With the beginning of the year feeling like an eternity it is crazy to think we have already reached July. With it being the month where us Brits wish for sun it is also a month to reflect on how to protect our planet and join the challenge of Plastic Free July.
Plastic Free July is a global challenge that provides resources and ideas to help you break out of the single-use ‘plastic bubble’ and encourages you to make small changes in everyday life; which together makes a positive impact for the future of the planet.
I wanted to share our top 10 brands and products that we personally love and think can easily slot in to anyone’s lifestyle.
Toothpaste: Ben & Anna
When I first saw this I absolutely loved the look and feel of the branding and the more I read the better it got! Personally I love their toothpaste for sensitive teeth which is fluoride free and comes with the cutest little spatula to help scrape the paste onto your toothbrush. With the toothpaste coming in recycled glass containers it not only replaces boring toothpaste tubes but makes a basic item of toothpaste feel that much more luxury.
Available from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box, Click Here.
Now I couldn’t leave my pick for toothpaste alone without the ultimate companion of a toothbrush. Truthbrush, created by Catherine and Catherine, offer organic bamboo toothbrushes that are naturally antibiotic! Personally I love a small headed toothbrush so that I can get all the way to the back of my mouth with ease and Truthbrush tick the box.
Available from: TruthBrush
In Bristol you can get bamboo toothbrushes from:
Preserve on Gloucester Road in Horfield
Zero Green on North Street in Bedminster
Harvest on Gloucester Road in Bishopston
Smaller Footprints in Clifton
Zero Waste Pantry in Wrington
Shampoo Bar: Wildgrove
I have been searching for a decent zero waste shampoo for the last 5 years, I kid you not and when I found Wildgrove I was SO happy. This beautiful being has absolutely nailed a great eco shampoo and conditioner; I absolutely love them both and cannot recommend them enough and trust me I have tried a lot of crappy shampoos and conditioners to get to this point. Wildgrove’s shampoo bar and conditioner ticks all the boxes and has now become a holy grail in my hair care with the shampoo lasting up to 100 washes (yeah you read that right!). This is without a doubt my absolute favourite Shampoo and Conditioner brand. My favourite smell: the Monkey Farts Shampoo!
Available From: Wildgrove
In Bristol you can purchase from Zero Green on North Street in Bedminster. Extra bonus is you can get it without any of their eco packaging if you are buying in store so it really is without any packaging!
Dish-Washing Block: Farm Soap Co.
I have just discovered Farm Soap Co. this week and absolutely love their branding and that everything is: vegan, handmade, contains no chemicals and is made using beautiful botanical botanicals grown in our friends garden at Deans Court. How amazing is that! I have a not so secret crush on Deans Court after doing a Wedding Day with them a few years ago and it was then that I discovered that they were the first garden in the UK that was Soil Association registered when Soil Association first started! Amazing place, definitely worth checking out.
This dish-washing block is an alternative to washing-up liquid and I cannot wait to try it out.
Head over to Farmsoap for their full range and they will also be available at Dean’s Court in their pop-up shop from Tuesday 14th – Saturday 18th July 2020.
Deodorant: Your Nature
I absolutely love Your Nature deodorant that comes in cute brown eco packaging with different beautiful coloured mandalas. My absolute favourite smell is the Cedarwood and Grapefruit but, I really am a sucker for anything Grapefruit or Woody! You can pass me a Cedarwood incense stick any day and i’ll be happy!
Available From: YourNature
You can purchase from Preserve on Gloucester Road.
Wax wraps: Vegan Food Wraps
Moving away from the bathroom and into the kitchen. Being a massive foodie whenever there is food left over (rare occasions) then these are my go-to wraps to keep food fresh, acting as a great alternative to cling film. With 3 different sized packs, a family bundle or even a bits and bobs pack, they have got you covered (I just couldn’t resist a pun)!
Available From: Vegan Food Wraps
Keep Cup: Huski Home
With a strong caffeine addiction this cup rarely leaves my side, whether it is filled with my fave coffee shop brews or my own it is a great option that means you’ll never need a takeaway cup again. With a lot of coffee shops and cafes now looking to charge for takeaway cups and even Boston Tea Party (a Bristol original) having banned takeaway cups from their cafes I think we’re all moving in the right direction.
Available From: Huski Home
Who knew that a lot of tea bags actually contain harmful chemicals?! So when you are putting them in your compost hoping that they will decompose into the ground you are actually leaching harmful chemicals into the soil! Crazy!
There are a lot of tea companies that I love but wanted to give a special shout-out to Teapigs for being the first brand to receive the world’s first plastic-free trust mark, created by the campaign group A Plastic Planet in May 2018. These biodegradable bags are made from cornstarch, while the paper tags use vegetable inks and are, you’ll be glad to read, non-toxic. Don’t be dismayed when you open your box, as even the clear “plastic” inner bag (made from Natureflex) is compostable too!
This one is such a simple one but can really make a difference. I up-cycle bags, have long-life shopping bags and lots of beautiful cotton tote bags, as well as, backpacks to make sure that I’m always doing my bit! And times when I don’t have a bag on me then I am that person walking out of a shop with my hands and arms bursting with shopping because I refuse to take a plastic bag!
Most zero waste shops in Bristol have great options but we also love looking on Etsy to support small independent makers.
Book to inspire you to be plastic free: 101 Ways To Go Zero Waste
Going plastic free can be hard and daunting but don’t fear, 101 Ways To Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg, offers tips, DIY recipes and more to help you make small changes to then make a big impact.
Available From: Amazon