30+ Easy Plastic Free Swaps for Plastic Free July (and Beyond)

Easy Swaps for Plastic Free July

Easy Plastic Free Swaps When You’re Out and About

Let’s start with the easy swaps you can make to reduce single use plastic when you’re out. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make these, and hopefully you’re already doing some or all of them. I’m starting with the plastic free swaps I hope everyone is already doing, but read on for plastic free ideas you may not have considered before.

1. Swap a Single Use Plastic Water Bottle for a Reusable Drinks Bottle

PInk-Ohelo-reusable-water-bottle-in-a-cycle-bottle-holder

2. Swap Disposable Take Away Cups for a Reusable Cup

Shole plastic free reusable cup

3. Swap Single Use Plastic Bags for Reusable Ones

Plastic free essentials including Brew Tea tea leaves, a reusable metal coffee cup, glass mayonnaise, bamboo unpaper towels and a reusable organic cotton string bag, on a work top in a grey and white kitchen

4. Swap Single Use Sandwich Bags for Reusable Ones

Storing red grapes in a Stasher bag

5. Swap Clingfilm for Beeswax Wraps

Apple in a beeswax wrap

Easy Plastic Free Swaps When You’re at Home

So we have covered the easy plastic free swaps you can make when you’re out of the home, but what about inside? Don’t worry, I have plenty!

6. Swap to a Refill Store

Nothing Wasted Refill Shop makes eco shopping easier
You can find a great list of zero waste and refill shops shops here, hopefully there's one near you.

7. Swap Plastic Bottles for Glass Bottles

Whilst some plastics can be recycled, that can only happen a finite number of times before becoming useless. Eventually, it ends up in land fill, one way or another, so the best thing to do is avoid it where you can. Glass, however, doesn’t lose its integrity no matter how many times it’s recycled.

Milk bottles in front of a pink door

Glass Milk Bottles

We have swapped plastic single-use milk containers for glass ones thanks to our milkman or lady. Plastic milk containers are a typical single-use plastic and according to Friends of the Earth, “The number of times an average glass milk bottle is reused is around 15. And it can be as much as 50 times. Overall that makes re-usable milk bottles a more energy-efficient choice than disposable plastic.”

Swap plastic sauce bottles for glass ones to reduce waste

Glass Condiment Bottles

I now also buy glass condiments bottles and jars instead of the squeezy ones. It feels a bit retro, but glass is so much easier to recycle than plastic for recycling.

8. Swap Plastic-Wrapped Chocolate for Tony’s Chocolonely

Tony's Chocolonely is the ethical plastic free chocolate and available in so many delicious flavours

9. Swap Tea Bags for Tea Leaves

I don’t think I’m alone in being shocked that tea bags contain tiny particles of plastic. I was horrified, especially as we used to put them on our compost heap, thinking they are biodegradable.

Loose leaf tea and a strainer are easy zero waste swaps

10: Refill Your Cleaning Sprays and Washing Up Liquid

Splosh refills

11: Swap Plastic Brushes, Cloths, Scourers and Sponges for Plastic Free Versions (previous ad)

A black sink with a range of eco-friendly plastic-free kitchen essentials

12. Swap Plastic-Covered Toilet Paper for Plastic Free Bamboo

Naked Sprout eco friendly toilet roll delivery

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13: Swap to Plastic Free Laundry and Dishwashing Solutions

Most households go through plenty of big plastic bottles of laundry liquid so if you have one of them already, why not get it refilled at your local refill store? If not, here are some other laundry solutions with no single-use plastics in sight. And how about swapping to plastic-free dishwasher tablets too?

Swap to Smol for Dishwashing and Laundry

We love our SMOL eco-friendly dishwasher tablet subscription which comes in cardboard packaging that’s easy to recycle. We’ve also been using SMOL’s non-bio laundry capsules too, and we’re impressed by both the cleaning power and convenience. They both have a bio plastic film which dissolves in the water.

