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UK-made swaps to reduce single use plastics

We have some brilliantly designed British-made products that can replace the plastic disposable items you use daily.  Here are some ideas to get you started on swapping out your single-use plastics for reusable products made in the UK.

A recent survey by Deloitte found that 61% of consumers have reduced their usage of single-use plastics in order to be more sustainable.

The same survey also discovered that 45% of consumers are now seeking out locally produced goods as well.

We all know the reasons why we should be trying to replace single-use plastics items with reusable alternatives, but replacing them with a product that is also made in the UK, and as locally as possible, offers a double benefit! By choosing UK-made products you also reduce your carbon footprint by decreasing the amount of shipping and air miles involved in manufacturing a product overseas.

Eco-friendly swaps for the home

UK-made Beeswax food wraps from Bee Zero Waste

Bee Zero Waste offer Beeswax Wraps and Vegan Wax Wraps that are 100% handmade in Leicester. Using ingredients from local suppliers, helping their customers go ”Zero Waste” and at the same time backing the U.K. industry and Beekeeping.

Hand crafted in Britain Tweed fabric device covers from Hettie

Born and manufactured in the UK, Hettie combines beautiful design with family conscious values and ethical responsibility. Protect your devices with their luxury, locally sourced fabric covers.

Ceramic homeware and kitchenware made in the UK from Keeeps

Why not swap out ceramic for plastic? Not only are ceramics unique, but they are also much kinder to the planet!

Keeeps is an online store selling a collection of ceramics from potters all around the UK. They have options from beautiful ceramic mugs and home decor to pet bowls, or even make your own with their clay kit.

Felted UK wool laundry balls from Little Beau Sheep

Little Blue Sheep‘s 100% wool dryer balls help speed up drying time and softens clothes naturally eliminating the need for fabric softeners or disposable dryer sheets. They are also much quieter and more environmentally friendly than the single use plastics alternatives. Handmade in Yorkshire from British wool, these chemical free alternatives to liquid fabric softeners and dryer sheets will last for 1,000’s of loads.

Leather wall storage from P Kirkwood, designed and made in the UK

Perfect for those who love minimalistic interior design or if you’re looking for something different than plastic shelves. P Kirkwood handcrafts leather accessories for your home studio also including mouse mats and pen holders.

British-made Reusable wipes and matching wash bag from Tag Togs

Aiming to reduce the amount of disposable single waste plastics going to landfill or down the loo blocking pipes, Tag Togs have designed washable wipes. Made from high-quality jersey cotton and backed with a luxurious bamboo terry towelling. These also come with a matching wash bag in an array of cute patterns.

Sustainable beauty swaps

British-made, plastic-free everyday care products from Appletree & Avalon

Appletree and Avalon is the first exclusively 100% UK made & eco-friendly small independent (online only) Home, Beauty & Gift store. They provide their customers with simple everyday sustainable options that are affordable, good quality and are better in helping to support our natural world.

100% natural skin and hair care products from Funky Soap Shop

Funky Soap Shop is a small business located in the heart of London dedicated to crafting high quality, healthy and effective skin and hair care products that will nourish your skin and be kind to our planet. Opt for aluminium refillable options for your hair and skincare needs over single-use plastics containers.

Vegan-friendly artisan soap, bath & body products from Kalabash

Be transported to warmer climates with Caribbean-inspired skincare products from Kalabash. Made by hand in small batches in Bedfordshire, using 100% natural ingredients. For people who care about their skin and the planet.

UK-made stylish reusable razor from Urban Jack

Experience a plastic-free shave with Urban Jack‘s double edge safety razor. With easy to source replacement blades (which you can even recycle!) there’s no need to ever by a disposable razor ever again.

Plastic-free gifts

Refillable leather notebooks from Roslyn Whiting Leathercraft

This refillable journal handmade by Roslyn Whiting Leathercraft is designed to fit a Moleskin brand cahier pocket notebook. Making it the perfect size to fit in a jacket pocket or a bag, so you can use it at home or out and about.

Made from luxurious veg-tanned calfskin, it will develop a beautiful patina and improve with age and use.

Eco-friendly coconut bubble kits from Dr Zigs

Dr Zigs plastic free coconut bubble kit

Aiming to be carbon neutral as possible, Dr Zigs use sustainable materials for their fun bubble kits for children, pets and adults alike. The bowls are completely handmade from reclaimed coconuts, the handle is made of sustainably sourced bamboo, and the rope is 100% cotton.

Fabwrap alternative sustainable gift wrapping from Jacwicks Designs

Jacwicks Designs plastic-free gift wrapping

Made from rescued landfill fabric Fabwrap produced by Jacwicks Designs is new form of beautiful sustainable gift wrapping, that’s environmentally friendly and reduces landfill waste. Made from luxury fabrics in a range of colours, Fabwrap is the easy way to make gifts look fabulous in no time, for years to come.

UK-made handcrafted refillable pens from Whitlock Wooden Designs

Whitlock Wooden Designs create handmade fountain pens and wooden ballpoint pens using exotic and temperate woods from around the globe. All of the pens are made in their own Northampton workshop on a woodturning lathe using traditional tools and techniques.

The unique pens are made in a wide range of styles and colours and make beautiful handmade wooden gifts for anyone who appreciates fine writing instruments.

Eco-conscious gift ideas for both adults and children

Grace and May are two sisters who share a passion for eco-inspired living. A pledge to live a more sustainable and eco-conscious lifestyle at home last year led them to launch their own independent business in May 2020, bringing the very best British products to you.

Do you have any suggestions for British-made swaps to reduce single-use plastics? Let us know in the comments below.



  1. David Trotter on August 22, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Hi Kate and All,
    Quick update from Muggi. I was down at the factory in Kent last week trialing some new recycled materials to make muggi, the replacement to the throwaway cardboard tray! We are now making ”Green” muggi from 100% recycled waste ocean plastic, very British racing green! We are also making recycled muggi using recycled paper coffee cups for Lakeland kitchens! AND we have just made a muggi from recycled waste coffee, yes you read correct, the actual waste coffee grinds from a delicious steaming cup of coffee at your local cafe!

    • Make it British Make it British on August 28, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      That’s exciting news David. It’s good to hear that as a business using plastic you are looking for sustainable alternatives. Well done!

  2. Marcia McGrail on August 22, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks for the useful information – it’s a keeper! I especially like the toothbrush concept as I’ve been using the wheatstraw ones (from China!! sorry ;,( ) and wanted a UK alternative…will be even better once the bristles are UK sourced – but I suppose Germany is a lot closer 🙂
    Once we’ve got the die-hard plastic -ers using TerraCycle collection instead of landfill, the eco-circle will be unbroken (by and by).
    There is a UK compostable, biodegradable polybag company – http://www.polybags.co.uk – perhaps you’ve heard of them?

    • Make it British Make it British on August 28, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      I’d not heard of Polybags Marcia so thanks for the recommendation – we’ll look them up

  3. Ruth Lucas on August 29, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Just come across your page. Love it. I am self employed sewer and make washable make up pads, a fantastic alternative to single use cotton wool pads using bamboo, along with unpaper towels (an alternative to the paper towel) and other similar products. Demand is great and I’m now looking to see how I can make the process more efficient.

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