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Eco Swap October Challenge, A Year On

During October 2019 I set myself a challenge to make 10 eco swap changes. And in fact, I managed 24. From ditching my plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one and reducing my cling film usage with cotton sandwich wraps for lunch boxes instead.

Every day around 8 million pieces of plastic makes their way into our oceans. This fact is horrifying, so even though my changes seem small; small acts when multiplied by millions of people can transform the world.

So a year on … how am I doing? Have I kept to my changes?

My first swap was to Who Gives A Crap toilet paper, which I am still subscribed to now. It was a god send during lockdown v1 when panic buying shoppers snapped up all the supermarket toilet paper. And I find the rolls last a lot longer than the ones I used to buy in Aldi.

I am still using my Conchus About Life body wash bars, I’ve not used a plastic bottle shower gel for over a year now. And my bamboo toothbrush is firmly still by my bathroom sink, I love it.

Biodegradable bubble wrap and recycled kraft paper are always used to pack up my business parcels. I’ve had a few issues with the kraft parcel tape not sticking, but I have ordered a different sort from Sticker Mule which is arriving later this week.

Eddie is now potty trained so we no longer use nappies and wipes, but I see lots more companies are introducing biodegradable wipes which is great.

Biodegradable poo bags are still in my drawer and pockets, and we’ve had no issues with these.I visit my local re-fill shop Two Rivers Refill as often as I can and always use my beeswax wraps for wrapping leftover food in the fridge.

I have struggled with deodorant and the toothpaste tablets, as I found the alternative options weren’t for me, but I’m on the lookout to make this swap again. Any suggestions welcome.

A new swap for me since the challenge is to Ocean Saver cleaning products. The clever eco drops go into a clean and empty bottle, add water and your cleaning spray is ready to go! From kitchen cleaner to bathroom cleaner, they have a product for the whole house.

Overall I have kept to most of my swaps and those I haven’t kept to, I am now making conscious changes to try harder and find a different alternative. Because if we’re complacent it’s easy to slip into old habits. It’s everyone’s responsibility to help save the planet.

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