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Eco Edit: 7 of the best-looking eco-friendly accessories


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Social media has recently been overrun with reasons why we should all be doing our bit for the future of our planet, and rightly so.

Without realising it, we have probably all been using a vast amount of unnecessary plastic that is only contributing to the ever-growing issue of plastic pollution.

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Individual choices to reduce plastic usage might not seem like it will make much of a difference. But imagine if everyone made this choice and the difference that could be made if industries have to adapt to suit our changing consumer needs.  We can't all be perfect eco-warriors, but everyone could make a noticeable impact.

Here are seven accessories you can swap to if you want to start making your own effort towards being more eco-friendly:

Double-walled water bottle

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No doubt you will have seen the classic Chilly's bottle around, but you can also go more budget-friendly by shopping the mugs aisle at TK Maxx. Giving up plastic water bottles is a perfect first step to being environmentally friendly and more plastic-free, as not only does it come in a recyclable bottle but it also keeps your water cooler for so much longer.

Beeswax food wraps

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No need to wrap your lunch in cling film any more to bring it to university or work; there are plenty of alternatives such as beeswax wraps from The Beeswax Wrap Co. They are completely re-usable and use the heat of your hand to seal itself around your food, also making your lunch look extra good before you even start eating.

Bamboo lunchbox

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If you want to save your lunch from getting squashed in your bag, you could even put your beeswax-wrapped sandwich in a Tupperware container made from bamboo. These can be found even in supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi, in those random aisles in the middle that never quite seem to have a system or theme to them.

Re-usable coffee cup

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Like your new water bottle, it is also a good idea to start carrying a travel mug around with you for coffee on the go. A lot of places will even give you a discount on your coffee if you bring your own cup. KeepCup was the first brand in the world to offer the barista standard size and can be found in many coffee shops such as Caffé Nero with their own branded logo on it, or even on a lot of university campuses.


Tote bags

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I could fill an entire tote bag full of tote bags from the amount I have managed to collect up over the past year. These are not only a perfect alternative to plastic shopping bags for carrying clothes or food, but they can also be found in basically any colour, pattern or print. If you are a book lover, The Literary Gift Company have a great selection of literature-inspired bags, as do Waterstones.

Stainless steel reusable straw

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More and more restaurants, cafes and bars are stopping handing out straws unless you ask for them, so it would be a good idea to bring your own. Metal straws are a popular choice, and can come in foldable designs and their own case for keeping them clean in your bag until you need them. You can shop for these on Amazon and Etsy.

Vegan leather shoes

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Finally, Topshop have released a new range of PETA approved vegan footwear, handmade in Spain from materials that are entirely free from animal products. The twelve-piece collection is apparently to be their first delve into sustainable and cruelty-free accessories with more coming in the future, so look out for whatever they have up their sleeve next. You can shop the collection here

And don't forget to look outside of the high-street with two brands founded in 2005: the French Veja that now have a vegan line - see their designs here; and London-based Bourgeois Boheme one of the most established companies in the field; their shoes are Vegan Society trademarked and PETA approved as well as ethically produced - find out more here.

For more eco-fashion, check out our Behind the Brand series!

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