I’ve been meaning to write this post for a good few weeks. While I’m always looking for new ways I can live more environmentally-friendly life, at this point I’ve actually made quite a few eco swaps, exchanging unsustainable and/or plastic items for go green products which look good and perform well.
In fact, whilst scrabbling around to grab my various planet-friendly bits and pieces from around the house, I was surprised by the number I found. And I was thrilled because once you stop seeing a replacement product as novel yet awkward/inconvenient, it means you’ve become used to it, and it works.
And sustainable swaps have to be…sustainable, or there’s little point making them. That’s why I go slowly, making small changes here and there, so they’re not overwhelming or difficult to turn into habits.
Granted, some of the following swaps took a little getting used to. But they honestly all fit seamlessly into my lifestyle now, and I’m very content to stick with them. I hope some of these help you make some beneficial switches too.
Easy Eco Swaps For Your Kitchen and Bathroom
I’m focusing on food prep and toiletries, simply because those tend to be the worst offenders when it comes to single use plastics. For that reason, they’re the areas where I’ve tried to make improvements, and it shows in my home.
A great bonus is that it also helps simplify your kitchen and bathroom for a more minimalist look!
Go Green Products For Your Kitchen
1. Silicone Lids
These clever stretchy lids are perfect for covering a range of kitchen containers. And they don’t have the god-awful plastic smell of cling film.
They’re air tight, adjustable, dishwasher ready, and hard-wearing.
2. Silicone Sponges
I’m not super keen on the bright colours, (they don’t fit our colour scheme!) – but these sponges are useful all the same:
They don’t harbour bacteria, which prevents the gross whiff on surfaces when somebody forgets to air a dishcloth and then uses it anyway. Yuck. And when they require a clean, they can simply be chucked in the dishwasher or microwaved in some water, et voila!
I will say they’re sadly not the best for cleaning and wiping down sides due to the lack of absorbency. But I think they’re a handy addition nonetheless – they just don’t fully replace alternatives unfortunately.
Tip: They can be used to help open tight jars, and even as trivets for hot pans!
3. Silicone Tray Liners
My fave new kitchen addition! I love these so much. Again, they can be thrown in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
But not only do these prevent landfill, they actually work BETTER than their rival!
If you despise food sticking to the foil, then you need these in your life. And as well as the environmental impact of foil, let’s not forget its other (financial) cost – meaning silicone tray liners are incredible value too.
4. Soap Bar
I was very unsure about this one because historically, I’ve found soap bars very drying and unpleasant. But I had to try, and I’m so pleased I did!
I bought the Dettol bar for the kitchen, because hygiene is more important to me than soft skin. And it’s excellent! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it at all. Thoroughly impressed customer!
5. Bamboo Reuseable Cup
I’d actually completely forgotten this one till after I’d taken photos, hence sneaking in a photo from Instagram!
My husband bought this for me as a stocking filler for Christmas 2018. I love it because he gets how much being sustainable is to me, and – of course – because he had it engraved with something very appropriate! And I do love a pun.
6. Beeswax Wraps
I resisted trying these for some time because I didn’t appreciate how they work.
Knowing how environmentally conscious I am, my thoughtful SIL bought me some to try – and they’re fab! They’re sticky, which in hindsight seems kind of obvious, which means they can absolutely be used to replace clingfilm – hurrah!
They last for around a year, at which point they’re fully compostable. I love mine.
Go Green Products For Your Bathroom
7. Shampoo Bar
I’ve used several from Lush, and admittedly this is very much a case of trial and error. I’ve not hated any, but neither have I loved them.
I’m still committed though, because I refuse to go back to buying plastic bottles and adding to the environmental problems we’re facing.
…Or Sustainable Shampoo
My latest shampoo trial is actually not a bar. I bought it online from Lush, not realising until it arrived that it comes in a pot.
Initially crestfallen, I immediately did some research and discovered that if I return five pots, I receive a free shampoo in return. Win!
8. Sustainable Skincare Products
Much like above, my skincare manufacturer encourage you to return their packaging free of charge for reuse or recycling.
As far as I’m aware there’s no incentive unfortunately (especially given the cost of their products!), but it’s still a good initiative.
On the subject of cost, I stocked up on their skincare at 70% off. Despite the expense, I was dazzled by reviews of the magic properties of the ingredients and their effects on acne. My honest verdict is it bloody works, which is really annoying because I’ll have to keep buying now.
9. Rubbing Stone
I read about on these on PinksCharming‘s blog and thought it was worth a try to replace my face scrub. In case you’re unaware, most scrubs contain microbeads which is a pretty way of saying plastic. I personally find them useless and always opted for St Ives which contains a natural abrasive made from walnut shell. It always worked well for me, alas I needed to up my game due to the packaging.
Rubbing stones are surprisingly rough and effective, even when used infrequently. It’s essentially a pumice stone for the face!
10. Cleansing Pads
Old nursing pads! I KNOW!
I simply have two bags of pads which I rotate. One contains clean pads, and the other I fill with dirty ones and chuck in the washing when I put one on. I use these mostly for removing make up as I’ve not found a toner/micellar water I could justify the cost of, so that’s something I’ve stopped using altogether for now.
Instead, I just cleanse and moisturise, and occasionally use the rubbing stone in the shower too.
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I was getting ready this morning and it occurred to me again how many positive changes I’ve made in the last year in terms of sustainability. 🙌 . I’ve thought a few times about putting a post together showing the swaps I’ve made in my bathroom and kitchen, but never quite hot around to it. I’ll aim for this month! 😬😂 . #sustainability #sustainableliving #plasticfree #bethechange #unfucktheworld #plasticfreeliving #plasticpollution #zerowaste #zerowastehome #thereisnoplanetb #100bloggersjan #notanad
11. Bamboo Toothbrush
I’m currently using an electric toothbrush, but was gifted bamboo at Christmas (for a gift guide, not as an actual present), and will use this in the future.
The girls have been using theirs since December and they seem decent. They have a subscription service which is really handy, and accept the handles back for recycling. However, removing the bristles first (conditional on recycling) sounds like a faff. I hope it doesn’t deter people.
12. Menstrual Cup
I almost forgot to include this! I’ve written extensively about this before, so I won’t rehash it here. Suffice to say, I couldn’t love mine more. Why not read everything you need to know about making the switch to a menstrual cup, or check out my review of the Intimina Ziggy cup?
I hope you found my bathroom and kitchen eco swaps guide helpful. If there’s anything obvious you think I should try, please do let me know as I’m not perfect and I’m always striving to do better!