20 Plastic Busting Tips For Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July - 19 plastic busting tips to help you during plastic free july to be more eco friendly

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t planning on writing another plastic busting post for Plastic Free July. I wrote two posts last year for it, and just last month I did a post for #PlasticChallenge with some tips. Not to mention the month before that I did another plastic busting post for Earth Day. So I had planned on re-sharing that content. But it seems that you lovely lot actually want a post for Plastic Free July with some of my top tips. So here it is, enjoy!

Deodorant & Body Care

1) Switch to a natural deodorant in a glass jar, aluminium tin or cardboard tube. Brands such as Earth Conscious, Awake Organics and Meow Meow Tweet are fantastic.

2) Make your own DIY zero waste deodorant. I shared my very own DIY deodorant recipe here.

3) For washing your body and hair, invest in a decent bar of soap and a shampoo bar.

4) Exfoliate without plastic microbeads by using a dry body brush prior to shower or bath. Loofah brushes/mitts are also great for exfoliating, as are sugar or coffee scrubs.

5) Stop buying plastic toothbrushes and use a bamboo one instead. I wrote about why you should try a bamboo toothbrush which has a lot more info.

6) Dabble with DIY and make your own dry shampoo. I have a DIY zero waste dry shampoo recipe that you can try out.

7) If you shave, swap over to a reusable safety razor. Not only will you help the planet but you’ll be surprised how much cheaper it is for replacement blades.

Menstrual Products

8) Try a menstrual cup or cloth pads. It’ll save you a lot of money! Two of my personal faves are the Lunette cup and Lunapads. If you need help, just browse my review sections and my period stuff category.

9) If reusable menstrual products aren’t your thing, try a plastic free pad and tampon brand like Natracare. They’re made from organic cotton, too.

Lunch Boxes,Wraps & Food Storage

10) Instead of clingfilm, try out an eco version called BeesWrap* made from cotton and beeswax. Or if you’re a vegan, try out these vegan wraps.

11) Stainless steel containers are great for packed lunches, picnics and storing food. I’ve tried out Elephant Box and I love the different sizes and shapes available.

12) A great alternative for plastic sandwhich bags are the two options above but also snack wraps made from cotton with a velco closure. I recently reviewed a wrap by On The Go Design which I really rate.

13) Keep a cotton muslin or tea towel in your bag. It’s great to wrap up a stainless steel straw and cutlery in so you don’t use plastic ones when out. But also great for wrapping bread rolls, cake and other food stuff until you get home.

Straws, Flasks & Coffee Cups

14) Stop using single use plastic straws and instead invest in reusable versions. They’re available in bamboo, glass, silicone and stainless steel. Babi Pur stock some stainless steel straws and if you use code ECOFLUFFYMAMA you can snag 10% off these awesome rainbow Klean Kanteen ones or these plain stainless steel ones.

15) Invest in a reusable flask made from food grain stainless steel. You’ll save money by taking a drink to work/school or out with you. There are many brands out there such as Klean Kanteen and Elephant Box (10% off with PLASTICFREE10). Or, if you’re on a tight budget, try Glogg.

16) If you’re a coffee lover, invest in a reusable coffee cup and save disposable cups going to landfill. Brands like Ecoffee and Keepcup are well loved. To save money, it may be an idea to purchase an insulated stainless steel flask which can be used for both taking a drink out and for getting a coffee in. Huzzah for multipurpose items!

Carrier Bags, Fruit/Veg & Bulk

17) Reusable carrier bags are a great way to avoid single use plastic bags. Some even fold up super small in their own little pouch like the Onya bag (10% off with ECOFLUFFYMAMA) which is made from recycled bottles. I’ve collected various sorts of reusable carrier bags over the years from cotton totes to ones that fold up, and always keep one with me.

18) Buy your fruit and veg loose using cotton reusable cotton muslin or mesh bags.

19) Visit farm shops or stores that sell food loose and in bulk. Use old glass jars from jam, pickle etc to buy spices in bulk. Use your imagination!

And finally…

20) Always keep some plastic busting supplies in your bag and if you drive, in your car, too. We always keep our reusable shopping bags in the boot of our car so we never forget them when shopping. And I always keep a cotton muslin in my backpack with a stainless steel straw and 2 foldup bags.

Plastic Free July Giveaway

Eco friendly giveaway items

I’ve teamed up with Earthwise Girls, Babi Pur and Elephant Box to giveaway a set of plastic free essentials. Up for grabs is a copy of Zero Waste Home, Wrap ‘n Mat food wrap, Klean Kanteen straws and a stainless steel flask by Elephant Box. All for one lucky person!

The giveaway is open to UK and Europe only. Please enter via the widget below, and do share this post with your friends. Good Luck!

