10 fantastic plastic-free products you need in your life

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Plastic is one of the most commonly found materials in modern homes. It’s not hard to understand why: it’s strong, long-lasting, cheap and can come in any color under the sun.

Because of these amazing properties, plastic has been used for decades to make a wide range of products. In fact, 300 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year, half of which is single-use plastic.

In recent years, the world has woken up to the environmental catastrophe we now face thanks to decades of careless plastic disposal.

Our oceans are awash with it – it’s being eaten by fish, birds and turtles, and it’s working its way up the food chain and ending up inside us. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now four times the size of France. And the worst part of it all is: plastic can take thousands of years to decay. Every piece of plastic ever produced is still in existence.

Stemming the tide of plastic pollution will take a huge global effort. But as a wise woman once said: “Each one of us can make a difference, together we can make a change”.

On this page, we present ten great products you can use instead of plastic.

1. Tree Tribe Stainless Steel Water Bottle

We love this stainless steel water bottle from Tree Tribe. A lot of the stainless steel water bottles we looked at had plastic caps. Ok, so a plastic cap on a reusable water bottle isn’t a huge deal, but if the whole point of buying a stainless steel water bottle is to get away from plastic, then we prefer plastic-free bottles. And that’s exactly what the Tree Tribe bottle is: 100% plastic free.

Key features:

  • Tree Tribe say the bottle is designed to last forever, and they’re so confident they offer a lifetime guarantee. If your bottle gets damaged, just contact them for a free replacement.
  • For every purchase, Tree Tribe will arrange for 10 trees to be planted! How cool is that?
  • The double wall vacuum sealed design keeps cold water cold and hot water hot for hours!

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What it replaces:

Every minute around the world, one million plastic bottles are purchased, and this number will increase by another 20% by 2021.

Fewer than half of the plastic bottles used in 2016 were recycled, and just 7% were turned into new bottles. Most plastic bottles end up in landfill, or in the ocean, where they can take hundreds of years to decay.

Plastic water bottles are indicative of the relationship many of us have with plastic – a disposable material, something that is used for 5 minutes and then discarded.

To help reduce the crazy number of plastic bottles in circulation, switch to a glass or stainless steel alternative, and make a real concerted effort to avoid buying plastic bottles.

2.Vikings Blade ‘Chieftain’ Safety Razor

Ditch the flimsy plastic disposable razors, and opt for a sturdy metal safety razor instead. It will save you money in the long run and means you’re not contributing to the millions of plastic razors disposed of every year.

The Chieftain is one of the most positively reviewed safety razors on Amazon, with many people praising it for its sturdiness and reliability.

Many of the Amazon reviewers are women, who say that using a safety razor results in a much closer, smoother shave, and saves them money.

Once the blades become dull, simply replace them. Additional blades can be purchased cheaply on Amazon.

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What it replaces:

An incredible 2 billion disposable plastic razors go to landfill every year in the US, where they will remain for hundreds of years.

Knowing what we know about the environmental impact of plastics, we must all make an effort to phase these disposable plastic items from our lives.

And apart from anything else, a metal safety razor is cheaper in the long run and gives you a better shave. It’s a win-win scenario 🙂

3. The Panda Brush – Bamboo Toothbrush

We love the panda brush. The handles are made from bamboo, which is an extremely fast growing and self-renewing type of wood.

People are raving about this product on Amazon, with many people saying it is just as comfortable and effective as a regular plastic toothbrush, and praising it for its stylish design.

In the words of the manufacturers: “with this bamboo toothbrush you will be helping to save the world whilst cleaning your teeth!

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What it replaces:

It is estimated that up to a billion plastic toothbrushes are disposed of annually in the United States. That’s roughly 50 million pounds of plastic waste. They end up in landfill, on our beaches, and in the sea, where they will remain largely intact for hundreds of years.

Toothbrushes are another example of a disposable plastic product. They are designed to be used for a couple of months and then binned.

Make a stand against single-use plastics by switching to an environmentally friendly toothbrush.

4. Bamboo drinking straws

Keeping on the bamboo theme, we’d like to share our favorite alternative to plastic drinking straws: the NaturalNeo organic bamboo drinking straw.

Key features:

  • Reusable – they come with a wire brush for easy cleaning
  • Biodegradable and completely natural
  • Extremely strong
  • No inks or dyes used

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What it replaces:

In the United States alone, it has been estimated that 500 million plastic straws are used every day.

Plastic straws are too small to be easily recycled, and all too often they end up in landfill. They are also prone to slipping down drains and ending up on beaches and in the ocean.

For an illustration of the terrible impact that plastic straws can have on marine life, watch this video of a sea turtle having a straw removed from its face. Warning: upsetting content.

To ensure it’s not your straw having to be removed from a turtles nostril, make sure you say no to plastic straws. If you have to use a straw, make sure they are made from a more environmentally friendly material such as bamboo.

5. Stainless steel lunch Box

If you’re looking for an alternative to plastic food containers, we can’t recommend this stainless steel lunch container from Grub2Go highly enough.

Here’s what we like:

  • 100% plastic free
  • Separated into 3 tiers – keep your food nice and separated
  • Made with high-quality, food-safe stainless steel
  • A free ‘bento ideas guide’ with every order

People on Amazon love about practical, versatile bento box. The durability and strength of the container receive a lot of positive feedback.

