Eco-Friendly Products: 10 Affordable Essentials
A great way to ensure the world we live in is a better place for all, now and in the future is to reduce consumption. Once we've done that, we can look at the things we actually need and use on a regular basis to see if there's a more sustainable alternative available. We're pleased to say - there's eco-friendly alternatives for most of our daily essentials available.
So what exactly does eco-friendly mean? In a nutshell it means 'not harmful to the environment'. This can be measured in almost infinite degrees depending on perspective. Genuine eco-friendly products have been designed to have the least harmful effect on the environment and the world.
Scroll down to see our recommended list of affordable eco-friendly essentials. If you find this list useful please remember to share it with your friends and family 💚
A bamboo toothbrush is a simple way to start your eco-friendly journey. You need to make sure you dispose of your bamboo toothbrush in the correct way to take full advantage of the fact that bamboo is biodegradable. Quality bamboo toothbrushes are kind to your teeth and the environment - the prices are also affordable. With most bamboo toothbrushes on the market costing less than £5, and dentists recommending changing your toothbrush every 2-3 months, it won't break the bank. The added bonus is they also look and feel much better than plastic versions (in our opinion). Get them here: Nomad Genie
So what exactly makes one toothpaste more eco-friendly than another? Eco-friendly toothpastes are made from natural ingredients or primarily natural ingredients. Some manufacturers make certain claims of reduced toxicity and other health benefits. We are not dentists and would recommend speaking to one before switching from your usual toothpaste to any other toothpaste on the market. One clear benefit of eco-friendly toothpastes is they are usually supplied in degradable or reusable packaging. Learn more about Eco-Friendly Toothpaste
Bamboo Cotton Buds
Plastic cotton buds are actually banned in some countries now. A ban on plastic cotton buds came into force in April of 2020. Bamboo cotton buds are a simple and more sustainable alternative to plastic buds. It may not seem like a big change - but the consumption of cotton buds is gigantic - and this change to the stem of cotton buds and the eco-friendly packaging they are usually supplied in - is fantastic. Get them here: Nomad Genie
If you haven't tried a shampoo bar yet - you're missing out. Who knew such a simple change towards an eco-friendly lifestyle could look, feel and smell so good. We love the fact it reduces the amount of bottles we have laying around in the bathroom and have to dispose of (or refill) afterwards. Shampoo bars are the present and the future! Get them here: Lush UK
Eco-Friendly Toilet Paper
When Who Gives A Crap launched their recycled toilet paper their marketing campaign (and attention-catching name) went viral. There's a fine line between insanity and genius. The Who Gives A Crap team got their branding and their message absolutely perfect and it made an instant impact. The message was not just that the toilet paper is made from recycled materials, but that roughly 2.5bn people in the world do not have access to toilet paper and proper sanitation. The company donates 50% of its profits to help this cause. Hence the name Who Gives A Crap being a perfect fit for the product - and the awareness they are aiming to raise. The company began with just $25,000 in start-up capital. And was soon turning over $300m + in sales. Seriously impressive stuff for a company with a sustainable mission.
*Due to the coronavirus pandemic there has been shortages of toilet paper, including eco-friendly toilet paper as people hoard supplies. Please order responsibly*
Get yours here: Who Gives A Crap
Washing Up Liquid
The best eco-friendly washing up liquid uses ingredients that won't harm your skin or the environment (often plant based). The downsides of this is - not all of them clean as effectively as the more powerful, toxic types. So it's important to buy the right ones. Luckily for you, we've tried a lot out and can report the most affordable eco-friendly washing up liquid that does the job well is from Method - Green Tea & Citrus. Supplied in a 532ml pack for just £3.00. Get yours here: Method Products
Washing clothes is an energy consuming process. Regular laundry detergents are also bad for the environment. The phosphates found in most laundry detergents can wash away and lead to algal blooms that can starve fish and other plant life of oxygen. Plant based (our recommendation is 75% plant based) with no dyes, chlorine or phosphates. Considering washing clothes is a regular need this is one change that could make a considerable impact at scale. More information here: Tide purclean Liquid
Recycled Aluminium Foil
There's one main brand dominating the recycled aluminium foil market in the UK and that's 'If You Care 100% recycled aluminium foil'. As there is no mining in the production, there's up to a 95% reduction in energy required to create the product. After use, as long as you clean the foil, it can be recycled again if your recycling centre accepts foil. Get yours here: If You Care 100 % Recycled Foil
Biodegradable Bin Bags
When choosing a biodegradable waste bag the main consideration is if it's strong enough to do the job that it is intended and if it genuinely biodegrades. We've used various types of biodegradable bin bags on the market for different uses such as for bagging up garden waste, cat litter and for our bins at home. For more information check out this guide: Best Biodegradable Bin Bags
A straw is an essential part of some people's lives - from individuals who are unable to drink straight from a glass due to health or disability reasons - to the people that just like using straws. There is a wide range of reusable straws on the market nowadays. Common materials used for reusable straws include steel, bamboo, silicone, glass and even titanium. Get yours here: Nomad Genie
Hopefully you found this guide to eco-friendly products useful. Please add your own recommendations in the comments and remember to share with your friends and family 💚