Plastic-Free Beauty Products: Introducing Resolute Bamboo Care

This is a sponsored post with Resolute Bamboo Care. 

Every sustainable swap you make in your home makes a difference. Obviously, you cannot change the world overnight but putting a plan in place going forward is a great way to start to implement changes into your daily life. When I first started making sustainable swaps at home I started with our bathroom as after doing a waste audit I found that we produced quite a lot of waste there. 

 

Plastic Free Beauty Products 

 

Below are 4 plastic-free beauty products form a company called Resolute Bamboo Care that you might want to consider for your home.

Who Are Resolute Bamboo Care?

 

Resolute Bamboo Care is a small independent company that sells a range of environmentally friendly and plastic-free beauty products.  Ranging from biodegradable toothbrushes to reusable makeup pads.

The Benefits of Bamboo 

 

One of the main ingredients Resolute Bamboo Care use in their products is, funnily enough, bamboo. Bamboo is well known for its sustainable properties because it’s a fast-growing crop which doesn’t require any pesticdes or insecticides to grow. It can grow to full height in as little as 3-4 months. As an added bonus when it’s harvested it then regrows again from its own roots, so it doesn’t need replanting. 

 

You can find out more about the sustainable benefits of bamboo here.

sustainable bamboo

Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads 

 

I made the switch to reusable bamboo makeup wipes years ago and I’d never go back to disposable wipes now. Resolute Bamboo Care sells these great packs. The box they arrive in is made from 100% recycled cardboard and can either go into your household recycling or in your compost in the garden. 

 

To use the pads you simply wet them and then wipe your face. Personally, I use coconut oil too as I find that helps to remove all of my makeup. I’ve done that for years now and never had a problem with it. The great thing about using coconut oil is that one jar can last for years! I’ve bought a grand total of 2 jars in the last 5 years. You can find it in glass jars too which can be recycled or reused after use. 

 

Reusable bamboo makeup pads are easy to wash you just put them in your washing machine with all of your other items. You can also hand wash them if needed. You can line dry them or put them in the tumble dryer. 

 

Find out more about these bamboo makeup pads here.

reusable bamboo makeup wipes

Bamboo Toothbrushes 

 

We made the switch to bamboo toothbrushes in 2017 and we’ve been really happy with them. I find that a bamboo toothbrush lasts much longer than the plastic ones. They also have natural anti-bacterial properties so much better for you and your teeth.

 

The bamboo sticks can be composted at the end of their life or simply placed in your garden somewhere to rot down. Unfortunately, the bristles cannot be composted. I’m yet to find a bamboo toothbrush that does have compostable bristles so you need to pull out the bristles before you compost them. You can use plyers to do that or alternatively just cut off the head of the brush and compost the stick. 

 

The Resolute Bamboo Care bristles are made from Nylon 6 which apparently can be recycled although you’d need to find out where. 

 

Find out more about these bamboo toothbrushes here.

bamboo toothbrushes

Plastic Free Floss 

 

Switching to plastic-free dental floss is another great way to reduce your bathroom waste. Most floss is made from either Nylon or Teflon and comes in a non-recyclable plastic container.

 

This plastic-free floss is made from bamboo charcoal fibre, Polyester yarn, candelilla wax and peppermint essential oil. It’s packaged in a zero-waste and plastic-free glass container which can be reused again and again. It also comes with a metal lid where you can cut the floss. 

 

It’s Vegan & PETA cruelty-free and you can buy separate refills without having to buy a new dispenser each time. 

 

Find out more about this plastic-free floss here.

plastic free floss

Bamboo Cotton Buds 

 

Most cotton buds are made from a non-recyclable plastic, they often end up in our oceans as people flush them down the toilet which causes harm to marine life. They only thing that you should flush down your toilet is toilet paper and waste from your body! Everything else causes damage or harm somewhere. 

 

Related Post: What Do You Flush  Down Your Sink & Toilet?

 

These bamboo cotton buds are entirely free from plastic and they are biodegradable and compostable which meas you can put them in your home compost.

 

The tips are made from pure cotton and the sticks are bamboo. This is a great sustainable bathroom swap to make to reduce plastic waste in our oceans.

