Spend £29 to get FREE UK shipping



News

Plastic Free July 20th: Kitchen sponge

Posted by Claire Broadley Dixon on

The hunt for a decent plastic free kitchen sponge goes on, but I think I'm closing in on some good alternatives. Maistic hemp sponges have a durable cloth outer layer with a plant based sponge inner, making them squishy but slightly textured. This looks like a fairly rough scrubbing pad, but it isn't a scourer. It's similar to a sponge in texture and would be suitable for washing most things. Take care not to put these hemp sponges in the washing machine. Most Maistic plastic free cloths can be chucked in with a normal load, but the packaging on this...

Read more →


Plastic Free July 19th: Freezer Bags

Posted by Claire Broadley Dixon on

Degradable freezer bags have, weirdly, been a runaway best seller on the Smug Store since we launched. It proves that eco-friendly and biodegradable alternatives to plastic are in demand. It also shows just how bigger shops and supermarkets are failing to deliver answers to the problems that consumers have. I'm personally surprised at how inexpensive the alternatives are; these D2w bags are in the same ball-park as ordinary freezer bags. They can also be reused, and have a usable lifespan of around a year. So really, if you take care of them, they'll probably tear before they start to break...

Read more →


Plastic Free July 18th: Solid Shampoo

Posted by Claire Broadley Dixon on

One of the arguments I hear against going plastic free is that the alternatives are expensive. For example, a solid shampoo bar can sound expensive compared to a plastic bottle of cheap supermarket shampoo. The former will cost anything from around £2.50 upwards, while a bottle costs under £1 sometimes. And it looks like you're getting so much more when you buy the plastic bottle. Here's the thing, though. You're just paying for water, in many cases, and a decent shampoo bar is normally a better quality product. For the sake of argument, I decided to write this blog post...

Read more →


Plastic Free July 17th: Cleaning Cloths

Posted by Claire Broadley Dixon on

One of the reasons we started Smug Store was because of the amount of so-called plastic free products with hidden microfibre. Microfibre is microplastic, and it is often used in products like kitchen cloths, cloth nappies, and clothing. These products shed a ridiculous amount of microplastic shards. We eat them, breathe them in, wash them down the drain, and dump them in the soil. Cleaning cloths with microfibre are cheap and reusable. But every time you wash them, you are releasing microplastics into water that cannot be removed.  Plastic particles are then eaten by animals and eventually by you. Plastic...

Read more →


Plastic Free July 16th: Poo Bags

Posted by Claire Broadley Dixon on

By popular demand, it's time to look at biodegradable poo bags. Are they better than plastic bags? So far, we've only stocked one type, the Benevo Biodegradable Poo Bag, which is on the large size as poo bags go. I would rather have a few more in the box for the sake of a reduction in size, but they're probably designed to cover all breeds. Eco Dog Poo Bags are a Thing  The box contains 8 rolls of 15 bags (so 120 in total), with each roll having a recycled card inner spool. The box is recycled card printed with...

Read more →


x