Save Some Green also makes plastic-free, biodegradable tooth floss. Made from either silk, or a vegan charcoal version, the floss is infused with peppermint essential oil to keep teeth super clean and breath fresh.
Buds, wipes, paper and pads
Many supermarket cotton buds are now made with paper – but the trouble is that most are still sold in plastic bags or boxes.
Hydrophil cotton buds are made using soft cotton and bamboo, which break down when disposed of. And unlike many other buds, they're packaged in a box made of recycled cardboard.
Single-use wet wipes may contain plastics or other non-biodegradable materials, and could take 100 years or more to break down in landfill. When flushed, they also clog sewers and end up polluting riverbanks.
In the UK, there are plans to ban plastic-containing single use wipes, such as face wipes and baby wipes. But even wipes labeled as plastic-free or biodegradable can take a long time to break down.
Instead of using a single-use, disposable wipe, try using a flannel or muslin cloth. These are great for sloughing away dead skin cells – meaning you can also avoid buying plastic tubes of liquid exfoliator. For example, Pai organic muslin cloths brighten the complexion by gently removing dead skin and can be used with soap and water to remove make-up and everyday dirt and grime. These are a much more economic option than packs of wipes too – a five-pack of Pai cloths costs just £12, and they should last for years.