We have some brilliantly designed British-made products that can replace the plastic disposable items you use daily. Here’s some ideas to get you started on swapping out your single use plastics for reusable products made in the UK.
A recent survey by Deloitte found that 61% of consumers have reduced their usage of single use plastics in order to be more sustainable.
The same survey also discovered that 45% of consumers are now seeking out locally produced goods as well.
We all know the reasons why we should be trying to replace single use plastics items with reusable alternatives, but by replacing them with a product that is also made in the UK, and as locally as possible, it offers a double benefit! By choosing UK-made products you also reduce your carbon footprint by decreasing the amount of shipping and air miles involved in manufacturing a product overseas.
Eco-friendly swaps for the home
UK-made Beeswax food wraps from Bee Zero Waste
Bee Zero Waste offer Beeswax Wraps and Vegan Wax Wraps that are 100% handmade in Leicester. Using ingredients from local suppliers, helping their customers go ”Zero Waste” and at the same time backing the U.K. industry and Beekeeping.
Hand crafted in Britain Tweed fabric device covers from Hettie
Born and manufactured in the UK, Hettie combines beautiful design with family conscious values and ethical responsibility. Protect your devices with their luxury, locally sourced fabric covers.
Ceramic homeware and kitchenware made in the UK from Keeeps
Why not swap out ceramic for plastic? Not only are ceramics unique, but they are also much kinder to the planet!
Keeeps is an online store selling a collection of ceramics from potters all around the UK. They have options from beautiful ceramic mugs and home decor to pet bowls, or even make your own with their clay kit.
Felted UK wool laundry balls from Little Beau Sheep
Little Blue Sheep‘s 100% wool dryer balls help speed up drying time and softens clothes naturally eliminating the need for fabric softeners or disposable dryer sheets. They are also much quieter and more environmentally friendly than the single use plastics alternatives. Handmade in Yorkshire from British wool, these chemical free alternatives to liquid fabric softeners and dryer sheets will last for 1,000’s of loads.
Leather wall storage from P Kirkwood, designed and made in the UK
Perfect for those who love minimalistic interior design or if you’re looking for something different than plastic shelves. P Kirkwood handcrafts leather accessories for your home studio also including mouse mats and pen holders.
British-made Reusable wipes and matching wash bag from Tag Togs
Aiming to reduce the amount of disposable single waste plastics going to landfill or down the loo blocking pipes, Tag Togs have designed washable wipes. Made from high-quality jersey cotton and backed with a luxurious bamboo terry towelling. These also come with a matching wash bag in an array of cute patterns.
Sustainable beauty swaps
British-made, plastic free everyday care products from Appletree & Avalon
Appletree and Avalon is the first exclusively 100% UK made & eco-friendly small independent (online only) Home, Beauty & Gift store. They provide their customers with simple everyday sustainable options that are affordable, good quality and are better in helping to support our natural world.
Reusable makeup remover and nursing pads from Easterkins
Easterkins are an ethical and sustainable children’s clothing brand made using solar power, in the heart of the Rhondda Valleys, South Wales. Made from the fabric left over from their other products, Easterkins are able to reduce their own manufacturing waste too.
100% natural skin and haircare products from Funky Soap Shop
Funky Soap Shop is a small business located in the heart of London dedicated to crafting high quality, healthy and effective skin and hair care products that will nourish your skin and be kind to our planet. Opt for aluminium refillable options for your hair and skincare needs over single use plastics containers.
Vegan-friendly artisan soap, bath & body products from Kalabash
Be transported to warmer climates with Caribbean-inspired skincare products from Kalabash. Made by hand in small batches in Bedfordshire, using 100% natural ingredients. For people who care about their skin and the planet.
UK-made stylish reusable razor from Urban Jack
Experience a plastic-free shave with Urban Jack‘s double edge safety razor. With easy to source replacement blades (which you can even recycle!) there’s no need to ever by a disposable razor ever again.
Plastic free gifts
Refillable leather notebooks from Roslyn Whiting Leathercraft
This refillable journal handmade by Roslyn Whiting Leathercraft is designed to fit a Moleskin brand cahier pocket notebook. Making it the perfect size to fit in a jacket pocket or a bag, so you can use it at home or out and about.
Made from luxurious veg tanned calfskin, it will develop a beautiful patina and improve with age and use.
Eco-friendly coconut bubble kits from Dr Zigs
Aiming to being carbon neutral as possible, Dr Zigs use sustainable materials for their fun bubble kits for children, pets and adults alike. The bowls are completely handmade from reclaimed coconuts, the handle is made of sustainably sourced bamboo, and the rope is 100% cotton.
Fabwrap alternative sustainable gift wrapping from Jacwicks Designs
Made from rescued from landfill fabric Fabwrap produced by Jacwicks Designs is new form of beautiful sustainable gift wrapping, that’s environmentally friendly and reduces landfill waste. Made from luxury fabrics in a range of colours, Fabwrap is the easy way to make gifts look fabulous in no time, for years to come.
Sustainable cutlery felt pouch made in the UK by SLOOW Studio
SLOOW Studio creates simple, concise, craft solutions that provide a sustainable alternative to disposable fashion. Ultimately simplifying an individual’s life, empowering the message to buy better, buy once. Developing a trend for life of simple, slow living.
Each felt pouch is individually handmade from 100% wool. The cutlery set is made from coconut wood and includes x 1 fork, knife, spoon and chop sticks – perfect for a picnic.
UK-made handcrafted refillable pens from Whitlock Wooden Designs
Whitlock Wooden Designs create handmade fountain pens and wooden ballpoint pens using exotic and temperate woods from around the globe. All of the pens are made in their own Northampton workshop on a woodturning lathe using traditional tools and techniques.
The unique pens are made in a wide range of styles and colours and make beautiful handmade wooden gifts for anyone who appreciates fine writing instruments.