7 space saving sustainable home swaps

I’ve tested out a number of sustainable swaps so you don’t have to!

Why am I looking for sustainable swaps when I’m a professional organiser you might be wondering?

Well, over the last few years and particularly since I’ve started my business, I’ve become extremely concerned about the environmental and climate issues our planet is facing. Seeing on a daily basis the extreme amount of excess stuff we all have, the waste we produce and the overindulgent consumerism is truly worrying. Being a professional organiser and declutterer, I’m usually trying to create space for clients. So any products that can save space, as well as being better for the environment is something I’m always on the lookout for.

So let’s dive into a few of the products I’ve tried out…

1.) Deodorant

When it comes to deodorants, let me tell you, I’ve tried a lot of different brands. I’ve also tried a few sustainable options to boot.

Up until I tried this Orange and Bergamot Active Deodorant Balm from The Natural Deodorant Co, I’ve been mightily disappointed. Given that I can generally be found running up and down the stairs, in and out of homes taking trips back and forward to the car with boxes of unwanted clutter, I’d say I’m fairly active. So I do need a deodorant that does what it says on the tin.

I’ve always found that the “not-so-good for your health or planet” spray deodorants have worked best for me. Though due to the aforementioned issues, I’ve been in search of a natural cream or balm as a replacement. However, everything I have tried up until finding The Natural Deodorant Co has been quite frankly, hopeless.

The fragrance is wonderful, it contains 100% natural ingredients, free from toxins and chemicals, is vegan and cruelty-free. Oh, and it actually works! Well for me anyway… we are of course, all different.

How much is it? This sustainable swap comes in at £12.50, granted a bit pricier than others, but the main thing is, it works. I’ve paid less and I’ve paid more for other options, but the fact is, they haven’t worked! If it doesn’t work, it’s a waste of money. I’d rather invest in something that works, that’s also good for me and for the environment.

The added bonus? It takes up a fraction of the space of a conventional spray bottle and the glass jar is fully recyclable. An all-around winner I feel.

2.) Soap

A real find from Friendly Soap Ltd. With great ethical credentials they are a small business based in Yorkshire, UK and produce, in my opinion, the most wonderful soaps!

My favourites so far are the Natural Activated Charcoal Detox with rosemary and lime, great to shower away the grime of the day; and Peppermint & Poppy Seed stunningly refreshing for use in the morning. Purchased from &Keep, I actually bought six as they had an offer on, importantly I had space to house them – please don’t overbuy unless you have the space.

These soaps are handmade, packaged in plastic-free, recycled and recyclable packaging. Free from palm oil, parabens, sulphates, triclosan, phthalates and cruelty. Clearly much better for the planet than many well-known body wash and soap brands in plastic bottles and packaging. Again, they need much less space to store too.

I highly recommend these as a sustainable swap and someone would be hard-pushed getting me to use anything other than Friendly Soap from now on.

3.) Toothpaste

Denttabs, another product I’ve seen all over the media and have been keen to try. Mainly as I despise having to squeeze the remaining toothpaste out and then having to cut the empty tube in half to clean it before recycling. Many aren’t even recyclable.

They arrive in a small compostable paper bag, with 125 tabs inside. Instead of putting conventional paste onto your brush, you put this in your mouth first and chew. Then you brush. It’s a bit strange at first, but once you get used to it, they are great. Far less messy than a tube and much less waste. Once the bag is done just stick it in your compost, hurrah. They contain fluoride so your teeth are still getting cleaned properly.

At £6.99 for 125 I think these are a great sustainable swap and would recommend them.

4.) Shampoo and conditioner

I have been desperate to find a good sustainable swap for shampoo, namely a solid shampoo bar. I liked the look of an Argan & Oatmilk bar from Funky Soap.

This was a strange one as initially, I didn’t like it… After washing my hair and rinsing, It felt sticky as though I’d not rinsed it out properly, but I had. It left a strange waxy residue. I thought once I’d left my hair to dry naturally it would go, but alas, it felt horrible and I had to re-wash my hair. Thankfully, in this case, I’d not quite finished the last of my existing shampoo before trying this.

