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Tips to De-Plastify your Kitchen
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“Single-use plastic” might have won last year’s most Googled award, but it is definitely everyone’s least favourite thing in the world. If you also feel horrified by the sheer quantity of disposable plastic we go through each day, here are a few tips on how to make a positive impact and reduce your plastic dependency right now! 
When reviewing these products and companies we’ve taken into account a range of criteria, including the company’s mission and practical engagement in creating a sustainable, low-carbon-footprint, and also their social impact credentials.

Plastic-free water-soluble washing-up liquid sachets

Iron & Velvet struck ecological gold with this product. Their sachets contain high-quality essential oils and plant-derived soaps. The company claims they set out to solve the plastic issue and now have the “capability to reduce the UK’s cleaning bottle usage by over 18 million bottles per year”, and that is just the start. The sachets are made of Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), which is the industry standard for pharmaceutical and supplement coating, as it is very poorly absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract. Iron & Velvet sachets contents have not been tested on animals and hence are also cruelty-free.
You can just pop it into an empty washing-up liquid bottle (which would otherwise be chucked in the bin!)

Produced by: Iron and Velvet Cleaning
From: West Midlands, UK
Made of: essential oils, a certified sustainably-sourced palm oil derived soap, and a secondary soap made from waste plant material left over from biofuel manufacture.
Price: 1 for £4, 3 for £7 and 5 for £10. One Sachet contains the equivalent of a 250ml standard washing up liquid bottle. Subscription service available with free delivery option.
Room for improvement: Is the use of palm oil really necessary?

Beeswax Food Wraps

The Beeswax Wraps Company Ltd was created by two superwomen, Carly and Frances, who built their completely sustainable business from scratch on their personal journeys to rid their lives of plastic. We’ve been using the “Lunch Pack” for the past 7 months and we ab-so-lu-te-ly love them! Food stays even fresher than when wrapped with clingfilm, because the organic cotton is breathable!
These mouldable and grippable wraps are made by infusing food-grade wax into cotton sheets of different sizes: 1 small (20x20cm) great for wrapping snacks, half avocados and lemons and small pieces of cheese; 1 medium (30x30cm) for sandwiches. 
They do lose some stickiness after a few months, but this doesn’t affect their performance! However you can easily remedy this by applying extra wax from one of their beeswax “Refresher Blocks”… you can follow their youtube tutorial if things get a bit… sticky!
We love this Company also because they source all beeswax within a 20/30-mile radius from their workshop, so they are really big on their “investing in local businesses”. They’re also a Living Wage Employer and a B Corps Certified company!

Produced by: The Beeswax Company Ldt
Made of: low-impact dyes, certified organic cotton, UK beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil
From: All-female company based in Gloucestershire, UK
Price: between £15 and £30
Room for Improvement: The Jojoba plant is non-native to the UK

Portable Food Canisters

Kleen Canteen has produced their “Tare It Up®” Food Canisters line which helps you replace a lifetime of throw-away plastic containers. The canisters are made with 18/8 food-grade stainless steel which doesn’t absorb flavours or odours. Use them at the bulk-food store, to carry your homemade lunch to the office or school, and to take away restaurant leftovers home. Be very careful with their Vacuum Insulated Food Canisters as they keep the food really piping hot!
We had concerns about the company’s production plants being based in China, but they seem to be committed to doing the right thing. Both on their website and on the B Corp Directory they explain how they pay their workers fair living wages, and they are very active on the environmental front

Produced by: Kleen Canteen
Made of: Stainless Steel
Where from?: Family-run company based in the US, factories based in China
Price: Between £18 and £35
Room for Improvement: Only 25% of the steel used is recycled

Bamboo Cutlery Set

Bamboo Cutlery Set

Bamboo is the ultimate eco-material: it’s a highly renewable resource and “the fastest regenerating plant in the world, growing as quickly as 47.6 inches in a 24-hour period”. It doesn’t need to be replanted and it doesn’t require pesticides, fertilizers or irrigation to grow and it doesn’t require dangerous chemicals or harsh dyes in its production process.
Last but not least, it’s biodegradable, won’t smash like ceramic or glass, has natural antibacterial properties, and… it looks really wholesome!

Produced by: Panda Packaging
Made of: Bamboo
Where from: Family-run company based in London
Price: Between £6.99 and £13

Bright Zine Replacement Cutlery Singles

Were you all eco-set to go to work with your healthy packed lunch and with your Bamboo cutlery set, but just noticed you fork has fallen off the face of the earth?
Don’t fret, Bright Zine have the perfect replacement for you, and you don’t need to break the bank by buying a new set altogether. You can purchase single cutlery replacements from them, or their full Ethical Lifestyle Toolkit

Produced by: Bright Zine
Made of: Cutlery is made of a blend of Wheat straw and PP (Polypropylene) blend (BPA free); the straw is made of 18/8 food-grade stainless steel
Where from: London, UK
Price: starting from £2
Room for Improvement: The Polypropylene is not biodegradable, but it is recyclable.

That’s all for now folks.. even if these might seem like very small contributions in the face of the enormity of the climate change crisis, let’s keep in mind that every little bit helps!

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19 / 09 / 2019 // Written by Sylvia Helen Goodrick
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