75+ Eco Friendly Products to Save the Earth
OK, saving the Earth might be a little bit dramatic but the sooner we adopt more eco friendly products, the better.
Since introducing our own eco friendly products to the UK last year, we've been delighted to see so many people swapping to our alternatives but honestly speaking, there are so many more eco friendly products out there that we're not currently supplying.
Our goal has always been to encourage sustainability, whether that be by providing our own products or recommending others so with that in mind, here are 75+ eco friendly products to save the Earth.
1. Bamboo Toothbrushes
There are potentially up to 250 million plastic toothbrushes being thrown away in the UK each year. These brushes either end up at landfill where they emit green house gases or end up in our oceans where they pose a threat to marine life.
Switching to bamboo toothbrushes is a simple yet effective solution.
2. Bamboo Makeup Brushes
Much like plastic toothbrushes, makeup brushes are terrible for the environment, albeit on a smaller scale than toothbrushes. The issue is that it's very rarely mentioned how makeup brushes are not recyclable so users could unwittingly be sending them to landfill.
Our bamboo makeup brushes have a 100% biodegradable handle as well as containing highly recyclable aluminium.
3. Shampoo Bars
Up to 80% of the contents inside a shampoo bottle is water so if the plastic waste doesn't convince you, at least realise that you're getting ripped off!
Shampoo bars are highly concentrated, all they need is a splash of water from your tap and you're good to go. That's not to mention they come in plastic-free packaging.
4. Reusable Makeup Pads
Over 9 million makeup wipes are flushed down the toilet every year in the UK. Why not switch to something that's reusable, does just as good a job and can be composted when they're ready to retire? Step in reusable makeup pads.
5. Biodegradable Cotton Buds
Almost 2 billion plastic cotton buds were thrown away each year in the UK before a ban on their sale came into force.
What's the alternative? Bamboo cotton buds are our favourite alternative as bamboo is more sustainable than using paper.
6. Bamboo Soap Dish
The ceramics industry doesn't have an ideal carbon footprint and the UK government have even set up a task force to figure out what can be done about it.
One simple option - a bamboo soap dish that can eventually be composted. Besides the eco-credentials, it really adds a natural look to any bathroom.
7. Soap Bars
Much like liquid shampoo, liquid soap is highly inefficient compared to a more concentrated soap bar. That's not to mention that the packaging for liquid soap takes up to 20x more energy than soap bar packaging such as our kraft paper boxes.
8. Biodegradable Floss
Common dental floss is typically made out of polymers that can't be recycled and don't biodegrade. Switching to something like biodegradable silk floss is a great choice.
9. Konjac Sponges
Many common bath sponges are made from petroleum-based plastics. Konjac sponges are a relatively new eco friendly product derived from the konjac plant, making it biodegradable.
10. Bamboo Hairbrush
Can we just replace all plastic handles with bamboo please?
11. Plastic Free Deodorant
There are many great companies out there now providing plastic free deodorant. Even better, most of the deodorant that's plastic free tends to be made from completely natural ingredients too.
The OrganiCup is an award winning eco friendly product that puts the focus on sustainability when it comes to period products. Reusable is the way forward and the OrganiCup is a great option.
13. Reusable Sanitary Pads
Speaking of reusable period products, reusable sanitary pads are just as useful as the OrganiCup.
14. Stainless Steel Safety Razor
Shaving waste is a huge problem in the UK with many men choosing the disposable razor option. If you can afford to buy a reusable safety razor, you should.
15. Bamboo Face Cloths
Cotton farming comes with a host of environmental issues such as over-farming and needing to be grown using pesticides and fertilisers. Bamboo fibres are just as soft as cotton but can be sustainably grown making bamboo face cloths a great switch.
16. Hand Sanitiser Spray Bottles
In these times we've come to realise how important it is to wash your hands often. But many hand sanitisers come in plastic bottles. The solution? Investing in a refillable bottle and refills from companies like Zenitise.
17. Natural Hand Cream
Ditch the plastic for something natural that comes in aluminium packaging.
18. Natural Face Cream
Same as above, but this one comes in a cool glass jar.
