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10 Sustainable Swaps for Plastic-Free July

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Plastic Free Swap Selection


There are so many ways which we can get involved in Plastic Free July. From avoiding single use plastic altogether to just choosing 2-3 items to avoid like plastic period products, takeaway coffee cups or choosing one room to focus on - like your bathroom! You could also just commit for a week, rather than the whole month. 



An IPSOS survey in 2021 of over 20,000 people in 28 countries revealed that 29% of global consumers surveyed were aware of Plastic Free July and, of those, 13% participated. This meant an estimated 140 million people worldwide took part in Plastic Free July from 190 countries.

Plastic Free July participants:

  • reduce their household waste and recycling by 15kg per person per year (3.5% less waste)
  • globally they reduced 2.1 billion tonnes of waste and recycling including 300 million kgs of plastic consumption
  • 86% people made changes that have become habits/ a way of life
  • after 11 years Plastic Free July has reduced global demand by 2.3% of all bottled water, 3.1% of all fruit and vegetable packaging, 4.0% of all plastic straws

Here are some ways that you can swap out your disposable plastic products for sustainable, reusable ones:

100% home compostable, natural and vegan.

Unlike regular chewing gum, Chewsy is completely plastic-free and made from plants with no nasty chemicals such as aspartame, artificial flavours and sweeteners.

Chewsy plastic free gum

A plastic free Cleaning Pad. Skilfully hand-made from layers of natural loofah plant, stitched together for extra scrubbing power. It is ideal for cleaning surfaces, chopping boards, baths, sinks, tiles & taps. It will last for months with normal use and when worn out can be home composted as it's 100% biodegradable. 

These Reusable Make Up Remover pads are made from 100% cotton and each pack contains 4 small pads. They're perfect for cleansing, removing make up or nail polish and reducing the amount of bathroom waste we create!

This 4 pack is handmade in Oxford by Jennifer and are 7.5cm diameter. 

Flux's classic bikini period underwear combines style with function. Holding up to four tampons' worth, they are a dream to wear day and night and can be worn leak-free for up to 12 hours!

Period Pants

A replacement for plastic cling film that can be reused! These wraps are 100% vegan and home compostable.  Made in the UK from organic cotton and natural vegan wax.

 Made of GOTS certified organic cotton! Simply add loose tea, enjoy a fresh cuppa, then rinse or wash and enjoy again and again.

Reusable Tea Bags

A vegan, palm-free soap made with skin-loving oils and butters, mild enough to be used by all skin types to gently cleanse and moisturise the skin with a luxurious creamy lather leaving a fresh, uplifting citrus scent.

 A biodegradable sponge made from plants! Made in the UK.

Compostable sponges, 100% plastic-free and made of natural renewable resources, cotton, wood pulp & flax. They do not emit micro-plastic pollution, unlike classic sponges.

We've curated a selection of sustainable period options, including both reusable and disposable options. We believe that everyone should have the right to safe, sustainable and non-toxic period products, and we hope to offer those.

A selection of plastic free period products

This eco-friendly soap bars is plastic-free and zero-waste without all the waste and excess packaging of washing up soap bottles. It's designed to be non-toxic and palm oil free using organic coconut oil instead to cut through grease and dirt with ease.

Want to learn more about living plastic-free?

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