6 SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES LEADING THE WAY IN THE UK

28 Feb 2021 | Student Advice

Today more than ever, it is important to think about the impact that we leave on this planet. As children, we were always taught to clean up after ourselves and leave our surroundings cleaner than when we found it. However, as adults we have all forgotten this vital rule when it comes to the planet.  There is no doubt that the Earth is dying and that global warming is a growing concern. It is not enough to recycle anymore, even though it plays a major role in keeping our planet safe and clean.

 

We can play a part in saving Earth through reducing consumption, with the most important piece of waste that we need to reduce is single-use plastic. This includes straws, bags, bottles, takeaway containers, coffee cups and any other plastic item made to be used temporarily or once. We certainly don’t think of it when we chuck away our plastic containers, use a coffee cup or purchase plastic bags when at checkout in a store, but these choices have a grim effect on our planet.

Over 99% of these plastics are made from chemicals sourced from fossil fuels. Animals can mistake plastic items as food and become fatally ill from the toxins and if not eaten, can end life by immobilising or strangling the animals. Think about it like this, if animals are eating plastic and we eat animals, we’re eating plastic too. Another important point is that single use plastic does NOT biodegrade, ever. It only fragments into a million pieces but never truly deteriorates.

Here are a few companies that can help you begin your sustainable living journey right away; you can shop online and get these items delivered straight to your door.

Lush UK

Besides their deliciously smelling bath bombs, Lush is quite popular for its ‘naked’ and self-preserving products. Their shampoo bars that are package free for £8 last between 80-100 washes! That’s the equivalent to about 6 shampoo bottles.

They even sell solid deodorant bars. Do you know how incredibly bad aerosols are for our environment? We are guilty of going through at least 600 million aerosols a year (just the UK alone). Not to mention, roll ons are challenging to recycle and non-biodegradable, so don’t think you’re doing the environment a favour by using those. In addition to these products, Lush also offers toothpaste, mouthwash, body lotions, facial cleansers and makeup without all the extra packaging.

Besides being a sustainable company, they involve themselves heavily in animal right campaigns and sourcing fair trade, organic ingredients for all their products. There’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t switch to sustainable living with Lush right away.

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The Green Turtle

This company was set up to make eco decisions easier. You’ll find alternatives to numerous day to day products such as beauty items that avoid plastic packaging and use natural ingredients and kitchen products that help you create a better impact on the environment. They are constantly building their stock and you can regularly find something new!

Amongst other things, they have many simple plastics swaps, dishcloths, reusable razors, reusable cotton swabs, gloves, food packaging, kitchen rolls, cleaning products and much more which are completely eco-friendly and affordable!

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Who Gives a Crap

With the COVID-19 pandemic underway, you would have realised how much toilet paper you’ve gone through, and how unforgiving it has been on the environment. Who Gives a Crap offers an environmentally friendly alternative to toilet paper. Their products are 100% plastic free and have options made from 100% recycled paper or 100% bamboo. Furthermore, 50% of their profits are donated to help build toilets for communities in need around the world. Their toilet paper is “good for your bum and great for the world” as they say.

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WUKA

For the ladies who have gone through countless pads and tampons, overflowing bathroom bins and severely impacting the environment with a substantial amount of waste- fear no more! WUKA’s period-proof panties look and feel like regular underwear, but with their technology and innovation, they can hold up to 4 tampons’ worth of menstrual fluid and are made from recycled nylon. It is a much more sustainable alternative to single use period products.

The extremely absorbent fabric is tailor made to serve every type of flow, be it light or heavy. You can wear it up to 8 hours on light days and 4-6 hours on your heavy days or even all night. You can also get them in a variety of styles like high waist, midi brief and bikini brief to make you feel stylish and confident. It is quite an investment at first but think about how much money and waste you save in the long run!

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Little Blue Sheep

Think about laundry, and what you use the most that is discarded after one use? That’s right – dryer sheets! Say goodbye to single use disposable dryer sheets and say hello to Little Blue Sheep’s 100% wool dryer balls. They speed up drying time, while softening clothes, and naturally eliminating the need for fabric softeners and disposable dryer sheets. These wool dryer balls are absolutely environmentally friendly that are felted from British wool, handmade in Yorkshire. These laundry balls will last for 1000’s of loads and are great for those with sensitive skin or allergies.

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Bumble Wrap

It’s time to wave goodbye to clingfilm. Bumble Wrap is a natural alternative to single-use plastic. They use only four natural ingredients; cotton, beeswax, tree resin and a drop of jojoba oil. Food is kept fresh longer as they containt zero no contaminants and toxins and are a 100% biodegradable. They are even available in a number of patterns and sizes giving you that aesthetically pleasing feeling. You can wash, re-use and compost these wraps making it so much better for the environment.

Shop here.

These companies are supporting the planet, staying true to their brand and crushing competition. Sustainable living is the next step in creating a better environment for ourselves and the upcoming generations.

Make the change today and see it tomorrow.

By Lakshima D.M

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