19. Plastic Free and Vegan Lip Balm
No plastic, no animal products or testing on animals and smooth lips - what more can you ask for?
20. Vegan Body Moisturiser
Vegan moisturiser isn't only kind to the planet (assuming it comes in plastic free packaging), it's also kinder to your skin as it contains less irritants.
21. Norse Beard Oil
Made from natural ingredients and recyclable packaging, Norse Beard Oil is a good choice for those sporting the bearded look.
22. Bamboo Comb
Out with the plastic, in with the bamboo. It's basically a no brainer at this point, right?
23. Bamboo Bath Towels
Much like the face towels, bamboo can also be used as a bath towel and boy does it excel. Bamboo is up to 3x more absorbent than cotton and is much more efficient at drying.
Food and Drink
24. Bamboo Coffee Cup
Billions (yes, you read that right) of disposable coffee cups are thrown away in the UK each year. We have no excuse when there's so many great reusable options on the market, including our own bamboo coffee cup.
25. Food Wraps
Single use items such as foil and cling film are terribly inefficient when you take into consideration the amount of energy it takes to create them and how long they're actually useful for.
Food wraps such as beeswax wraps are a good compostable alternative that can be used time and time again to wrap up your food and keep it fresh.
26. Reusable Straws
The single use plastic straw ban will come into effect this year (3rd July 2021) in the UK but single use remains a problem. Anything made to last once probably isn't worth using. If you insist on using a straw, invest in a reusable one.
27. Coconut Bowls
As mentioned previously, the ceramics industry is a polluter in disguise so why not make the switch to coconut bowls for your cereals, smoothies and salads?
28. Reusable Cutlery
Reusable cutlery is an easy choice when it comes to swapping out single-use plastic cutlery. Bamboo cutlery is a convenient option as it's light and doesn't take up any space in your backpack. You can also compost the cutlery when you're finally done with them too.
29. Bamboo Chopping Board
Finding a sustainable wooden chopping board is a tough ask as it's hard to trust the claims of many manufacturers when it comes to sourcing their wood. Choosing bamboo is a great alternative. It's light, naturally anti-microbial and is sustainably grown.
30. Organic Cotton Produce Bags
Replacing single use plastic bags with anything is probably a good idea but we prefer using tried and tested organic cotton produce bags.
31. Reusable Water Bottle
Yes, water bottles are recyclable but they're incredibly inefficient to create so why not switch to something you can use for years while also saving a few pound in the long run?
32. Compostable Nespresso Capsules
This is for all the coffee lovers (guilty). The Eden Project in particular are an awesome choice. They're completely plastic free, the grounds are biodegradable and even the ink on their packaging is vegetable based. Come on!
33. Stainless Steel Lunch Box
Making your own healthy food and taking it to work > Buying an average meal deal packaged in plastic.
34. Silicone Food Covers
Much like the wraps, silicone food covers can keep your food nice and fresh.
35. Bamboo Utensils
We're not obsessed with bamboo, we promise.
36. Compostable Disposable Plates
If you truly MUST use disposable, at least use something that is compostable or can be recycled. Sugar Rigid Paper Plates are a good option here.
37. Compostable Disposable Cutlery
Add these Belinlen compostable cutlery sets to the party.
38. Linen Napkins
For all the mucky pups out there.
Clothing and Fashion
39. Faux Leather Backpack
Leather is associated with huge green house gas emissions, unsafe working environments and animal cruelty. Is there a worse industry out there? Maybe, maybe not. There's definitely better though and this faux leather backpack is a great example of that.
40. Sustainable Clothing
Fast fashion needs to go in the bin. All the big brands have shareholders to please and that means mass producing and mass marketing sub-par clothing that's deemed 'out of fashion' within a couple of weeks.
Buy second hand on places like Depop and Preloved or just go with a company who truly wants to create sustainable clothing, not some high street idiots who'd rather burn their unsold stock than give it away. Hi Burberry!
41. Biodegradable Hair Ties
No plastic, just a pack of made-to-last hair ties that don't end up at a landfill but instead makes friends with your soil or compost bin.
