17 ways to live more sustainably during lockdown.
With the UK plunged into lockdown again, meaning even more time at home this winter, there’s never been a better time to save the planet.
Scientists have already found that there were significant changes to greenhouse gas emissions as transport systems shut down globally in response to the pandemic earlier this year.
Global daily emissions of carbon dioxide fell by 17 per cent at the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, according to studies.
Cleaner water was seen in Venice, clearer air allowed residents in northern India to see the Himalayas and Santiago, Chile a wild Puma was spotted exploring the town centre.
But these changes can also start at home.
As we continue to battle coronavirus, and with non-essential shops closed once again, it’s important to shop sustainably and make the best choices you can for the future of our planet.
Here’s 17 ways to live more sustainably during lockdown, with some simple, eco-friendly alternatives to items you use every day…
1. Re-usable straws
Disposable utensils of any kind allows unnecessary waste into the environment. But there’s no need to buy plastic straws. Try our stainless steel drinking straws. They even come with an organic carry pouch, so you can take them out and about (when lockdown part two is over, of course!). Try our reusable straw cleaner too, to keep them clean.
2. Compostable bin liners
Our compostable bin liners fully biodegrade along with your rubbish when they’re thrown out. They are produced from responsibly farmed, renewable, vegetal resources and are certified fully compostable. They are approved to be used for the council's food waste collection in the UK and you can even use them in your garden's compost heap as the bags will compost along with the rest of the organic materials. They come in three sizes – seven, 30 or 50 litres.
3. ecoegg Laundry Egg
Our ecoegg Laundry Egg is a unique washing system that cleans clothes effectively, using two types of natural mineral pellets encased in a recyclable egg. It helps to reduce your single-use plastic use, as it lasts for 70 washes! Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans. Once you’ve used your Laundry Egg for around 70 washes, you can buy Refill Laundry Egg Pellets which allow you to use the egg over and over again.
4. Reusable spray bottles
With so much time being spent at home, naturally, more time is spent cleaning. Rather than getting through plastic bottle after plastic bottle of product, try a reusable cleaner. Our plastic spray bottle can be refilled with cleaning solutions to reduce waste. The plastic can be recycled after use, but it’s designed to be reused as new solutions can be added. Instead of throwing away a bottle every time, you can just use the same bottle over and over. It’s the perfect addition to the OceanSaver cleaning solution which can be added to the bottle to create a whole new bottle of cleaning supplies without any of the waste.
5. Compostable cleaning cloths
As well as plastics being discarded in the ocean, it often breaks down into smaller and smaller particles, called microplastics, which can be ingested by both animals and people. Some microplastics are also shed from cloths, microfibres and cosmetics. But our compostable cleaning cloths do not emit micro-plastic pollution, unlike classic sponge cloths. They’re very absorbent, durable and reusable and are 100% plastic-free and vegan. We love these rainbow ones.
6. Compostable coffee capsules
With a surge in the popularity of instant coffee systems, single-serving pods have seen a huge rise in use.
Consider using Compostable coffee capsules to reduce your single use plastic.
7. Bamboo cotton buds
If you are a plastic cotton bud user then why not switch to bamboo? These nifty cotton buds are 100% biodegradable. Plastic cotton buds are often found on the beach, in our oceans and always found in plastic containers in the shops. But our cotton buds have a bamboo stick and come in a recycled paper box. The great thing is, bamboo is a sustainable product. It needs no pesticides or fertiliser to grow. It's a super-fast growing grass that is more efficient at taking CO2 from the air and producing more O2 than trees.
8. Shampoo and conditioner bars
These shampoo and conditioner bars are an amazing zero-waste alternative to bottled shampoo. Take one of our shampoo bars with you instead of a regular plastic bottle (we love the wild coconut flavour). They last for months and as they are so small so they save you so much money and space, and you don't have to worry about replacing it for long time! If you need more reasons to switch to bars, read our blog post on them here.
9. Organic reusable make-up remover wipes
After a long day, there is no better feeling than getting every last scrap of make-up off your face, especially if you have white bedding. If you’re getting through packs upon packs of disposable
facewipes, you’re really not helping our planet. And if you use standard cotton pads?? Well, these come from the use of chemicals (especially pesticides), the consumption of water and the removal of wildlife habitats to make way for agricultural land to grow cotton. To use this cotton for only one use seems horrifying when you think about how much damage it causes! To make matters worse, disposable cotton pads come wrapped in single-use plastic. But, our make up remover wipes, which come with a handy bag, can be popped in the washing machine to be used again.
10. Bio-degradable dog poo bags
Our furry friends are not exempt from playing their part! Afterall, we want a better planet for our pooches too, right? Our dog poop bags have a 100% Leak-Proof guarantee, and come with an attractive lavender scent. Best of all, they are bio-degradable. And… you can even buy a clip on dispenser for the lead.
11. Plastic-free razors
Our beautiful chrome reusable safety razor is handcrafted right here in the UK! This razor has a very low carbon footprint and it also reduces plastic pollution from your daily shave.
12. Washing up soap bars
If you’re busy feeding the family, not much time is left to think about what you use to wash up. A bottle of washing up liquid and a sponge usually does the trick, right? Wrong. These are rarely bought in recyclable bottles. So why not switch to a soap bar? Our washing up bar is gentle to the environment but tough on grime. It’s Plastic-free, biodegradable and vegan. And the lemongrass one smells divine!
13. Environmentally-friendly toothbrushes
Our bamboo toothbrushes are a fantastic alternative to a plastic toothbrush. The handles are made entirely from bamboo in most cases which can be left in landfill areas with the safe knowledge that they are entirely degradable. The bristles are made from a BPA FREE polymer resistant to microbial growth during normal use, to ensure safety and durability.
14. Rechargeable batteries
Batteries are made up of a variety of chemicals, some of which are toxic and can cause soil and water pollution. To keep your batteries out of landfills, rechargeable ones are a fantastic option
15. Organic bread and produce bags
Our reusable bread and produce bag means you no longer have to take home bread or fruit and veg from the supermarket in plastic bags. These breathable bags will prolong the life of the produce compared to disposable plastic bags, too. They also have a handy drawstring closure and can be washed in the machine.
16. Loose leaf tea infuser
Our stainless steel tea basket is a reusable tea bag alternative perfect for brewing loose tea leaves and reducing waste. Single-use tea bags are bad for the environment — and bad for your afternoon brew in general. A McGill study estimated that one cup from a plastic or cornstarch-based tea bag could contain 11.6 billion microplastic and 3.1 billion nanoplastic particles.
17. Eco-friendly Christmas gifts
With Christmas just around the corner, why not treat your nearest and dearest to an environmentally friendly gift set. For the Mrs Hinch in your life, try our eco-friendly washing up kit. For the green-fingered, why not gift them our Peace & Love Seedbom set? And for those that need some TLC, try one of our amazing bath bomb sets.