 

Find out more about these bamboo cotton buds here.  

bamboo cotton buds

I’d love to know your thoughts on the above plastic-free beauty products. Would you like to switch to them or perhaps you have already? Let me know in the comments below.

About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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Gift-Giving with a Green Conscious

This post is sponsored by Tinggly. Tinggly might just be the best, and cleanest experience gift you’ve ever come across. The concept is simple. You choose a Tinggly gift box (which is available in a range of prices and themed to match almost every occasion), you send it as a gift (physically or as an e-voucher), and the recipient gets to choose from hundreds of diverse experiences in over 100 countries around the world. And what’s more, Tinggly is becoming more and more sustainable with every passing day.

Recently there has been a real shift in how people buy gifts for loved ones. People are steering away from physical gifts and instead opting for experience gifts, some are even going gift free. The two main reasons for this appear to be because people already have too much stuff and to help the environment by reducing waste.

Gift-Giving with a Green Conscious

 

If you are looking to reduce the impact of your gifts this year then I have some suggestions for you…

 

Buy Ethical

 

Buying ethically covers a whole range of different things including…

 

  • Buying less
  • Buying secondhand items
  • Using local & independent businesses
  • Looking for trusted labels like Organic, Cruelty-free, Fairtrade & Vegan 
  • Boycotting bad companies!

 

My favoutire ethical shops are *Ethical Superstore, *Etsy, *PoZu and *MAMOQ.

Buy Organic 

 

By buying organic items it means you are working with nature rather than fighting it. It means your products won’t contain artificial chemicals which are not only better for you but also the planet. Organic companies also support better animal welfare and use more environmentally friendly land management techniques.

Buy Fairtrade


By buying Fairtrade goods it means you are supporting better working condition, local sustainability, better prices and fair terms of trade for workers. Keep your eye out for the Fairtrade logo on the items you’re buying.

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Gift An Experience

 

I know I’ve mentioned this a few times already on my blog but gifting an experience is a great way to reduce the amount of stuff we all have. 

 

If you haven’t already check out this video by Story Of Stuff. 

 

To gift an experience you can use companies like Tinggly. You buy one gift box and the recipient can choose from an entire collection of different experiences ranging from bucket list experiences to gifts for the planet. Their slogan is Give stories, not stuff.

 

I really love the idea of gifting an experience rather than more stuff. Memories last a lifetime.

The best bit about Tinggly, in particular, is that each gift you buy helps clean the planet. 

 

‘A part of Tinggly profit goes to sustainable projects to remove polluting plastics from the environment. With the help of our partners, one Tinggly gift not only removes 33lbs (15kg) of plastics but also offsets 200% of CO2 emissions produced during the chosen experience. On top of that, all Tinggly gift boxes are made of 100% recycled materials and are eco-friendly.’ Tinggly

Tinggly-gift-experience

Here’s a few other ways Tinggly are trying to do their bit for the planet…

 

  • Only use recycled materials
  • Removing toxic plastics for every git sold
  • Offsetting CO2 by 200%
  • Being a carbon positive company 
  • Installing Tinggly Trash Taps in Bali

I’ve got my eye on the Gift For The Planet box. 

 

  • 33lbs (15kg) plastic removed
  • 1 ton of C02 offset
  • river trash traps installations

Buy Houseplants 

 

Houseplants make a lovely gift for friends and family and also help to improve their indoor air quality at home. I’d always recommend buying potted plants over cut flowers as cut flowers can have a high carbon footprint and also don’t last! 

 

The best plants for houseplant newbies are… 

 

  • Snake Plants
  • Succulents
  • Aloe Vera  
  • Spider Plants
  • Cactus

Buy Secondhand 

 

If you can why not buy your gifts secondhand? That way you’re reusing something that has already been produced. There are lots of places to buy decent secondhand items these days like charity shops, online selling sites and local Facebook selling groups. 

 

Make Homemade Gifts 

 

If you’re the creative type then make your own gifts. You can make anything form homemade beauty products to edible gifts. Keep hold of glass jars to reuse and decorate them with ribbon. 

 

Check out this Easy Peasy Relaxing & Zero Waste Lavander Bath Salt Recipe by Eco Thrifty Living. 

