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Reve en vert how to cut back on plastic for world oceans day
Reve en vert how to cut back on plastic for world oceans day

Sustainable period products by Grace & Green

1. It's Obvious but Invest in a Reusable Bottle

According to WWF, a conventional plastic water bottle takes around 450 years to break down completely. Plus, the amount of energy it takes to produce, and transport water bottles could fuel over 1.5 million cars a year. Invest in a reusable bottle, you’ll save money and you’ll save so much unnecessary energy and waste. The S’well reusable bottles are incredible because they can store hot or cold liquids, preserving cold water for up to 24 hours and hot drinks for up to 12 hours. We recommend investing in a few bottles, so you can change it up and make sure your household is covered. The Ocean Bottle is made from upcycled ocean-bound plastic, stainless steel, and for every bottle sold they fund the collection of 11.4kg of plastic (equivalent to 1000 plastic bottles) whilst investing in people-powered waste management.

 

 

Fitness & Wellness, Forest Green Ocean Bottle, £40

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Fitness & Wellness, Rose Gold Water Bottle, £35

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2. Go Zero Waste Shopping

Shopping at bulk stores is a great way to cut down on single-use plastic. Instead of buying all of your goods in pre-packaged bags, bring your own bags and containers to places like Earth Natural Foods in Kentish Town or Bulk Market in Hackney to avoid plastic. Plus, it is such an important time to shop small and support our local businesses. Almost every area in London has a farmer’s market once a week, where you can buy local organic produce direct from farmers and usually plastic-free. During this odd time, we also recommend shopping online from Farmdrop, who always delivers as sustainably as possible and without plastic.

Home accessories, Medium Organic Cotton Produce Bag, £6

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Kitchen, Small Organic Cotton Grocery Bag, £5

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3. Avoid Plastic in Your Wardrobe

Hopefully, by now we are all familiar with the horrific waste and exploitation the fast fashion industry creates. However, what lots aren’t aware of is that according to the UN, about 60% of materials made into clothing is made from plastics. Polyester, acrylic, and nylon textiles are all cheap synthetics that contain tiny plastic fibers, also known as microplastics. Every time these items are put through the laundry, they release microplastics which cause around half a million tons of microfibers to end up in the ocean each year. According to the UN, that is equivalent to around three billion polyester clothing items. Microplastics are killing our marine life every day when they are mistaken for food my animals. And of course, when we eat fish, we are in turn also eating microplastics. We urge you to stop buying these materials and switch to buying organic cotton, organic linen, and recycled fabrics.

 

 

Day dresses, Margaux Linen Dress in Salt, £310

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Bras, Ecru Cotton Crop Top, £34

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4. Grow Your Own Herbs

We love adding fresh herbs to lots of recipes but if you’re buying these pre chopped from the supermarket, they usually come in a plastic wrapper. We have found that growing our own herbs from seed in our kitchens results in almost no plastic waste, but is also much more cost friendly. If growing your own seems a little daunting or isn’t working out for you, we recommend buying a potted herb plant instead. Basil and mint are pretty easy to take care of and make amazing additions to recipes!

5. Don't Wrap Your Food in Plastic

In every kitchen, it is common to find clingfilm to preserve leftovers and cover food. However, clingfilm is often made also made from PVC, which as we already mentioned contains highly dangerous chemicals that we don’t want anywhere near our food or our oceans. An amazing alternative is beeswax food wraps, which work just as well as clingfilm, and you can reuse them forever. You can easily find them online but to save on even more plastic, we love to make our own. Find the guide we use here.

6. Carry a String Bag

Plastic bags, which are used on a daily basis can take up to 1,000 years to fully break down in landfills. Our sea life, such as turtles often mistake these plastic bags for their favorite meal, jellyfish. The brilliant people behind Turtle Bags were horrified by the number of turtles suffering due to our plastic-filled oceans, so they created organic cotton string bags to replace single-use plastic bags. They are incredibly strong and stretchy and can hold up to 40kg! They also fold up really small in your bag. Every time you head out, make sure you throw one in your bag to make sure you never have to use a plastic bag again.

 

Accessories, Organic Short Handled String Bag In Black, £12

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Accessories, Organic Long Handled String Bag, £15

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7. Switch to Bar Soap

It has been reported that the beauty industry creates 120 billion units of packaging every year. The majority of toiletries from shower gel to shampoo arrive to use in plastic bottles – 70% of which will end up in landfill and make its way into our oceans. Even if plastic packaging goes into recycling bins, not all of it can be recycled for reasons as simple such as the colour of the plastic. By simply switching to using bar soap we can significantly reduce the amount of plastic that will leave our bathrooms.

