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    19 Products To Help You Be Kinder To The Planet In 2020

    Featuring lots of easy, low-effort swaps.

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    1. These reusable bamboo cotton rounds are a great alternative to the standard disposable ones, and they're suitable for all skin types.

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    One of these pads can be used up to 1,000 times, and considering you get 20 in this pack these will last you for ages. They're really easy to clean - you just need to pop them in the washing machine at 40°C - and reviewers say they wash well. As an added eco-friendly bonus, there's no plastic in the packaging and the mesh laundry bag it comes with is cotton rather than synthetic!

    Price: £9.99

    2. If you have a Dolce Gusto machine and get through loads of coffee pods, try swapping to these reusable, refillable ones.

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    Just add your favourite ground coffee to these and enjoy the convenience of your coffee machine without the guilt of chucking all those pods away. These work with all Dolce Gusto machines, and cleaning them is no trouble because they're dishwasher-safe. You'll get four in a pack as well as two little coffee spoons.

    Price: £6.99

    3. These dog poo bags are lavender-scented, leak-proof, and biodegradable, making them kinder to the planet than a regular carrier bag but still sturdy enough to get the job done.

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    They're oxo-biodegradable which means they break down much faster in the presence of oxygen than regular plastics do, and even the packaging the bags come in is made of recycled materials. They have handles to make it easier to tie them, and their generous size will completely cover your hand and sleeve when picking up messes.

    Price: £5.49

    4. These electric toothbrush heads are 100% recyclable and the bristles are infused with charcoal to help whiten your teeth. They're compatible with any Oral-B electric toothbrush that uses a circular brush head!

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    When you're done with them, just send them to the company and they will recycle them for you! People who have bought these say they leave their teeth feeling really clean and are just as effective as other branded ones.

    Price: £8.37

    5. Menstrual cups are a great planet-friendly period product. This Pixie one is designed to last for a decade(!), has almost 2,000 reviews, and boasts a 4.4-star average rating.

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    This reusable silicone cup will collect your period flow and can be effective for up to 12 hours at a time. There's plenty of happy customers too, with reviewers saying it feels comfortable and is easy to insert and remove. There's three sizes available - small, large, and extra large - depending on the heaviness of flow, the position of your cervix, and whether you've given birth before. For each cup you buy, another cup is given to a woman in need, so you're doing something good for another person as well as for the environment.

    Price: £15.95

    6. If you prefer using sanitary pads, these washable, waterproof ones are perfect for those with a heavy flow.

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    These are an ideal overnight option, with multiple layers designed for optimum freshness and absorbency. The top layer is fleece embedded with bamboo charcoal to neutralise smells, the middle three layers are an absorbent microfibre, and the outer layer is a waterproof fabric for even more protection against leaks. You can hand wash or machine wash them on warm, but avoid using fabric softener as it can affect their absorbency over time (FYI, it's unlikely you would need it anyway as customers say these are super soft and comfortable).

    Price: £20.99

    7. This reusable coffee cup is made from borosilicate glass, which is really durable and doesn't affect the taste of your drinks the way plastic and bamboo can.

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    It has a 340ml capacity, so just the right size for a cup of coffee. The lid is splash-proof, and there's an anti-slip band around the middle making it easier to grip. Customers say this does a great job of keeping their drink warm and doesn't get an unpleasant, hard-to-remove smell that some cups do over time. It's available in six colours; black, grey, pink, turquoise, pastel blue, and coral.

    Price: £13.99

    8. This Ecoegg will provide you with around a year's worth of clean laundry – no detergent needed.

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    You'll get 210 washes from it, which is about a year of laundry for the average family. The egg contains natural cleaning pellets that are free of harsh chemicals, making this great for those with sensitive skin who don't respond well to regular detergents. Plus, it's super simple to use – just pop it in the drum with your laundry load before putting the machine on!

    Price: £12.99

    9. A small and simple way to reduce the amount of single-use plastic you get through is by swapping to these biodegradable bamboo cotton buds. The packaging is completely recyclable and free of plastic too.

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    The biodegradable nature of the buds mean they should break down after five to six months, and they're kind to your wallet as well as to the planet – for just over a fiver you'll get 300 buds.

