Plastic is everywhere, and it’s a huge pollutant. Litter strewn fields and beaches are far too common, and wind and river bourn rubbish are ending up in the oceans, inside wildlife, and even inside us. According to Global Citizen, the average person eats around 70,000 bits of microplastic each year. We are all too used to seeing images of washed-up plastic bottles on the beach and 73% of beach littler worldwide is plastic (National Geographic).
Plastic burns, however, left on its own it is virtually indestructible. A plastic milk bottle top stuck in a crevice on Ben Nevis will still be there for your ancestors to find in 3020.
Single-use, or simply unnecessary plastics, are the worst culprits. The good news is that many UK companies are coming up with very innovative solutions.
If everyone makes an effort to reduce their plastic waste we can make a big difference. We have put together a list of great YouK Plastic Free brands that will help you to make simple swaps.
Toiletries can be some of the worst offenders when it comes to single-use and non-recyclable plastic. Try switching to some alternatives to reduce your plastic waste. Your Nature has developed a vegan, earth-friendly and zero plastic deodorants. Based in Bristol, they hand-craft their products using ingredients which are both simple and effective. Choose from their range of scents and make the switch to a plastic-free deodorant.
Pictured: Your Nature, Lemongrass & Tea Tree
Planet Detox hand-make their natural cleaning products in Devon. Their mission is to make powerful and effective cleaning products without using any ingredients which will hurt users or the planet. Their range of products includes bathroom cleaning, kitchen cleaning, clothes washing powder and many more; all of which are natural, biodegradable and free from toxins.
Pictured: Planet Detox, Bathroom Cleaning Soap
Beauty Kubes is a YouK favourite, they take the plastic out of hair shampoo. The cube crumbles with a little water into a paste that smooths onto wet hair. Not only is there no plastic, or plastic packaging, but they are also organic, biodegradable, cruelty-free – and made in Cornwall. Try them out!
Cling film is single-use and creates a huge amount of plastic waste, so what else can we use to keep food fresh? The beeswax Wrap Co make wraps in Gloucestershire with the help of West Country busy bees. The perfect plastic-free alternative, they last for years and are biodegradable.
Pictured: Beeswax Wrap Co, Bread Wrap
Why not try toothpaste and mouthwash without the plastic tubing, or, next time you buy a tooth-brush you could try a plastic-free one. Georganics make a range of natural oral care products in Sussex, with such tactile delights as a bamboo toothbrush. They also make activated charcoal for a deep clean and oral hygiene experience.
Pictured: Georganics, Natural Toothpaste
Iron & Velvet have a range of plastic-free water-soluble sachets to help you tackle all the household, kitchen and bathroom cleaning tasks. Based on the refill concept, their water-soluble sachets allow you to reuse existing spray containers. Their eco-friendly approach to providing cleaning products could go a long way to tackling our plastic pollution crisis if we all make the switch.
Pictured: Iron & Velvet, Plastic Free cleaning range.
Yorkshire based Friendly Soap produce just that – rich and high lather cold-pressed soaps with a list of features longer than your arm – hand made, biodegradable, cruelty-free, vegan, no parabens, SLS phthalates or triclosan. And of course no plastic.
Pictured: Friendly Soap, Detox Bar
Paper Straws London, a family business, makes 100% natural straws. They make their straws in London using paper from an eco-friendly, sustainable supply chain throughout the UK and Europe. Food safe and non-soggy, there is no reason to ever use plastic straws again!
Pictured: Paper Straws London, East London Line Orange Stripe
Mutiny Shaving are on a simple mission to provide top-quality shaving products at a lower cost to their customers and the planet. Their products produce zero plastic waste, are eco & vegan friendly, cruelty free, and contain no harmful chemicals. Dedicated to continuing to reduce their environmental impact they have recently developed a new ‘hybrid’ razor handle. The handle is a 3D printed using non-slip material and it is biodegradable and recyclable. Make the switch from non-recyclable and plastic producing shaving products today.
- Global Citizen, The Average Person Eats 70,000 Microplastics Each Year
- National Geographic: 10 Shocking Facts About Plastic