Plastic Free July is a global movement organised to help and encourage millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – creating cleaner streets, oceans, and communities that we can all benefit from. There are so many ways you can contribute to living a more plastic-free life, from buying a reusable water bottle, to using a bag for life. But it’s not just for people to make changes; as a retailer with over 400 stores nationally, we understand the need to step up too.

How wilko is becoming more plastic free

In 2020 we launched our range of plastic-free wipes. The plastic-free range includes face wipes that help remove stubborn make-up through to pet wipes that keep your pet nice and clean. Even our antibacterial multi-surface wipes are plastic free and kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. We forecast this will save 1000 tonnes of plastic each year!

As well as plastic-free wipes, in 2019 we created a bag for life that is made with a minimum of 25% recycled material. And when it wears out, we’ll replace it for free!

We also have a great eco range covering dinnerware to cleaning products. Our eco cleaning range which uses plant-derived ingredients and is vegan-friendly, helping to reduce how many chemicals your family’s exposed to while leaving your home looking sparkling. Not only that, the range is packaged up in bottles that are made from 50% recycled plastic that is 100% recyclable.

Planning on a picnic or garden party and want quality plates and cups that will last? Then why not opt for bamboo? We have a great range of bamboo dinnerware that includes all the essentials from dinner plates to salad bowls.

Plastic-free wilko swaps

Going plastic free, or making little changes to live a more plastic-free life isn’t as daunting as you might think. And if you live a hectic non-stop life (like many of us do!) you can take small, manageable steps to get you on the right track. These steps can be as simple as carrying a reusable water bottle or coffee cup to stop you buying water or coffee on the go. Our double-wall, plastic-free water bottles keep drinks hot for up to 8 hours and drinks cold for up to 12 hours. Just think, if you’d normally buy a bottle of water every day, you’re saving the world 365 bottles of plastic that may end up in landfill!

Swap your cleaning products to ones that are packaged up in recycled plastic, and plastic that can ultimately be recycled like the ones from our eco-cleaning range. You can even go one further by cleaning using natural products. For more information, head to our blog Clean Your Home The Eco-Friendly Way.

If you take packed lunch to work then you’re one step ahead of most. Reducing buying pre-packed sandwiches and snacks will prevent loads of plastic from ending up in landfill. But you don’t need to stop there; you can wrap your sandwiches in beeswax instead of plastic wrap and secure it in a natural bamboo lunchbox that will last.

Ever thought of switching up your skincare routine to make it more eco-friendly? Well now you can with Skin Academy. Skin Academy products are 100% natural and enriched with natural oils. The range is not tested on animals and is suitable for vegans, as well as being packaged with the environment in mind.

How about plastic-free teeth brushing?! You can clean your teeth the plastic-free way with a a bamboo toothbrush. The Wisdom toothbrush is made with a sustainably sourced 100% natural bamboo handle that is shaped for comfort and control whilst brushing. It’s also coated with plant-based candelilla wax to minimise the absorption of water.

Eco top tips

If you’ve made your plastic-free product swaps, and want to go a step further, there are some simple eco tips you can take on board too. Recycling is an easy one to tackle. Just throw all your clean cardboard, plastic, paper and glass into the recycling bin and you’re good to go. Just be sure to check your local council’s recycling rules. And why not go one step further by putting a recycling bin in your bathroom? It’ll make sure all your shampoo bottles and empty toilet rolls end up in the recycling bin. A compost bin is perfect for lots of household waste too. The compost can then be used to improve your garden soil – perfect for growing flowers or veggies! For more information on eco tips, head over to our blog, How to be more environmentally friendly.

We’d love to hear about the plastic-free alternatives and changes you’re taking on board, so get in touch via our Facebook page or on Twitter @LoveWilko

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