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Boobalou’s Top 20 Reusable Products

Uncategorized, Zero Waste, Zero Waste Week
2015
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1. Steel Pint Cup
This simple pint cup can save tonnes of unnecessary single use plastic from entering landfill throughout your life. Perfect for refusing disposable cups at fast food restaurants and street vendors. Buying package free ice cream, smoothies and slushies. Great to use at deli counters for a package free lunch. Don’t be afraid to ask to use your reusable cup for buying food and drinks. I always keep at least one in my bag when leaving the house as you never know what type of packaging this will save you wasting each day. Can be used with or without the lid.

bamboo straw

2. Bamboo & Stainless Steel Straws
Disposable plastic straws seem to be everywhere now. It feels me with sadness when I see businesses given out two plastic straws with each drink! Is that really necessary? It’s simple to refuse single use straws. I need to tell bar attendants no straw while ordering a drink otherwise I may end up with one, or two! Pop a reusable straw in your bag before you leave the house and remember to say no to the disposable straw.

3. Reusable Bottle
Free from toxins and essential for your day to day needs. 15 million plastic bottles are used in the UK alone every day. We have high quality water literally on tap yet we still buy bottled water. It’s time to start refusing.

Did you know that bottled water is between 240 and 10,000 times more expensive than tap water? It can be more expensive than petrol. A quarter of all bottled water is simply filtered tap water.

It takes seven litres of water to make a single one litre plastic bottle. Drinking a bottle of water has the same impact on the environment as driving a car for a kilometre. Bottled water generates up to 600 times more CO2 than tap water.

Please remember your reusable bottle when you go out. We are very lucky to live in a country where we have access to a clean water source. Don’t forget to use it.

4. Family Cloth
Family cloth or reusable toilet roll is soft and gives a decent wipe compared to paper roll. It’s much cleaner than disposable roll as it’s washed before use. It is gentle on your delicate areas. Disposable roll is either bleached or dyed. These chemicals end up in our environment and our bodies. Toilet roll leaves paper particles on your sensitive bits, these can irritate and disturb the natural balance of your body.

This roll is designed to be placed in your toilet roll holder. I also stock basket and wipes sets that are designed to sit on the top of the toilet.

The thin plastic, also used around multipacks such as toilet roll, makes up 43% of all plastic household packaging waste and weighs a total of 645,000 tonnes every year. By switching to cloth you will save plastic landfill waste.

5. Reusable Kitchen Roll
Look great in your kitchen and are much more absorbent than paper towels. This cloth kitchen roll is easily snapped together, use one absorbent sheet at a time to clean or mop spills. With children in the house I am forever mopping up spills. You can use tea towels to mop spills however, I would end up going through 4-5 towels a day. That’s a lot of washing.

Reusable kitchen roll is easy to use. Just throw the sheets in your washing machine, no fabric conditioner. That’s it.

Paper kitchen roll carries a big carbon foot print and is non recyclable too. Reusable kitchen roll will save you money and will eliminate the plastic packaging that these products are purchased in. All this is extra landfill space.

tea bag

6. Organic Reusable Tea Bag
Replace commercial tea bags with reusables. Reduces packaging waste and the energy and sources used to produce commercial tea bags. Made from organic cotton (natural, unbleached), an organic cotton yarn as a string and a natural untreated wooden bead. Handmade in the UK.

7. Reusable Food Wrap/Sandwich Bags
Great for avoiding plastic cling film, foil and disposable sandwich bags. Use to cover bowls, wrap food and leftovers in the fridge/freezer. Use to wrap food at deli counters, farmers markets and bakeries. Great for buying unpackaged goods, saving paper and plastic bags while out and about or at home.

8. Canning Jar Adaptors
Up-cycle a jar into an eco-friendly lunch box or travel mug. Made from food-grade recycled plastic, diverting needless waste from landfill. BPA and phthalate free. Reuse canning jars again and again.

9. Reuse Envelope Labels
Become an envelope saviour with this label set designed for reusing envelopes and keeping them out of landfill. Great for reusing padded envelopes as most are non-recyclable! Plus those envelopes with the dreaded plastic window. Reuse envelopes again and again. Recycling should be the last option, reuse first.

10. Reusable Menstrual Products
Reusable washable sanitary towels are comfier, cleaner, more breathable and a whole lot prettier than disposable pads. They also contain no nasty chemicals and are more beneficial to vaginal health. They can also reduce menstrual cramps and produce a lighter flow.

They come in a variety of sizes, absorbencies and fabric to suit your individual need. It feels like an extension to your underwear instead of a rustling sticky disposable pad.

They are very easy to use, simply wash them and reuse again and again, zero waste.

Menstrual cups are a great alternative to tampons with no known risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. They collect blood rather then absorbing it. They are reusable for around 2 – 10 years depending on the brand and you only need one cup, so very good value for money too.

