Earth Day 2017 & Plastic Free Giveaway

Plastic Free & Zero Waste Tips For Earth Day

Image created for Eco Fluffy Mama by Sarah Docker

It’s Earth Day, woohoo! I find that this is a day when I reflect upon environmental issues and what I can do to help. If there’s one thing that has really been on my mind, it’s plastic pollution in our seas, oceans and on beaches. I know that I’ve already spoken about it before, but this is a serious issue. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish¹. Scary right? And that’s not all; because of microplastics in our waterways, plastic is entering the food chain². Heck, even whales and birds are ingesting plastic carrier bags. We desperately NEED to make changes.

Tips To Reduce Your Plastic Use

I’ve put together a few simple tips to help reduce the plastic that you’re using, as I firmly believe that refusing as much plastic as possible is a better solution than recycling.

Ditch disposable straws – there are reusable options available made from materials such as stainless steel, bamboo, glass, and silicone. I personally rate stainless steel and bamboo straws, but that’s just my personal preference.

Get a reusable bag – plastic carrier/shopping bags are so bad for the environment, often blowing out to sea and getting ingested by whales. They’re also pretty useless to re-use as they break all the time. Invest in a couple of reusable bags instead. Buy cotton or try out bags made from old plastic bottles. Most fold up pretty small, so you an always carry one with you, just in case you need it. For food shopping, just try to remember not to leave home without your bags. It becomes habit after a while, trust me.

Switch to a bamboo toothbrush – every plastic toothbrush sent to landfill is still in existence. And with 4.7 billion toothbrushes made annually, it doesn’t take much to realise that will cause an astronomical amount of waste. Bamboo is a very fast growing and biodegradable material. I wrote about bamboo toothbrushes here.

Buy a reusable flask – there are people I know who buy a drink every single day for work, or whilst out. I used to be one of them. Before I started cleaning up my lifestyle, I used to re-use bottles as much as I could. But ultimately they still ended up in the bin. And as I mentioned already, recycling is not the answer. Since switching to a stainless steel flask, my family and I no longer buy drinks whilst out. Better for our bank account and the planet. For an affordable flask, check out Glogg who start at £8.50 for a 500ml bottle.

Remember, do what you can for your circumstances – being green is NOT all or nothing and should not be detrimental to your health.

You can purchase plastic free alternatives such as bamboo toothbrushes, reusable flasks and straws (plus other eco friendly things!) from Big Green Smile*, Natural Collection*, Life Without Plastic*, Babi Pur (10% off with ECOFLUFFYMAMA) and Boobalou. For more green living inspiration, check out my Green Living section.

Earth Day Giveaway & Charity Donation

I’m a firm believer in practice what you preach, so of course, I will be giving away a few things to help a couple of people ditch some plastic. I am also going to donate ALL of my commission made through my affiliate links in this post for the next 6 weeks (affiliate links are marked with a *). Along with making a one-off donation of £15 to Surfers Against Sewage. I would LOVE it if you could also pledge a donation, as they can take as little as £2. This link allows you to make a one-off donation or monthly donation.

Surfers Against Sewage do amazing work with cleaning up beaches and campaigns to tackle issues such as Break The Bag and #BreakFreeFromPlastic. Please do pledge a donation if you can! As for the giveaway, I am giving away the following to 5 lucky winners:

Giveaway Items

  1. Set of bamboo straws and cotton shopping bag (Donated by Boobalou)
  2. Earth Conscious natural deodorant (Donated by Earth Conscious)
  3. Glogg 500ml wide neck flask in silver finish
  4. JuJu menstrual cup (size 1)
  5. Eco Femme cloth pad liner set  (Donated by Earthwise Girls)

HUGE thanks to those who have donated some of the giveaway items! This giveaway is open to the UK and Europe Only. Enter below – it would be amazing if everyone entering could donate £2 to Surfers Against Sewage (this is just a fun suggestion – it is not mandatory in any way)

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to UK and Europe only and entrants must be over the age of 18. Closing date of giveaway is 29th April 2017. Winners will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter and their name announced from the 30th April 2017 on Eco Fluffy Mama’s Facebook, Twitter (pinned to the top of the page) and also announced on Instagram. Winners have 14 days to come forward before another winner/s will be picked at random. No cash alternatives to the prizes will be given. First come first served when picking prizes.

