I love making sustainable and ethical swaps in daily life so I can help save the planet and do my bit. I wanted to share with you guys my favourite ethical and sustainable swaps you can make to benefit both your daily life and your next trip.
You can buy these items for a loved one or for yourself to help save the planet, one product at a time. Go through your bathroom and bedroom and see what items you can easily replace for one of these items. A few of these I still need to buy, but this is a good reminder for me to remember to pick them up.
There are a few items on this list that I am yet to buy and if I find anymore, I will definitely add them to this list to you can buy them yourselves.
Have my sustainable swaps helped you decide what to swap?
01. Final Straw Foldable Metal Straw //
I hate using plastic straws at the best of times but when I found out how much damage they can cause to the sea, I made the decision to become an ambassador for Final Straw and promote their metal straws. You can choose from so many of their amazing colours which are all inspired by the ocean and marine life and use my discount code to get 10% off your first straw.
02. Danielle Beauty Erase Your Face Cloth* //
I have recently taken a jump to remove face wipes from my beauty routine and either use biodegradable ones or use my Erase Your Face washable cloth to remove makeup if I don’t use my Cleanse & Polish cleanser from Liz Earle. It’s so much easier to remove makeup and you can wash the cloth after each use to reduce dirt buildable and acne on your face without adding to the landfills.
03. Pela Case Biodegradable Phone Case //
Plastic Phone Case
I really love my Pela phone case and I am so happy that I made the decision to make the change. It feels so nice in your hands and it has protected my phone from many drops and bangs. They come in a huge range of colours and designs on the back to support various environmental causes. Pela Case also have their own recycling scheme so if you don’t want your phone case anymore, you can either send it back to them or you can chuck it in your garden and it will compost down into the ground to reduce landfill buildup.
04. Shampoo & Conditioner Bars //
Bottled Shampoo & Conditioner
This Christmas I asked for more eco friendly toiletries including shampoo and conditioner bars for travelling as they are from friendly to the planet, even though I do reuse my bottles from bottled shampoo and conditioners and also it will save me some space in my liquids allowance when I take my bars with me. I chose two bars from LUSH which are their Honey I Washed My Hair shampoo bar and their Jungle conditioner bar (which has sadly had it’s formula changed). I also picked up their Circle and Oval tins to keep my bars in.
05. Washable Pads & Moon Cup //
Regular Pads & Tampons
It’s one switch that I’m still toying with on doing but if you want to make the switch, you can cut down on waste of sanitary products by using washable pads and the moon cup as a form of protection when it’s that time of the month. Moon Cups can hold twice the amount of liquid/blood than a regular tampon and is washable, so it will really cut down on the amount of waste during your period cycle.
Which sustainable swaps are your favourite? Let me know in the comments.
06. Bamboo Cotton Buds //
Plastic Cotton Buds
I have also used up all ofmy plastic cotton buds before replacing them for ones with bamboo in the middle. It’s a slight change, and I’m wondering whether to change again to buds that you can clean and reuse again. I have to admit I do use ear buds quite a lot, so I’m thinking the washable ones will be better.
07. Washable Cotton Rounds //
Single Use Cotton Rounds
I used to use the cotton rounds quite a lot for removing nail polish and applying toner etc. I’m not sure what I’m going to use to remove toe nail polish at the moment, but I’ve been using the washable rounds quite a bit for applying toner and then putting them in the wash after a couple of uses.
08. Metal Bottle //
There are so many brands of metal bottles out there for you to choose from so you can buy whichever one takes your fancy. They are so much better to use than plastic bottles and you can use them for both cold and hot drinks. I love the Chillys bottles as they are very chic and come in a wide range of colours and patterns, but there are so many around that come in various colours and patterns to suit your style.
09. Foldable Coffee/Hot Drink Cup //
Single Use Hot Drink Cups
These foldable hot drink cups are perfect for travelling as you can wash and fold them up after use and put them back in your luggage without taking up too much space and you’ll also be chucking away a lot less. They are also insulated so they keep your drink warm for longer and won’t burn your hands with hot liquid inside.