Week 3 of our Plastic Free Promise guide is all about the home, using eco friendly, plastic free cleaning and utility products for a healthier and environmentally safe home. There are different ways we can cut down our plastic use in cleaning products, including using refill facilities, making your own cleaning products, using concentrated multipurpose cleaning products and using plastic free scourers and brushes.
One of the things we love is being able to provide refill services for our customers, as it reduces waste and is a cheaper alternative. In store we have refill options for companies such as Ecoleaf and Greenscents, both eco friendly alternatives to your usual cleaning products. Greenscents uses packaging made from plant sources, so isn’t actually classed at plastic and is biodegradable, meaning even if you’re buying more bottles, the environmental impact is considerably lower. One thing to realise with this type of refill is whilst they are a fantastic option for cheaper refills, it still uses the same amount of plastic as buying the equivalent in small bottles, as the liquid refills come in bigger containers.
A solution to this, however, is the company Splosh whose refills don’t contain added water, so containers aren’t needed for the refills. Instead they come in small packages, so are perfect for going to uni as you don’t have to take loads of liquid products with you. Splosh’s ethos is that once you buy your starter kit (the bottle, containing a bottle worth of the product) it’s just a case of refilling, so no excess plastic is being used or wasted.
Use glass spray bottles as a plastic free alternative, and fill with diluted sal suds (such as Dr Bronner ones). Sal suds come with different dilutions for different products, so it’s only one product for a huge range of purposes including washing up liquid, multipurpose spray, car wash, toilet cleaner and more. Lots of people also opt for DIY cleaning products to eliminate the use of plastic containers for ingredients all together, sourcing ingredients such as vinegar in glass (not plastic) bottles.
In short, what can we do TODAY to make a difference:
- use refills
- make your own
- use plastic free brushes for washing up