Written by Georgia Lockstone

Plastic Free July: 7 simple and sustainable kitchen swaps

All about making everybody part of the solution to plastic pollution, Plastic Free July is nearly upon us once again. Not sure where to begin? Home to single-use plastics like cling film and bin liners, and sponges and scrubbers that will inevitably end up in landfill, the kitchen is a great first stop.

To help you purge the plastics and do your part for the planet, we’ve compiled a list of seven sustainable kitchen swaps that are sure to get the job done just as well – if not better!

Eco Wooden London Bus Tray, £35.99, bluebrontide.com

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This chic children’s plate is not only much more sustainable than the plastic options, but also remarkably more stylish. Perfect for fussy eaters, this Scandi take on a segmented school dinner tray is made from solid oak, and has been finished with a food-grade sealer to ensure it stays like new. Naturally antibacterial, just wipe the wood down with a damp cloth after use.

Cheeky Bamboo Pot Scrubbers, £10.95, kempii.co.uk

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Swap your synthetic scourers and scrubbing brushes for this playful, plastic-free pair. Both brushes have a sustainable bamboo base, but one has softer bristles for gentle crockery cleaning, while the other boasts harder bristles that make light work out of sticky pots and pans. Best of all, unlike plastic, the sisal bristles are completely biodegradable!

Kemble Storage Container, £6, gardentrading.co.uk

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Perfect for enjoying leftovers with minimal washing up, we love that we simply have to take our container out the fridge, pop off the lid, and then put the whole glass dish straight in the oven. There’s three different sizes available, and each will keep the contents fresh with its contrasting bamboo lid.

Kitchen None Sponge, £7.95, tabithaeve.co.uk

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A reusable alternative to a disposable dish sponge, this versatile option has a plastic-free, plant-based core, and boasts a soft cotton side and a rougher mesh side. Simply rinse it out and leave to dry after each use, or even pop it in the washing machine for a deeper clean. Best of all, we love that there’s different designs to choose from – so we can ensure our sponge suits the style of our kitchen!

Seep Large Compostable Bin Liners, from £4, theseepcompany.com

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If you’re after super affordable sustainable kitchen swaps, then these bin liners belong in your basket! Instead of plastics, they are made from renewable sources like biopolymers, and will therefore take less than eight weeks to break down in a composting facility. Choose from a 30L or 20L roll of these high-quality and durable bin liners.

Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps, £15, ecovibe.co.uk

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Unlike single-use cling film, these beeswax wraps are a reusable and plastic-free alternative. Simply choose the right sized option, wrap it around a bowl or food item, and use your warm hands to mould it into place. With proper care, each wrap will last about a year – so just remember to wash it in cold, soapy water after each use.

Set of 4 Bamboo Measuring Spoons, £5, sassandbelle.co.uk

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A much more long-lasting addition to your baking cupboard, these natural bamboo measuring spoons are much less flimsy and fragile than the plastic versions. We love how the minimalist design, hand-crafting, and subtle variations in the colour and engraving give them a really artisan feel!

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