 

Sources:

  1. There will be more plastic in the sea than fish
  2. Plastic is now entering the food chain

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78 Comments

  1. Gemma
    22nd April 2017 / 6:48 am

    Wow so many great prizes! I’d love to win any one of those!

  2. Liz Macfarlane
    22nd April 2017 / 7:05 am

    Awesome! Thank you so much!
    I’d love to win the Glogg flask xx

  3. Rebecca Brahm
    22nd April 2017 / 7:37 am

    Thank you!
    I’d love to win the bamboo straws with bag….or the natural deo! 🙂

  4. Gillian Nowill
    22nd April 2017 / 8:45 am

    I’d love to win the flask x

  5. Saefi
    22nd April 2017 / 8:51 am

    Bamboo straws sound great! I haven’t been able to use plastic straws since the day I saw that video of a sea turtle with one stuck up his nostril 🙁

    • 22nd April 2017 / 11:19 am

      That video broke my heart! 🙁 xx

  6. Ali
    22nd April 2017 / 9:02 am

    Would love to win any of these prizes, great post 🙂

  7. Elaine
    22nd April 2017 / 9:35 am

    All of the prizes are fantastic but I’d love the bamboo straws and cotton bag to add to my collection!

  8. Tanzi Spencer
    22nd April 2017 / 9:41 am

    Such an awesome giveaway as ever hun, I would love to win the glogg flask, it would be perfect for my eldest little boy x

  9. Michelle Evans
    22nd April 2017 / 10:22 am

    I’d love to win the JuJu cup 🙂

    Congrats on your win last night! x

  10. Kayleigh
    22nd April 2017 / 10:42 am

    Hi Eco Fluffy Mama! If I won i would love number 5 the Eco Femme cloth pad liner set (Donated by Earthwise Girls). Thanks for all the competition links too, there are some great companies I probably wouldn’t have happened across otherwise.

  11. 22nd April 2017 / 10:47 am

    Such a wonderful giveaway AGAIN 🙂 Thank you!
    My favourite price would be the bamboo straws and the cotton bag, because one switch I longer wish to make is to swap plastic straws to reusable ones. And you always can use a cotton bag!
    All other prices are really good as wel from all of them I could have a use.
    Greetings!

  12. Sheema Bowes
    22nd April 2017 / 10:55 am

    I’d love to win a set of bamboo straws. I’m pleased to say that I don’t need the other giveaway products 🙂

  13. Becca
    22nd April 2017 / 11:07 am

    I’m most interested in the flask but would be happy with any of the prizes as if I didn’t need it I could donate it to someone else to encourage them to reduce their waste.

  14. Sarah
    22nd April 2017 / 11:33 am

    Great giveaway and a great way to raise awareness 🙂

  15. Sophie
    22nd April 2017 / 11:44 am

    Great blog post & giveaway! Happy Earth Day! Xxx

  16. Sophie
    22nd April 2017 / 11:45 am

    Great blog post & giveaway! Happy Earth Day! I’d be chuffed with any of those prizes! Xxx

  17. 22nd April 2017 / 11:55 am

    Great blog post lovely. Everyone needs to be more aware of this issue and how damaging plastic is! I’ll definitely be trying to spread the word more xoxo

  18. 22nd April 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I’d love to win the menstrual cup or the bamboo straws! I never knew you could make them out of bamboo, that’s so awesome! Great post, so informative and just shows how easy it is to make these little swaps in our lives, and what a HUGE difference it could make if everyone did it!

  19. Melissa
    22nd April 2017 / 4:57 pm

    Me and my toddler have our own reusable bottles but Dada could do with his own so we would like to win the Glogg flask. 🙂

  20. 22nd April 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Fab competition. I’d love to win the bamboo straws and cotton bag; I’ve ditched straws for 2017 as part of my resolution to reduce plastic usage, but my sensitive teeth suffer for it!

  21. Emily w
    22nd April 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Such a helpful article. Definitly going to be getting me some reusable straws. 😊

  22. Clair Wright
    22nd April 2017 / 9:20 pm

    I’d love the csp set please. Really love my csp and love trying put different ones! Love your blog, feel inspired to make and keep making changes.

  23. Becky Robinson
    22nd April 2017 / 9:21 pm

    I would love the glogg flask! Or the deodorant would be great too!

  24. Ruth McEnaney
    22nd April 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Great post Tamsin!

    I’d love to try the deodorant or the juju cup.

