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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Plastic Free Washing Up

Collaborative post with Boobalou

 

When you start to make sustainable changes in your home it can sometimes be hard to find eco-friendly alternatives that work as well as the products you already use. 

 

One area of our home that I have been struggling with is washing up. As I’ve mentioned previously my other half is on board with making our home & lifestyle more sustainable but only if it doesn’t make his life harder. Which is understandable so my mission is always to find eco-friendly alternatives that work just as well as their less sustainable counterparts.

Plastic Free Washing Up 

 

Below is what I have come up with so far for plastic free washing up… 

 

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Plastic free washing

Compostable Dish Sponges

 

One item in particular that I was really struggling to find was a decent eco-friendly alternative for plastic sponge cloths. My other half has always used sponge cloths and wanted to continue to do so. 

 

I had tried various alternatives to the plastic ones in the past without any success. 

 

Then I came across these compostable dish sponges on a website called Boobalou so I bought some. I love Boobalou and have been buying products from there for quite a few years now. If you haven’t heard of them before then I’d definitely recommend checking them out.  

 

Scroll down to find my discount code which gives you 10% off at Boobalou!

 

  • 100% plastic free and made from plants.
  • Very absorbent
  • Reusable over and over again, then compostable at home.
  • Renewable and sustainable.
  • Lint-free and pleasantly soft.
  • Minimal low impact packaging, plastic-free.
  • Made in the UK
plastic free dish sponge

I really love these sponge cloths. I started using them about a month ago now and my other half didn’t even noticed that I had switched them. They are really durable, much stronger than the cheap plastic ones and they hold a lot more water in them. 

 

 

The best bit is that they don’t produce microplastic which end up going down my sink and into our water systems. When the sponge is no longer good for washing up I shall use it for more dirty jobs like cleaning our bathroom. Then when it really has come to the end of it’s life I will compost it. 

 

You can find the *compostable sponge cloths here

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The following items I was kindly gifted by Jo from Boobalou so I could test them out and let you know how I get on with them. I’ve only just started using them but once I’ve been using them for a while I shall update you with my thoughts on them.

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Safix Scrub Pad 

 

The next item that I was struggling to find an alternative for was the plastic sponge scourers. I originally tried a silicone scrubber which I was sent but it just wasn’t up to the job. 

 

Jo sent me a Safix Scrub Pad to try. It’s made from coconut fiber and is both compostable and biodegradable. They are perfect for removing the really baked on foods without scratching the pans. 

 

Like the sponge cloths it doesn’t release microplastics into our environment. 

 

  • 100% Biodegradable
  • Compostable
  • Safe and soft for hands and nails
  • Easily removes baked on, burnt and stubborn greasy deposits from all types of utensils
  • Uses less detergent and scrubbing power!
  • Non-toxic
Safix scrub pad

It comes packed in a recyclable cardboard sleeve. On the back of the packaging it states ‘Dispose of in the garden or yard’, so I’m guessing you don’t even need a composter to dispose of it correctly which is great!  

 

You can *find the Safix Scrub Pads here.

Loof Co Washing Up Pad 

 

As well as the Safix Scrub Pad Jo also sent me a Loof Co Washing Up Pad. They are plastic free and vegan and made from natural loofah plant. 

 

  • Long lasting
  • Non scratch
  • Flexible
  • Durable
  • Expands & softens in water

 

Each pad will last for months and when you’re finished with it, it can be composted.

You can *find the Loof Co Washing Pads here.

 

Random fact: Apparently you can grow your own loofahs. Although I’ve never tried it myself. 

Wooden Dish Brush  

 

What I love about these wooden dish brushes is that they have replacement heads so when it’s come to the end of its life you keep your handle and just replace the head. 

 

This brush is plastic free and has Tampico fibre plant-based bristles.The handle is made from locally grown beech wood  It’s also fully biodegradable and made from vegan and sustainable materials. 

 

  • Plastic free dish brush
  • Fully biodegradable
  • Vegan friendly 
  • Replacement heads 
  • Resistant and hard-wearing
  • Great water-retaining properties
ecoLiving wooden dish washing brush

I have tried other replacement head brushes before which have worked really well so I’m hoping these will be the same. I do like the fact that these particular brushes have longer handles which makes washing up easy. 

 

You can *find the Wooden Dish Brushes here

Dishwashing Soap  

 

Now this is something that I have never used before and in fact hadn’t even heard of until I came across it on the Boobalou website. 

 

It’s a dish washing soap bar. 

 

  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Organic ingredients approved by ECOCERT
  • No palm oil
  • Plastic free
  • Biodegradable
  • Vegan
  • No waste
  • Tough on stains, grimes and dirt 
  • Chunky 230g bar lasts for months
  • Made in the UK
washing up dish soap bar

How It Works 

 

To use the dish washing soap bar you need to wet your sponge or brush then rub on the soap until it’s soapy. The wash your dishes as normal. One bar will last for months and to prolong the life of your soap it’s recommended that you keep it dry in between uses by storing it in a soap dish or wooden soap rack. 

