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EARTH CONSCIOUS LIVING
A plastic free, waste reducing store for the earth conscious consumer. Providing affordable alternatives to everyday essentials. Shop with complete peace of mind that all parcels are sent completely plastic free with recycled and FSC certified packaging. We also have a store in Dorset where we offer household refills in addition to our plastic free products.
We focus on being an ethical and sustainable company with honesty at our core, ensuring all products are high quality, inspiring and affordable.
Research and testing is a big part of our buying process, and we only stock items we believe in. Everything we sell has been tried by us, looked in to and compared with alternatives so we can find the best brands. We have a unique offering with a mix of big and small brands which will help you on your journey.
Our HQ is a physical shop in Shaftesbury, Dorset, where we also offer refills on some of our products you can buy online. Our shop has sustainability at it’s heart and it is made with repurposed wood, pallets and doors for tables.
Shaftesbury is a beautiful Saxon hilltop town and we love being in the countryside. It is home to Gold Hill and very close to the famous Stonehenge. You can still order online from our online catalogue for nationwide delivery. For more information on our shop please click on the button below.
We don’t want to be throwing around the words plastic free without being upfront about where you can find traces of plastic. So here are the quick facts on how plastic free we are:
For each product we worked out the percentages of plastic (or plastic derived materials), then we divided each percentage by all of our products and added up the total. This total was 2.4% (or 2.38% to be really precise). This is mostly due to the sanitary wear and nappies which have to be lined with PUL in order to be leak proof.
We never send any plastic packaging out with our orders. We use paper, cardboard and paper tape (and sometimes left over wrapping paper from christmas!). It is always recyclable and most of the time re-used. You may also recieve corn starch nuggets which can be dissolved in water and are totally safe and home compostable as we sometimes re-use the ones we are sent.
We do sometimes recieve bubble wrap from suppliers. In these cases we contact the supplier to see if they can change and in most of the cases they have. Any left over bubble wrap is donated to companies who can put it to good use.
Bamboo toothbrushes – our toothbrushes have nylon fibres (some with only 40% but it is still plastic based). We are always on the look out for a vegan and plastic free toothbrush but currently we haven’t been able to source one.
Loose tea packets have a bioplastic liner, it is certified compostable (7P0466 DIN EN 13432) so can be commercially composted and home composted in sophisticated set ups.
Reusable breast pads, reusable period pads, nappies and waterproof bags have PUL liners which is plastic based to act as a barrier for moisture. We stock these as they are reusable and replace using the single use alternatives.
Some bamboo fabrics are mixed with around 10% nylon for the fabric consistency. This includes the bamboo flannels, bamboo terry wipes and bamboo makeup rounds. This is normal for ‘bamboo fabrics’.
The keep leaf bags have a polyester liner to keep it waterproof. We stock this product as it is reusable and replaces single use plastic.
Cosmetic product tins and glass jars often have a plastic liner under the lid in order to create a seal when tightened. It is also a legal requirement for cosmetic product freshness and integrity by preventing contamination.
The straw cleaning brushes have nylon bristles.
Our in store refill products come in plastic containers. The alternative could be stainless steel (as this wouldn’t create any chemical reactions with the products). However, stainless steel would largely increase the weight, creating more carbon on transportation.
All of our 15L and 20L containers are sent back to the suppliers with the SESI ones being cleaned with a peddle powered bottle cleaner and re-filled. Currently all the other containers are recycled.
I’m Lucy, the founder of Coconut & Cotton. After traveling and seeing the impact that plastic has on the earth I started to make the personal changes to my purchasing habits. Starting on a plastic free way can be difficult, especially when you have a backlog of plastic products to use up. Try to reuse, donate or recycle the plastic that is holding you back. Make the changes as it suits you support the brands who are committed to reducing waste. We provide people with affordable options to start living more sustainably. Keep an eye on the blog for tips on plastic free living.
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