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    Posted on Feb 20, 2020

    17 Eco-Friendly Buys To Help You Say Goodbye To Single-Use Plastics

    The planet will thank you.

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    1. Replace those flimsy plastic fruit and veg bags you get in the supermarket with these reusable cotton net ones.

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    These durable bags are made from pesticide-free and insecticide-free cotton. The mesh design helps to keep your fruit and veg fresh and cool, and each bag has a drawstring at the top to make carrying your groceries as easy as possible.

    Price: £9.63 for one small bag, one medium bag, and one large bag.

    2. These adorable sheep dryer balls mean you can finally ditch single-use dryer sheets, which are rather baaad for the environment.

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    Dryer sheets are wasteful AND they release harmful air pollutants. Luckily, these dryer balls do the same job as dryer sheets but are natural and reusable too.

    Price: £12.99 for six dryer balls.

    3. These colourful, reusable baking cups are a complete upgrade over disposable ones.

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    They're non-stick, easy to use, and can double as snack cups!

    Price: £5.99

    4. Swap the plastic lighter for this rechargeable electric one that will make you feel like you're living in the future.

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    Once plastic lighters are used up, they linger in landfills for hundreds of years or they get accidentally consumed by wildlife, like birds. A reusable, rechargeable lighter is the way to go!

    Price: £12.87

    5. This silk floss, because apparently regular floss is just a string of plastic.

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    Unlike plastic floss, silk floss is 100% biodegradable.

    Price: £5.90 for 30 metres of floss.

    6. Skip the cling film and invest in beeswax wrap that keeps your food fresh and can be washed and reused.

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    Cling film and plastic wraps are really harsh on the environment and completely unsustainable. Make the switch to biodegradable beeswax wraps that you can reuse for an entire year!

    Price: £8.95 for three sheets.

    7. Going green doesn't have to mean ditching your favourite coffee place! Next time, just ask your barista to make your frap in your reusable coffee cup that's insulated to keep your coffee hot and your iced coffee cold.

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    This portable, insulated cup is made from rice husks that would normally be incinerated. The cup also comes with a pop-open mouthpiece that prevents spills when you're not sipping your beverage of choice.

    Price: £12.99

    8. Shampoo bars aren't just trendy, they also cut down on your plastic consumption.

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    Not only do shampoo bars reduce plastic packaging, but they're also highly-concentrated and therefore longer lasting too. A single bar will last you as long as two 200ml bottles of liquid shampoo.

    Price: £7.99

    9. Use these these biodegradable loofahs as a substitute for regular sponges that you have to throw away.

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    Soft enough not to scratch your dishes but with enough scrubbing power to tackle grease and grime, loofahs are a lot better for the planet than regular sponges. Each loofah sponge lasts for about six weeks, and then the entire thing can be composted.

    Price: £6.99 for five loofahs.

    10. Why use plastic cotton buds when bamboo cotton buds exist?

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    The plastic bits in cotton swabs have been filling up the ocean and negatively affecting marine life. Bamboo, on the other hand, is biodegradable AND sustainable.

    Price: £4.59 for 200 cotton buds.

    11. If you don't need to use plastic straws, consider sipping your favourite beverage through a reusable glass straw.

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    These straws are compatible with hot and cold drinks!

    Price: £4.99 for six straws and two cleaning brushes.

    12. Or, if glass makes you nervous, go for this collapsible stainless steel straw that neatly folds into a keychain so it's convenient AF.

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    You can also get the case in lime green.

    Price: £6.49 for one straw, one case, and one cleaning brush.

    13. This sleek water flask is so much more stylish than a disposable plastic water bottle that will linger in a landfill for 450 years.

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    The flask comes in nine different colours, including coral, green, grey, and pink.

    Price: £14.99

    14. Ditch over-packaged popcorn for this popular popcorn maker that doubles as the perfect snack bowl.

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    Just pour the kernels directly into the popcorn maker and then pop it in the microwave!

    Price: £12.85

    15. If you're looking to ditch disposable period products, try a reusable menstrual cup that has 1,312 reviews on Amazon and a 4.3-star average rating

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    Once you get the hang of a menstrual cup, you'll never go back to disposable period products that can linger in landfills for over 500 years. Reviewers love how comfortable these cups are, and how they don't leak.

    Price: £11.77

    16. Or, check out this reusable sanitary napkins that can be popped in the washing machine before being used again.

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    They're better for the environment and your bank account. Instead of constantly buying sanitary napkins, you can just reuse these.

    Price: £2.70 per reusable pad.

    17. If you have an Oral-B electric toothbrush, use these charcoal-infused toothbrush heads instead of plastic ones. If you send these back to the manufacturer, they will recycle them for you!

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    Not only are these toothbrush heads recyclable, but the charcoal-infused bristles also have teeth-whitening properties! Plus, they're packaged with recycled materials.

    Price: £6.97 for two heads.