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The Best Eco and Sustainable Swaps You Can Make in 2024

In a society that places growing importance on sustainability and environmental accountability, the search for meaningful sustainable swaps has become more important than ever.

The new year is a great opportunity for many of us to make some important and meaningful changes to our lives and habits.

It could be giving up smoking or exercising more. It’s also a great time to start thinking about our individual environmental impact by looking at our own carbon footprint, and what we can do to reduce it. More and more of us are becoming aware of using and making simple swaps to a more sustainable lifestyle. The amount of plastic packaging that plagues our environment is eye-watering and we have seen an amazing growth of eco-friendly products  and reusable products available in a bid to eliminate single-use plastics and the plastic pollution it causes.

Consumers want more of these products and companies are listening. 

Some great examples are; reusable water bottle, menstrual cup, beeswax wrap, non-paper paper towels, period pants, organic cotton, reusable shopping bags that actually last, safety razors to name a few. 

To make your life easier, I’ve done the leg work in this blog post (so you don’t have to) and found the best eco swaps you can make in 2024, helping you to find eco-friendly alternatives to reduce your plastic waste so you can start making sustainable swaps today!

Evolve Organic Beauty

BLUE VELVET CERAMIDE SERUM – An organic ceramide serum that is designed to nourish and repair the barrier layer of dry and sensitive skin to help it relax and calm down. It contains skin barrier strengthening Ceramides alongside plant-based Squalane oil to naturally hydrate and boost skin’s glow whilst Camellia Oil and Blue Tansy restore and nourish the skin to bring relief and calm inflammation and redness. 

All you need to do is apply 3-4 drops of the serum onto clean skin, gently pat into face and neck.You can use this serum as part of a daily routine and follow with your preferred moisturiser.

Good news! This product is certified COSMOS Natural, vegan and cruelty free. Certification and sustainability claims are independently verified by Provenance

What I thought – I have to say, I’ve fallen in love with this product. It’s really gentle on my skin and leaves my skin really soft. 


One Good Thing

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Wrapper Free Snack and protein Bars with a 100% edible coating.

Get ready to embrace a whole new world of sustainable snacking with One Good Thing (OGT) – the world’s first range of completely wrapperless snack and protein bars. Made from nothing but delicious, natural ingredients, the groundbreaking new snackable squares are coated with a completely edible, natural beeswax film, that protects the tasty contents inside. They can be rinsed or wiped and eaten in exactly the same way you would an apple – meaning no more plastic waste!

Made using only raw cold-pressed, low carbon ingredients, OGT bars are the best way to fuel busy days on the go whilst minimising our impact on the planet. There are seven different flavours of Snack bars available, including Mango & Passionfruit, Strawberries & Cream, Rhubarb & Custard and Cherry Bakewell, and a further seven different varieties of Protein bar, including combinations like Apple & Cinnamon, Sticky Ginger, Berry Burst and Butterscotch. 

What I thought – This is such a good idea, they were a massive hit in this household. Really tasty, filling and no chance of food waste!


Power of Pants

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Focused on creating reliable, comfortable and leakproof period  underwear  while working hard on tackling the issue of single-use plastic waste as well as period poverty. 

‘In an ideal world we would be free to make choices for our bodies and wouldn’t have to consider the consequences of our actions and how it might affect the environment.  Everything we bought would be kind and gentle to the earth.  We wouldn’t be limited to choices that don’t fit our bodies comfortably.  We wouldn’t have to worry if we could afford the right solution for us.  We may even hope that our choices impacted others in a positive way. Power of Pants is more than just a collection of very delicious knickers, it exists to nurture our environment, our bodies and our community.  POP is freedom, a way of life – a ball that won’t stop rolling.

This is a great way to ditch single-use products and could save you money in the long run. 

What I thought – I ditched pads and tampons a while ago and haven’t looked back. I’ve saved so much money doing this. This is a great sustainable solution that can have a positive impact. 


