First of all, I want to say a huge thank you to Rachael and the team over at Nurtured.Me, who own Box Zero, for sending me this amazing box of plastic free goodies!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Box Zero, they are a monthly, plastic free subscription box to help you make small, easy changes to your life, reduce you impact on earth and make you feel amazing. Each box has a different theme and every bit of the packaging is recyclable, right down to the shaving inside, which can be used for birds’ nests!
If you missed me unboxing this on our Facebook group, you can catch it here on our youtube channel (and subscribe if you haven’t already!):
This month’s theme is very apt, and could not have come at a better time for me- Spring Cleaning! It contained loads of zero waste items for cleaning your home! And just look how beautiful and high quality everything looks:
I was instantly enamoured with the whole concept of this, and had just spent the weekend spring cleaning my flat, so these items are certainly going to help me keep on top of my cleaning! Here is a little more about each item:
Ecococonut Dish Brush
This is ideal to use on pots, pans and dishes when doing the washing up. It is plastic free and made from natural resources (coconut and FSC timber!), free from toxic chemicals and naturally antibacterial. It is also biodegradable, so no guilty feeling when you need to throw it away! I am really impressed with this, as I do a lot of cooking and so always have dishes to wash. It is especially good on those really cooked on bits of food and it leaves no scratches at all!
Upcycled Dish Cloth
These cloths are hand made from old hotel hand and bath towels. They are ideal dish cleaning cloths, as well as an alternative to paper towels for mopping up spills as they are very absorbent. There is a smooth side and a towelling side, so there are a multitude of uses for these. Again, another impressive item that is a welcome addition to my cleaning cupboard. I love that they have upcycled old towels to give them a new lease of life- further cementing the zero waste ethos!
Bicarbonate of Soda
This will be known to many as baking soda, including myself. I had never thought to use it as a cleaning product! You can use this wherever you would normally use an abrasive chemical or cream cleaner for a more eco-friendly product! You can use it to clean bath tubs, ovens, taps, shower cubicles- you name it! It also comes in a cute refillable metal tin, so again, totally zero waste!
Citric Acid is a more economical solution to using vinegar as a cleaner- vinegar is actually not easily biodegradable and takes a lot of water to break down its components, so may not be as eco-friendly as we once thought! This citric acid is food grade, so won’t cause any problems to your home, or your skin whilst using it. It dissolves effortlessly in water and has made my stainless steel taps sparkle! It comes in a refillable jar too!
Bambu Pot Scraper
This is made from fast growing bamboo (which is not the same type eaten by those adorable pandas, so don’t worry!) and it has a different radius on every corner to make it easy to get into all sorts of nooks and crannies. This can be used to scrape pots and pans, cleaning ovens and anything else that needs a good scrape. It is little but packs a punch! I have found this to be totally invaluable since I received it in this box and I don’t know what I did without it!
Loofah Cleaning Pad
This is made from the gourd from the loofah plant, which is part of the cucumber family. It has been stitched around the edge to prevent it from growing too big when wet. This can be used on sinks, baths, tiles and showers, with just the right amount of abrasion to be effective without scratching! It also has a handy hanging loop for easy and accessible storage. I used this on the tiles in my bathroom and the sparkled like never before!
EcoLeaf Dishwasher Tablets
These are interesting- the wrapper they come in is water soluble, so no need to unwrap them! I am so disappointed I won’t be able to use these, as I don’t have a dish washer! I will make sure to find them a suitable home though, as I love the idea of them! Maybe the wrapper could be used on more products to help us solve the plastic problem?
There are 2 options with this box:
Box Zero- contains 5-8 items at £18.50 per month plus shipping.
Box Zero Extra- contains 9-12 items at £38.00 per month plus shipping.
Shipping is included in the prepayment plans and the boxes are shipped on or around the 15th of the month.
They also have a website (which I will link below) selling all kinds of other plastic free items. Their subscription is now also available via Cratejoy.
I love this idea! Plastic is becoming such a huge issue that people are now starting to take notice of! It is destroying so many eco systems and causing so many problems to the planet. Finding alternatives for our everyday products can only be a good thing in my eyes!
If you want to get your own, here are the links you need:
Thanks for reading!