If you didn’t know, there’s a little bit of a revolution going on right now. Humans are finally clocking on to the fact there is no Planet B, and we kind of need to get our shit together and stop… you know… creating shit.
Plastic bags are a thing of the past, reusable cups are a massive hit, and don’t even get us started on one-use plastic straws. But if you already know all that (let’s be honest, who doesn’t) then here are a few ways of going zero waste that don’t need a lifestyle change. We’ve compiled a collection of ways you can help the world be a little greener.
1 Bamboo Toothbrushes
You’re supposed to change your toothbrush every three months. Add it all up, and that’s 300+ toothbrushes in your lifetime that are taking up space in landfills… and that’s per person. Bamboo toothbrushes are not only as cheap as their not-so-friendly alternative, but they’re biodegradable too.
2 Reusable Facial Wipes
One-use face wipes are an easy thing to grab, don’t get me wrong, but sadly they’re awful for the planet – and your skin. If you use one a day, 7 days a week, that’s over 18,000 by the time you’re 50. That’s not even considering the price your wallet is paying. Getting some handy, reusable facial wipes will save you hundreds. Just shove them in the wash with everything else, and you’re good to go again.
3 Menstrual Cups
Unfortunately, we all know our friend the tampon tax a little too well. Women supposedly spend over £18,000 on menstrual products in a lifetime, and let’s not even think about how much waste is going into the environment alongside that. Menstrual cups, despite being plastic, last the average user up to ten years. That’s £30 spent every decade, and a whoooole lot less clogging up our landfills.
4 Sandwich Boxes
If you’re fancy enough to make your own lunch, you better stop using plastic sandwich bags before the zero waste movement finds out. Don’t be fooled into thinking lunch boxes are for primary school kids – they’re cute. So find one that suits your style and save a little plastic in the process.
5 Eco Cotton Swabs
Cotton swabs are becoming such a problem that the government have considered banning them alongside plastic straws. Luckily, we have an alternative. Biodegradable cotton swaps are as accessible as their counterpart, so stock up on these next time instead.
Who knew bandages weren’t eco-friendly? It really is the little things that help, so keep a pack of these in your bag for emergencies, and feel free to brag if you ever get a chance to help a friend.
If you’d like to learn more, keep an eye out for our interview with Jessie of @tinyyellowbunglaow, coming soon.