There are a lot of reasons that you might want to reduce your plastic use. Maybe it's because you recognise the problems in our environment, or perhaps it's just because you think it's wasteful. Or both!
Make-up remover wipes are a staple in many women's and men's lives, but did you know most of them are made from plastic? Nowadays, the amount of plastic waste we all produce is really concerning. It's no secret that our plastic use impacts our environment, but it can be tough to change our habits.
I've been trying to reduce my plastic waste as much as possible. And have been loving it. Here are some of my favourite eco-friendly tips, which you can start doing straight away!
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REUSABLE MAKE-UP REMOVER PADS/WIPES
These beautifully simple reusable make-up remover pads are made of 2 layers of fabric. A cotton towelling front to which you add your favourite make-up remover, cleanser or toner to and wipe off. The back is a lovely cotton or polycotton patterned fabric.
Who said make-up wipes had to be boring? As these wipes are small circles, they work really well to remove eye make-up and remove foundation, etc., from around those fiddly areas like the nose.
Once you've removed all your make-up, you simply need to add them in with your laundry.
When washing your make-up remover wipes do so with towels as you shouldn't add any conditioner or softener to them; this won't help! You may also want to put them in a laundry bag or inside a pillowcase. Just so your washing machine doesn't eat them!
Now let's get into some numbers. For those who wear make-up, think about how often you wear it and how you remove it. Let's say, for example, you wear make-up six days a week and use three make-up remover wet wipes to remove your make-up. In one week, you'd be using 18 wet wipes a week; that's approximately 72 wet wipes a month and 864 wet wipes per year!
Now that's scary, especially when almost all wet wipes contain plastic, meaning they add massively to your plastic waste! I'm guessing most of you would then pop these in the bin, so those 864 wet wipes will end up in landfill, and the tiny particles of plastic will work their way into the soil and waterways. Now how many of you buy so-called 'flushable wipes?
Well, they don't exist right now! They don't disintegrate quickly enough to avoid causing massive fatbergs that block sewers and cause flooding by sewerage! Now I'm pretty sure none of us wants raw sewage backing up through our toilets, do we?
The price of disposable wet wipes, whether they are specialist make-up remover wipes or just regular wet wipes, varies. So much so you can find yourself paying a small fortune for something you only ever get to use once! You're throwing money away! So reusable products aren't only great for the environment, but they're great for your bank balance too!
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Ok, so hands up, how many of you use antibacterial wipes around the house? I'll be honest before I started sewing, I did, regularly! However, once I physically held these wipes in my hand, I found loads of uses for them. I'll list some of these uses below
- Unpaper roll - kitchen roll alternative that's perfect for wiping up spills around the house!
- Cleaning cloth
- Window cleaning wipe
- Polish wipe
- Baby wipes for nappy changes or general sticky cleanups (different sets, of course!)
- Replacement for toilet paper ( pop into a bucket to soak once used then into the washing machine)
- Dog paw wipes
And much, much, much more!
These wipes are made from a cotton towelling front and cotton or Polycotton back, which have some pretty cool designs! I challenge you to sit down and work out how much you spend per month on all of the above items.
I bet it'll work out to be more than you thought. So wouldn't it be nice if you could buy one pack of wipes each and reuse them over and over again? How much would you save?
Once they have been used with these wipes, you simply need to wash and dry them; they can then be used again!
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This one is more about getting rid of those pesky plastic bottles that most of us seem to have lots of! I only became aware of this in my own home after watching Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic on the BBC.
I watched as they asked a whole street to bring out their single-use plastic bottles; the amount was staggering! I decided to check out my collection, and frankly, it was horrifying. From bottles of shampoo, conditioner to body washes and shower gel, the list felt almost endless, as did the bottles.
I decided then that as a family, we would significantly reduce this! We set about using these plastic options first and seeing if we could remove labels to reuse, and if not, we reluctantly put them for recycling.
My most significant find was for shower gels. We had LOADS, and I mean loads. Some from secret Santa and Christmas gifts, others weed just picked up. I sat down at the sewing machine and took a long strip of cotton towelling, added some patterned cotton binding and a hanging loop.
Once sewn together, I added a simple bar of soap, no plastic in sight and indeed no liquid soap!
I handed one to each family member, and we've been using our soap pockets ever since! They are perfect for children who may find bath time with a bar of soap an annoyance! All you need to do is add your bar of soap, wet the soap pocket, wash, and reuse until your bar of soap has completely gone!
Then you add the soap pocket to your towel, wash, dry and reuse! Just think of how many bottles you could get rid of by using these great soap pockets!
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For the breastfeeding mothers that are reading this, we've got a solution just for you too! Are you using those horrible disposable nursing pads? With that annoying plastic, sticky back that never goes back right after a feed?
Sit down and think, how many of these disposable pads are you using? And how much is that costing you?
Pretty eye-watering, isn't it, especially when you sit down and think about how much less money you're getting whilst on maternity leave. Have you considered a reusable option?
WHY USE OUR REUSABLE NURSING PADS?
- Eco-friendly – no single-use plastic disposables here!
- Super Absorbent Organic Bamboo Core, keeping those leaks at bay for longer.
- Unique teardrop shape
- Breathable – did you know that plastic-backed disposables are not as breathable and can cause fungal infections such as thrush?
- Easy to put back in place after feeds!
- High quality and super soft fabrics.
Available in packs of 3 pairs or six pairs, making it convenient for you
Wash and reuse, which will save you money and save the planet too!
Each pad has a soft anti-pill fleece front that goes against your skin, an organic bamboo fleece core that is super absorbent and a cotton/cotton jersey back.
WHY USE AN ORGANIC BAMBOO FLEECE CORE?
- 100% Eco-friendly
- 70% bamboo viscose 30% organic cotton
- They are manufactured with no harmful chemicals or finishes.
- CPSIA compliant, meeting stringent standards by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission on lead and phthalates and flammability.
- Made with organic yarns and engineered to meet exacting USA requirements, this is the highest quality-assured organic fabric on the market.
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I hope that you've found the blog helpful and that some of these products will help you to be more eco-friendly in your home. Do you have any other eco-friendly options that you use at home? If so, please do let me know what they are below.