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What it replaces:

Millions of people make use of lunch containers every day – office workers, school children, and anyone who has lunch on the go.

It is an all too common occurrence that people will take their lunch with them in a plastic container, and if the plastic container becomes too messy, or it’s accidentally left in the fridge for too long, it ends up going in the trash.

Invest in a stainless steel lunchbox, take good care of it, and it could last you for years.

6. Metal travel cutlery

If you’re sick of being forced to use disposable plastic cutlery whenever you buy takeaway food, we highly recommend you invest in some metal travel cutlery, such as the Titanium Utility Cutlery Set by finessCity.

Made from titanium, this set consists of a knife, fork, spoon and pair of chopsticks. Each piece is incredibly strong, and won’t let you down when you’re cutting tough foods, unlike wooden cutlery, which is a bit flimsy and prone to snapping.

Key features:

  • Very strong and lightweight
  • 100% titanium
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Corrosion and high-temperature resistant
  • Comes with a travel case

This cutlery set is made to be portable, so keep it with you in your handbag, laptop bag, or in the car, and you’ll never need to accept plastic cutlery again.

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What they replace:

Plastic cutlery is one of the most commonly littered items in the world.

Plastic cutlery is often taken to the beach to be used with picnics, and often ends up in the sea. As it breaks down, it can be mistaken for food by marine animals, resulting in injury or death.

Make sure you don’t contribute to the growing problem of plastic cutlery waste, by investing in a wooden or metal set of travel cutlery.

7. Biodegradable dog waste bags

There are so many great things about owning a dog: companionship, loyalty and long walks in fresh air. One of the not-so-enjoyable aspects of dog ownership is disposing of their mess.

These Doggy Do Good waste bags are made from vegetable-based materials and are biodegradable and compostable.

Key features:

  • Breaks down in just 90 days
  • Extra thick and leak-proof
  • A 100% money-back guarantee if you’re unhappy with the product

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What they replace:

If you own a four-legged friend, you’ll know just how many poop bags you go through. An average of 2 a day would result in 730 poop bags in a year. Now just think how many dog owners there are out there, and you’ll understand the importance of using poop bags that decompose.

8. Cotton Swabs

Cotton buds, cotton swabs, earbuds, q-tips – whatever you call them, you’ll find them in bathrooms all over the world.

If you’re still using plastic cotton swabs, it’s time to switch to a more environmentally friendly alternative, such as these wooden ones by YHMALL.

Key features:

  • Long, sturdy handles
  • Pack of 500
  • 100% cotton tips

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What they replace:

Unfortunately, cotton swabs have gained a reputation as something that can be easily flushed down the toilet. Because of their small size, they can often slip through sewage grates and end up on beaches and in the sea.

They are one of the most commonly found items of litter on UK beaches and are a hazard to marine life.

9. Canvas Grocery Bag

We love this 30L SnapBasket from CleverMade. It’s sturdy, collapsible, and has room for loads of groceries.

No more stuffing plastic bags in your pocket, or stashing them in your car or a cupboard in your house.

Key features: 

  • Extra long carry handles
  • Foldable
  • Dimensions are 18.5″L x 11.75″W x 11.5″H
  • Comes in a range of designs

The reviews on Amazon for this product are overwhelmingly positive, with people praising the sturdiness, the design, and storage capacity of the bag.

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What it replaces:

A staggering 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year. 150 million of them end up as litter, and 200,000 of them end up in landfill.

The average plastic bag is used for just 12 minutes.

It’s no wonder then that countries around the world are either banning plastic bags outright, or making consumers pay extra for them.

Make sure you don’t contribute to these frightening statistics by always arriving at the supermarket prepared. Investing in a canvas bag like the one listed above will make your life much simpler, and you’ll sleep easier knowing you’re not contributing to the insane number of plastic bags finding their way into the ocean.

10. Stainless steel coffee cup

This stainless steel tumbler from Chillout Life makes the perfect replacement for disposable coffee cups. It’s fantastic at keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold.

Key features:

  • Keeps cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 8 hours
  • A sweat-free design to stop condensation forming on the outside of the cup
  • Comes in a range of cool colors
  • Fits most cup holders
  • Money back guarantee
  • Splash-proof lid
  • Very affordable compared to other stainless steel tumblers

People rave about this cup on Amazon. Many of the reviews single out the fact that it doesn’t leak, and the impressive length of time it will keep drinks hot.

What it replaces:

7 million disposable coffee cups are used every day in the UK. That’s a staggering 2.5 billion every year. And just 1% of these cups are recycled. Which means the vast majority of them end up landfill, or littered on our streets and beaches.

Due to a process called photodegradation, as the plastic lids decay, they break into smaller and smaller pieces. Once these pieces are measured at 5 mm or under, they are categorised as ‘microplastics’. It is estimated there are between 15 and 51 trillion pieces of plastic currently in the world’s oceans.

These statistics are frightening, and a little overwhelming. Nobody can change the world on their own, but if we all make little changes to our lifestyle, such as refusing to use disposable coffee cups, we can start to turn the tide on plastic pollution.