Although we may not realise it, many of the products we use within our day to day activities have a very negative impact on the environment. A lot of packing and products often end up piled on a landfill taking decades to decompose. Some products even release dangerous chemicals that contribute to air pollution, thus damaging the planet.

During this blog, I will be going through 5 eco-friendly swaps to make in the home that could have easily been missed. All the eco-friendly swaps I will be sharing are easy to make and won’t add any time or effort to your day to day activities.

Swap your cling film for beeswax wraps

The majority of us use cling every day in our kitchen and often have to replace it multiple times throughout the month, however not only is it one of the most commonly used kitchen items, but it is also one of the most damaging products to the environment.

Cling film is made of PVC which is one of the most environmentally damaging plastics out there. Typically, the cling film leftovers end up in landfills and stay there for decades before they are decomposed. As well as this, it is particularly hard to find recyclable cling film as it’s not widely promoted or made.

Luckily, there is a product that is 100% biodegradable and performs in the same way as cling film. Beeswax wraps are an eco-friendly alternative to cling film that is easily accessible. Beeswax wraps are organically made mouldable wraps that have a slightly sticky surface, similar to cling film.

They can be used to seal and package food, much like cling film. Moreover, the wraps are reusable and can last up to a year with the proper care. Simply wash the with cold water and dish soap and leave to air dry. Once you are finished with the wraps, just put them in your compost bin and purchase new ones.

Switch your toothpaste

The majority of toothpaste tubes are made of plastic and aluminium, making them virtually impossible to recycle. With the UK population alone using 300 million toothpaste tubes per year, they become incredibly deadly to the environment.

Colgate launched a fully recyclable toothpaste tube so you can make an easy, eco-friendly swap without compromising on the toothpaste you use. The launch of this new product means you can easily recycle the toothpaste tube and reduce the amount of plastic pollution.

Switch your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one

Whilst we’re on the subject of oral care, toothbrushes are also a big contributor to the growing amount of plastic pollution. Toothbrushes can take up to 500 years to decompose, meaning the vicious cycle is virtually never-ending.  

Specialists recommend changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, meaning we’re constantly adding to the amount of plastic pollution. Rather than sticking with a plastic toothbrush, an eco-friendly swap would be a bamboo toothbrush.

Bamboo is one of the quickest growing plants, meaning toothbrushes can be produced quickly to replace old ones. As well as this, most of them have BPA-free nylon bristles, ensuring that the entire toothbrush can be recycled.

Switch your makeup wipes for reusable makeup remover pads

Most of us use makeup wipes in our day to day life, but they are incredibly dangerous to the planet. Makeup wipes contain plastics such as polyester which take up to 100 years to decompose. Not only this, but most wipes contain chemicals and fragrances that can irritate your skin.

Reusable makeup remover pads are a great alternative as they can last years and when you’re done with them they can be easily recycled. Most pads are made with microfibres which break down the oils in your makeup to easily remove it when activated with water.

They are also really easy to clean, just use warm water and soap to wash the dirt off and they will be ready to use again. Some makeup remover pads can go in the washing machine but check the packaging first.

Switch your plastic shopping bag for a reusable one

Most of us probably have a pile of plastic shopping bags in the cupboard that we always forget to take shopping and therefore end up buying even more. A lot of plastic bags end up in a landfill and take 1,000 years to degrade. Unfortunately, plastic bags don’t fully decompose, they end up becoming microplastics that continue to pollute the environment.

Purchasing reusable shopping bags ensures you’re not damaging the planet every time you go shopping. They are also incredibly easy to find and many come with a fold-up bag so you can keep them in your bag without them taking up too much room.

Start making your own eco-friendly swaps

Now that I have shared my easy eco-friendly swaps to make in the home, it’s time for you to spot the areas in your home where you could be more eco-friendly. Not only will making small eco-friendly swaps help the planet, but they will also modernise your home and the way you live to create a better environment for future generations.