5 Simple Swaps to Make Your Home More Sustainable

Sustainability

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A plastic free July!

To be zero waste is a goal of ours, whether it’s in the studio or at home. We know it’s going to be an uphill struggle, but the challenge is too important to not to give it our best. We’re slowly chipping away at our own plastics usage and trying to find alternatives where we can.
Although we aren’t experts, we’ve put together a list of small changes we’ve made in our home to help reduce our plastic usage. This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive list, but they’re the first few steps on a long journey.
Hopefully, it gives you a few ideas to help stay plastic-free this July. If you have any ideas, tips or tricks please let us know on Instagram! This is a journey which will be much easier together.
 
Dor & Tan Bamboo Toothbrush Holder (Tumbler)

Bamboo toothbrushes

Say goodbye to those throwaway plastic toothbrushes with plastic packaging too! There are lots of bamboo toothbrush providers that package their product in paper or cardboard. And… sorry here’s the maths bit. Dentists say that you should replace your toothbrush every 3 months, that’s 4 toothbrushes a year. In 10 years that’s 40 toothbrushes.
 
Dor & Tan Soap Dish Holder

Soap bars

Plastic soap pumps, enough said really, they aren’t even nice to look at. Soap bars are an amazingly easy change which like bamboo toothbrushes actually make a huge amount of difference. Just make sure to buy bars that come in paper or cardboard, none of that nasty plastic wrap! To push this change a little further try buying handmade soaps local to you. Try to avoid those made with palm oil (a major contributor to deforestation), Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (foaming agent) and paragons (preservatives).
(Our soap dishes are being released in September at London Design Week… just so you know…)
 
Ceramic Incense Stick Holder/Burner - Speckled White | Dor & Tan

Incense

A plastic-free way of ridding unwanted odours from your home. A lovely relaxation inducer in the morning and evening. No need for plug-in air fresheners, plastic pump sprays or aerosols! Also, businesses like Honest Skincare hand roll their own incense sticks in the UK! Which helps to keep their carbon footprint down.
 
Dor & Tan Brush Holder (Strata Plate)

Wooden Brushes

Instead of sponge scourers and other non-recyclable/biodegradable cleaning items, we've been using wooden brushes for washing. Ideal for vegetables, dishes and anything else that needs a good scrub. What’s not to love!
 
Dor & Tan Match Holder (Espresso Cup - Matte Black)

Matches

Most of us have matches in our homes, but sometimes they’re left at the back of the cupboard for occasional use. Just swapping out plastic lighters for using only matches is so easy it’s crazy not to make this change. They biodegrade and come in cardboard, excellent!
Although this is a decent starting point, if you’re interested in doing some further reading (or watching) Lauren Singer runs an amazing blog called Trash is for Tossers which we can’t recommend highly enough. She even has a section on easy changes!

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