There’s no hiding from the fact that we as a society have an enormous plastic problem, and it’s something that won’t be solved unless we all make a conscious effort to reduce our single-use plastic consumption. That’s why we’ve been supporting Plastic Free July this year – we want to cut plastic out of our lives and hopefully help you do the same, with info on where to shop and what brands to buy from. We also want to acknowledge the individuals and businesses that are doing their bit, whether it’s through creating innovative plastic free products and packaging or offering expert tips and tricks on how to make your lifestyle more sustainable, with our Plastic Free Awards 2021.
Best Food Delivery Packaging
DabbaDrop is all about curry with a conscience. You sign up for either weekly or fornightly deliveries and you will be sent a regularly changing selection of veg curries, dal, rice and roti all made with fresh, quality ingredients. With your first delivery you’ll also get a reusable tiffin box for an extra £15 charge – each time you get a new delivery you just give back your old (clean!) tiffin box and keep swapping it out. You can even use it as a lunch box in between deliveries.
Most Innovative Toiletry Solution
KANKAN is essentially soap in cans and is here to make refills simple. Unlike plastics. which can only be recycled a couple of times before they’re no longer recyclable, aluminium cans have no such lifespan. Not only are cans infinitely recyclable, it’s already very easy to recycle metal in the UK. So when you crack open a KANKAN can, you can dispense your hand or body wash into a glass bottle and then pop them into your recycling bin safe in the knowledge that they’ll be turned back into another can.
Best Plastic Free Resource
Founded by Beth Noy after she started to hate how much plastic she was being forced to buy, Plastic Freedom is a one-stop shop when it comes to plastic free goods. The site collates a ton of plastic-free brands, covering everything from make-up to homeware to food, in one place and ships everything without any plastic packaging. Beth also provides gives tips and advice on her fave products and how to start making swaps of your own.
Best Plastic Free Store
Fin and Earth
Run by Seda and Bert, Fin and Earth in Dalston stocks a range of sustainable and plastic-free products from groceries and food to cleaning refills and lifestyle items. You can shop online too, with everything shipped in plastic free, compostable and recyclable packaging. They also support environmental organisations like 1% For The Planet and Coral Guardian who are fighting to make the world a better place.
Best Sustainable Swimwear Brand
British brand Batoko specialises in bold swimwear made from recycled plastic – they’ve recycled the equivalent weight of 300,000 plastic bottles to date. Batoko keeps its collection small to ensure sustainable production and uses digital printing to minimise waste.
Best Conscious Fashion Brand
Each reusable Kind Bag is made of six plastic bottles (which have been turned into RPET fabric) and because it’s 100% RPET the bag itself can even be recycled again. Weighing just 50g, easily foldable, and with the capacity of three regular plastic bags, it’s the ultimate reusable bag. Kind also has a backpack range where the bags are made from 53 reycled plastic bottles.
Best Cleaning Products
Spruce has two non-toxic cleaning products – multi-purpose and bathroom – which come in compostable sachets, so all you have to do is empty them into the reusable aluminium bottles, add water, and spray away. The Eternity bottles are plastic-free, durable and infinitely recyclable, and the refills are free from harsh chemicals, pesticides, palm oil, petroleum and artificial fragrances. And because Spruce doesn’t include any water in its products, they save on shipping weight helping to reduce the brand’s carbon footprint.
Plastic Free Ambassador
Trying to reduce your plastic intake is harder than it sounds and it can be a bit overwhelming knowing how or where to start. That’s where a site like Trash Plastic comes in handy. Run by Londoner Sophie Tait, it’s an incredible resource of sustainable swaps for the whole house, with everything from plastic-free dental care to pet food and kitchen goods. If you’re serious about going plastic-free Trash Plastic will come as a huge help.
Readers’ Choice Award
We as a society have an enormous plastic problem – around 8 million metric tonnes of plastic are thrown into the ocean every year, polluting the waters and destroying wildlife. Ocean Bottle is trying to stem that tide with its reusable bottles. As well as the bottles themselves containing upcycled ocean-bound plastic, for every one sold Ocean Bottle funds the collection of 11.4kgs of ocean-bound plastics (that’s the equivalent of 1000 plastic bottles). So not only does Ocean Bottle help you switch away from single-use plastic, it’s actively addressing the plastic that’s already polluting the environment too.