42. Silicone Watch Straps
Silicone might not be the MOST eco-friendly material ever but it's better than leather or plastic, especially when it comes to finding a useful material to use as a watch strap.
43. Recycled Jewellery
Behind the shiny jewels is a dark underbelly of unethical practices and environmentally-unfriendly methods of extraction. Buying recycled jewellery solves both of these problems.
44. Organic Cotton Face Mask
We're living in unprecedented times where many of us wear face masks and could well choose to wear face masks long after the current pandemic ends. If you're using single use face masks, make the switch to something more eco friendly such as reusable ones made out of organic cotton.
45. Cork Wallet
A sustainable alternative to leather and damn stylish too.
46. Bamboo Socks
Bamboo is is not only more sustainable than easy to ware down cotton, it also has other features such as its natural anti-bacterial properties and it's ability to keep your feet cool in hot conditions (maybe not the most sought after feature if you're living in the UK).
47. Bamboo Underwear
Just like bamboo socks, the same features apply to underwear only you'll definitely want the moisture wicking properties for this area of the body.
48. Vegan Candles
Paraffin wax is made from oil which explains the black soot you'll see on the jars of any scented candle you've burned before. Vegan candles use soy wax which burns more cleanly while also burning for longer.
Some companies such as Green Earth Candle Co take it a step further and plant 3 trees for every candle sold.
49. Bamboo Fibre Dish Cloths
Highly absorbent (even against oily substances) and sustainably made, bamboo fibre dish cloths are a perfect addition to any kitchen.
50. Bamboo Toilet Roll
I don't want to get into the complexities of how toilet roll is made, mostly because you'll probably leave this post if I did but just know bamboo is more sustainable than any type of tree. It's just quick maths.
51. Reusable Paper Towels
If you're a bit of a kitchen klutz like me, paper towels are your best friend*
*former best friend because now you know about reusable paper towels.
52. Glass Spray Bottles
This one only really works if you have a store nearby that offers refills of different liquids. If you don't, keep this in mind as all the big stores should be bringing something like this to a store near you soon.
53. Plastic Free Laundry Capsules
Have you ever wondered why so few laundry capsules come in such big plastic boxes? SMOL have, and that's why they brought out their own plastic-free laundry pods because they realised it doesn't make sense.
54. Eco Dish Washing Up Brush
Plastic dish brush handles will literally last hundreds of years so why do we only use them for a small amount of time before buying a new one? Quite obviously, the bristles are the issue. So what's the solution? A brush with a replaceable head of course. Sounds simple now, doesn't it?
55. Coconut Scourer
A coconut scourer is an all-round useful kitchen item that can clean various kitchenware. It's made from natural materials, is anti-microbial and is 100% biodegradable. More importantly, it's very durable ensuring it will last a long time before you need to replace it.
56. Eco Cling Film
Made from renewable sugarcane, Willow's Choice Eco Cling Film is basically a plastic-free cling film which can actually be recycled.
57. Washing Up Soap Bar
Much like soap and shampoo, washing up soap bars come in plastic-free packaging and last much longer than their liquid counterparts. These ones from Bubble Blocks are safe to use and are vegan-friendly as they're not tested on animals.
58. Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow
Bamboo memory foam pillows are soft, breathable and can adjust to different temperatures. They're also naturally anti-microbial and anti-odour, keeping your pillow cleaner for longer.
59. Bamboo Duvet
Bamboo has many practical benefits which we'll touch upon below but perhaps one of the more sustainable benefits is how quickly a bamboo duvet dries. They dry in half the time that cotton does, saving on energy output.
60. Bamboo Bedding Set
A bamboo bedding set is temperature regulating meaning it adapts to the temperature of your room and ensures a comfortable night's sleep. It can also be washed efficiently at 30 degrees which is more environmentally friendly.
61. Organic Cotton Bedding Set
The longevity and quality of organic cotton bedding sets is unmatched and they should last you years. When purchasing, ensure the cotton is GOTS certified which means it definitely is made from organic cotton.
62. Compostable Bin Liners
Bin bags...that can biodegrade! I'm sorry but I can't make this one sound exciting.
