Little Swaps

Enviropledge are all about making little swaps that, over time, could make a big difference. So to kick things off, we’ve been making some little swaps ourselves that are either environmentally-friendly, or will help the community compared to the normal shop bought items.

 

The blog is not sponsored in anyway at all, it’s just a chance for us to review and reveal! 

 

Swap 1 

Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper

https://uk.whogivesacrap.org/

 

The concept behind Who Gives a Crap is that 50% of their profits go towards helping sanitation; so far they have donated over £1.4m to charity. They also use recycled paper, so no trees are cut down in the creation of their product. No ink, dye or scents are used. 

 

This is how they describe themselves and their purpose:

We started Who Gives A Crap when we learnt that 2.3 billion people across the world don’t have access to a toilet. That’s roughly 40% of the global population and means that around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes.” 

 

There is also a 100% money back guarantee for anyone that doesn’t like their product, so you can test without risk. 

 

My order

I ordered this toilet paper online in bulk; 48 rolls for £36 including delivery (free delivery over £20). 

 

 

Pricing

I work this out to be 75p per toilet roll. It is all delivered in attractive paper packaging in a cardboard box without any plastic in sight.   

 

Immediate comparisons against a leading supermarket’s own brand of recycled toilet roll make it seem expensive in comparison at 37p at the time of writing.

 

That said, Who Gives a Crap toilet roll is significantly longer, and more tightly packed so it’s most definitely not created equally. Who Gives a Crap claim that their standard toilet paper comes in at 18.8p per 100 sheets in comparison to 17p per 100 sheets (Supermarket Brand Recycled Toilet Paper). This works out to be a 10.5% premium. If you consider the value against some of the leading brands you can see that they are actually much better value with at least a 20% cost reduction (£0.23 to £0.40 per 100 sheets.) 

 

 

Quality

The toilet paper itself is soft and doesn’t feel like other recycled paper so I would say that the quality is good. In addition, I like the packaging and the sense of humour on the box.  

 

Verdict

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Personally I would be prepared to pay a small premium for home delivery, no plastic packaging and the knowledge that 50% of their profits are going to good causes. 

Whilst there are other recycled options in supermarkets, these are generally packaged in plastic. The only issue for me is storage as we are storing so many toilet rolls, but at least they look great in your home. Maybe, it is worth clubbing together with neighbours to save even more money. I will be pledging to continue using this toilet roll.

Why don’t you give it a try?

https://uk.whogivesacrap.org/collections/all

 

 

 

Swap 2

Lush Shampoo Bars

https://uk.lush.com/

 

Since working on Enviropledge, I can’t stand the amount of plastic I have in my bathroom. It is literally hideous. I have been visiting non- plastic shops to refill my bottles but have to admit that I was left disappointed by the selection and quality of the end product.  

Then I read about Lush Shampoo Bars which seemed to offer up a viable alternative. 

 

According to Lush’s website, shampoo bars have the following environmental credentials: 

 

“These highly-concentrated handfuls, packed with powerful natural ingredients and essential oils, do the job of 3 250g bottles of liquid shampoo.”

 

“One lorry full of solid shampoo bars holds roughly the same number of washes as 15 lorries filled with liquid shampoo!” 

 

Pricing

I bought 2 shampoo bars at a cost of £8 each. 

If, like Lush claim, they last for three bottles of shampoo then these would be a similar cost to buying shampoo bottles. It certainly looks like 1 bar of shampoo will last me over 2 months. 

 

The Product

https://uk.lush.com/products/shampoo

 

My hair is quite fine and flyaway and needs washing every day or else it will go greasy. The shop attendant suggested that I try 2 options – ‘Flyaway Shampoo Bar’ and ‘Jumping Juniper Shampoo’.  There are however many options for your own requirements and from my experience, the shop attendants are happy to offer their specialist knowledge and advice. 

 

Both shampoo bars smell delicious and look great in the bathroom. 

 

The Test

I have to say I was really impressed with the impact the shampoo bar had on my hair. It really shined and was incredibly soft. I am still using bottled conditioners, so my next stage would be to buy the conditioner bar and to try them together. The shampoo bar lathers up easily and smells great.  

 

Verdict

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I have since tried the conditioner bar and am as positive about this as the shampoo bar.  I definitely won’t be going back to the plastic bottle alternatives. Another way to reduce my plastic consumption by another two plastic bottles every couple of months or so. 

My friends and family should expect Lush shampoo and conditioner bars for Christmas.

 

 

Swap 3

Washable Makeup Removers

 

Washable makeup removers were a recommendation from someone who made the change and said they wouldn’t go back. I ordered mine from Amazon, not realising that it was shipped from China which isn’t exactly environmentally-friendly, and also took a month to arrive so I won’t recommend the product I bought specifically. That said, I managed to find quite a few UK brands that offer this (just make sure you use Ecosia to search for them).  

 

The idea is that you use them to remove your makeup, then store them in a little mesh bag that comes with the wipes and pop them into the washing machine with your clothes, and once dried you can reuse them again and again. 

 

Pricing

Pricing seems to range from around £8 – £10 for 10 – 20 pads. You will still need some makeup remover with these reusable pads which also costs around £3.

In comparison to this makeup remover, wipes are around £3 per pack of 25. It would mean that it would take about 6 months to break even on this new routine, but there will be 150 less disposable wipes over this time period. 

 

Environmental Impact

It is pretty common knowledge that wipes have a detrimental impact on the environment and end up polluting the ocean and beaches. Replacing this with a sustainable option sounds like a no brainer to me. 

 

The Verdict

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I have bought an inferior product which doesn’t soak up my eye makeup remover and I am left with panda eyes after every shower, so I can’t say that this has been a win. That said, I like the concept and will try an alternative brand (hopefully one that isn’t shipped from China). 

 

 

 

Swap 4

SMOL washing capsules

https://smolproducts.com/

 

SMOL washing capsules are a mail order laundry capsule service. They ask you for details on how often you use your washing machines and send you washing tablets as and when they estimate you need them. They claim to be less expensive by up to 50% as you are buying direct, without the middleman. The packaging is small enough to be posted through the letter box.

 

Environmental credentials

SMOL claim that they have found a way to use fewer chemicals than other laundry capsules. They also state that their packaging is from recycled and sustainable materials and is 100% recyclable too. 

 

Pricing

24 capsules cost £3.85 or 16p per capsule. This is directly comparable to supermarket own brands, and significantly less than the leading brands. It also gets delivered directly to your door via your friendly postie. You can pause deliveries any time you want to if they are sending it to you too often or increase if not enough. There are cheaper ways of doing your washing (powder etc) but if you are using capsules then it does tend to be cost effective. 

 

Verdict

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I can’t tell the difference between these capsules and the brands I typically use which I see as a win. They are significantly smaller to store and I haven’t seen any difference in performance. I am therefore happy to keep using them and love not lugging washing capsules back from the supermarket. 

 

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