Being more eco-friendly doesn’t have to break the bank! In fact, replacing some items with more sustainable options can actually save you money. From plastic bags to toothbrushes and even coffee cups, these are the best and cheapest eco-friendly alternatives for things you use every day, all for under £10.
The cheapest sustainable alternatives:
- Bamboo Toothbrushes
- Metal Straws
- Reusable Cotton Shopping Bags
- Reusable Coffee Cup
- Reusable water bottle
- Soap over Shower Gel
- Tupperware over sandwich bags
- Produce Bags
- Tea Infuser
These bamboo toothbrushes are a great alternative – there are lots of options for bristle type and colours. Once you’re done with them you can throw them right in the recycling!
2. Metal Straws
Ever seen those videos of what straws are doing to our ocean wildlife? After a quick Google, you’re sure to be refusing plastic straws at bars and carrying these nifty metal straws on nights out! These ones are a great price and come with a handy bag and cleaner.
It’s important that we always have a reusable shopping bag in our main bag – you just never know when you’ll need it. The great thing about these options from Amazon is they’re made out of cotton. Lots of the long life bags in supermarkets still contain plastic and it’s important to cut it out as much as possible.
An essential if you’re a regular at those coffee chains or even Boston Tea Party who no longer hand out reusable cups (woohoo)! This reusable coffee cup is excellent because it’s collapsible and commuter friendly.
Reusable water bottles are a must have whenever, wherever. These metal options are also thermal, meaning your cold water will stay cold!
Rather than buying plastic bottles of shower gel, try using soap. Dove soap is gentle on the skin and comes in paper boxes (there is plastic around the outside if you buy a multi-pack). If you can afford it, why not try Lush soap? No plastic packaging and you can even buy a handy little tin to put it in.
Always, always use Tupperware over sandwich bags, cling film and tin foil! These options are a great price and even have clips on the lid to ensure they’re leak-proof.
This reusable Jagen David razor will look super chic in your bathroom! Plus, it fits all standard size razor blades, so you don’t have to worry about replacing them.
9. Produce Bags
Rather than using those thin plastic bags at the supermarket for your fruit and veg, use these reusable produce bags instead!
10. Tea Infuser
Due to the plastic content, conventional tea bags can’t fully decompose, so instead, switch to Bestonzon tea infusers! These handy little pods are great for the environment and you can even start brewing your own tea infusions.
Do you have any easy sustainable alternatives to add to this list? Comment below!
*All prices are accurate at time of writing.