From plastic bottles, to chemical-laden cleaning products and everything in between – homewares today are riddled with toxins that are harmful to our health as well as the environment. And with many big brands guilty of greenwashing, it can be difficult to discern the truly ethical companies from the ones simply putting profits above all else.
But don’t panic: we’re here to help. These 7 brands offer eco-friendly alternatives, so you can stock up on sustainable pieces while keeping your home green and clean. Plus, grab yourself a bargain while you’re at it, as our friends have shared some great money-saving deals below!
Traditional cleaning products are full of chemicals that are toxic, not only to the planet, but to humans as well. Squeeky cleaning products are 100% natural; the healing power of plants has long been recognised and the evidence is clear! In fact, one Squeeky Cleaner suffered terribly with contact dermatitis, but within two weeks of using the brand’s cleaning products, she’d noticed a marked improvement; she’s now 100% free from the allergy symptoms and, in her words, “...using The Squeeky Cleaners organic products has given me my life back!”
Bio-D’s new natural furniture polish is made with a blend of plant-based wax and natural oils, and can be used on any natural wood around the home. The vegan furniture polish contains linseed oil to nourish the wood and protect against everyday use, resisting finger marks and spillages after continued use. You can have peace of mind with these polish, too, as it’s free from all of the nasties, including parabens, SLS, phthalates, triclosan, mineral oils, palm oil, GMOs, animal-derived ingredients, animal testing, synthetic fragrances and plastic. The Bio D Furniture Polish is an Ethical Consumer Best Buy product as well as being packed in a recycled and recyclable aluminium tin.
Ecozone’s Magnoloo is a long-term maintenance product that helps to prevent limescale build-ups by using the power of magnets to soften water. Utilising the same technology as the company’s Magnoball, which can be used in dishwashers and washing machines, when placed in the toilet cistern, the Magnoloo aids the prevention of limescale without the use of chemicals or bleaches. Magnoloo is just one of over 100 eco-friendly, vegan and cruelty-free cleaning solutions in the Ecozone product range, which also includes drain-cleaning sticks that use enzymes to break down blockages, and degradable bin liners that decompose quickly without leaving harmful residues behind.
Nobody wants to hurt when they’re already hurting, but sadly this is the case for the one in four people that (until now!) have had no alternative to conventional wound dressings that cause irritation on their skin.
Made from sustainable bamboo fibre and 100% natural ingredients, PATCH is the world’s original and only eco plaster, which doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. Not only are they strong and durable, they’re infused with the added benefits of natural ingredients, which means they’re home compostable, and the perfect zero-waste addition to your medicine cabinet.
The health of the planet is critical to our collective wellbeing. A circular economy plays its part, reducing our demand on raw materials by reusing what we already have. That is why ReChic has taken the bold step to only sell home décor that contains recycled materials – and that doesn’t mean compromising on quality!
The striking Barcelona Rainbow vase is the perfect example, with thick, chunky glass that’s mouth-blown using soft drinks bottles from a well-known brand. Visit the website to see the full range of products and innovative materials available.
Save 15% site wide until the end of October with code LIVE15. From £19.99, rechic.co.uk
Out on a walk and need quick access to your reusable water bottle? The ChicoBag bottle sling is the perfect answer. Made from 100% recycled PET plastic, this sustainable bottle sling is the ideal complement to your reusable water bottle. When not in use, simply roll your sling into its zipped pouch and keep it in your pocket. This easy, lightweight design makes the perfect hands-free companion, meaning you can always have your bottle by your side.
The Klean Kanteen plastic-free Reflect bottle is the perfect eco swap. Crafted using sustainably harvested bamboo, food-grade silicone and stainless-steel, it contains no paint or plastic, and perfectly embodies Klean Kanteen’s mission to help reduce single-use plastic in the world. Take it with you everywhere for hydration on the go, and you’ll never have to buy or throw away a plastic bottle again!
Available in both insulated and non-insulated variations to suit everyone’s adventure needs, the Reflect bottle uses Klean Kanteen’s Climate Lock double-wall vacuum insulation to keep contents cold for up to 20 hours or iced for up to 40 hours.