  25. Sarah L L
    22nd April 2017 / 11:05 pm

    JuJu menstrual cup!

  26. Clare B
    22nd April 2017 / 11:12 pm

    I’d love any of the prizes but think I’d love to try the Earth Conscious natural deodorant the most.

  27. Amelia
    22nd April 2017 / 11:41 pm

    Great prizes! I’d love to try the deodorant. Just tried making my own but not sure it’s going to do the job

  28. 22nd April 2017 / 11:52 pm

    Great giveaway, I would like to win: Earth Conscious natural deodorant 🙂

  29. Christy Bartle
    23rd April 2017 / 12:22 am

    Id love to win any of them… my kids would love the straws. ..I’d love the bag or the flask or the deodorant. ..though I’d also like to win the cup or pads for my sister to try….so anything really lol x

  30. Angela Conniss
    23rd April 2017 / 12:42 am

    Would love to win some of these but not for me for a project I am starting with my 5 year old. We are collecting items for bags to give to the local homeless shelter at Xmas and for some friends. Which reminds me I need to find my 10% discount code for earthgirls as my daughter has broken her eco bamboo cup.

    • 23rd April 2017 / 1:10 am

      Use ECOFLUFFYMAMA for 10% off at Earthwise Girls x

  31. Carolann
    23rd April 2017 / 10:37 am

    I’m so excited by the bamboo straws! I didn’t know that they were an option

  32. Emma
    23rd April 2017 / 11:31 am

    I’d love to win 2,4. or 5 probably 4!

  33. 23rd April 2017 / 1:05 pm

    I never even knew bamboo toothbrushes existed – it was a great read and I’m now looking to get hold of one! Plus they look cool as well 🙂

  34. Marie
    23rd April 2017 / 3:18 pm

    Hi there! So nice of you and the sponsors to offer this giveaway! I’d love to win either the Earth Conscious natural deodorant =)
    I always have a reusable bag in my backpack or purse, it is really handy whenever I get groceries, go shopping or even have stuff that I need to bring back and forth somewhere. I can really recommend it =)

  35. Jill
    23rd April 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Fab giveaway, I am trying to swap more and more things but am always on the lookout for the next one to do, straws are definitely high on the to do list 🙂

  36. 23rd April 2017 / 7:48 pm

    Oh that is staggering about toothbrushes! I have never thought about them before – thank you for highlighting. Kaz x

  37. 23rd April 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Love the sound of those bamboo straws! We get through a lot at home and these sound brilliant.

  38. 23rd April 2017 / 9:23 pm

    This is a great post I have some reusable straws around but I worry about how clean they will be, perhaps I just need to try it 🙂

    • 24th April 2017 / 4:02 pm

      Most come with a brush to clean them 🙂

  39. Jacky P
    24th April 2017 / 8:46 am

    I’d love to win the Earth Conscious natural deodorant! So many harmful chemicals in commercial deodorants!

  40. Michelle
    24th April 2017 / 9:46 am

    This looks amazing I’d love the bamboo straws they’d be fantastic 🙂

  41. 24th April 2017 / 10:06 am

    Wow what a great competition. We currently use cloth nappies, CSP and all have a water bottle each, so would like to win the bamboo straws. My toddler would love them.

  42. Tracie
    24th April 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Fab giveaway, I would love to try the deodorant! x

  43. Tara
    24th April 2017 / 3:00 pm

    What a great giveaway! I love the sound of all the prizes, but I am intrigued by the cloth pads and bamboo straws.

  44. Laura Lockley
    24th April 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Love earth day xx

  45. Sam Towey
    24th April 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Wow, so many great prizes! Fingers crossed 😀

  46. Gemma Beese
    24th April 2017 / 3:16 pm

    I would like to win the flask to take with myself and my LO out to the park for hot chocolate or rooibos tea 🙂 Happy Earth day for Saturday gone 🙂

  47. Kayleigh
    24th April 2017 / 3:22 pm

    I wouldnt mind which prize, they are all fab. Great work Tamsin

  48. Theresa Price
    24th April 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Great giveaway! I’d love to win the cloth pads.

  49. Jennifer
    24th April 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Ooh can’t choose. Either the cloth pads, flask or deodorant please!

  50. Tracy W
    24th April 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Wow, super prizes. I’d love to win the flask 🙂

  51. 24th April 2017 / 8:41 pm

    I cant remember the last time I bought a carrier bag, I begrudge paying 5p so I use totes x

  52. Steph
    25th April 2017 / 6:32 am

    I would love to win the natural deodorant.

