With environmental pollution from plastic waste an ever-increasing concern, many are seeking ways to reduce their impact. One such person is Hastings-based Izzy Crouch, who noticed the plastic pollution on the local beaches, and decided to do something about it. She has now set up an online store, opened in January 2018, to make it as easy as possible for the average person to drastically reduce their own plastic waste.

Her prices start at £2.99, with products including biodegradable cotton buds, cosmetics, and even cuddly toys. The packaging is also plastic-free, and made from recycled materials where possible.  Many of the products on offer are also produced by independent, Sussex-based suppliers.

Izzy said “I’m an open water swimmer, and I’ve been bothered by plastic waste for years. I found it difficult to avoid buying plastic products, which is why I started the shop.

“Reactions have been very positive. Some people were shocked by Blue Planet Two. Others got involved due to #PlasticFreebruary. There’s been an increase in interest and demand, but I still choose all the products myself, and send them out from my bedroom. It’s getting full!”

Find The No Plastic Shop here.

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