Depending on your flow and the cup you can wear a cup for around 12 hours before emptying.

11. Reusable Shopping Bags
Around 1 million plastics bags are used per minute. These plastics sit around for hundreds of years breaking down into very small pieces that pollute the land, sea and wildlife. Remember to refuse those little plastic fruit and veg bags too and use reusable tulle bags instead. They are light enough not to effect the scales. You can wash your veg in them just like a colander, and store them in the fridge. Much better than plastic bags and zero waste. The tulle bags let your fruit and veg BREATHE so it lasts longer! I use them regularly to purchase unpackaged rice, oats and many other staples in unpackaged stores and at markets. Also great to use as laundry bags to wash your make-up remover wipes etc.

Bamboo Charcoal Water Filters in Water

12. Bamboo Water Filters
A zero waste alternative to plastic water filters. Bamboo Charcoal Water Filters that can be reused in many useful ways throughout your house and composted at the end of their life.

Bamboo charcoal is a refreshingly simple and natural way of filtering tap water. Just leave it in a jug filled with tap water and it will slowly filter out impurities such as chlorine and chloramines.

An added benefit of using bamboo charcoal as a water filter is that it “mineralises” the water during initial usage by slowly releasing minerals – potassium, magnesium, etc. – into the water.

After using charcoal for 2 months as a water filter, don’t throw it away! Charcoal also regulates moisture, reduces odours, inhibits mould and keeps food fresh.

You can be creative and give your charcoal a second life, for example in:
*mouldy kitchen and bathroom corners
*places you keep food and fruits (e.g. the fridge, bread bin, fruit bowl)
*smelly places (e.g. the fridge, loo, shoes)
*places you want to keep very dry (e.g. chests of drawers)

When it’s time to say good-bye to your bamboo charcoal you can return it to the earth by crushing and burying it in the garden, in pot plants or mixing with compost, etc.

As if it hasn’t worked hard enough, crushed bamboo charcoal will help aerate soil and increase water retention, absorb excess moisture when it’s wet and release it when dry. Not bad after many months of multi-tasking for you!

13. Unsponges & a Bamboo Pot Scraper
A great way to reduce your plastic items within your household. Environmentally friendly and zero waste alternative to commercial scrapers and throw away sponges. Reusable and washable. Replace all those sponges and scourers sitting in landfill with one unsponge/pot scraper that you can reuse again and again. Biodegradable and compostable at the end of their life.

14. HankyBook
Instead of using boxes of tissues why not switch to a reusable HankyBook!

100% organic cotton, this ingenious reusable hankie will prevent the dreaded red nose. It’s soft and very absorbent. It has 8 folding pages that are bound together like a book. They have cute cover designs which you hold so your hands do not get dirty. Then closes so your pocket doesn’t get dirty either, genius!

Replaces tissues, napkins and baby wipes. Perfect for mopping up spills, cleaning camera lenses, glasses and great for backpacking too.

15. Reusable Coffee Cup
A stylish, sturdy and smart solution to enjoying your everyday cuppa, without beating up on your taste buds or Mother Nature by reducing landfill. Each year, 100 billion single use coffee cups go to landfill. It’s time to reduce this number, start refusing and keep on reusing.

Made from natural glass or organic bamboo fibre, with Silicon lids

Look great while enjoying your favourite beverage, hot or cold, on the move or in the office.

16. Bamboo Utensils
A zero waste alternative to plastic utensils. Plastic utensils are very wasteful and do not degrade. They are made from crude oil and have a large carbon footprint. Most plastic utensils will end up in landfill polluting the land or end up in rivers and seas. Replace all those plastic forks with biodegradable utensils. Pop one in your bag and your never be without your reusable alternative.

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17. Reusable Containers
Non toxic and can be used for countless waste free storage ideas. I use mine when ordering takeaways and storing left overs. Glass containers are great for freezing food too. Reusable containers are great for waste free shopping at Farmers Markets and deli counters too. Not just for the home but waste free shopping and lunch.

18. Reusable Baby Wipes/Make-up Remover Wipes
Make the simple switch to cloth baby and make-up remover wipes and reduce your landfill waste. Cloth wipes lift rather than smear leaving less residue. Just add water instead of a cocktail of chemicals that commercial companies have chosen. This is kind to your skin and the environment. Also saving plastic packaging landfill waste and your money.

19. Breast Pads
Soft and comfortable against your skin. More breathable to wear. Disposable pads do not degrade easily and are normally made from 90% plastic. These pads can be reused for general cleaning or as a menstrual cup coaster after use.

20. Ecoegg
A natural detergent in a reusable plastic egg shell, can last for 720 washes(3 years). Refill the pellets and reuse the outer shell casing again and again. Saves packaging waste from commercial detergents. Prevents toxic chemicals from entering our water system. Great for sensitive skin.

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