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Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to UK & Europe only, and entrants must be over the age of 18. Closing date of giveaway is 23rd July 2017. Winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter and their name announced from the 25th July 2017 on Eco Fluffy Mama’s Facebook and Twitter (pinned to the top of the page). 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.

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18 Comments

  1. 16th July 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Straws are our next step. Just bought some!

  2. Tara
    16th July 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Such a lovely post and giveaway. I’ve been thinking about zero waste, and am more aware of the products in my home since having my little boy in February. Your blog has helped a lot and has shown me where to purchase everything, thank you!

  3. Laura
    16th July 2017 / 9:01 pm

    Thanks for another great blog post and for the giveaway! I use bamboo toothbrushes (which I found out about from you- thank you!) and reusable pads. I have a natural deodorant in a glass bottle, but I’m not that keen so I’m going to try Earth Conscious.
    I also use Splosh products for house cleaning, which I haven’t seen you mention before. Have you tried them? You buy an empty bottle and a pouch of the concentrated product. You fill up the bottle like squash. When you’ve used up your pouch of concentrate you send it back to them, and they send it back to you filled up with more concentrate. But I’ve also heard Dr Bronner’s castille soap is good for house cleaning? And that is also refillable.

  4. Heather Link
    16th July 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Thank you for the awesome tips and ideas to help my family reduce our plastic use!

  5. Claire K
    16th July 2017 / 11:07 pm

    A few new ideas for me there, thanks. Slowly and surely I am making progress. I’m planning on an aluminium drinks bottle for my boy when he starts school in September. Have you seen any that are aimed at children?

    • 16th July 2017 / 11:17 pm

      Yes! Klean Kanteen make one called the Kid Kanteen. It’s on the Babi Pur website (1o% off with ECOFLUFFYMAMA)

  6. 16th July 2017 / 11:27 pm

    Thanks for the lovely post, and giveaway 🙂

    I try loads of ways to be plastic free, no plastic bags, bottles, buy my fruit and veg loose, I haven’t used shampoo for 3 years….but there’s still loads more things to do!

  7. 17th July 2017 / 9:19 am

    Fantastic post! This is a great resource for people who are new to going plastic free and don’t know where to start.

  8. 17th July 2017 / 3:30 pm

    These are such great tips and I tend to try to follow these all the time, but a reminder is always good 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing! Also reusing any plastic bags you happen to get from stores from shopping when you don’t happen to have your reusable bags with you is a great thing we can all do. So happy I found your blog!

  9. Clare B
    17th July 2017 / 8:10 pm

    I use reusable bags, travels mugs, refuse straws and other single use plastic when out. I also try to buy loose fruit and veg whenever possible. I use a bamboo toothbrush and paste that comes in a glass container rather than plastic. I use natural scrubbers in the shower and kitchen made of coconut and other natural fibres. Always looking for other ways to reduce my plastic use and love ready blogs like this for inspiration.

  10. Becky Robinson
    17th July 2017 / 10:16 pm

    I have been on my zero wasye journey for only 6 months but I am happy with my progress so far. I have used cloth nappies and wipes on my daughter recently since she was 8 weeks old, I myself use cloth makeup wipes, CSP and a menstrual cup. Cloth produce bags, Klean Kanteen for out and about and generally cutting down on as much plastic packaging as I can during my weekly shop.

  11. Solange
    18th July 2017 / 2:00 am

    Reusable produce bags and reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk.

  12. Joy Clark
    18th July 2017 / 9:14 am

    Only made a small change as a first step, and that was to buy a Klean Kanteen. I always have a bottle of water with me, so was going through a lot of plastic bottles. So thought a Klean Kanteen was a good first step. I got an orange one 🙂

  13. Tara
    18th July 2017 / 11:12 am

    Another fab post, your blog is definitely inspiring me to be more earth conscious 🙂

  14. Danni Young
    18th July 2017 / 9:12 pm

    I’m always trying to use less plastic, always remembering my reusable bags at the shops and using glass containers for our food. Need to stop getting straws!

  15. Sally Rowland
    21st July 2017 / 10:04 pm

    I am discovering something new every day to help me reduce my plastic use. I do the standard things like using reusable shopping bags but I have now switched to bars of soap for hands, body and shampoo, use a menstrual cup and use bamboo toothbrushes. I don’t know why everyone’s not doing it.

  16. 22nd July 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Thank you so much for the deodorant recommendations. I’m getting to the end of my current one and all I’ve seen in Holland & Barrett is deodorant in plastic packaging.

  17. Celina
    22nd July 2017 / 11:30 pm

    I’m new to zero waste but so far I’ve been able to swap disposable plastic bottles to a reusable bottle, regular shampoo and shower gel for bar soaps, I re-use my plastic shopping bags (and don’t get any new ones), have a more natural & ZW beauty routine 🙂