 

Related Post: Zero Waste Gift Guide

Eco Gift Wrapping 

 

Whatever green gift you choose don’t forget to wrap them using a sustainable method like reusable cloth, brown paper that can be recycled or by reusing old magazines or newspapers.

 

*Affiliate links 

About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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This is a collaborative post with Tinggly. 

As always, I only ever recommend products or services that I either use myself or I feel will help you to live a more sustainable lifestyle. 

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The Ultimate Guide To Having A Sustainable Halloween

Autumn is without a doubt my favourite time of year, everything from the colours to the weather makes me happy.

 

Halloween is also one of my favourite celebrations. Every year we decorate our house and invite friends over for food, drink and some treat or treating. It’s always great fun for both the kiddies and the adults. 

 

Saying that though it also one of the most wasteful celebrations of the year. This year I plan to make it our most sustainable Halloween yet. I’ve spent the last week doing some research into how to make that happen and I thought I’d share my findings with you.

 

How To Have A Sustainable Halloween 

Sustainable Halloween Costumes 

 

‘12,500 tonnes of Halloween costumes are sent to landfill each year’ edie.net

 

Look In Charity Shops 

 

If you or your children need a costume this year then why not check out your local charity shops to see if you can find anything suitable? If they don’t have anything that might work then always ask at the desk as they may have something in the back room. I worked in charity shops for 8 years and we always had a stock of fancy dress outfits out the back. 

 

Borrow From A Friend 

 

Why not ask your friends if they have any Halloween costumes lying around that they’re not using this year? You could even swap costumes so you’re all wearing something different to last year. 

Ask In A Local Sharing Facebook Group

 

A lot of communities now have ‘sharing groups’ on Facebook where people can list their unwanted goods so someone else can have them. Some you have to pay for, others everything is free. It’s worth checking to see if you’re local community has a group and if not maybe consider setting one up?

 

They’re great for the sharing/reusing economy and help to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. Our local group is fantastic! We have one for getting rid of items and one for asking for them. 

 

Why not ask in your local group and see if anyone has something suitable? You can always just borrow it for the night and give it back afterwards if they’d prefer that. 

 

Use What You Already Have

 

If you’re the creative type could you make an outfit out of items you already have in your home? There are loads of great tutorials online. 

 

Reuse Your Outfit From Last Year

 

If you already have an outfit then the cheapest and most sustainable thing to do is to reuse the one you already have. I have a vampire outfit that comes out every year and has done for many years now. For kids can you hand down an older siblings outfit to a younger child? 

Sustainable Halloween Treats

Sustainable Halloween Treats

 

Sustainable Halloween treats is a tough one as almost all sweets and treats come wrapped in plastic, however, they are a few sustainable alternatives. 

 

A Word Of Caution On Baking Your Own Treats 

 

A lot of people suggest baking your own treats but personally I’d advise against that as a lot of parents will not let their children eat home-baked goods from people they don’t know. Which ultimately means they will end up in the bin creating yet more waste. I know that sounds quite absurd but unfortunately, it’s the world we live in. 

 

If you’re having a kids Halloween party however and you know all of the children then yes bake away!

Chocolates Wrapped In Foil

 

Chocolates wrapped in foil are a better option if you can find them as the foil can be recycled. Of course, that does depend on whether the parent of the child receiving the chocolates is on top of their recycling but that’s out of your hands. 

 

Mini Pumpkin Oranges

 

One of my favourite treats to give out are mini oranges with scary faces drawn on them to make them look like mini pumpkins. The first year I did that my other half laughed and said it was a waste of time as no child was going to pick those over the sweets or chocolate. Well, he was wrong! 

 

We had a bucket full of treats some sweets, some chocolates and the oranges. The oranges were the first things to go. Mainly chosen by the little ones which I thought was really sweet. 

 

So it’s certainly worth giving it a go. As well as oranges you could also offer apples just don’t draw on those!

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Raisins In Boxes 

 

Another healthy treat option is to have raisins in those small boxes. The boxes are cardboard which can be either composted or recycled.

 

Can you tell that we’re going to be known as that weird ‘healthy Halloween house’! 

