At whatsonnorthwales, we are like you, rather proud of our environment, clean beaches and lovely rolling green hills. We love walking down the beach or up a mountain surrounded by nature only.
Sadly these days it isn’t the case. Over the past few years since we having been living here again, I’ve seen an overwhelming increase in plastics on our foreshores and on the hills. Im on the beach every day and each day I pick up more and more plastic. The press has popularised this with the most recent blue planet episodes and kindly brought the subject of plastics in our oceans into the lime light..
So we have created an amazon store below, show casing some of the top plastic free products. Our intention is to connect you with these ideas and for you to spread the word. We will be creating a fully functional online store later this year solely for plastic free products. Well keep you posted. We are committed to a plastic free north Wales!
Back ground reading :
On the go Essentials :
Glass bottles are a far better alternative to plastic
Material bags trump plastic bags by a country mile. Simple move to a plastic free life.
Bamboo coffee cups are all the rage in the city now after finding out that most of the big brand’s take away coffee cups are not recyclable, these are a great option instead
Summer picnics.. Oh yes we can’t wait too, how about these bamboo cutlery sets for on the move people. Lunches at work, in the park or like us on the beach. No more plastic cutlery sets pls.
Bamboo straws, very very cool- time to ditch the plastic version that littler our foresaw. paper ones are also available.
Steel straws, a little bit less messy than the bamboo alternative and a tad cooler for a cocktail party!
Oral care :
The bamboo tooth brush. A genius invention coupled with a charcoal bristles. We love it.
Bamboo Silk Floss? Another seriously cool idea. How many tooth pics have you seen washed up on the foreshore. Too many. Problem solved.
Face and Body care :
Organic Nasty free soaps. I have used these for the past five years. Dr Bronner’s is one of the most ethical companies on the planet. We love them. Check out their other products below.
Just really good stuff. No micro beads and plastic jazz.
Why would you smear titanium dioxide and aluminium mall over your body? Conventional suncreams and not just toxic for environments and corrals they are for you. opt for the natural versions.
Conventional lipsal balms contain parfin a petroleum bi product. Thats no cool. Defiantly not cool for your lips. Go natural with bees wax instead.
Spray deodorants have a little too much aluminium for our liking, the new movement is a natural alternative balm. Way better for your pits.
Plastic sponges are not cool. Natural and natural grown sponges are preferred tot the landfill options.
Natural bristled wood nail brushes are amazing in comparison to the old plastic manky ones we see. Far more classy we thinks.
Bamboo alternatives are popping up all over the the internet with natural bristle options also.. keep your eyes peeled for alternatives. We love this back loafer.
Plastic cotton wool buds discarded down the nations loos end up all across our beaches. Its really sad to see. So here is a beauty of an alternative. Bamboo cotton wool buds. Winner!
Bamboo hair brushes.. another simple and yet effective solution to less plastic.
For a man with a beard. Natural accessories that don’t cost the earth. Literally
Natural saving bowls. No more CFC filled canisters of Gillette shaving foam- I may get in trouble for saying that.. oh well.
Single use razors? no way not on your Nelly. Learn to use a proper one instead like the good old days. Imagine how many single use razors are in landfill. Shocking.
Bamboo towels for kitchen use, I’ve yet to test them but they are on order. Ill let you know, but we like the idea of this.
Plastic free hair bands – made with natural elastic
For the Kids :
Bamboo nappies – this is a game changer.
We like to use all natural products and no petroleum based products on ourselves, we don’t have kids yet but if we did we would do the same for them.
Aloe vera aftersun cream is a amazing alternative to the zinc based ones, better for mother earth and better for your skin.
Bess wax natural insect repellent – love this!
Kiddies natural bamboo tooth brush
General Eco house hold goods :
An alternative to paper towels and more deforestation..very cool
Wooden Pegs, yes cast back to the good old days..
Eco lunch bags for your healthy packed lunches- I’m taking to the ladies here.. Guys you can get the metal lunch boxes at the top of the page!
Eco Dog poop bags! It just dent make sense does it and we see this all the time, owners picking up poop in a plastic bag..how is supposed to biodegrade?! Solution- enter the eco dog poop bags.
Natural Dog chews, other than let the pooch chew plastics, damage his teeth and cost you a fortune in vets bills, give them a natural alternative. Either this or a real bone from your local butchers.
Eco Dog ball toys made from natural rubber no more plastic balls in landfill this bad boy will decompose much more rapidly when the dawwg chews it to pieces.
Earthy Paws are a cool brand, they make good eco dog and cat toys.. above is an example of one of their eco dog toys- there are a massive range. You can also make your own!
Ah Dr Bronner’s again. This is for doing your laundry with I’ve used it for 3 years and its fab. Go for either mint or lavender flavour!
Bamboo cutlery for your camper or holiday home..
Biodegradable dinners / refuse sacks again so simple yet effective, use for leaf litter mulching or garden waste..
In the Office :
Bamboo Pens yes.. who would have thought.. How many Bic plastic biros end up in landfills I wonder? If everyone just had one pen instead of 50 we would be far better off.
Don’t strain your neck reading your iPad, instead prop it up with one of these cool bamboo iPad rests.
Bamboo mobile accessories looking rather trendy
This nifty little device holds your MacBook / laptop in the centre
Bamboo covers for the laptops exteriors are super useful when your a digital nomad like myself.
Paper eco tape for packaging
Eco packaging an alternative to plastic bubble wrap. Love this.
Another bubble wrap alternative- had to list it swell as its so cool to see..
On the Beach :
Patagonia is THE world leader when it comes to ethical business. The founder (one of my heroes) Yvonne Churard a passionate French/ American man with a keen sense for adventure has been a ecological activist since day one. His brand embodies this ethos and we love it. The even make a plant based wetsuit!
Oniell released a set of bamboo sunglasses called the drifter series that we loved – may have to get a pair this summer..
Patagonia wetsuits made from Yulex rubber a plant based rubber, now thats cool
Skateboards made form Bamboo, yes they do have plastic wheels but its a step in the right direction!
Bamboo surfboards for those who surf !
Surfing fins made from Bamboo as opposed to the grp replacement ones
Eco surf board wax thats good for the environment
Bamboo surf board comb
For the car :
Disclaimer: These products have been included by me or recommended by other people with far more knowledge than I – as great online stores to purchase zero waste or plastic-free products, based solely on their product offering, ethics and customer service. No store has paid me to be featured on this list. Whilst I have not personally shopped at all of these stores on amazon, I can recognise products that I own or recommend in their pages, and I trust the opinion of my mentors. This post contains affiliate links which means if you click a link and choose to purchase a product, I may be compensated a small amount (a cup of coffee) at no extra cost to you. This in no way affects my recommendations as my priority is always you, my readers.