 

 

Bath and Shower, Kelp Natural Soap, £12.50

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Bath and Shower, R/3 Handcrafted Soap With Geranium Oil and Chamomile Flowers, £12

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8. Skip Plastic Beauty

Think about your beauty routine, your haircare, body care, skincare, and makeup routine – how much of it is in plastic? Most likely a majority of the products in your regime are in plastic. Go zero-waste with your beauty routine to drastically cut down on your plastic use. We are proud to stock Kjaer Weis, a beautiful zero waste makeup range that has an incredible refill program, so you only have to invest in the packaging once. Ditch makeup wipes and plastic cleansers and use Cloud Cloth reusable face muslins.

Beauty, Organic Lengthening Mascara, £32

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Bridal, Inner Light Organic Flush & Glow Duo, £42

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9. Make your Periods Plastic-Free

Periods aren’t fun for us or the planet. Conventional period products contain lots of unnecessary plastic. According to National Geographic in 2018, 5.8 billion tampons were purchased in the USA alone. Between the applicator, the individually wrapped tampon or pad, and the box that holds it all – that is too much plastic. In lots of tampons, there are even plastic within the absorbent part to help hold the cotton together. Thanks to companies like Grace and Green, we can have zero waste periods that are totally plastic-free, chemical-free, and 100% organic. Better for us and better for the planet.

 

Intimacy, Organic Cotton Tampons With Applicator – Regular, £5

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Intimacy, Organic Cotton Pads For Day Time, £5

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10. Work Out Without PVC

Did you know most conventional yoga mats are made from the highly toxic plastic, PVC? This specific plastic releases more dangerous chemicals than any other plastics so there is no safe way to produce or dispose of PVC. Yoga is a sacred practice that deserves to be practiced on something better than plastic. Switch to a yoga mat that is made to last and biodegrades easily. The Complete Unity Yoga mats are designed with natural jute fiber that is encased in 100% natural rubber, which are both biodegradable. These mats have incredible grip ensuring a beautiful practice and smooth flow.

Fitness & Wellness, Green Eco Yoga Mat, £58

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Fitness & Wellness, Lavender Eco Yoga Mat, £58

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11. Make Your Own Lunches

Preparing your meals avoids so much unnecessary waste. Instead of ordering in or buying premade meals out, try and take a little more time either the night before or in the morning to make a quick healthy lunch that you can store in a reusable container. Get some inspiration from one of our favourite chefs Anna Jones. You’ll save money, know exactly where your ingredients came from, and you’ll be saving on single-use plastic. Alexandra

12. Switch to a Bamboo Toothbrush

It takes around 500 years for a plastic toothbrush to fully break down and the average person goes through about four a year – that is far too much plastic dedicated just to cleaning our teeth. Switch to a zero-waste toothbrush like the Truthbrush, which is made from all plant-based materials. The handle is crafted from sustainable, organic bamboo which is naturally anti-bacterial and of course biodegradable.

Bathroom, Cloud White Medium Bristle Truthbrush, £5

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Bathroom, Moss Green Medium Bristle Truthbrush, £5

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Kjaer Weis organic lipstick mesmerize
Kjaer Weis
Mesmerize Rose Organic Lipstick
£44
cosmydor organic natural r/7 soap
Cosmydor
R/7 Handcrafted Soap With Rose Musk Oil & Bitter Orange Essential Oil
£12
Truthbrush organic biodegradable sustainable bamboo toothbrush
Truthbrush
Moss Green Medium Bristle Truthbrush
£5
Grace and Green organic sustainable tampons
Grace and Green
Organic Tampons With Applicator – Super
£5.50
Swell refillable water bottle calcatta gold
S'well Water Bottles
Calcatta Gold Water Bottle
£35
Kjaer Weis organic foundation like porcelain
Kjaer Weis
Like Porcelain Cream Foundation
£46
Feldspar moor natural exfoliating soap
Feldspar Studio
Moor Natural Soap
£12.50
ocean bottle in grey
Ocean Bottle
Grey Ocean Bottle
£40
Truthbrush
Cloud White Medium Bristle Truthbrush
£5
Grace and Green organic sustainable sanitary pads
Grace and Green
Organic Cotton Pads For Night Time
£5

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