Fantastic Plastic

Updated: May 15, 2019

According to National Geographic, 91% of plastic is not currently being recycled. At this rate, The World Economic Forum estimates that by 2050, there may be more plastic in our oceans than fish.

Plastic is a hot topic. With a busy family life, do you have time to consider your plastic usage?

Do you know what types of plastic you can recycle? Is it recycled here in the UK or does it get shipped to China to be recycled?

A few of us busy mums tried out Ecovers new washing up liquid bottle. Not only is it made from 100% recycled plastic it's also 100% recyclable or you can refill it at selected stores.

Here's what we thought.......

Photo credit @StephLovesHoney

Rosie, a nurse and mum to Adam and Eddie and fur babies Sausage and Beans

Usually I use one of the store own brands washing up liquid so the first thing I noticed is that you really don’t need to use much each time. The bottle is nice looking although this isn’t usually a priority for me.

Price wise - another leading brand is 50p cheaper for 400mls more, although I have to say I expected Ecover to cost more as it’s been a while since I used this brand.

I am now more bothered by what washing up liquid to use as I no longer have a dish washer and my hands are definitely suffering for using cheaper brands. Since using Ecover this week, my hands don’t feel as dry or tight so that’s a bonus.

The smell is nice and not too strong. I also use washing up liquid for the hob and cleaning kitchen surfaces rather than buying bottles of other things; ecover does this without any problems.

I am always trying to find ways to create less waste and this is another step and this bottle should last me quite a while. I would definitely buy it again.

10/10 WINNER!

Photo credit @Ecover

Steph, a teacher, blogger and mum to Honey and Ace

Ecover is passionate about doing their bit to reverse the damage caused by overusing plastic. Ecover washing up liquid comes in a new bottle made from 100% recycled materials and is still 100% recyclable going forwards.

It’s available in three sizes, including a bulk refill pack so you can use the same bottle again and again.

It's available from most of the main supermarkets and the price per 100ml is comparable to other leading brands when buying the larger sizes. It’s on offer in Sainsbury’s at the moment, making it cheaper that some of the market leaders, whilst also being kinder to the environment and your skin.

We are currently using Ecover’s lemon and aloe vera washing up liquid and we are pleased to report that just a small amount lathers beautifully and cleans really effectively. It’s also really gentle on sensitive or dry skin, due to it being made from natural ingredients and the new, improved bottle is light and easy to pour from (plus it looks pretty cool on the worktop too). All in all, using Ecover will leave your conscience and your dishes squeaky clean!

9/10 WINNER!

My only slight grumble would be that it’s quite a bit more expensive per 100ml than our usual brand, if the larger sized bottles aren’t in stock but hopefully having our bottle refilled will work out cheaper in the long run!

Photo credit @StephLovesHoney

Chrissie, a sonographer. James, marine engineer / TV presenter. Parents to Cameron, Leon, Kit and Oliver and fur Baby Vinny.

James says....

An environmentally conscious washing up liquid that does actually do a fine job of cleaning without the harsh chemicals of the other stuff. No, it’s not quite as good at stripping congealed fat out of the bottom of a roasting pan, but once you get your head around committing that sort of gunge to the bin first, Ecover does a first class job, without any foamy residue or excessive rinsing. It has a pleasant floral scent, a recycled and recyclable bottle, and it’s easier on the environment once down the drain.

Chrissie adds....

Ergonomically, the bottle allows you to get every last drop so there’s no waste too. If like me, these things matter to you then you’ll finish the washing up with sparkling dishes and clean conscience.

9/10 WINNER!

Photo credit @MamaBearofOne

Zaphira, a music teacher and events manager. Mum to fur babies Stan and Aishwari

I've used Ecover products since discovering them when I moved to Holland circa 1996.

This is the third bottle change that I can remember. The last one was very annoying as it wouldn't stand upside down, I like to get all the dregs out! I'm very happy that this issue has been resolved.

I'm also very pleased the bottle is now made from 100% recycled plastic. I used to take mine to the natural grocery store to refill. Since I moving to the other side of town this just isn't practical, I have been buying a new bottle every time.

Now I feel less guilty about that!

It's the same smell and consistency. The same cleaning power and I am happy it's not tested on animals and it's ocean and earth friendly.

I also have sensitive skin so I notice when I use other brands (apart from method), it doesn't make me sneeze or give me a headache. I am very sensitive to chemicals.

I am sticking with this brand.

10/10 WINNER!

Photo credit @MamaBearofOne

Jamie, a blogger and mum to Harper.

We have been using Ecover for a week now. Firstly, it smells amazing. Really floral and fresh. I have only recently learnt that many of the cleaning products we use are not biodegradable, and I was pretty distressed to learn this. I have one by one been changing to more environmentally friendly products, but being a messy household with a small child I haven’t wanted to compromise on effectiveness. Ecover works really well; it lathers well, deals well with baked on mess and grease, and I’ve even used it as a pre stain treatment on clothes like I had done with previous washing-up liquids and it worked just as well. Additionally, both my husband and I had suffer with sensitive skin (psoriasis and eczema) and Ecover has been gentle on our hands and not flared anything like some products have done in the past really pleased with it in all!

10/10 WIINNER!

All in all we LOVE this washing up liquid!!

Ecover washing up liquid bottles are recycled in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. Even the lids!

Check out recycling symbols and some more plastic saving ideas in the links below.