There are numerous ways we can all reduce our climate change impact. One of the most significant contributors to both our carbon footprints and environmental waste is single-use plastic. Less than one-third of all plastic in the UK is recycled and plastics consistently make up around 80% of all marine debris. To make real progress on sustainability, it’s vital we address plastic consumption.
One of the most appealing qualities of single-use plastic is its convenience. From water bottles to plastic bags, they are simple to use, cheap, and everywhere. And while it may seem like swapping these disposables for long-lasting, environmentally friendly alternatives might be more difficult, you’d be surprised to learn just how many items are easy to exchange, helping us to lead more eco-friendly lives.
Household Cleaning Bottles
The bottles that fill our cleaning cupboards are typically destined for disposal. Once empty, we throw them away without a second thought. However these individual bottles build up, contributing to the 117 bottles an average UK resident disposes of each year. With a tiny bit of planning, this environmental cost is simple to eliminate and with zero-waste lifestyles becoming more popular, refillable household cleaning bottles are now easier than ever to find.
Whether you buy a brand-specific bottle or you simply keep your empty container, there are a growing number of locations (including high street supermarkets) that enable you to refill all of your household cleaning supplies quickly and cheaply. There’s no need to buy fancy new bottles if you don’t want to - it really is as easy as refilling the existing bottle once it’s empty.
Biodegradable Baby Wipes
We recently discussed greenwashing in another Isaac Anthony blog and its importance returns here because ‘biodegradable’ is fast becoming another meaningless buzzword. While many commercially available baby wipes claim to be biodegradable, they are not all created equal. Here, you’ll want to see if they contain plastic, which will take the biodegradability from a few months to a few decades.
Properly biodegradable wipes are made from natural fibres like viscose, which is a wood pulp based fibre, often used as a replacement for silk. Beware so-called “flushable” wipes too, as these often fail the biodegradability test.
Toothbrushes are another common item in households that ultimately end up in landfill after a few weeks of use. The fact that the majority of them are created from plastic is problematic, and somewhat confusing because bamboo alternatives are not only affordable but equally effective. Not only that, but there’s something really satisfying about brushing your teeth with a bamboo toothbrush.
Children’s toys see plenty of action, whether they are taken on adventures, chewed, thrown, submerged, or dropped. And, if a toy does survive, there’s a good chance it’ll end up at the bottom of the toy box before long. As such, surrounding your little one with plastic toys creates a significant potential for plastic waste, especially once they break. Instead, try wooden alternatives next time you’re looking for new additions to the nursery. Educational and sensory toys of this style are becoming increasingly more common as people revel in their aesthetic, safety, and eco-friendly design.
Sustainable kids clothing has always been of the utmost importance to us. We have and continue to use GOTS certified organic cotton in our clothing to ensure that each product is as kind to the environment as it is to children’s skin. More than this, however, is that it ensures our organic baby products are made with high-quality, reliable material and considered designs so that each garment is built with quality and longevity in mind.