 

Opt For Cardboard & Foil Treats

 

If you can then try to opt for treats and chocolate in cardboard and foil packaging over plastic. Although that can be easier said than done. If you find anything that works well then let me know in the comments below.

Sustainable Halloween Food

Sustainable Halloween Food 

 

Buy Local Pumpkins

 

If you can always opt to buy local pumpkins rather than the ones from the supermarkets as you cannot be sure where they have been grown or how far they have travelled to get there. 

 

Most local fram shops and farmers markets will have them. 


Personally we get ours from a farm shop that hosts a week-long pumpkin festival which we love called Pumpkin Fest. They have  ‘Pick Your Own’ pumpkin fields which is something that the kiddies really enjoy doing, especially riding in the wheelbarrow! 

Pumpkin picking in Devon
Pick your own pumpkins in Devon

Don’t Waste Your Pumpkin Flesh 

 

‘The UK will bin 8m pumpkins after Halloween, the equivalent of enough pumpkin pie to feed the entire nation, research has found.’ The Guardian 

 

That’s a lot of wasted pumpkins! I was really shocked when I read that fact. The good news, however, is that there are lots of things you can do to reduce your pumpkin waste. 

 

Pumpkin Soup 

 

One of the easiest things to do with your leftover pumpkin flesh is to make pumpkin soup. I did this last year for our guests and kept it hot in our slow cooker so everyone could help themselves. If you end up with a lot of soup you can always freeze it for another day. 

 

There are hundreds of recipes online so do a bit of research, find one you like and get cooking. 

 

Homemade pumpkin soup

Make Pumpkin Pie

 

Why not take some inspiration from our friends over the pond and attempt a pumpkin pie? This isn’t something that I have tried myself as I’m not a particularly keen baker but the ones I’ve seen others make look amazing! 

 

Roast Your Pumpkin Seeds

 

It’s not just the flesh that you can use you can also eat the pumpkin seeds. I do this every year and add it to the food offerings for the evening. Normally in a little bowl on the table like you would with nuts. Alternatively, you can sprinkle them on top of your pumpkin soup as a nice garnish. 

 

Check out my post here to see how I roast mine – How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds 

Roasting pumpkin seeds

Compost Your Pumpkin Flesh

 

When you’ve used up all possible bits of your pumpkin and are just left with the flesh then put it in your compost. 

 

If you don’t have a compost system at home then put it in your food waste bin. Failing that you can always take it out into a local woods for the animals to eat. Obviously making sure it’s not left on a path or somewhere in the way.

Sustainable Halloween Decorations

Sustainable Halloween Decorations 

 

Reuse Your Halloween Decorations 

 

If you already have Halloween decorations then the most sustainable thing you can do is to reuse them every year. Pack them away well when you’ve finished with them so they won’t get broken whilst being stored. Personally, I get the same decorations out every year and they have lasted for a lot of years. 

 

Make Your Own 

 

If you’re feeling creative then why not try and make your own decorations out of things you already have at home? There are lots of tutorials online that cover this. 

Homemade Halloween decorations

Buy Second Hand 

 

If you really need to buy decorations then try to get secondhand ones either from a charity shop, a friend or a local swapping/selling group.  

 

Use Reusable Batteries 

 

If you have animated decorations or lights then consider using reusable batteries. In fact if you regularly use batteries in your home then it’s worth investing in reusable batteries anyway. 

 

We use them in our home and I love them. I have a very simple small charging unit which plugs into the wall. I then have two small boxes in a drawer labelled charged and uncharged so we know which are which. It’s worth having a few pre-charged in case you suddenly need to replace some. 

 

Recycle Single-Use Batteries 

 

If you use single-use batteries then please remember to recycle them at the end of their life. Most supermarkets now have battery recycling bins and also any shop that sells batteries, should by law, have a recycling system in place for customers.

Sustainable Halloween ethos

Make Halloween About The Experience

 

Lastly, I think the most sustainable thing you can do this Halloween is to make it about the experience rather than the things! Forget the plastic spiders, the polyester costumes and all the other plastic tat and remember what Halloween was originally about… 

 

a celebration where people come together to eat the harvested food, bond and share an experience. 

