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Five easy plastic-free swaps for 2022

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No matter what new years resolutions you have tried to stick to for this year, it’s never been easier to choose plastic-free alternatives for your cosmetics and personal care products. We don’t need to hit you with the stats- we all know how terrible plastic is for our planet, and for a long time finding affordable swaps has been not an easy feat.

Here at water + earth we are passionate about making the eco-friendly lifestyle accessible so that we can all contribute to looking after our planet.

1. Soap

Well, this one might seem obvious coming from us but swapping liquid body washes and hand soaps for bars will make your daily ablutions totally zero-waste! Our soap is also sulphate free, paraben-free and totally natural. Worried about not getting a good lather? Pair it with a sisal soap saver which will also help exfoliate your skin and is totally compostable!

2. Dental Care

Bamboo is ‘the one’ when it comes to eco-friendly materials. Most experts would agree that it ranks as one of the best in terms of its sustainability due to the rate at which it grows- some species can grow up to 3 feet in 24 hours! This makes it perfect for toothbrushes, as well as the fact it’s naturally antimicrobial and water-resistant. What about the brush element you ask? Well, this is where things can get a little bit bristly… (sorry). For quite some time it had been quite difficult to source completely biodegradable bristles for toothbrushes. They were either made from animal-derived sources (which is no good for the vegans!) or more often than not are made from Nylon. Plant-based bristles are now slowly becoming available on the market which is fantastic news, however, they are still quite difficult to come by. We stock Wild and Stone bamboo brushes- their bristles are made from BPA free nylon which is fully recyclable and a great alternative until fully plastic-free toothbrushes become available in the UK.

We also stock corn starch dental floss in a refillable glass case and totally natural, fluoride-free toothpaste in packaging made from beech wood to complete your experience!

3. Deodorants

Another easy win is deodorant. Switching to a plastic-free, natural deo has never been easier- there are so many on the market. The real problem can be finding one that works. We’ve tried and tested a few, and our absolute favourites are Earth Conscious and Scrubber which we stock both! If you have more sensitive skin we suggest getting a Scrubber stick as they don’t use bicarb in their recipe whilst Earth Conscious do- this provides extra sweat protection so if you have an oversupply stick with Earth Conscious! These deo-sticks are just as easy as using a roll-on and smell amazing.

4. Razors

Now we know safety razors can seem really daunting, but they are such a great way to cut back on plastic use. Once you get the knack of popping the blades in, safety razors are so much better and handier to have than disposables. Safety razors come in a range of fun and modern colours and styles and we’re certainly happy about them making a comeback! We’ve just started offering safety razor gift boxes that come with a razor and case, blades, a bar of shave and a vegan brush! Get them on the website for just £30!

5. Straws

Reusable straws have been around for a while now and they’re the perfect plastic-free drinking accessory. Low maintenance and cheap, straws are a good way to begin your journey into a zero-waste lifestyle. Here at water + earth we stock bamboo and stainless steel straws as well as cleaning brushes made from coconut husk. Whatever your preference, we’ve got you covered!

The world of zero-waste can feel daunting at first so just take it one step at a time. Implementing plastic-free alternatives as you see fit will soon see you possessing an impressive repertoire of eco-friendly goods! We promise to keep our products as low cost as is reasonable in order to provide sustainable toiletry options to a wider consumer market. We also ensure that we try and test our products so we know that what we’re offering you is trusted by us and of brilliant quality. Hop onto our website now to see how we can help you make the change.

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