VASO

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VASO offers reusable insulated stainless steel coffee tumblers that are ideal for enjoying a variety of hot or cold beverages, from coffee and tea to cocktails and soft drinks. Crafted from 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, each tumbler features a double-walled, vacuum-insulated layer to preserve the temperature of your drinks. The outer powder-coated finish not only adds grip but also prevents condensation on the cup’s exterior. The tumblers come with a new slide-close, press-fit lid design, featuring a silicone O-ring for a secure seal and a sliding mouthpiece that covers the liquid flow hole when closed. Cleaning is easy – just wash the tumbler with warm soapy water and rinse. This is a great alternative to coffee cups.

What I thought – Although this is great for when you’re out and about, I use it at home during the day. As it keeps my drink hot for longer, it’s saved me from throwing away cold cups of tea away. A great sustainable living swap; it’s time to ditch the plastic bottles.


Rehome

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If you’re looking to replace your kitchen in 2024, this is a more sustainable option.

Rehome, the Kitchen, Bedroom, and Bathroom outlet is the UK’s largest BCorp certified retailer that specialises in the sale of quality sourced pre-loved, ex-display and end of line kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and appliances (including fridge, freezer, washing machine, and hob) , many of which are from leading designer brands.  Founded in 2015 by Helen and Phil Lord, Rehome.co.uk is committed to providing a more sustainable and affordable way to renovate your home. They believe that interiors deserve to be re-loved, and that quality builds and designs can be sold and reused. By encouraging consumers to rethink how they replace home improvement products, Rehome.co.uk is not only providing a meaningful renovating solution but is also helping homeowners to offset their carbon footprint along the way.

All products sold through Rehome.co.uk are subject to stringent quality certification and give an honest reflection of condition to help buyers make an informed choice. The company is based in Cheshire and offers a nationwide collection and delivery service alongside a Which? Trusted Trader dismantling service for consumers and retailers who are looking to sell via the site. In 2022 the Company was recognised by The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development and most recently in 2023 was awarded the accolade of Marie Claire Sustainable Home and Lifestyle Retailer of the year.

What I thought – I genuinely didn’t realise such a business existed, this is a great option of anyone who is looking to upgrade their kitchen in a sustainable way. 


Beauty Naturals

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If you’re looking for zero waste swaps and finally ditch plastic completely, you’re going to love these!

Protective Lip Balm, which comes in a biodegradable cardboard pot, and  the Pure Deodorant, which is presented as a solid stick in a push up, plastic free, biodegradable, bps free, cardboard tube. 

Pure Deodorant – This exclusive formulation contains natural vegetable enzymes to effectively neutralise odours and will keep you fresh all day long. With the subtle, fresh fragrance of Camomile this mild deodorant will not block pores or cause irritation. Vegan.

Protective Lip Balm – This rich, solid cream helps repair dry, chapped lips and prevents moisture loss. Both moisturising and soothing, it is ideal for outdoor protection from windburn and exposure to the elements.

One of best sustainable alternatives for everyday products while ditching the plastic packaging. These small changes are a great step in the right direction. Check out Beauty Naturals website for shampoo bars too.

What I thought – The scent for the lip balm is really gentle and soothing. The little pot fits perfectly in my coat pocket. The deodorant fragrance is not overpowering like other brands, it’s very easy to use. I love that these products have no plastic packaging. 


Who Gives A Crap 

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If you’re looking for toilet paper that is kinder to the environment, keep reading for this sustainable swap…

All of their products are plastic free, made with sustainable materials and delivered to nearly 40 countries.. Available in Double length rolls; 400 sheets, Super comfy 3 ply, Cheaper cost per sheet than leading brands, 100% recycled paper (no virgin trees used!), and Biodegradable and plays well with most septic tanks. The best part? Carbon neutral shipping.


Truthbrush

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When I found out that all the plastic toothbrushes I’ve ever used is probably sitting in landfill somewhere, I decided to do something about that and made the switch the Truthbrush

Truthbrush is the only B-Corp certified oral care company in the UK, meeting the highest standards of social and environmental impact. I tried a few other brands but liked this one and only ever use their toothbrushes. Some of my friends and family have made the switch too. They are sent in recyclable packaging, which is perfect for plastic-free products and eliminates unnecessary waste. 

