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Things to stop buying in 2021

Here are four things I think everyone should stop buying in 2021. Most of the items I mention bellow have very easy to use sustainable swap. Which not only help the environment but your pocket.

Bottled shampoo and conditioner

My favourite replacement for plastic bottled shampoo and conditioner are shampoo and conditioner bars. 75% to 85% of a bottled shampoo is water, so hair bars are essentially and more concentrated mixture.

Shampoo bars have between 80-100 washed per bar where as conditioner bars have slightly less washes, at 60-80 washes per bar. A bottled shampoo and conditioner usually only contains 25 washes.

Single use face mask

I have spoken about single use face masks before and how much I dislike them. They cause some much unnecessary waste and harm animals when disposed of incorrectly. A sustainable and cost-effective alternative to disposable face masks are cloth reusable face masks, these can most likely be bought from local businesses, or you can make them from fabrics scraps.

Disposable wipes

Disposable wipes are perfect for cleaning up messes, but they aren’t so good for the environment. A simple swap for them are compostable and biodegradable wipes but you can definably use reusable cloths or rags made from old t-shirts as a even more sustainable alternative that saves you money.

Laundry detergent

Laundry detergent is a chemical, so it should come as no surprise that it contains toxins that are harmful to humans and clothing. These chemicals not only can discolour fabric but they can cause skin irritations. A great eco-friendly alternative is a Ecoegg that contains no harsh chemicals, such as, petroleum-based substances, optical brighteners, bleaches, ammonia, or optimizers. The Ecoegg is still hypoallergenic.

I hope this blog showed you some sustainable swaps you had not through or heard of before. These four swaps are a great starting point for your sustainable journey.

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