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11 Sustainable living homeware and personal products on Amazon

While many of us are trying our absolute hardest to avoid shopping on amazon and choosing to shop from smaller businesses, that isn't always easy for everyone. The fact is, the reason Amazon is so popular is that it is convenient as well much cheaper. Amazon offers competitive prices and products available at your door the very next day. Some people don’t have the time to shop around for their eco-products or the money to buy more expensive options.

I’m not here to deter people from starting their journey to sustainable living by telling them not to shop from amazon. Everyone has to start somewhere. So here is a list of sustainable living homeware products you can buy on amazon to get you started on your journey.

  • Bamboo dish brush

You can easily purchase an eco-friendly washing-up set on amazon. I have found that the kitchen is a great place to start cutting out your plastic. These kinds of sets and bamboo alternatives can be quite pricey if you don’t know where to look for them. On Amazon, you can find them for as little as £3.50 but an entire set with replacement wooden heads for around £13-22. This might seem expensive but in my experience buying the set will last you ages and is much cheaper than some other stores.

It’s a good place to start, but worth checking you can easily buy replacement heads at a reasonable price before you buy a set.

  • Compost bin

A compost bin might not be the first thing on your list of sustainable changes to make to your home. But it should be a close second or third. People waste so much food every day without a thought about where it goes and how it decomposes. Composting your food waste is one of the easiest ways to be eco-friendly as it takes very little effort.

You can easily buy a compost bin on amazon and set it up in your garden. You can buy one which is like a potato grow bag for as little as £6.50. I made my compost bin out of pallet wood, but if you are not up from the grind of making one, this is a good way to go.

  • Swedish dishcloth

Swedish dish clothes are a hit in my house. After I introduced them to my mum we never looked back and have been using them for around a year now. This cleaning cloth is made from plant-based fibre making them easily biodegradable. But the best part about them is actually how convenient they are. They make a great alternative to paper towels and are perfect for wiping surfaces and even dishes.

You can buy multi-packs on Amazon in some exciting different colours and patterns. They are the perfect addition to your kitchen.

  • Clear glass spray bottles

Using clear glass spray bottles in your kitchen can come in really handy. They are plastic-free so you don’t have to worry about trying to figure out if you can actually recycle them later. As far as sustainable living homeware products go, these ones are an easy and simple option. It will help you make the switch to a low waste kitchen in no time, as you can choose to refill them with cleaning supplies or make your own surface cleaner with essential oils and lemon juice.

This is a simple and effective swap that amazon can help you make.

  1. Refill Jars

Buying some refill jars is another easy one. These items help give you the option to refill what you need like pasta or rice from a refill store, or to buy in bulk and easily measure out servings.

I find that refilling spices or making up your own spice mixes is a great and easy swap. Meaning you no longer need to buy a taco season kit ever again! Your refill jars have got you covered!

  • Shampoo and Soap bars

Shampoo and soap bars are other easy swaps to make. If you don’t know where to pick up a reliable brand you can easily find them on amazon. My current go-to is Nuddy and Garnier shampoo bars. They are usually quite cheap

  • Bamboo toothbrush

Bamboo toothbrushes are one of the most readily available items on Amazon. You can easily find a pack for less than £5 on prime delivery. In this sense Amazon practically makes the swap easy for you, all you need to do is choose what colour toothbrush you want.

  • Beeswax wraps

Using Beeswax wraps helps you cut out other means of food storage such as plastic bags, and clingfilm. As they are breathable, they help keep your food fresh for longer. Rather than clingfilm which keeps moisture in and makes your lunch go soggy.

  • Produce bags

Taking your own produce bags with you to the store is a great way to cut back on plastic. Many people are just in the habit of taking the small plastic bags available for their fresh produce. Some people who go but of their way bring a reusable tote with them for their shopping also fall into this trap.

Some supermarkets in the UK make it easy to find reusable produce bags, as they tend to be within reach of the loose fruit and veg. But I have only seen this in Sainsbury's or Waitrose and not everyone has one of these stores nearby. They can also be quite pricy in the supermarket, so if you want to make the swap but for cheaper give Amazon a try. As can buy a set of 9 for just less than £10. With something like this you might not need them all, so you can even go halves with a friend.

  • Menstrual cups

I love good period swaps, and menstrual cups are my favourite. Amazon has a great selection, and the benefit of this shopping platform is that you can read the reviews. The products might be cheaper but you also have the benefit of purchasing with a good selection of verified reviews at your fingertips.

Hopefully reading about other people's experiences will help you find a menstrual cup that works for you. You can find reliable brands like Organi cup, Mooncup and Lena Cups for as little as £13. You may have to shop around but it will be worth it

  • Period Pants

Just like with menstrual cups, there is a great selection of period pants on Amazon. Admittedly with this one, I would be a little more hesitant in which band I choose. As I am yet to see a well known period pants brand on amazon, but plenty of options from independent sellers. Make sure to do your research

What will you change in your own life and home to make a difference?

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