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There are little trades you can make with things you use every day, that will do more to protect the environment. From trading single use items like cotton pads to cleaning tools, we share our 5 favourite things that not only help cleanse your home but cleanse your soul.

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1. Do you currently use single use cotton pads to remove your makeup or nail varnish? Switch to cotton cloths that can be washed and used again and again. It’ll save you money and reduce your environmental impact in the process.

Reusable Cotton Cloths

Bamboo Cotton Face Pads, £9.99

2. Instead of using single use cling film to wrap your fruit, veg, open packets or sandwiches, make the trade to Beeswax food wraps. They’re brilliant at keeping foods fresh and best of all, they can be used over again. Plus, they come in some really cute colours and are sure to brighten up the fridge.

Beeswax food wraps

Beeswax Food Wraps, set of 6, £10.99

3. When it comes to cooking, instead of using single-use foil or baking paper, get yourself some reusable baking sheets. They have a non-stick coating to protect your dishes and help you to create healthier meals. They can be washed to use time and time again and even put in the dishwasher for convenience.

Reusable baking sheets

Re-usable Baking Sheets, pack of 5, £14.90

4. Say goodbye to sponges for good! Most household sponges cannot be recycled as they’re made of mixed plastic. It would take a terrifying 52,000 years for the sponges that end up at landfill to decompose. So switching these is a really effective change! These wooden dish brushes are free from plastic, made from renewable materials, the brush head is removable and replaceable and the bristles are 100% biodegradable! They’re also quite cost effective as they last much longer than a conventional sponge.

Reusable Washing Up Brush

Wooden Dish Brush, £3.95

5 Upgrade your water bottle to one that can last a lifetime! SHO’s water bottles can hold hot or cold drinks, they’re free from chemicals, and if you encounter any problems with your bottle, they’ll take care of it with their lifetime guarantee. Now that is a bottle we can behind.

SHO reusable water bottle

SHO Water Bottle, from £12.99 depending on size.

Want to do more? Our guide to reducing plastic use is a must read!

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