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Plastic-Free July: Week 3

Welcome to the third week of Plastic-Free July! We hope you have been enjoying our posts so far. Check out our Instagram for more content in the next couple of weeks!


This week we will be focussing on plastic-free alternatives for your personal care regime. It is easy to forget how much plastic we consume as a part of our daily routines, and so in this blog we will be looking through a few products you can switch out to make your routine more plastic-free in the future.


1. Choose to reuse your makeup rounds! Makeup rounds usually come in a plastic bag from your local pharmacy or supermarket, and are designed to be single-use. After removing your makeup for the day, the cotton pad has served its purpose, and is left to be thrown away.

  • However, this can be changed!

  • Instead, opt for a one-time purchase of reusable makeup rounds, and instead of throwing each cotton pad in the rubbish bin, throw them into your laundry bin to be washed and reused again and again!

  • Not only are you cutting out plastic packaging and single use products, you are also reducing the length of your future shopping list - you will never need to buy makeup rounds again.

  • We have a huge range of reusable makeup rounds to choose from, including a choice of bamboo, cotton, white or black. Some even come with a handy laundry bag to make washing even easier!

  • Check out our stocklist below for more information



2. Toothpaste? Try tooth-tabs!


Toothpaste is a staple product in any bathroom, however it is also one that comes with a huge amount of plastic waste. From the plastic tube to the plastic cap, regular toothpaste packaging is hugely wasteful.

  • So, for Plastic-Free July, why not try something new?

  • Tooth tablets are a new way for you to get your toothpaste without the excessive plastic waste! We have a range of brands and flavours, so check out our stock list for more information.

  • Simply pop one in your mouth, crush, and start brushing to get your new routine going!

  • These tablets are great for travelling light- just pick up however many you will be needing for your trip, and leave the rest at home!

  • If the tablet form does not appeal to you, we have more options.

  • Georganics, Truthpaste and Ben & Anna toothpaste comes in solid form in a glass jar, so try that out if you want to stick closer to your usual habits whilst still reducing your plastic usage!




3. Switch up your Shampoo and Conditioner


Finding a good hair care product can be hard, which is why it is often easy to stick with your routine. But here at The Refill Pantry, we have some wonderful natural products that will be amazing for your hair, and also plastic-free!

  • We have a range of different products to give you a range of choice when it comes to hair care

  • Firstly, we have Beauty Kubes, the most innovative example of plastic-free hair care. These shampoo ‘cubes’ come in a small cardboard box, and each cube can be used for one hair wash. Each cube just needs to be crumbled, lathered up in the shower, and then used just like your usual shampoo!

  • Next up we have the ‘soap bar’ form, for both your shampoo and your conditioner. Use these just like you’d use a bar of soap, but for your hair instead!

  • Finally, we have the option most similar to your usual bottle of shampoo or conditioner. Wash out your empty bottles and reuse them at our refill stations, where you can choose from a range of products, brands and scents.

  • See our stock list for the full range of options for shampoo and conditioner products.



4. Finish off with a plastic-free deodorant


Deodorant packaging can be some of the worst out there. However, if everyone switched to a plastic-free alternative, we could eliminate up to 1.5 million pounds (750 tons) of plastic waste annually.

  • At The Refill Pantry we have a range of products to remove plastic packaging from this area of your personal care.

  • FitPit deodorant comes in a glass jar with a metal lid, which are not only recyclable, but can also be returned to The Refill Pantry for reuse, in return for some money back, contributing to a circular economic system.

  • This deodorant comes in a paste form, which simply needs to be rubbed into your underarm area for full coverage!

  • If you are used to using stick deodorant, we have a range of paper-based alternatives. Check out our stock list for more details!



Sources:

https://www.recyclingtoday.com/article/procter-gamble-deodorant-paper-packaging-recycling/


Stock List:


Makeup Rounds:

Cheeky Wipes Cotton White/Black £12.50

Cheeky Wipes Bamboo White/Black £10.50

Organic Cotton Facial Pads (5 pack) £6.50

Ecovibe 16 Reusable Make Up Remover Pads & Bag £14.00


Dental products:

Georganics Tooth Tablets Spearmint 120 £8.90

Denttabs (With Fluoride) £1.40 per 100g

Parla UK made Toothtablets

Georganics Toothpaste Small/Large, Peppermint/Spearmint £6.90/£8.40

Ben and Anna Orange Toothpaste with Fluoride £8.00

Ben and Anna Charcoal Toothpaste £8.00

Truthpaste Fennel £9.50

Truthpaste Peppermint £9.50


Shampoo and Conditioner

Beauty Kubes (Normal/Oily/Normal to Dry) £9.50

Soul & Soap Shampoo Bars £7.00

(coconut, floral freesia, Jasmine, Peppermint, Tea Tree)

Juliet Rose Shampoo Bars £4.00

(Thyme & Lemongrass/Apple & Jojoba/Neem & Avocado)

Juliet Rose Conditioner Bars £8.00


Conditioner Refills:

Lime, Basil & Mandarin £1.40

Lan Y Mor £1.40

Coconut & Argan Oil £0.90

Faith In Nature Coconut £1.30


Shampoo Refills:

Cole & Co Lime, Basil & Mandarin £1.30

Alter/native Rose & Geranium £1.00


Deodorant

Kutis Deodorant £7.00

Lemongrass & Tea Tree

Lavender & Bergamot

Grapefruit & Rose

Orange & Patchouli

Fit Pit Small(25ml)/Large(100ml) £4.75/£12.00

(Woman/Tea Tree & Orange/Sensitive/Peppermint/Men)

Biork Crystal Deodorant £12.50

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