At LiveTheNewNormal I’m always on the lookout for eco-friendly products to provide solutions for everyday use. It’s all very well ditching the food wrap, disposable razors and toothbrushes but what will fill the void? Here are a few products that I’ve tried and tested, and most importantly, I recommend. I’ve provided links so that you can research the items featured and suggestions of where you can make those all important purchases (within the UK).
As ever, I’d love your feedback. If there is a product you’re raving about or a problem as yet without a solution, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Food safe plastic: Sistema®
Made in New Zealand, Sistema provides a comprehensive, versatile range of BPA and Pthalate free containers. From stackable, clip containers to microwave steamers, there’s a container storage solution for everyone. My boys especially love their Twist ‘n’ Sip™ bottles for on-the-go hydration!
Plastic travel mugs: aladdin®
For aladdin®, purpose, design and beauty are inextricably linked. Based in Seattle, USA, this brand “promises something better, something worth holding onto”. Their commitment to sustainability has produced eCycle®, a blend of plastic made from 100% recycled material. An added bonus, this product is also fully recyclable (should you ever wish to part ways). Fingers crossed this brand will become a household name in the UK before long.
Purchase this product at Amazon UK
Storage Bags: If You Care
If You Care use unbleached pulp of Scandinavian spruce trees to produce these natural, sustainable paper bags. Greaseproof, uncoated, wax and chlorine free, these snack and sandwich bags are ideal both for kitchen food storage and when you’re out and about. They can even be used in the microwave! One look at their attributes and certifications will reassure you that this product is as natural as they come. Swedish simplicity at its best.
Purchase this and other related products at Natures Healthbox
Cling Film Alternative: CoverMate®
CoverMate® has provided one of the most simple yet effective solutions to abolish the need for food wrap. Left-overs, prepped ingredients and refrigerated treats are all covered with this handy product. Simply choose the size from the variety pack that will best fit your dish, stretch the built-in FlexBand® around the edges and voila! They’re BPA and PVC free and can be used in the microwave. Pop them in the dishwasher, dry and they’re ready to be used again. (Handy tip: I dry mine pegged out on the washing line.)
Bamboo Toothbrush: Hydrophil
Hydrophil have successfully managed to blend design and practicality in their range of toothbrushes. Made from bamboo, petroleum-free bristles and using natural dyes, this product really does tick all the ecologically friendly boxes. You can chose the suitable bristle firmness as well as your preferred colour. For me, the particular appeal of this brand is their selection of smaller toothbrushes designed specifically for children. You’ll have to take my word for it, helping younger kids to achieve a thorough, comfortable clean with an adult sized toothbrush head is virtually impossible. My boys’ toothbrush of choice!
Purchase these products at Kooloir
Stainless Steel Straws: Save Some Green
If you have to use straws, use straws with style! Not only will these straws add a polished look to your drinks, they also come with their very own cleaning brush to ensure they stay clean, hygienic and looking their best. Dishwasher safe, lightweight and durable, these little beauties will add eco-sparkle to your drinks.
Purchase this product from Save Some Green
This page is still a work in progress. There are many more products to be added. Watch this space…