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How to Set Up a Zero-Waste System in Your Home

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A zero-waste system may sound quite daunting. After all, waste just keeps on accumulating, right? Well, the term might seem like it is hard to achieve, but it actually isn’t. All you need is a little dedication and you will be able to reap its numerous benefits. A zero-waste system, as the name implies, means having a lifestyle where you are fully committed to producing little to no waste at all. Implementing a zero-waste system in your home can not only enhance your lifestyle but also help you cut back on unnecessary expenditure. There are several ways of introducing a...

What is The Difference Between Being Zero-Waste and Eco-Friendly?

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What is The Difference Between Being Zero-Waste and Eco-Friendly? - Shop NO Plastic

There are a lot of similarities between going zero-waste and eco-friendly, yet there are not the same. Some people often mix these two terms up. Read on to find out the difference between being zero-waste and eco-friendly. Zero-Waste Being zero-waste actually has a somewhat narrower scope, that is, eliminating waste. The aim of going zero-waste is to make landfills obsolete. Yes, completely obsolete. Sounds good, right? When going zero-waste, there are several aspects that need to be considered, for example, the design of a product and creating a “cradle to cradle” system. This system is based on the idea that...

Everything You Need To Know About Natural Deodorants (FAQs)

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Everything You Need To Know About Natural Deodorants (FAQs) - Shop NO Plastic

Why You Should Consider Switching To Natural Deodorants There are many reasons why you should consider switching to natural deodorants. Firstly and most importantly, they are healthier for your body. Most of the ingredients found in conventional deodorants have been linked to a variety of health problems, including breast cancer. Natural deodorants have no chemicals, artificial fragrances, or preservatives and are often made with organic ingredients. This means that they are safer for your skin and will not irritate it like many conventional brands can do. The second reason is that they last longer than the products found in shops today....

The EcoEgg, a Sustainable Eco-Friendly Alternative to Traditional Laundry Products

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The EcoEgg, a Sustainable Eco-Friendly Alternative to Traditional Laundry Products - Shop NO Plastic

What is EcoEgg? The laundry egg is an innovative and unique laundry washing system that uses two types of mineral pellets (white and grey), encased in a recyclable egg, to thoroughly clean clothes. White mineral pellets: Made up of biodegradable surfactants, stabilizers, builders, and binders. It's these pellets that do most of the actual cleaning. Grey mineral pellets (tourmaline): Help to soften the laundry.  The grey tourmaline pellets naturally ionise the water. Together, the pellets work to clean your laundry for optimum results. In addition, the physical mechanics of the egg case are also a factor that aids in removing dirt from clothes, much...

5 ways to reduce your baby's exposure to microplastics.

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5 ways to reduce your baby's exposure to microplastics. - Shop NO Plastic

Did you know that a recent study discovered that babies swallow millions of microplastics each year? Dr. Kurunthachalam Kannan of New York University and his research team examined human exposure to two types of microplastics - polyethylene terephthalate (PET), found in food packaging and clothing, and polycarbonate (PC), found in toys and bottles. The pilot study discovered 36,000 nanograms of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) per gram of feces, ten times the amount found in adult feces. It's obvious when you think about it that babies will have greater exposure to PET. There are a number of ways in which babies may be ingesting microplastics besides drinking from plastic...

5 Plastic-Free Ways to Preserve Food

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5 Plastic-Free Ways to Preserve Food - Shop NO Plastic

So, you’ve decided to take steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle. With your canvas tote bags filled with amazing food, how are you going to keep it all fresh? 1) Vegan & Beeswax Wraps   Vegan and beeswax wraps are an amazing eco friendly, plastic-free, reusable alternative to cling film and other single-use options.  Convenient to use these food wraps help cut down on plastic waste and keep your food fresher for longer. Do not put any raw food in direct contact with the wraps. In these circumstances we recommend plant based cling film or compostable freezer bags. 2) Glass Containers Glass is a natural...

What to do with your unwanted Christmas presents

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What to do with your unwanted Christmas presents - Shop NO Plastic

My biggest foe par was purchasing a bread maker for my husband for Christmas.  That was over 10 years ago and I can still remember the expression on his face.  It's been a standing joke ever since. Thankfully I had the receipt and was able to return it to the store for a full refund.  So what can you do with your unwanted Christmas presents? 1. Return or exchange your gifts If there is a gift receipt in with the parcel, then you should be able to exchange the product.  Unfortunately a refund would normally go back on the buyers card...

Can you recycle wrapping paper?

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Wrapping paper is tough to recycle thanks to the glitter, shiny foils and shimmery add-ons, as well as layers of sticky tape and ribbons.  Low quality paper may also be rejected by local council waste schemes.  You can safely recycle brown paper - even if it's printed. 

What are dryer balls and do they work?

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What are dryer balls and do they work? - Shop NO Plastic

Save time, energy, and money Dryer balls are small balls that you put in your dryer with clothes used as an alternative to fabric softener, reducing static electricity or softening clothing, or to accelerate the drying process.  WHY ARE THEY SO ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY? Can shorten dryer time by up to 25% (depending on the load) Environmentally friendly, hypoallergenic, chemical free and fragrance free Reusable, safe and biodegradable Makes sheets and towels fluffier, less balling and twisting WHAT ARE THEY MADE FROM? Dryer balls are typically manufactured out of wool, rubber or plastic.  Our balls are made of 100% natural wool, our...

Laundry Detergent Sheets

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Laundry Detergent Sheets - Shop NO Plastic
Laundry Detergent Sheets are a zero waste alternative to traditional liquid, powder or detergent pods, without the chemical or environmental footprint. Sheets include all the necessary cleaning ingredients to banish dirt and grime in a dissolvable and biodegradable resin that you simply add to your usual wash.

Plastic Free July

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Plastic Free July - Shop NO Plastic

At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year. How does this make you feel? Are you ready to take the pledge to reduce plastic? Plastic Free July is a global initiative encouraging you to reduce your consumption of single-use plastics. Organisers understand that eliminating plastics for a whole month is nigh-on impossible, all they're asking is for you to be mindful and reduce the amount of plastic you use when possible. There is no argument that plastic is strong, light, cheap and versatile. It is an important material for our economy, providing multiple benefits to modern-day living. Right...

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