7 eco-friendly alternatives for products you use every day

Check out this list of reusable products to help you lessen your impact on the environment.

Trying to use less single-use products can be a challenge. After all, the reason you use them is because they’re so convenient, right?

But do you ever think about what happens to these products once you bin them?

They tend to end up in landfill or the ocean, causing harm to the environment and wildlife.

You can help to change this by opting to use reusable alternatives instead of their single-use counterparts – they do the job just as well!

Here’s a list of some great eco-friendly and reusable products you could try:

1. A reusable water bottle

Most of you probably have a reusable bottle in your cupboard somewhere, but whether you use it or not is a different matter.

If you start using a reusable bottle, you could prevent the use of more than 100 disposable plastic bottles every year, helping to stop so many of them from ending up in landfill and the ocean.

Reusable water bottles
Toilet paper spray

2. Toilet paper spray

Lots of people think wet wipes and baby wipes don’t contain plastic, but they do! An alternative to these products are toilet paper sprays.

By spraying this solution on a piece of toilet paper, you can achieve the same effect as a wipe without having such a negative impact on the environment.

Although, if you do insist on using wipes, make sure you put them in the bin and not down the toilet as they often lead to blockages.

3. Reusable straws

In the UK, an estimated 8.5 million straws get thrown away every year, creating a huge amount of plastic waste.

Lots of companies have begun banning plastic straws as part of their efforts to use less plastic.

So, if you use plastic straws at home, follow in their footsteps by purchasing a pack of reusable straws instead – you can get them in metal, glass, silicone and bamboo.

Reusable straws
Reusable grocery bags

4. Reusable grocery bags

Otherwise known as bags for life, reusable grocery bags can eliminate the need for single-use plastic bags.

However, it’s vital you reuse these bags, otherwise they can end up adding to the problem.

Bags for life must be used at least four times to be better for the environment than single-use plastic ones, but you should aim to use yours as many times as possible!

5. Rechargeable batteries

Batteries contain a number of chemicals which can cause water and soil pollution when they end up in landfill.

Rechargeable batteries are a fantastic alternative – they are far better for the environment and can save you storage space and money.

All you need is a pack of rechargeable batteries and a battery charger, and then you’re set.

Rechargeable batteries
Wax wraps

6. Wax wraps

When it comes to wrapping leftovers or sandwiches for work, lots of us use single-use products, such as cling film and plastic bags – these products create unnecessary waste.

Invest in some reusable beeswax wraps for a more environmentally friendly way of wrapping your food.

If you have some spare time and are looking to save some money, Good Housekeeping has put together a tutorial to help you make your own.

7. A bamboo toothbrush

Although plastic toothbrushes aren’t single use, it’s estimated that 3.6 billion of them are used across the world every year, with 80% of them ending up in the ocean.

These toothbrushes add to the already huge amount of plastic polluting the ocean, causing undue harm to marine life.

Try using a bamboo toothbrush instead. Unlike plastic, bamboo is biodegradable, so you can use one knowing it won’t sit in landfill or the ocean for thousands of years.

Bamboo toothbrushes

You can pick up these products online from a number of eco-friendly shops which specialise in selling reusable products.

Written by

Tom Thomson

Junior Content Writer

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