sustainable living tips Tried and tested eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products
THANKS to Greta Thunberg, sustainability is at the forefront of everyone's mind.
We are more aware now than ever that plastic pollution is a global problem — with billions of tonnes dumped in landfills and clogging our oceans.
And ever take a look at the ingredient list of your household cleaners? Not only are many toxic, these chemicals can end up in our waterways.
I am one of the many people interested in how to make a difference, however small.
I recycle. I buy second hand. I have a metal water bottle and a reusable cup. But my shower is littered with plastic bottles, my daughter scoffs single-use fruit pouches and everyone in my house has at least two plastic toothbrushes.
So I have set out to see what eco options are out there and how they stack up to the ones I use now.
Here are some eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products I have tried and tested.
SHAMPOO BARS - €11
PRESSED CONDITIONER - €12 CORK POT - €8.95
I was initially sceptical about these but I was pleasantly surprised.
The shampoo bar lathered up a treat and left my hair squeaky clean.
It takes a little while longer to apply the conditioner and I didn't think it worked well — until I rinsed it and my hair was soft and manageable.
The only thing is my hair was left slightly more oily at the roots than with my regular shampoo and conditioner does. But these are great overall. See lush.com.
ECO EGG - €15
The mineral pellets in this laundry egg work to draw dirt from clothing fibres and soften your clothes by changing the pH of the water.
It is non-biological and lasts for 70 washes before you need a refill. If you switch from liquid detergent and fabric conditioner you'll save up to 40 bottles of plastic each year.