Smol eco-friendly dishwashing tablets in recyclable cardboard safety pack.
Smol eco-friendly non bio laundry capsules in recyclable cardboard safety pack
Hand holding a lilac Eco Egg

Swap to an Eco Egg (previous ad)

I have experimented with making my own eco-friendly washing liquid, which works really well. It’s not totally waste free as the ingredients have packaging, but it is super-concentrated, so does generate less waste. Years ago, I tried Soap Nuts, but to be honest I didn’t think they worked very well. So I’m now using a Laundry Egg from Eco Egg with great results.

14. Swap Plastic Tape for Paper Tape

Plastic free paper parcel tape, one with a black house pattern and one plain

Easy Plastic Free Swaps: Personal Care

Our bathrooms are mostly crammed full of plastic — from shampoo and shower gel bottles, to toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. Going totally plastic-free is a huge challenge (we certainly haven’t managed it!) but even one or two swaps would make a big difference.

15: Swap Plastic Dental Care for Bamboo Brushes and Toothpaste Tablets

Every plastic toothbrush and tube of toothpaste the human race has ever used is still hanging about on Earth. Swapping a plastic toothbrush for one with a bamboo handle is such an easy zero waste swap.

Plastic free dental care on a white marble background

16: Swap Normal Deodorant for a Plastic Free Natural Version

I swapped conventional deodorant for a natural, plastic free version years ago. My favourite is from Natural Deodorant Co and it has never let me down!

Two glass jars of The Natural Deodorant Co zero waste deodorants

17: Swap Plastic Menstrual Products for Reusables

It is possible to have a (more) comfortable and eco-friendly period! Here are some easy swaps you can try that don’t have any single use plastics at all.

Period Pants

Period Pants are a game changer and I’d encourage you to buy one pair to try them out. My favourite brand of period underwear is WUKA, because they are ethically made, sustainably sourced, and carbon neutral. Unlike the vast majority of disposables.

A close crop of Becky wearing black WUKA High Waisted reusable Period Pants and a t-shirt with Strong Girls Club printed in red. Becky stands with one hand on her hip and is wearing pink nail varnish

Menstrual Cups

Another easy plastic free swap is using a menstrual cup. They are are worn internally like a tampon, but they collect blood, rather than absorbing it. The Mooncup is probably the best-known menstrual cup, which is £17.95 at Ethical Superstore. Ethical Superstore also sell the OrganiCup, which is £18.95.

18. Swap to a Plastic Free Sun Cream

Finding a good natural sun cream is really difficult. I’ve tested loads of clean sun creams and found a few I like, but they are mostly still in plastic bottles. Shade is different, as it comes in an aluminium tub.

Shade organic All-Natural Sunscren SPF25 with swatch on hand smoothed in

19. Swap to Shower Gel Tablets

20. Swap Plastic Exfoliating Gloves for Ramie Mitts

Ramie natural exfoliating mitt

21. Swap a Plastic or Disposable Razor for a Metal Safety Razor

Rose gold Mutiny Shaving safety razor, shaving brush and shaving soap

Easy Plastic Free Swaps: Hair Care

Aside from the plastic bottles shampoo and conditioner comes in, what about hair bands, styling products and dry shampoo? They are good swaps to make when your old ones run out or break. (Or get lost in the case of hair ties!)

22. Swap Bottles of Shampoo and Conditioner for Bars

Rowdy Kind Plastic Free Shampoo and Conditioner bars and reusable tin

23. Swap Hair Bands for Plastic Free Hair Ties

Plastic free zero waste biodegradable hair bands

Easy Plastic Free Swaps: Beauty

Plastic free beauty is an area I am still looking in to. But I do have a few plastic free swaps I can wholeheartedly recommend!

24. Swap a Plastic Cleanser for One Packaged in Glass

Evolve Organic Beauty Gentle Cleansing Melt

25. Swap Your Foundation for Plastic-Free Make-up (That is Also Refillable!)

The vast majority of make-up comes in plastic containers, and often are very difficult to recycle. I have found a fab range of plastic-free mineral make-up, and what’s more, it gives great result! Read all about it and see the results here.

26. Swap a Plastic Lip Balm for One Packaged in Paper or Aluminium

A reminder of those discount codes to help your plastic free swaps:

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