In recent times, many of us have become familiar with plastic free alternatives to household items, but here we take a look at 4 swaps that you may not be aware of...


1. Bamboo Charcoal Water Filters - These are a refreshingly simple alternative to plastic water filters. Simply leave them in a jug for four to six hours overnight to enjoy your clean, fresh water. Filters can be used in many ways around the house (they're perfect for absorbing odors when left in the fridge), and can be composted at the end of their life.



2.  Soapnuts - Two words you probably never expected to see together, but soapnuts have been used by natives of Asia and The Americas for thousands of years, and are a fantastic way of removing plastic from your laundry. Naturally sourced and hypoallergenic, they are totally biodegradable and can be used in any kind of washing machine. All you do is take 4-5 nuts, place them in a little cotton pouch, and throw them in the machine with your washing. You can use the same bag of nuts until they start to disintegrate, by which time you will have completed 3-4 washes, and fallen in love with these clever little nuts!



3. Compostable Sponges - Made out of wood-fibre, which makes them 100% biodegradable, plastic free and non-toxic to the environment. They can absorb and retain up to 10 times their weight in water, and will last ages!



4. Washing Up Bar - If you are looking to ditch plastic bottles from washing up, then this foaming bar is up to the task of tackling your dirty pots and pans! Organic, and powered completely by plants, it's safe for you and the planet!


Let us know if you have tried any of these four intriguing items, and what you thought of them.

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