Why Our Products Matter.
by Hilary Frost
Here at Get Eco it’s important to us that we choose our products carefully. We believe that one of the simplest ways to reduce our amount of harmful household waste and our carbon footprint, is to look at our everyday products and begin to say 'no' to those single use plastics and swapping them for reusable and sustainable alternatives.
Plastic Food Wrap
A staggering 1.2 billion metres of single use plastic food wrap (AKA Clingfilm) is used by UK households every year. That’s enough plastic to wrap around the earth more than 30 times. This plastic food wrap is non compostable and can take over 2 years to partially break down in landfill. Switching to beeswax food wraps can not only save you money but they are made from natural materials that are not harmful to the environment. They can last for years and are easy to use, just requiring a clean with water between uses.
Every single plastic toothbrush has an impact on the environment. We are advised to change our toothbrush every 3 months, so in the UK alone that is a potential 264 million plastic toothbrushes that will end up in landfill or in our oceans every year. Switching to a sustainable biodegradable bamboo toothbrush is a simple way to reduce your impact on the environment.
Probably unknown to a lot of people but single use wipes are made from plastics and they never fully biodegrade. Reusable cotton pads are a great alternative to single use wipes for anything from make up removal to cleansing. They will save you money in the long run too.
Where else can we make a change in the things we use?