  53. Charlotte
    25th April 2017 / 7:44 am

    Great giveaway! I’d love to win the cloth pad liner set!

  54. Lois robinson
    25th April 2017 / 9:06 am

    I would love to win the Echo fem cloth pad. Xxx

  55. 25th April 2017 / 11:24 am

    I’ve certainly cut down on my use of plastic bags since the charge came in, and eco bags are just so much prettier and sturdier too.

  56. Leanne Brassett
    25th April 2017 / 3:21 pm

    Currently trying to switch to using more eco-friendly ‘between period’ solutions so the cloth liner set would be fabulous to try please!

  57. Brianna Carter
    25th April 2017 / 3:54 pm

    Awesome mix of prizes! 🙂 Good luck everyone!

  58. AMBER DELORME STUBBS
    25th April 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Well their ALL Excellent Giveaway Prizes, I would LOVE to WIN the “Earth Conscious Natural Deodorant” as I have been absolutely dying to tryout their products, and on the very Top of my list is to try a Natural Deodorant..GOOD-LUCK Everyone!!!

  59. Amber Delorme Stubbs
    25th April 2017 / 4:22 pm

    I’d LOVE to WIN the Natural Deodorant, I have been really, really Hoping to try it ever since I first heard about it.. 🙂

  60. D Lloyd
    25th April 2017 / 9:33 pm

    All great but always been interested to try a menstrual cup

  61. Lauren Simms
    25th April 2017 / 9:42 pm

    The toothbrush and deodorant would be perfect additions to our collection

  62. 26th April 2017 / 11:44 am

    I’d love to win the EcoFemme cloth pad liner set! I still need to increase the amount of cloth pads and this would be a perfect opportunity! Love you, Tam 💖

  63. 26th April 2017 / 2:54 pm

    I do try and use the re usable plastic bags when I can.

  64. Jenny Brown
    26th April 2017 / 11:13 pm

    Brilliant giveaway!! I’d love to win the csp!! Or any of the prizes really…..😁

  65. Jenny
    26th April 2017 / 11:13 pm

    Brilliant giveaway!! I’d love to win the csp!! Or any of the prizes really…..😁

  66. 27th April 2017 / 1:00 am

    Thank you for educating us about all of the amazing Environmentally & Body healthy options. So glad to have found your site!

  67. Marta Pajtas
    27th April 2017 / 9:45 am

    Great giveaway, thanks!
    I am hoping to win the flask.

  68. Christine Duret
    27th April 2017 / 4:40 pm

    I would love to win the Earth Conscious natural deodorant! <3

  69. Sarah
    28th April 2017 / 3:33 am

    What a wonderful giveaway! All the prizes are marvelous…but if I really had to pick my favorite I would hesitate between the cloth pad liner set and the Juju cup 😁

  70. Teodora Stoyanova
    28th April 2017 / 5:49 am

    I would like to win the bottle because I am looking for non disposable bottle right now 💧

  71. Gemma
    28th April 2017 / 7:23 am

    I’d like to win either the deodorant or the straws and bag. Great easy suggestions for reducing waste.

  72. 28th April 2017 / 4:24 pm

    You have so many giveaways, I don’t know how you do it! But I love your easy waste-free suggestions for Earth Day! I JUST accidentally threw away my steel straw at a party last weekend! I hope you are doing well!

  73. Ann Laine
    28th April 2017 / 9:30 pm

    I’d love the flask as a start on my eco friendly lifestyle. We’ll I’ve already started with using cloth nappies, using reysable breast pads now too. Through the real nappy week I have come across your page. I have to say that I just was not aware of how wasteful I have been. I never thought of all the disposable single use items after I threw them in the bin! Now I’m being more aware and will be trying bamboo toothbrushes soon! Thank you for your words.

  74. Emily Thompson
    28th April 2017 / 9:38 pm

    I’d love to try either a bamboo toothbrush or the cloth pad set. I have just one cloth pad and am wearing it for the very first time. I do not want to go back to disposable EVER! But I’d be happy with anything!

  75. Catherine VV
    28th April 2017 / 10:09 pm

    Totally spoilt for choice with such lovely prizes, but choosing just one, I’d pick the flask. Thank you for a great post and giveaway 🙂