in a hot relaxing bath or massaging into the skin to nourish and moisturise.
Natural Bath Salts:
Detox and purify your skin with eco friendly bath salts. Made using 100% natural ingredients and packaged in a reusable glass jar with metal lid. Handmade by Wild Sage & Co in the Herefordshire countryside.
Reusable Facial Rounds:
A washable, eco-friendly alternatives to disposable cotton balls and cotton wool pads. Reusable facial rounds are great for removing makeup, cleansing and toning, while being far softer on the skin and all without any waste!
Organic Lip Balm:
This is another one of those products that is almost always sold in plastic. Well now there is another way, Kutis organic lip balm works wonders with its 100% natural ingredients and is packaged in cardboard tubes or metal tins.
Soap Nut Salve:
Living Naturally has made this healing soap nut salve using herbs and botanicals that have natural healing qualities. Perfect for use on lips, hands, feet and body. Award-winning and eco-friendly with its glass jar and metal lid, this vegan healing salve is essential when it comes to natural skincare.
Exfoliating Soap Pouch:
Exfoliating soap bag made from sisal a natural material. Ideal for adding natural texture to your soap to help exfoliate and leave your skin feeling fresh and smooth.
Oil Pulling Mouthwash:
This 100% natural oil pulling mouthwash attacks bad bacteria that thrive in the mouth, all without destroying the good bacteria. A perfect alternative to commercial mouthwash, as it natural, free from synthetic chemicals and is supplied in a glass bottle.
This natural dental floss is made from bamboo charcoal, beeswax and organic peppermint essential oil. Supplied in a handy glass container with a metal dispenser top, you can simply refill it with more natural dental floss when needed.
Bamboo Baby Fork & Spoon:
This bamboo baby fork and spoon set is made from natural certified organic bamboo, a safer and healthier alternative to plastic. Easy to hold, safe and eco-friendly, this baby fork and spoon set is well worth having in a parent’s eco kitchen. Oh, and they look adorable.
Plastic free eco-friendly supplied in cardboard packs with biodegradable cellulose packaging. Staying healthy doesn’t need to cost the earth. When you run out, simply buy a refill pack and top up your existing tub.
Glass Water Bottle with Tea Infuser:
Made from borosilicate glass and stainless steel, with a tested BPA free silicone seal, this flask is a sustainable and endlessly reusable alternative to plastic water bottles and teacups that are thrown away constantly.
Marley’s Monsters Unpaper Towels are an eco friendly alternative to disposable paper towels and paper napkins. Much like the rest of Marley’s Monsters products, they are printed with their signature stylish designs that really make an impression.
Handcrafted by Ebb Flow Cornwall using a traditional wooden loom and using only 100% high quality Aegean cotton from turkey. These hammam towels are another beautifully made eco friendly product.
Reusable Stainless Steel Straws:
Plastic straws are other products which are used for all of a few minutes then discarded. The amount of them being thrown away each year is astronomical. The answer? Stainless steel straws. With a stainless steel straw, you can simply wash and reuse it, over and over again. They also come with a handy little natural jute bag, so we can keep them in the car and at home so we’re never without.
Our Peace With The Wild Bamboo Straws are the perfect eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws. Made from 100% natural and organic bamboo they can be washed and reused for years.
Unlike plastic straws which are used once then thrown away, these bamboo straws won’t harm the environment as they are 100% biodegradable.
Wooden Scoop Set:
Ideal for your free kitchen, this scoop set comes with three different sizes of wooden scoops. Made from FSC oak with a natural finish, they’re non-leaching and eco-friendly. Safe and healthy to use with food and kinder on the environment.
There you have it, my list of 65 eco friendly products to get you started on your plastic free journey, thanks for reading!
If you made it this far in one go, well done! You’re obviously very keen to get started with eco friendly living and I applaud your enthusiasm.
As more people become aware of eco friendly products, the demand for them increases and as does the options for us all moving forward as more companies get involved. So be sure to share your journey with your friends and family.
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