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    Posted on Jan 21, 2020

    17 Environmentally Friendly Swaps For Everyday Household Items

    As it turns out, it's actually quite easy to be green.

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    1. Say goodbye to disposable coffee lids and hello to these reusable silicone lids.

    Regular coffee lids are used once and then hang around in a landfill for about 30 years before decomposing. These flexible lids are an easy, environmentally-friendly swap! You can pair them with disposable or reusable coffee cups, as well as regular mugs.

    Price: £7.90 for six lids.

    2. If you have an Oral-B electric toothbrush, you should consider swapping your disposable toothbrush heads for these recyclable heads with charcoal fibre bristles.

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    These toothbrush heads are brilliant for two reasons. reasons – 1) the charcoal fibres leave your mouth feeling really clean and fresh and 2) when you're done with the brushes, you just send them back to the company for recycling.

    Price: £8.37 for two heads.

    3. With this sturdy pink canvas tote, you can dodge the 10p plastic bag charge at the till AND look stylish AF.

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    Unlike most totes, this one has a small interior pocket to keep your keys, cards, or phone separate and easily accessible.

    Price: £12.99

    4. You can reuse these non-stick silicone moulds for cupcakes and muffins over and over again (bakers rejoice!).

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    They're suitable for the oven, microwave, freezer, AND dishwasher!

    Price: £5.99 for a pack of 24.

    5. Also, you can stop using single-use baking paper and start using reusable silicone baking mats.

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    These sheets don't just replace baking parchment; since they're non-stick, you can also bid farewell to messy cooking sprays or whatever else you use to grease your pans.

    Price: £9.99 for three sheets.

    6. A reusable laundry egg cleans your clothes just as well as any laundry detergents, pods, or powders and for a fraction of the environmental impact.

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    This hypoallergenic alternative to detergent is filled with cleaning pellets that clean your clothes for up to 210 washes.

    Price: £12.99

    7. Ditch the single-use popcorn bags for this reusable popcorn maker that's insanely popular.

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    Movie night, anyone? Just pour in the kernels and pop it in the microwave for two to three minutes.

    Price: £12.12

    8. Why save cloth napkins for fancy occasions? Say no to paper napkins and yes to feeling refined AF with your patterned, machine washable napkins.

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    They come in 18 different colours and patterns, so you can help the planet in style!

    Price: £9.91 for a set of six napkins.

    9. This eco-friendly toilet paper is made from 100% recycled materials PLUS 50% of proceeds go towards building toilets for people who don't have them.

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    Each roll contains 400 sheets, and each order comes with 24 rolls. Also, they're made without inks, dyes, or scents.

    Price: £24.00 for 24 rolls.

    10. This safety razor with a rosewood handle will actually save you money in the long run.

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    Instead of constantly buying new plastic razors, you just have to purchase cheap replacement blades that you can recycle after they get dull.

    Price: £15.99

    11. These organic sponges aren't just a substitute for regular sponges, they're an upgrade.

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    Long-lasting? Check. Each sponge lasts for up to six weeks.

    100% biodegradable? Check. Unlike regular sponges that take tens of thousands of years to break down, these sponges are made from the loofah plant.

    Sustainable? Check. The loofah plant grows SUPER quickly.

    Price: £6.99 for five sponges.

    12. This self-sealing silicone bag will make you wonder why you ever used plastic bags.

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    The self-sealing component keeps your snacks fresh, and it's compatible with the freezer, microwave, dishwasher, boiling water, and ovens. You can also use the bag to steam your veggies!

    Price: £10.76

    13. This anti-limescale ball drastically reduces the amount of laundry detergent you need.

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    Anti-limescale tablets are great, but you can only use them once. This ball is a long-term substitute that uses magnets to prevent limescale from settling into your clothes. You can also use it in your dishwasher!

    Price: £6.66

    14. Swap your plastic floss for a water flosser – it's actually way more effective at cleaning your teeth.

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    This rechargeable water flosser has three modes of varying intensity, so you can customise your cleaning based on the sensitivity of your gums. It takes four hours to fully charge, and then it's good to go for 14 days.

    Price: £29.99

    15. Or, you could try some plastic-free, biodegradable charcoal floss coated in beeswax.

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    Normal dental floss is made from nylon, which is sadly neither biodegradable OR sustainable. The charcoal floss is made from bamboo, a fast-growing plant, so it breaks down easily AND it's sustainable.

    Price: £5.90

    16. This wrapping paper isn't just recyclable, it's also made entirely from recycled materials.

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    Believe it or not, you can't actually recycle most wrapping papers. When they've got shiny foil or glitter on the surface, recycling plants can't process them. This wrapping paper, however, is made from the pulp of recycled materials AND it's uncoated, so it can be recycled again.

    Price: £5.75 for three sheets and three tags.

    17. These 100% biodegradable cotton swabs are an easy swap for the the plastic ones which can end up polluting the ocean.

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    You could even compost these cotton swabs!

    Price: £5.99 for 300 swabs.