    Price: £5.29 for 300

    10. This beeswax wrap is an eco-friendly (and cute) way to cover dishes and keep food fresh.

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    You'll get three sheets in different sizes; one small, one medium, and one large. Just warm it up in your hands a bit to make it more flexible and then it will easily wrap and seal foods for freshness. To keep it in its best condition, use washing-up liquid and cold water to clean it before leaving it to air dry. Each sheet should last about 8-12 months, then when they've reached the end of their life you can compost them!

    Price: £12.99

    11. This beechwood dish brush comes with two replacement heads made of plant bristles that should last you about six months each. The company also plants one tree for every purchase made!

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    There's a lot of eco-friendly stuff going on here – the packaging is completely recyclable, the brush heads are compostable, and the aforementioned tree-planting just sweetens the deal. The bristles are made from the agave plant and are able to withstand high temperatures better than plastic ones, as well as having superior water absorption that makes it easier to get rid of stubborn, baked-on food. It's little wonder that customers have given it an impressive average rating of 4.7 stars.

    Price: £10.97

    12. Bring along these reusable mesh produce bags made from recycled bottles next time you're heading to the supermarket.

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    No more using the lil' plastic bags from the fruit and veg aisles! This set comes with six bags in varying sizes, so you'll get two small ones, two medium, and two large. The mesh means they're very breathable, and that you can wash your fruit and veg in these as well as store them.

    Price: £11.35

    13. This roll of of bamboo kitchen towels can yield up to 1,700 uses!

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    Each individual sheet can be reused up to 85 times – that's a lot of uses! It's super absorbent, strong, and durable, with lots of happy customers praising how well they hold up after washing and how quickly they dry too.

    Price: £9.46

    14. Plastic straws aren't great for the planet, and paper ones can go soggy and mushy after just a few sips. This set of stainless steel straws are an ideal swap, and they won't leave a metal aftertaste when drinking from them either.

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    They even come in their own little linen carry pouch! The set includes four straight straws, four curved, and two brush cleaners, and it has overwhelmingly positive reviews too! Out of it's 2,200+ ratings, it's got a 4.8-star average and customers say they highly recommend them and now take these everywhere.

    Price: £4.99

    15. This biodegradable silk floss is good for your teeth and for the Earth.

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    This silk floss is coated in candelilla wax and cardamom essential oil, meaning it's made of nothing but natural ingredients. Several reviewers go as far as to say it's the best floss they've ever used!

    Price: £4.90

    16. These reusable bags will keep your lunches and snacks fresh, and their sturdy seals mean you won't need to worry about any leaks.

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    These are designed to be leakproof so you can even store liquids in them without any trouble. Because they are freezer safe, the bags are also perfect for storing any batch-cooked food without taking up lots of space like box containers can.

    Price: £12.99

    17. Many teabags contain plastic to stop them falling apart, which isn't recyclable or biodegradable. If you get through countless cups of tea a day (who among us doesn't?), these self-fill bags can be packed with your favourite loose leaf tea and used like a regular teabag, with the benefit of being biodegradable and compostable.

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    Put a teaspoon of loose leaf tea in one of these, close the drawstring to seal it, then pour over some boiling water and brew it like you would with a standard teabag. When you're done with it you can just add it to your home compost bin to biodegrade.

    Price: £4.95 for 100

    18. This Bambaw razor is made from bamboo and stainless steel instead of plastic, to make it pretty much last a lifetime.

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    Customers love how this delivers a really close shave and is cost effective in the long run compared to disposable ones. It's nice and weighty so you don't need to apply extra pressure when you're using it, plus you'll get a useful digital manual on how to use this to get the perfect shave for various parts of your body.

    Price: £16.49

    19. Being completely perfect when it comes to your carbon footprint is impossible, but everyone can make some small changes to be a bit better at it. 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste is a great, helpful guide – offering small (and realistic) tips for how to reduce waste in your life.

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    It can be really overwhelming and intimidating to work out where to start with being more eco-conscious, but Kathryn Kellogg's book offers loads of helpful advice (101 pieces of helpful advice, to be precise). It is witty, relatable, and acknowledges that most of us are short on free time, making you feel empowered to try some new habits rather than guilty about not doing it sooner.

    Price: £9.19