Shop Eco

Shop Eco

As we become more aware of the effects we have on the planet around us everyday, it's good to know there are lots of easy ways in order to cut our negative impacts and reduce our global footprints.

One great way is make good choices in the way we shop, the foods we eat and our day to day activities.  We can use ethical companies, reduce or cut out fish, seafood and meat from our diets, watch our water consumption (simply turning off the tap while you brush your teeth can make a difference!) and make small but important changes in all aspects of our lives.   However, for many people changing lots of things in their lives in one go can be a bit daunting.

Something Mike and I really noticed traveling round was how much plastic got used once, then thrown out when we stayed in hotels and ate out, from plastic single use cutlery to straws in every drink.  Here at least it is easy to make a big difference; we often go shopping right before we go on holiday somewhere, so Mike and I have put together this page of photo links to useful items that are eco friendly and easy to pack, plus some great links to campaigns promoting green solutions to the growing issue of waste and pollution.

We made this list of products we thought were pretty cool, if you want to buy them, just click on the photos and it will take you to them on amazon.  (We do make a small commission on these, which helps us fund our this website).  All of the items below have been recommended to us by friends or we have used ourselves.

One of the easiest ways to hugely cut down the plastics you use  is to get some reusable shopping bags to use on the weekly shop.  Check out the MCS shop or the links below.

Save Our Seas tote bag

Sea Life Art Turtle Tote Bag

String shopping bag

In the kitchen and at the bar:

It's easy to just ask for no straw, but if you don't want to give up straws or disposable cutlery at parties there are greener alternatives:

Stainless steel reusable straws

Bamboo cutlery for parties

Reusable bamboo cutlery

A brilliant and totally hassle free way to reduce huge amounts of plastic bottles going to landfill is to carry your own water bottle with you, which also works out great for hiking trips, on dive boats, kayaking or just out at the gym.

Sports water bottle

Klean Kanteen Classic Vacuum Insulated Bottle

Some coffee shops will give you discount prices for bringing your own cup, reducing cardboard waste and single use plastic waste.

Ecoffee Cup Silicone 12oz

Collapsible Silicone Coffee Mug

Bamboo eco travel mug

Large thermos mug

Thermos travel mug

Beeswax paper makes a great alternative for food storage when used for pack lunches or in place on clingfilm/ plastic wrap.  As are reusable bags.

Beeswax Wrap set of 3 - Large

Beeswax paper (various sizes)

Reusable 1L Silicone Food Storage Bags

Natural fibre cleaning cloths and sponges, re-useable paper towels:

Ecoegg Re-useable paper towels.

Natural fiber sponge scourer

If You Care sponge cloths

Natural Wood/Fibre Dish Washing Brush

Eco Bamboo Sponge

100% Bamboo Kitchen Dish Cloths

Toiletries

Why not try out a reef safe sunscreen? Traditional sunscreens contain chemicals that pollute the water and kill coral reefs, now several companies are making eco alternatives:

Badger reef safe sunscreen SPF 30

Badger kids face stick SPF 35

Garden goddess suncream spf30

Green People Organic Sun Lotion SPF30

Green People Organic Children Sun Lotion SPF30 – Scent Free

Reef Safe spf45+

Many companies are now providing easy alternatives to plastics with bamboo and face creams without micro beads, FaithInNature is a great site recommended to me by a friend.  Also check out WhoGivesACrap toilet paper.

Humble brush: Bamboo toothbrush

Burt's Bees skin care kit

Simple Kind To Skin Facial Wash Gel

Who Gives A Crap eco friendly toilet paper

Cloth nappy 5 pack

LUSH naked shower gel

Georganics Natural Charcoal Dental 30m Floss - English Peppermint

Hydrophil Swab Made From Bamboo & Cotton

Double Edge Safety Razor

Amphora Aromatics AA Skincare Intense Coconut Hair Shampoo Bar 50g

Lavender & Rosemary Shampoo Bar 100% Natural Handmade

Solid Conditioner Bar for Dry hair

Menstrual period products

Some good friends recommend THINX underwear and some menstrual cups:

Women Menstrual Period Briefs

Organicup

Moon cup

Clothing

Forth Element have also recently brought out a new line of swimwear made from recycled old ghost fishing nets, which is pretty cool and also very comfy!   And a San Diego company is trying to reduce the amount of old flip flops found on beaches and shores around the world by making some from biodegradable algae.

Ocean positive swimwear

LEMIEL ECO-SUNGLASSES

Flip flops made from algae

Some good links concerning plastic waste

Why is plastic waste an issue?

No Straw Please

9 ways to reduce your plastic use

Many of you have probably seen the recent video footage of the garbage patch of plastic in Honduras on FB or YouTube.  Having lived in Honduras for 2 years, we have seen patches like this and it's not all that uncommon anymore.  Hopefully by using some of these alternatives, we can produce less waste and have cleaner oceans.