July 12, 2021

Reusable vs Single-Use Products: What's the hype?

By Charlie Smith (Naked Gecko)
Reusable vs Single-Use Products: What's the hype?

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There can be no doubt that our society is experiencing an ‘eco-friendly awakening.’ Businesses and consumers are responding to calls to action from the likes of Sir David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg. We were staggered to discover recently that each year in the UK, 3 billion coffee cups are used and thrown away, and less than 4% of them are recycled. According to Bristol Waste, roughly 7.5 million coffee cups are disposed of as litter daily.


It is reassuring to see many brands, including some of the big hitters, stocking reusable bags, reusable coffee cups, reusable straws and reusable nappies. There’s a real trend growing - our Reusable Make-Up Remover Pads have been among our most popular products. But just how great are the benefits of reusable products when replacing single use plastic?


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The truth is that the benefits are manyfold, and they apply to your purse as well as the planet. Firstly, switching to reusable products reduces pollution since there is less demand for the harvest of new raw materials. Reusing items also helps to save the energy demanded by the manufacturing and processing of new products. These factors are important as they each contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which is vital to combating climate change and preserving our environment for future generations.  


The benefits of going reusable extend to the home too. For instance, although a slightly larger initial purchase, Reusable Make-Up Remover Pads can be used hundreds of times, meaning you won’t have to spend out on wipes or disposable cotton pads for years. Yes, that’s right… switching to reusable products saves you money.


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If that wasn’t enough of an incentive, reusable products reduce the amount of waste that goes to recycling or landfill. What’s more, reusable products offer the most efficient use of the resources used to manufacture them, since they’ll continue to serve you well for years.


The bottom line: switching to reusable products takes enormous pressure off of the planet by reducing the pollution that would otherwise be generated by the manufacture of disposable products. Reusable products also reduce the litter we produce, which lingers on our planet for centuries, causing innumerable problems for our environment. Finally, making the switch to reusable products can actually save you money. A one-time purchase that benefits pocket and planet = no brainer.


Why not browse the range of reusable products on our website?


Source: https://www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-and-reusing-basics


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