 

and perhaps ward off a ghost or two with fire but I’d say that bits optional. So invite your friends over for some food, drinks and fun. 

 

Here’s a Halloween bucket list of experience ideas for you…

  • Cook and eat your homemade pumpkin recipes together 
  • Play silly games
  • Go for a sunset walk
  • Forage for some free food and then cook it 
  • Roast marshmallows on a fire in the garden  
  • Have a scary movie night
  • Do a Halloween trail

About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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Zero Waste Hair Care

Trying to live a zero waste lifestyle can often be overwhelming. After many years of trial and error, I’ve definitely found that focusing on one thing at a time makes a huge difference in whether you succeed or not. 

 

When I first started to make sustainable changes in our home I focused on our bathroom waste. It took me a good 2 years to develop a zero waste beauty routine that I was happy with and even now I still make small changes here and there. 

 

Zero Waste Hair Care

 

Today I thought I’d talk about zero waste hair care as it’s a question I get asked a lot.

The No-Poo Method

 

When I first started out I was desperate to follow the ‘no-poo’ method for washing my hair. Basically, it means you stop using shampoo altogether as your hair self cleans, you just wash it with water. I managed 7 months without washing my hair and then caved. I just couldn’t get it to work with my hair which was really frustrating. 

 

That’s not to say it wouldn’t work for your hair though so it’s certainly worth giving it ago. I’d highly recommend reading *Happy Hair: The Definitive Guide To Giving Up Shampoo by Lucy AitkenRead and also checking out her blog as she has lots of tips about no-poo hair care on there.

week three no poo

I documented my no-poo adventure in various blog posts. I gave up after 7 months and then later on decided to give it another go. I’ve included the links below for you in case that interest you. 

 

To Wash Or Not To Wash? Giving Up Shampoo

Week Two of No Poo

50 Days and NO Shampoo

126 Days, No Shampoo 

7 Months & No Shampoo – My No Shampoo Adventure

No Poo Hair Care – Giving It Another Go

6 Weeks No Shampoo! – Find Out What Happened To My Hair

Shampoo Bars

 

The next thing I tried was shampoo bars. I tested hundreds of different ones as they are all different and not only do you have to find one that actually cleans your hair but you also have to find one that works with your hair type. 

 

In the end, the LUSH shampoo bars were the winners for me. They were the only ones that didn’t leave my hair with a film of what I can only describe as grease. 

 

They have a whole range of different types to suit different hair types. If you go into the store an assistant will help you to find the best one for your hair.

LUSH shampoo bars

I switch between three different ones, the Montalbano, the Honey I Washed My Hair and the Jason And The Argon Oil. I have very thick, long, blonde, curly hair and these all work really well for me. 

 

The bars are quite expensive but one bar would last me months so I felt it was worth it. 

 

Some people don’t like the LUSH shampoo bars because most of them contain Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) which is a chemical that’s commonly used in soaps, shampoos and shower gels. Personally, I found that all of the shampoo bars that didn’t contain SLS just didn’t clean my hair properly so I weighed up having the SLS against having disgusting hair for the rest of my life.  

 

I would suggest doing your own research on it and making your own decision.

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Refillable Shampoo & Conditioner 

 

Recently I have started using refillable shampoo and conditioner. My local health food store has a Faith In Nature refill station which I love! 

 

I started using these instead of the shampoo bars for 4 reasons…

 

  • I can walk to the shop to get my refills so no travel footprint.
  • I’m supporting a local business by buying them there instead of a big company like LUSH.
  • My other half didn’t get on with the shampoo bars and wanted ‘normal’ shampoo in a bottle. 
  • I can reuse the same bottles again and again so no waste! 
faith in nature refillable shampoo

That’s not to say I won’t go back to the LUSH shampoo bars in the future though. 

 

As well as the Faith In Nature refillable shampoos there are also companies online that offer this service, although I haven’t used any of them myself. You’d have to way up the travel footprint though as they would need to be posted to you.

Other Zero Waste Hair Care Washing Options 

 

I’ve been told by quite a few people now that *Beauty Kubes are really good for washing your hair although I haven’t used them myself. They may be an option for you though?