This is one of my favourite sustainable swaps. All their products are vegan and their shipping is carbon neutral. You can even purchase a holder for any travel lovers out there. 


Rachel Fearnley Designs

Rachel Fearnley Designs are a sustainable small business that handmake gifts, wedding favours and home accessories. Their motto is “gifts that don’t cost the earth” as they are both affordable and eco-friendly, making a sustainable lifestyle more accessible. All of their products are made out of 100% GOTS certified cotton, linen and wool.

These Lavender Scented Pyramids are a delicate home accessory that are made out of 100% GOTS certified cotton and are completely customisable. They can choose any print and any colour. Whilst they look delicate and luxurious they also have numerous health benefits. The home grown lavender used in the pyramids can severely reduce stress levels and anxiety, encourage a great night’s sleep, perfect for soothing headaches and migraines etc. Style in any room such as the kitchen, bathroom or hang in your bedroom. They could act as a great alternative to candles and read diffusers.

Check out their website for other handmade gifts; wedding favours, ring cushions, fabric reusable bags, and fabric bookmarks. 

What I thought – These are beautifully made and smell gorgeous. I’ve got mine on my bedside cabinet because I don’t tend to sleep well. The home-grown lavender is calming. 


Bottle Up

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This is a revolutionary sustainable, plant-based, BPA-free, pre-filled reusable water bottle. Made in Wolverhampton, Bottle Up turns renewable sugar cane sourced from Brazilian grasslands into durable, sustainable bottles which are then filled with pure British spring water from Elmhurst in Staffordshire for minimum carbon impact.

Bottle Up’s reusable bottles are available to buy in Morrisons, Ocado, WH Smith, The Coop, BP, Wholefoods, and Amazon RRP £3.

What I thought – I genuinely had no idea these existed, it’s such a good idea and available from so many places. The water tastes good and bottles come in a variety of colours. 

There you have it, the best eco swaps to make in 2024!

How To Make Your Own Eco-Friendly DIY Skincare Products at Home 

It’s common to find shop bought skincare products in containers that add to the never ending plastic waste problem, and some of these products might also contain harmful chemicals that could be detrimental to both your skin and the environment.

It can be really exhausting when you want to do better for your skin (and the environment) but there doesn’t appear to be another, chemical free, option that works for you or, if there is, its way out of your price range.

There are some brands that may claim their products are sold in eco-friendly packaging and made from natural ingredients, be aware of this because this isn’t always the case. There are other brands who genuinely do care about the environment and work towards making their products more sustainable. You just need to look more closely.

As I’m not one for settling, I started looking at various DIY recipes and ended up making my own skincare products using natural ingredients which really work for me. Not only is this better for the environment, the good news is I’ve found that I’ve actually saved quite a bit of money doing it.

At a time when many of us are probably struggling with our finances, who doesn’t want to save some money?

As I’m referring to recipes that work for me, it would probably help including a little information on my skin type.

My skin type is a little all over the place; I have dry skin around my chin area, oily skin around my nose and my forehead seems to have a mind of its own. Thankfully, I’ve never suffered from sensitive skin. As you can imagine, I’ve tried quite a few DIY recipes with a variety of simple ingredients.

Make sure you’ve got a chopping board, bowls and mixing utensils.

These are my favourites.

How to Make Your Own Eco-Friendly DIY Skincare Products at Home

DIY Hair Removal Wax

I’ve been waxing (and shaving) my legs for years and I really can’t bear to think about all the wax strips that have ended up in the bin (and then landfill) over the years. Not to mention how much I’ve spent by having to keep buying more pots of wax or wax strips over and over again.

No only is it bad for the environment, and can become quite costly, and when I look at the side of the wax pot, there’s loads of chemicals, possibly toxic chemicals, that I don’t know what they’re doing to my skin.