 

I’m excited to try this out and see how well it works. 

 

You can *find the Dish Washing Soap here.

 

Below are some other options for washing up liquid…

Ecover Refill Washing Up Liquid 

 

If a dish washing soap isn’t for you then you may be able to get Ecover refills in your local health food store. I’ve recently found out that our local store does which is great! 

 

You simply take in your old bottle or any bottle for that matter and fill it up with more washing up liquid.  


To find out if a shop near you offers this service go to the Ecover website here

Ecover refills

Splosh Refillable Washing Up Liquid 

 

If you’re not keen on Ecover then maybe consider Splosh instead. It’s an online service where you can order your refills and they are sent through the post in pouches. You can then send the pouches back to the company for repurposing.

 

We’ve been using Splosh for a few months now and I’ve been very happy with it, as has my other half. 

 

You can read my full review of Splosh here

Splosh eco cleaning products
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What are your thoughts on the above items? Anything there that takes your fancy as a new plastic free washing up tool for your home? 

 

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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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How To Reduce The Impact Periods Have On The Environment

If you’re a regular here at Gypsy Soul then you will already know that I’m a huge fan of WUKA reusable period wear. They have literally transformed my whole ‘period experience’ and I cannot recommend them enough.

 

This year WUKA has teamed up with Plastic Oceans UK for the UnFlushable campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the huge amount of waste that disposable sanitary products create.

 

‘The UnFlushable campaign kicks off on World Oceans Day on the 8th June calling for everyone who cares about our seas to ditch disposable tampons and pads and switch to reusable menstrual products.’

 

Check out this awesome poster created by Venus Lididio, a feminist artist and campaigner, which will be found on the back of toilet doors throughout the campaign.

 

To find out more about the campaign go to the *WUKA website where you can download the poster and sign up to become part of the FlushMob to help reduce the 4.6m tampons flushed daily in the UK to Zero.

WUKA poster stop flushing period products

4.6 million tampons and pads are flushed every day in the UK:

Plastic Oceans UK Plastic Rivers Report 2019

 

The Dreaded ‘Period Talk’

 

When I was younger when we had that awkward ‘period talk’ at school. You remember the one right? Where the very uncomfortable looking nurse came into the classroom with her box full of plastic disposable sanitary items and proceeded to give her very scientific speech, mentioning words like ‘fallopian’, ‘menstruation’ and other big words that seemed completely irrelevant at the time. That was if you could even hear her over the giggling.

 

When I look back now the thing that strikes me as weird are the options she gave for ‘collecting’ the blood. Basically, it was either plastic pads or tampons and that was it. So not liking the thought of tampons I opted for disposable pads and stuck with that every month for the next 22 years! Gosh, that makes me feel old.

disposable sanitary products

“The big brands know that women come back to them time after time as they need reliable absorbent products to use on a monthly basis. There has been no innovation in menstrual product design over the last fifty years and, as a result, women have been buying disposable tampons and pads and unknowingly dumping tonnes of single-use plastic pollution in the oceans every month.” Ruby Raut – WUKA CEO

 

I hated them and dreaded my period every month for all 22 of those years. Then last year I was introduced to WUKA and everything changed. I now no longer dread my period every month. I no longer get that inevitable period rash down there due to the plastic rubbing on my skin and I no longer feel guilty about the amount of waste my period produces every month.

 

“At Wuka we believe that comfort and absorbency can go hand in hand with ethical business methods and we never put profit before the environment. That’s why we have teamed up with Plastic Oceans UK – Britain’s leading voice on plastic pollution – on our UnFlushable campaign. We want everyone who cares about reducing plastic in our oceans to join our FlushMob so we can encourage more people to switch to plastic-free reusables.” Ruby Raut

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Reusable Period Wear Options

These days there are much more options for you to choose from for your period including…

 

  • Reusable Period Pants (*I recommend WUKA. Get 10% off below)
  • Reusable Cloth Sanitary Pads
  • Menstrual Cups

 

All of which are not only much nicer for you but also better for the environment. Oh and you’ll save yourself a load of money too! 

 

How I Saved £84 Last Year By Switching To Reusable Pads 

Getting Started With Cloth Sanitary Pads – FAQ’s

WUKA Period Wear Review: Ditch The Disposables 

Stop Flushing Sanitary Items Down The Toilet

 

In a report called ‘Plastic Rivers’ published by Plastic Oceans UK, it states ‘that 4,600 tonnes of plastic could be prevented from entering the environment each year if we stopped flushing plastic tampons and pads and changed to reusable menstrual products such as period pants, menstrual cups and organic reusable pads.’

 

The aim of the UnFlushable campaign is to encourage people to stop flushing their disposable menstrual products down the toilet and consider switching to reusables instead.

 

What are your thoughts on reusable period wear? Is it something that you would consider for your period? Let me know in the comments below.

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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. 

Georgina Caro Gypsy Soul
How to Reduce the Impact Periods Have on the Environment