Hair Masks 

 

Every now and then I feel that my hair needs a bit of extra TLC so I’ll make a homemade hair mask. My favourite by far is one I originally started using when I was doing no-poo.

It only requires two ingredients… lemons and eggs. Yes, you read that right eggs! I use the juice from one lemon and 1 egg.  Simply whisk them up together and it’s good to go.

homemade hair mask

Homemade Hair Mask

INGREDIENTS 

1 lemon

1 egg

METHOD

So simple! Whisk together & it’s ready to use.

Wet you hair and pour on the mask. Rub it in for even coverage.

Now either leave on the mask for a few minutes and rinse of with warm water. Or wrap your head in a towel with the hair mask still on and leave for longer. The heat makes it work better. Rinse again with warm water. 

Just make sure the water isn’t too hot or you’ll end up with a scrambled egg situation on your head, which speaking from experience, is not fun! 

Your hair will be really lovely and soft afterwards. I’d only recommend this hair mask for people with light or blonde hair as lemon can change the colour of your hair if you’re going to be out in the sun.

Hair Lightener

 

A few months ago I decided to stop dying my hair. More out of curiosity than anything else. I’ve been dying my hair since I was about 15 so I didn’t actually know what my natural colour was any more. 

 

Turns out it’s a mousy blonde-ish colour with random grey hairs! Not sure how I feel about that at the moment so I may well dye it again. I can’t find a zero waste hair dye, I’m not even sure such a thing exists but I did find a natural hair dye that works really well. It’s called *Tints Of Nature.

 

Read my review here

 

One thing I have been doing with my hair is making my own hair lightener. Similar to the hair mask it only contains 2 ingredients (no eggs this time though). 

homemade hair lightener

Homemade Hair Lightener

INGREDIENTS 

1 lemon

1 cup of chamomile tea

METHOD

Make a chamomile tea like you normally would. Squeeze in the juice of the lemon and mix. Transfer the mixture into a reusable spray bottle and spray onto your hair before you go out into the sun. You can brush it through for a more even coverage.

The lemon lightens your hair while the chamomile tea conditions it. It works on a similar principle to Sun-In. 

 

If you were a teenager in the 90’s you’ll know what I’m talking about. For anyone that doesn’t know it was a hair spray that you could buy that you put in your hair before going out in the sun. The resulting effect was dry and slightly sticky orangey hair but we all thought we looked great! 

 

By mixing the lemon with the chamomile I’ve found my mixture works a lot better and doesn’t dry out your hair.

  

For more homemade zero waste hair care remedies check out this guest post:

 

 Home Remedies To Have Strong and Smooth Hair

Wooden Brushes

 

To brush my hair I use a *wide-toothed wooden comb. It’s worth investing in a decent one that will last you a long time. Some of the cheaper ones have very thin bristles which snap. The online zero waste shop Boobalou has a whole range of wooden brushes which you might like.

bamboo comb

Plastic- Free Hair Ties 

 

I’ve found that when you really start getting into zero waste living you start to question everything that comes into your home. Things that you hadn’t really thought about become a problem item, like for example hair ties. 

 

Almost all hair ties are made from plastic which means when they break, which they all seem to do eventually, they can only go in the landfill bin. 

 

However, I’ve recently come across an eco-friendly alternative called KOOSHOO. They are plastic-free and made from organic cotton and natural rubber. When they come to the end of their life they are biodegradable which doesn’t necessarily mean you can put them in your compost but they will break down in the right environment. 

 

I plan to contact the company to find out exactly what can be down with them when they are no longer usable. I’ll keep you updated.

Zero waste hair care for a zero waste lifestyle
My zero waste hair care routine

About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Wet Wipes

The majority of wet wipes sold contain plastic which means they never break down. 

 

People use wet wipes for a variety of different reasons including wiping baby’s bottoms, taking off makeup and cleaning the house. Whatever you are using them for the good news is that there are lots of eco-friendly alternatives to the store bought wet wipes.

Use A Flannel

 

Flannels have gone out of fashion over the last 20 years or so but they’re starting to make a comeback! You can use them for a multitude of different uses and they last for a really long time. 

