Plastic Free July

As we reach the end of Plastic Free July, a global challenge to refuse and reduce single-use plastics, it got us thinking about the ways Rainbow Turtle can help you to continue to to reduce your plastic use – all year round!

Friendly soaps

One of the easiest switches you can make is to using a shampoo bar instead of buying a new bottle each time, and this lavender and geranium bar from Friendly Soaps smells particularly delicious! The travel soap is also incredibly handy – washing body, hair and laundry! Bars are £2.65 and are entirely free of plastic packaging.

If you’re serious about reducing your plastic waste and trying to help our endangered environment, you’ll definitely want to stop using takeaway coffee cups as soon as possible – these often can’t be recycled! That doesn’t mean you have to give up coffee on the go though, and we are here to help with a choice of natural bamboo Ecoffee cups (£9.99) and glass Turtle cups (£12.99) in store.

resuable coffee cups
card with leaf and butterfly design

Special occassions and all the excess that goes along with them don’t have to mean a negative environmental impact is inevitable either. At Rainbow Turtle we have cards for all occassions that are made from recycled paper and wrapped in compostable packaging. This beautiful 1 Tree card also includes wildflower seeds, to help insects locally, and funds the planting of trees in areas of mass deforestation!

Getting gifts for your little ones doesn’t have to involve masses of plastic waste like we often think – these Lanka Kade toys are made from sustainable and durable wood, so they’ll last, and quite a number of the toys we stock, like the ones above (wheelies £6 each, zoo set £16), don’t even have any plastic packaging and also help children in Sri Lanka so you can feel good about your purchase in more ways than one.

So what about once you’ve made these amazing purchases at Rainbow Turtle – how are you going to get them home without a plastic bag? Well, you’re in luck! We have a variety of options from these recycled newspaper bags (left, 20p) which support street children in India, to the fancier option of a reusable tote bag (right, £4.99) which is made from recycled saris, and folds up into a handy zip pouch for easy storage on the go.

These are just a few of the many exciting and ethical products we carry at Rainbow Turtle. We’re also a refill shop for Ecover household products, meaning you can save money and plastic by bringing your bottles back to be filled over and over again. We’re always finding new and interesting fair trade and ethical products so make Rainbow Turtle your first stop to saving the world!