Saving money is something on everyone’s mind right now. The ‘cheap and cheerful’ stereotype may make less eco-conscious budget-cutters immediately think of switching to penny-saving disposable options, like plastic. This throwaway culture is the reason why more than 8 million tons of plastic gets dumped into our oceans every year, but there are many eco-friendly products out there as alternatives.
The majority of this is single-use plastic, which many consumers feel they can’t do without. But does saving money have to come at the expense of the planet?
Here at Eco Shoots, we say NO, and we’ve done the math for you.
By investing in these ten simple eco-friendly products for under £15 each, you could save £514.44 a year, and also the planet!
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Here are our Top 10 money-saving, eco-friendly products:
1. Reusable Cotton Pads
First up, we have the handiest money-saving tool you’ll ever find: Eco Shoots Reusable Cotton Pads. These soft pads have endless uses, from skincare to removing makeup.
The material is entirely sustainable, made with a blend of cotton and bamboo fibre.
These pads come with 2 handy bags for machine-washing & storage and have a stylish black bamboo layer to avoid those pesky dark makeup stains.
The average person spends £66 a year on cotton pads, with most packs weighing in at £1.50 for a pack of 100; you could be saving an average of £53 on cotton pads a year!
2. Washable Anti-Virus Handmade Face Mask
Next up is a reusable product that’s been on everyone’s mind lately: an anti-virus face mask.
Luxury cotton is double-layered for extra protection, and the adjustable elastic makes for a comfortable, breathable fit.
Gone are the days of sweaty, factory-produced disposable masks, as this easily-to-wash mask is handmade! The seller sells face-masks in a range of designs, but our favourite is this adorable penguin design.
At just £9.89, this mask can last all year round. And when a pack of 50 masks is £30, this reusable mask is saving you a total of £219 a year!
3. Reusable Water Bottle
The average consumer spends £150 on plastic bottles a year, but with a Moon Bottle, you could be saving up to £135.01 a year.
Moon Bottles’ stainless-steel water bottle is cheaper and more durable than other leading competitors. Each bottle comes free with both leakproof and lifetime guarantee – much better than a plastic bottle!
Unlike single-use plastic bottles, Moon Bottles come in zero-waste packaging, showing off their stylish design. What’s more, each bottle is BPA-free, with a scratch-resistant coating, and can stay hot for 24 hours, and cold for 12 hours.
Choose from six modern colours, and be the envy of all your friends.
4. Bamboo Cotton Buds
During 2018, 22 cotton buds were found for every 100 metres of UK beach. Pollution isn’t the only bad part, as the Q-tip’s long thin shape was found to pierce the organs of marine animals that accidentally ingest them (source).
That’s why Eco Shoots created Bambuds. Completely zero-waste, biodegradable and compostable, these bamboo cotton buds are essential for everyday life.
Whether using the Bambuds for self-cleaning, makeup-application, or arts and crafts, these organic cotton Q-tips come in a value pack of 1000, for just £8.99!
We here at Eco Shoots care about the environment so much that we’ll even donate a portion of profits to environmental charities. Save the planet and your wallet with our eco-friendly products!
5. Period Cup
This one is for our uterus-owning readers. Periods are way too expensive, with most of us spending £128 a year on sanitary products, alone.
Do you want to save £113.30 of that total? We bring you: The My Green Vibes Menstrual Cup.
This period cup is vegan, made of 100% medical-grade silicone and can last for up to 10 years! Yep, you read that right.
This cup is soft, flexible and comfortable and can be worn for up to 12 hours. Over 3,000 tampons and tons of waste is saved with this handy reusable product.
The best part is, if you don’t like it, My Green Vibes has a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee, so you never have to lose a penny.
6. Reusable Coffee Cup
Number six says no to plastic, and yes to style, with Pure Earth’s Reusable Coffee Cup.
This travel mug is insulated, double-walled, and made with rice husks, so it’s 100% recyclable! You can breathe easy knowing for each cup purchased, Pure Earth plants a tree.
As well as saving the environment, you’re saving money because the majority of coffee shops now offer a discount for bringing your own cup.
It’s a win-win! Nothing like your disposable paper-plastic coffee cup, the Pure Earth cup is suitable for hot and cold drinks.
This makes it perfect for any beverage, whether Frappuccino or americano. With two bold colours to choose from – azure white or living coral – you could be the talk of your commute.
7. Reusable Stretch Lids
How does no clingfilm ever again, sound?
A revolution in the food storage industry, and a vegan alternative to beeswax wraps, silicone stretch lids are an essential addition to any kitchen and line up of eco-friendly products.
Being non-toxic and tasteless means that silicone lids can be used for just about anything.
This includes covering bowls, cans, jars, half-cut fruit, and more, with no mess or waste. These silicone stretch lids are a steal at just £9.99 for 12.
A National Geographic study recently suggested that the average consumer uses 10 or more rolls of cling film a year. With clingfilm at £2.50 a pop, using these silicone stretch lids will save you £15.01 a year.
Leakproof, and incredibly easy to clean (they’re even dishwasher-safe) – what are you waiting for?
8. Bulldog Razor
Can you imagine being able to own one razor your entire life?
Not just for beards, the Bulldog Bamboo razor is your green alternative to disposable plastic shavers.
A sleek bamboo handle attaches to multi-featured replaceable blades for a clean, even shave.
This product comes free with two replaceable blades.
With major stockists like Boots, it’s incredibly easy to get your Bulldog fix.
9. Reusable Baking Paper
Another genius eco-friendly kitchen product, this reusable baking paper is a bargain at £14.99 for 3.
Now that lockdown means that home baking is on the rise (if you haven’t already noticed the national shortage of flour), baking paper is being used more than ever.
We all know that the worst part of baking is the washing up. But this non-stick, reusable baking paper is dishwasher safe and lasts a lifetime.
The best part?
It might even improve your cooking, too, as reusable baking paper promotes “even and consistent results, with no burned or undercooked spots”.
10. Eco Sponge For Kitchen
Finally, our last top pick is essential for every eco-friendly kitchen. Sustainable brand Zero Waste World has created money-saving, natural kitchen sponges.
Not only does this handy package save you 6 months of sponges, but it also saves you money, as its non-scratch, absorbent material makes it useful for any surface.
You may find yourself saving money with washing-up liquid soap, too, as the sponge’s loofah fruit material ‘foams well and consumes less liquid/soap’.
Not convinced yet? Read their reviews!
By making these 10 simple changes to your household, you could be saving tons of money, as well as the planet. Shop smart: shop sustainably!