A few good points, the smell was lovely, the brand credentials are excellent, as are the ingredients and actually, I’m still on the fence about the conditioner.

*Whilst writing this post and needing to check the exact ingredients, I re-read the blurb about the product on the website and it states that hair needs time to adjust. I have since tried it again with the same results! But, I am going to continue with this and see if my hair can get used to it… I’ll add an update below in a couple of weeks.

5.) Beeswax food wraps

A must-have in all kitchens. Ditch the annoying cling film, it’s nasty stuff, so bad for the environment and always a pain to find the end.

Beeswax wraps are available as individual sheets or in a roll which you can cut to size. There are so many cute designs, but I bought a roll so that I could specifically cut to size each time I need it.

The heat from your hands moulds it to the shape of whatever you are wrapping up so that it stays in place.

Once used, just wash with cold water, leave to dry then fold up and put neatly away. They take up barely any room, literally slotting into a small gap and are so handy for covering all sorts of food, especially sandwiches.

Plus you don’t get that gross sweaty sandwich situation like you can end up with when using cling-film!

6.) Reusable make-up remover pads

A sustainable swap that I believe everyone should make this instance! I don’t think I could bear the thought of buying throwaway cotton pads these days after using reusable make-up pads for the last year.

So simple, you just use, rinse and then chuck in the wash. I keep the little laundry bag in the drawer under my sink, each time I use one, I pop it in the bag. Then when I’m doing a 40′ wash I add these in.

You buy them once… um and that’s it. A great investment – when you buy disposable you are basically throwing your money in the bin. My personal favourite is the Bambaw 22 Pack Reusable Cotton Pads as they come with both soft and scrub pads. A bargain at just £9.89, they even come with 2 x laundry bags.

It states that you can use these on nail polish, though I’ve yet to try this. I rarely use nail polish, but when I do I’ll test it out. I would probably use one of the older pads because the polish will stain and I’d rather not use the same one again on my face!

7.) Laundry Detergent Sheets

I had been seeing these advertised on Instagram for a long time before I decided to try them. Mostly because I was highly sceptical – having said that, there were rave reviews awe well as Instagram comments and they didn’t look fake. My previous washing liquid came in a big, bulky bottle that took up a lot of room in my cleaning cupboard, so I was itching to find a replacement.

After much research, I decided to go for the True Earth Eco-Strips Laundry Detergent in fresh linen scent, 64 loads. We have now managed to get our washing down to on average 2 full loads per week. The key to saving money when washing is to always wait until you have a full load – you’ll save a tonne of money in electricity too. One strip will do a full load, half a strip = half a load.

So what’s the cost? It put me back around £26, which works out at £0.45 per wash. My previous washing liquid cost £9.00 for “57 washes”. You might think that’s a big jump right? But, it never used to last 57 washes, It felt like I got 30 or less out of it, constantly buying more and recycling the bottles. There is always an issue with using too much when you have a liquid detergent, so in reality, it wasn’t much cheaper. That problem is eradicated with strips.

Anyway – Impressed is the right word for the Tru Earth strips. It not only works, but it’s better than my old detergent.

They are biodegradable and compostable, vegan, cruelty-free, paraben and phosphorate-free, free of dyes and chlorine and the packaging is fully recyclable. The per cent sustainable swap.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ok with spending the bit extra to give me more space, almost a quarter of a shelf; and alleviate the guilt of such a lot of plastic waste.

My conclusion

All in all, I’m very pleased with my research and my new products and I hope it helps you too. 6/7 wins certainly isn’t a bad percentage!

I’m always on the hunt for better options, but I endeavour to finish the products I already have first and I advise you to do the same. After all, the most sustainable thing you can do is to use what you already own first AND you don’t want to end up with clutter.

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I hope you have the best weekend :)

Amy x