 

They’re perfect for cleaning sticking fingers, wiping bottoms, taking off makeup, cleaning your house, the list is endless. The other plus point of flannels is that they’re cheap and easy to clean. Simpy stick them into your normal wash. 

 

We use flannels at home and love them. 

alternatives to wet wipes

Reusable Baby Wipes 

 

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly alternative to baby wipes then reusable baby wipes are the way to go. You can buy packs of wipes or you can buy a baby wipes kit. The ones I would recommend are from a company called Cheeky Wipes. 

 

You can find out more about how these reusable wipes work in my blog post here: Cheeky Wipes Review – Reusable Wet Wipes

Reusable Face Wipes 

 

As well as baby wipes Cheeky Wipes also sell reusable face wipes for taking off your makeup or just washing your face. Again, you can either just buy the wipes or buy a kit. 

 

Personally, I just bought the wipes and then I use coconut oil to take off my makeup. To use them I simply put hot water in my sink and soak a wipe in the water. I then put some of the oil on my face on the areas that I want to remove my makeup and use the wipe to rub it off.

reusable face wipes

I’ve had my *Cheeky Wipes face wipes for over 4 years now and they are still going strong. They’re made from bamboo and wash really well. If you already have a flannel then that should work just as well as the reusable wipes. 

 

You can read more about my Homemade Reusable Face Wipes here.

Make Your Own ‘Ready To Go’ Wet Wipes 

 

If you don’t want to buy reusable wet wipes then you can make your own using old clothes, cloths or material that you have at home. 

 

What You Need: 

 

  • A box with a lid to store your wipes in. If you already have tupperware boxes they work really well or you could even reuse a plastic takeaway container. You can also store your wipes in glass jars with lids.  
  • Material 
  • Essential oil of your choice

Method:

 

  1. Cut your material into squares (5”x5” is a good size for makeup wipes)
  2. Pour water into your container (not too much) and add a few drops of your essential oil 
  3. Put your wipes into the box and turn them over a few times to soak them in the solution.
  4. Squeeze out the wipes to remove any excess water. 
  5. Then store your wipes in your container with the lid on. 
  6. The wipes are now ready for you when you need them.  

 

When you’ve used your wipe throw it in your washing basket ready for the next wash. They can go in with your other items. 

Compostable Sponge Cloths for Cleaning 

 

If you have been using wipes for cleaning your home then an alternative is to start using *compostable sponge cloths

 

I recently bought some from a company called Boobalou which is run by a lovely lady called Jo. She sells a whole range of eco-friendly and zero waste products for your home so definitely go and check out her website. 

 

The sponges are made from natural renewable raw materials, cotton, wood pulp and flax. They are a lot more absorbent than the supermarket sponge cloths and are also plastic-free so no microplastic pollution going down your drain either.

plastic free dish sponge

To use them you get them wet, squeeze out any excess then wipe down whatever surface needs cleaning. You’ll also need to use a cleaning product with them. 

 

I have been using mine for a while now and I love them! They hold a lot of water, are very durable and best of all they don’t release microplastics. When your sponge has come to the end of its life it can be composted. 

 

Check out my natural homemade cleaning products here


Check out my Plastic Free Washing Up tips here

Reusing Old Clothes

 

If you are currently using wet wipes for cleaning your home then a good alternative is to make cleaning rags from old clothes and material. 

 

Simply cut the material up into manageable squares and use them for everything from dusting to cleaning your bathroom. 

 

Not only will this save you money as you’ll be reusing items that you already have in your home but it will also help to reduce the amount of waste you produce.

Don’t Be Fooled!

 

Don’t be fooled by ‘biodegradable’ or ‘compostable’ wipes. Although there are a few brands out there that do make biodegradable and compostable wipes is not always so clear cut. A lot of the wipes need special conditions to break down which most people don’t have in their home composter.  

 

Of course if you have no other option then do opt for the biodegradable or compostable ones over the ones that contain plastic but please remember no wipes are flushable even if it says they are on the packet! The only thing that should go down your toilet is waste from you and loo roll, that is it! 

 

What Do You Flush Down Your Toilet?

Why We Have Stopped Using Toilet Paper

How To Reduce The Impact Periods Have On The Environment

 

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About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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