This is why I prefer to make my own and is one of my favourite natural skincare products I make for myself. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice (squeezed)
  • Bit of warm water
  • Cotton wax strips (cut up an old shirt you no longer need into strips)
  • Heat-resistant airtight container (glass jar will do)

Method

Add all the ingredients in a pan and heat up on the stove on high heat until it starts to boil. 

Reduce the heat to low and keep an eye on it. 

When the mixture starts to resemble the colour of honey, take it off the heat and put in a heat proof container (If you use a glass jar, make sure you warm up the jar first otherwise the glass will crack)

Make sure the mixture has cooled enough so you don’t burn your skin.

From the years of waxing, I’ve saved a few of the plastic tubs because I know they can be microwaved. If you have any of these lying around, clean them out and reuse them. 

The great thing is that it could help save you money, you know what’s in it, and it’s better for the environment because you’re not throwing away any plastic packaging. Goodbye harsh chemicals and welcome to creating the first of your own skincare products. 

This has helped me avoid some skin irritation I’ve found from store bought options and contains Vitamin C. 

DIY Foot Scrub

As we’re on our feet all day, our feet can become battered and tired and need some TLC. Sometimes, you just want a little spontaneous self-care feet pampering but then you quickly realise you need to go to the shop to buy something (like you don’t have enough to remember). Let’s not forget the possible toxins you could be putting on them from store bought options as well as the plastic bottles they are sold in. 

Nope, we can do better than that!

This is a homemade scrub I use myself, it gives my feet the refreshing feel my poor, tired feet desperately need and you’ve got everything you need in your kitchen!

You wanna try it? 

Ingredients

  • Two cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • Juice from a lemon
  • Airtight container (old pasta jar will do)

Method

Mix everything up in a bowl and rub some on your feet. 

Leave for five minutes and wash it off.

Top tip – I found gently rubbing the mixture in circular motions helps to gently remove dead skin cells

Refreshed, a great way to have happy feet without the toxins. Keep the rest in the container and give your feet some love whenever you feel like it. Best of all, something else you don’t need to buy from the shop and made from natural products. Another addition to your self-care beauty routine.

DIY Face Mask

I’ve personally tried loads of different shop bought face masks and it really annoys me that they tend to only be available in those silly plastic pouches that can’t be recycled kerbside. Some dry out my skin, some make it too oily, there was one that left red patches on my face so I’m staying well clear or that one. 

Getting a good one can cost money and it all adds up – not to mention all the other ingredients in them that aren’t good for us. This is why I like homemade skin care recipes because there are other options to add to a good skin care routine.

I found this great recipe a while back and I genuinely can’t remember where I found it but it works really well for me. It’s all natural and making it yourself is a fraction of the price (plus you know what’s in it!). The best bit, there are only two key ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Honey (Manuka honey works well) 
  • Avocado

Seriously, that’s it!

Method

Scoop and crush up half an avocado then add 2 tablespoons of honey and mix in a bowl.

Apply on your face and neck and leave for about 25 mins

Wash off

Avocado is known to have healthy oils that naturally nourish and hydrate your skin, plus it’s a good source of Vitamin E. Some brands of natural honey contain antibacterial properties and can help with healing/reducing inflammation so it makes sense using these together. 

Someone I know adds a little crushed rolled oats to help with exfoliation too so you could give this a go, if you fancy it. A great addition to a zero-waste skincare routine. 

Conclusion

These DIY beauty products are ones that I’ve tried and tested myself personally, they work for me and help me with my zero waste skin care routine, they’ve also helped me save money in the long run.

There are many natural alternatives and it’s a case of finding what works for you. 

Transitioning to a more eco-conscious skincare routine starts with making small changes. Each choice you make communicates the importance of embracing sustainability and by finding products that you can make yourself, you’re not only caring for your skin but also contributing positively to the environment (and potentially save some money in the process).

More DIY

If you’re interested in some more DIY projects, check out my other blogs

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