Zero waste can be a scary concept. When you see the amount of rubbish you produce over just one week, the idea of completely cutting out waste seems overwhelming. However, reducing your waste begins with making smaller changes, known as zero waste swaps from disposable single or limited use items to reusable, long-lasting ones.

Plastic Bags

Start easy. Instead of using plastic bags, invest in a couple of reusable drawstring or canvas tote bags to keep in your car or handbag for when you buy something on the go.

Travel Mug

If you have a daily coffee, choose a reusable travel cup. Most paper cups can’t actually be recycled, because they contain plastic. This is one of the simplest ways to reduce your waste.

Pokito cups are meticulously designed and engineered to be the best everyday, reusable cup on the planet. After just 15 uses, Pokito pays for its environmental cost, even though it should last 100 times longer and it is recyclable at the end of its life.

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Shampoo Bars

Choosing shampoo bars will not only reduce your plastic consumption but they are also longer lasting than traditional liquid shampoos. Shampoo bars are also convenient for travel; they don’t leak and will be safe to carry in hand luggage!

Many shampoo bars, including those made by Lush, are all-natural and are made using organic ingredients.

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Safety Razor

Exchange your plastic disposable razor for a safety razor. Made of stainless steel, safety razors are incredibly durable and can be recycled at the end of their life.

Bedfordshire Beard Co’s sandalwood handled razor is perfectly balanced and keeps with the traditional way of shaving.

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Menstrual Cup

Menstrual cups are an inexpensive investment which not only reduces a significant amount of plastic-containing waste every month but can also save you hundreds of pounds every year!

Mooncup is an ethically conscious company with an aim to make your experience of periods more positive, healthy and eco-friendly. Their reusable cups are made from medical-grade silicone and are hypoallergenic, ensuring there is no risk of toxic shock.

Wax Wraps

Switching out cling film and sandwich bags is easy when you have eco-friendly alternatives available!

The Beeswax Wrap Co’s beeswax wraps are the perfect plastic-free alternative to cling film, they last up to a year & are biodegradable! The wraps are made in Gloucestershire.


When you throw organic waste into landfill, it is unable to decompose properly, meaning that it releases methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. Composting organic waste not only reduces emissions but also takes the place of harmful chemical fertilisers in your garden.

Forest Garden Sheds use sustainably sourced, British timber to produce outdoor composters for your garden to recycle your kitchen waste.

Finally, look to donate or repurpose items that you no longer want or use. Use t-shirts as cleaning cloths, use egg containers to start seedlings for your garden, wrap shoeboxes in patterned paper for stylish wardrobe organisation or use old shower curtains as floor protection for when you paint!

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