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Last week’s changes to quarantine Amber country quarantine requirements have led to huge surge in demand for plastic-free travel toiletry packs from Oxfordshire-based, Non Plastic Beach. The wholesaler and retailer of plastic reducing products has seen an 800% increase in orders for its “Off to the Beach” and “Frequent Flyer” packs, which feature travel friendly shampoo bars and toothpaste tablets among other plastic-saving items.

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At Non Plastic Beach we like to celebrate the achievements of others and are happy to shine a light on businesses or individuals doing things we admire. So, we were excited when we came across Coral Eyewear, who create glasses and sunglasses from a recycled material called ECONYL.

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Recently Westward Ho! in Devon became the first place to ban the cheap and very fragile polystyrene bodyboards known as "snappers". 

There is now a petition for a national ban on this particular type of expanded polystyrene bodyboard, which are unfit for purpose and 16,000 of them were left on beaches last year alone! The petition has been started by a cooperation between Plastic Free Torridge, Plastic Free North Devon and Keep Britain Tidy's Ocean Recovery Project. 

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The UK wastes a scary 4.5 million tons of food per year and at Non Plastic Beach we want to help cut that down, by making saving partially used and leftover food. 

Now before we even get to preserving partially used fruit and vegetables or leftovers, there are steps that can be taken to make sure food is not wasted before it is even used. Best before dates are something that lead to many people binning food that is still safe and good to eat, with the estimated advisory date being taken as a definite deadline.

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How do I use tablet toothpaste? When we started Non Plastic Beach we wanted a plastic free toothpaste with fluoride as one of our main launch products. The solution we came upon was a toothpaste in dry tablet form, which was vegan, SLS-free, cruelty free and did not require squeezable waterproof packaging either.  One question we often get is about how you use a toothpaste tablet and we are happy to answer that. Instructions for Toothpaste Tablet Use: Chew the tablet at the front of your mouth into a paste,  Wet your toothbrush Brush as normal, taking your time and using...

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