63. Compostable Clothing Pegs
There are only two certainties in life: taxes and that a broken plastic peg will definitely outlast you on this Earth. Plastic clothing pegs will typically be useful for around 2 years before spending the next few hundred trying to degrade. Fortunately, there is an alternative...bamboo (who would've guessed?!)
64. Recycled Dog Leads
There's about 8 million dogs in need of their daily walk and the majority of them will need a lead if you want to stop them chasing your neighbour's cat. Most new leads are made from nylon which isn't ideal.
Fortunately, it turns out that up-cycled mountain climbing rope that isn't quite safe enough to suspend a human 100ft above the ground still makes for a bloody good dog lead.
65. Eco-friendly Chew Toys
How many times has your dog received a new toy only to completely devour it within 10 minutes? It's cute, but it's also a problem. Valuable resources went into making that toy and now it's essentially useless. Fortunately the likes of Lenny the Leek which is made from natural and recyclable materials is holding the fort down.
66. Biodegradable Dog Poo Bags
I didn't glamourise bin bags, I'm certainly not going to be glamourising dog poo bags. They're biodegradable. Biodegradable is good. Happy?
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67. Eco Yoga Mats
Yoga is fantastic for working on your inner and outer self but unfortunately a lot of the cheap yoga mats are made from polluting materials that aren't recyclable.
Alternatives exist such as cork yoga mats and mats made from jute. If you can afford them, get involved.
68. Eco-friendly Wrapping Paper
I'll admit, I'm never going to win any awards for my choice of packaging - not from goBambu customers or from friends and family on their birthdays. I stick to kraft paper and in some cases I've just used the box the package came in (sorry ma and pa) but if you're not boring, there are some pretty quirky eco-friendly wrapping papers out there.
69. Compostable Mailer Bags
If you own a business that regularly sends out parcels in newly manufactured plastic mailer bags, why not consider switching to a compostable one instead?
We initially chose to use plastic mailer bags made from recycled plastic and having bought some compostable mailer bags can say there's essentially no difference in quality.
70. Eco Pens
I was once told that my writing looks like if a spider had been dipped in ink and let loose on the page and since then I'm all digital. If you've been blessed with better handwriting, there are some really cool eco-friendly pens out there that you could use instead of ones made from plastic.
71. Kraft Paper Packing Tape
If you regularly pack items for shipping, another eco friendly product to consider is kraft paper packing tape. It's completely plastic free and can be recycled.
72. Jute String
For those who go all out on presentation - jute string is a great looking natural product.
73. Biodegradable Wet Wipes
Reusable options are always the best idea in our opinion but if you prefer wet wipes, at least choose something like Mum & You which is completely plastic free and biodegradable.
74. Biodegradable Gardening Pots
Firstly, bravo if you grow your own food! Secondly, have you considered using biodegradable garden pots?
75. Sustainable Garden Chair and Table Set
Who else has nightmares about all those plastic garden sets that have been dumped and are literally going to take hundreds of years to degrade?
Buying garden furniture made out of materials such as teak is as sustainable as it gets.
76. Eco Friendly Phone Cases
Poorly designed smart phones have spawned an industry worth around £10bn. What are we talking about? The phone case industry of course. With people splashing out to protect something that should've been protected in the first place, plastic phone cases continue to be extensively manufactured.
Fortunately, there are many companies who, probably after seeing the £10bn number, have brought eco-friendly cases to the market including this rather nifty biodegradable one.
77. Plastic Free Christmas Crackers
Sure, Christmas is a long time away but I'm putting this on here more for wishful thinking than anything else. Hopefully Christmas 2021 will be a time where we all get to spend time with more than a couple of family members and if that's the case, get yourself some plastic free Christmas crackers to celebrate!
So there you have it, over 75 different eco friendly products that will go some way towards helping you live more sustainably in 2021. The great thing is, as more and more people recognise the importance of eco friendly products, companies are becoming more and more innovative.
One final note - just because these products are more eco-friendly than the ones they're replacing, it doesn't mean you should replace your current products right away. Try to get as much use as possible out of what you already have - that's the key to sustainability.
Hope you've enjoyed the read and at least taken some inspiration from it!