ETHICAL LIVING // 5 EASY KITCHEN SWAPS

This is a collaborative post.

I’ve been conscious of environmental issues ever since I was a little girl and if you’ve been a regular reader for a while now then you’ll know that we use eco-friendly household products and toiletries, we’ve been 100% cruelty-free for over 2 years and we’ve just gone vegan.

As a family, we try and do what we can to reduce our waste, we recycle as much as we can and every day, we’re learning to live more consciously.

Today, I’m highlighting 5 quick and easy swaps you can make in your kitchen to waste less, introduce yourself to eco-living and be more mindful of the effects traditional kitchen items can have on the environment and our eco-systems. Have you tried any of these products before?

Ethical Living Kitchen Swaps

(1) 100% Oxo-Biodegradable Vegan Bin Liners — £1.69 // (2) Klean Kanteen Reuseable Straws — £10.96 // (3) Set of Six Bowl Overs — £15.00 // Ecover Washing Up Liquid — £1.60 // Cheeky Wipes — £7.50 (10 wipes), £15.00 (25 wipes) or £22.00 (40 wipes)

Bin Liners

(1) I don’t need to tell you what happens with plastic bags. You’re either all for the 5p plastic bag charge or you’re seriously begrudged about the whole thing in which case, why are you here? This blog definitely isn’t for you!

These bin bags will degrade harmlessly into CO2, water and a small amount of biomass in just 1 year. I think it’s great that they’re about the same price as your standard bin liners too!

Straws

(2) Traditionally, straws are made from single-use plastic that end up getting binned when they’re finished with. They don’t biodegrade and take hundreds of years to break down. In the meantime, you’re probably going to find them in the ocean causing all sorts of havoc and becoming a huge problem for the marine wildlife who are trying to live peacefully in their natural habitat.

The answer? These Klean Kanteen reuseable drinking straws cost just over a tenner and can be reused again and again. They’re crafted from food grade stainless steel with a removable silicone tip and come with a cleaning brush to keep everything sanitary and hygienic. Klean Kanteen are also signed up to the 1% For The Planet programme which means they donate 1% from every sale to sustainable causes.

P.S. If this heartbreaking video doesn’t stop you from using plastic straws, I don’t know what will.

Clingfilm

(3) Forget clingfilm, forever. Aside from being hideously annoying when it comes to getting it off the bloomin’ roll in a straight line or trying to get to your food once you’ve successfully covered it up, clingfilm is a single-use plastic which inevitably ends up in landfills and our forests and oceans. There’s also increasing evidence to support the theory that the chemicals in clingfilm could be harmful to our health.

Instead, try these 100% cotton bowl covers to store and refrigerate your leftovers. This six-pack contains 2 large, 2 medium and 2 small bowl covers and when you’re finished with them, simply pop them in the wash so that they’re ready to use again.

Washing Up Liquid

(4) When I look for WUL I want it to be cruelty-free and vegan. I also want to be able to get it somewhere quickly and easily which is why I’m thrilled that I can pick up Ecover in most supermarkets nowadays. The only product I need to avoid is the Chamomile and Marigold WUL as it contains milk whey which is a shame because it used to be my favourite before I went vegan.

With Ecover washing up liquid, you only need a small amount so the bottle lasts for ages and I’ve never had a problem with it successfully cleaning greasy pans and removing stubborn food stains.

When it comes to the environment, Ecover bottles are refillable (I didn’t know this until very recently!) and the washing-up liquid uses no harsh chemicals with a biodegradable, plant-based formula.

Cleaning Wipes

(5) There used to be a time when I would go to Home Bargains and stock up on disposable cleaning wipes, 2 packets for £1.00. It was cheap, it was easy and it was SO incredibly wasteful. Nowadays, I use these reuseable Cheeky Wipes that I originally bought to replace traditional baby wipes. When I’m finished, they go in the washing machine and get stacked back up ready to use again. I’m also saving a fortune because I’m not buying new packets every week!

Have you made any changes to your usual kitchen products to make what you’re using more ethical and eco-friendly?

Are there any products that you’ve found that you swear by for this sort of thing? Let me know!

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