If you want to switch to reusables to cut down the amount of single-use plastic you use in your everyday life, you've come to the right place.
Switching to reusables is a great way to start and there are more benefits than just helping protect our oceans. You can also save lots of money, support local business, reduce clutter and even be a bit fashionable, all at the same time. We're excited to have partnered with online retailer and 1% for the Planet partner, The Plastic Free Shop. Check it out to find everything you need to make the switch from single-use plastic to reusables.
1) Reusable water bottle
Reusable water bottles for the win! A shocking 7.7 Billion plastic water bottles are used each year in the UK, by using a robust reusable bottle you're a part of a growing community of people committed to reducing that number. Our national tap water campaign, Refill, helps you start by finding Refill Stations to top up for free. Just download the app to discover friendly shop owners, keen to give you a Refill From John o' Groats to Lands End (and beyond).
For every Refill Chilly's X Bottle sold, Chilly's will donate £10 to fund our plastic pollution campaigns. Double win!
3) Soap bars
Starting in the bathroom, swap out your throw away bottles of soap and shampoo for bars instead. Soap, shampoo and conditioner bars already takes 3 throw away bottles out of the equation.
4) Bamboo toothbrush
Continuing on with the bathroom theme, keep your pearly whites clean without leaving a bad environmental taste of harmful plastic and get yourself a bamboo brush.
5) TOte bag
Carry a tote and shop local. Supermarkets are slowly catching up but the reality is that you're still limited in choices when walking down the fruit and veg isle. Find a local grocers where the majority of their produce is not packaged. You can also join a local environmentally conscious food delivery service. Because their food is locally sourced and doesn't need to sit around for long, there isn't as much need to preserve it plastic wrap.
6) Plastic Free PeriodS
Moving to a plastic free period can seem like quite a radical change, especially if you've used tampons and throw away pads your whole adult life. Switching to a menstrual cup or reusable pads is actually a lot easier than you think - many women swear by reusables and never want to go back. You can find out more about what it's like to switch by watching this video, checking out our comprehensive FAQ's (with some cheeky discount codes!) or buying plastic-free alternatives like the menstrual cup, reusable pads or washable pants.
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7) Stainless steel razor
Don't worry guys, we haven't left you out (this also applies to the ladies). Some of us shave everyday, going through a lot of disposable razor heads. Using a stainless steel razor is a great alternative to most commercial razors. You can recycle the blades and the razor will last a long time!
8) Natural Clothes
Avoid synthetic clothes, they shed microfibres! This sometimes surprises people but it's unfortunately true. Buying good quality clothes with natural materials can be expensive, however they often last much longer and are much better quality. Alternatively, going to a charity shop is a great way to find good quality materials at bargain prices.
9) Reusable Cutlery
Cut out plastic cutlery. It's becoming easier to avoid throwaway plastic cutlery but 'compostable' alternatives are on the rise. While these may seem like good solutions, they need very specific conditions to breakdown and most of the products won't breakdown in an average garden compost. Leaving some reusable cutlery at the bottom of your bag will get you out of any sticky situations.
10) Beeswax Wrap
Ditch the cling film, beeswax wrap is the glorious substitute! Even better, if you're crafty you can make your own. It will leave your food fresh and is easy to clean with some cold soapy water.