As we all become more aware of the impact single-use plastics are having on the environment and evidence continues to stack up for us all to start seeking alternatives, we're sharing some original product ideas here on the Forma blog, to help you ditch the single-use plastic for good and use a better longer lasting option instead.
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1 - Reuseable travel mugs
Avoiding the use of plastics, glass and metals - which can be seriously environmentally unfriendly in their production - is slowing becoming a main-stream topic of conversation – including the purchase of reuseable coffee mugs, which are often made from such materials. This range however by Zuperzozial, is produced from Bamboo & Corn Fibres, and are both recyclable, and biodegradable. Even the silicone band on the Zuperzozial Cruising
mug (to protect hands from heat) is produced without containing plasticisers (environmentally impacting solvents often used in the production of plastic) - the most eco-friendly of its kind available right now and something that separates Zuperzozial from much of their competition.
Cruising travel mugs from £7.95
2 - Replace the plastic lunch box with a glass one instead.
Dishwasher, microwave, oven & freezer safe, these glass storage containers with medical-grade silicone wraps, are brilliant for using at picnics, or just everyday living and even when popping to the deli counter for a fill of fresh goodies from your local supermarket. Available in 3 different sizes starting at 240ml, this multi-use collection of glass storage containers designed by Lifefactory, are perfect for both storing and serving food at home and whilst on the go.
Lifefactory glass food storage boxes from £18
3 - Handy resuable forks to pop in a bag and use whilst out and about.
Made from natural corn & bamboo fibres to bind them together, this set of 6 forks by Zuperzozial were recently recommended in BBC's Good Food Magazine as a must-have festival essential. Ideal for al fresco dining the set is great value too at just £7 for 6 forks. And the best bit? They're biodegradale too!
Fork-ful of colour forks by Zuperzozial
4 - Enjoy an eco-friendly lunch on the go.
Again from the Zuperzozial collection, this super sturdy lunch box is great for everyday use and when it comes to the biodegrading bit, well it couldn't be easier. Just bury in some soil in a back garden for example and in under three years, the product would've broken down. How? Well, the enzymes within the soil particles react when in contact with the product material to dissolve it down over time. Clever stuff and great for the environment too!
Lunchtime! lunch boxes by Zuperzozial £15
5 - A stylish alternative to the reusable plastic carrier.
Inspired by the tradtional 'New York' brown paper bag, this shoulder shopping tote is perfect for daily use and not only is the bag 100% recyclable, it's made from reformed paper fibres that is washable also.
On-the-road Cruiser Bag £25
6 - Sustainable living for the little ones - as seen in the Daily Mail
Sourced from a renewable bamboo crop and made in a child-free Labour environment, this gorgeous range of bowls, plates and cups - again by Zuperzozial - features a varied mix of different animals, from whales, to flamingos and even a lovely tiger too! A perfect gifting solution for the little animal lover in you lives...
Click here to see the full collection
7 - Swap your plastic water bottle for a superior performance multi-use 'Urban' to-go cup.
Slick in it's design and produced in a fine matt-finish stainless steel, the functional click-open 100% tight lid on this Eva Solo to-go-cup can easily be operated with one hand. And the super insulating vacuum walls keep drinks warm or perfectly cold for up to 6 hours. A brilliant multi-use product - enjoy a coffee on the go in the morn and an ultra cool aqua in the afternoon!
The Urban To Go Range by Eva Solo
8 - Say goodbye to shot bought salad!
This handy solution for enjoying a home-made salad instead of a pre-made in-store alternative - wrapped in single-use plastic - also includes a dressing pot and fork that clips to the side for easy storage. We absolutely love the practicality of this item and it's great value too at just £5.50.
Sagaform's to go salad set
9 - A healthy homemade breakfast never looked so good.
Sagaform comes up trumps again with this great value duo-pot, that saves on buying single-use plastic alternatives from your local supermarket - simply bulk buy produce and make your own version!
Fresh yoghurt pots £5.95
10 - Going for gold - a glitzy number for the dinner table.
Forget sugary fizzy drink's and make yourselves a fresh fruit infusion instead, with this 1.8L fruit piston bottle, designed to be used at the dinner table. Simply load with your favourite fruits to infuse with naturally sparkling water and serve. Fresh, healthy and kind to the environment too.
Fresh Big bottle by Sagaform £18
11 - Multi-use melamine is the new paper party plate.
The day's of filling black bin liners with paper partyware is offically over! These oversized themed serving platters and bowls are brilliant for presenting celebration fish dishes and buffet food en masse. Made from 100% melamine, the range is dishwasher safe, with prices starting at £13 for 2 (21cm) serving plates.
Sea Life Collection