What we have been doing to reduce plastic this summer

August 24th, 2020

As a team at Iron & Velvet we are always trying to reduce plastic in our everyday routines. Here are some easy changes we made this summer to live more sustainably.

What plastic free swaps have you made recently?

Veg Box

When supermarkets became less accessible and more unsafe during lockdown, we switched to purchasing Veg boxes from local farms instead. Not only does the produce come plastic free in an aesthetic wooden box but it’s delivered straight to your door, mostly organic and supports local businesses.

Chewing Gum

I’m afraid I am about to break some hearts. Chewing Gum contains polymers and take hundreds of years to break down. Yes you read that correctly every piece of chewing gum we have ever chewed is still on this planet and will be long after we leave. Safe to say since learning this we swapped to soft mints.

Beach Cleans

As more of us will be holidaying in the UK as opposed to abroad, our beautiful coastal locations are in danger of being left worse than we found them. The amount of litter left on beaches is heart-breaking. This year we have taken part in a few organised beaches cleans. However, it would be just as easy to do it independently. Grab some gloves and a biodegradble bag to get cleaning.

Make Up Remover

Potentially the easiest change we made is to swap out single use make up remover pads to a reusable one. There are so many options on the market. I purchased this microfibre face cloth made from recyclable materials. It removes your makeup with just water so easy to use anywhere. Retailing at £5 it works out much cheaper than the single use.

Plastic Free Cleaning

Of course we couldn’t make this list and not include cleaning products. Seeing as you are reading this you may as well check out our 100% plastic free cleaners – we can’t help but hype up our products as we use them every day.

The society we live in makes zero-waste living pretty much impossible. There are many times we have felt discouraged, but we cannot entertain these feelings.

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Stockists Spotlight

August 6th, 2020

Our favourite thing at Iron and Velvet is to get to know lots of likeminded businesses. It’s great to see independent businesses making sustainability and plastic free living the number one priority. We want to showcase a handful of these brands every few months, so keep your eyes peeled for more posts like these. As Plastic Free July and Independent Retailer Month have drawn to an end we hope you can join us by continuing to put your pennies into brands, like these, that deserve it.


EcoVibe was started in Leeds by a group of friends with a passion for sustainable living. The business has boomed, they now stock a huge variety of products to make every aspect of eco-friendly living more achievable. We are proud to announce that we have recently collaborated with them…check it out on their website now.

Seed 1

If you live near Marlow this is a must visit. Not only is this company the first zero waste store in Marlow it also donates all its profits to supporting the homeless. By supporting this business, you are putting your money directly where the community needs it most. This world needs more people like the Seed1 team.

Plastic Freedom

Plastic Freedom not only have a wide range of amazing products and the funkiest plastic free packaging they also plant a tree for every order placed on their website. What’s not to love ?

Appletree & Avalon

This independent was the first eco-friendly brand to exclusively stock 100% UK made products. Knowing where the products come from, where our money is going and who it is supporting is a rare commodity. Thank you Appletree and Avalon.

Leo's Box

Leo’s Box is an eco-friendly subscription box which delivers eco-friendly home or beauty products through your door. The best part of this business is that the CEO is a 16-year-old. We love to see the younger generations caring so intently about the planet.

Peace With The Wild

A small family run business from Lincolnshire. They stock over a hundred brilliant brands. Our favourite part of their website is the huge selection of natural homemade soaps – which all arrive with plastic free packaging of course!

We are proud to say that the companies listed above all stock our products. The team at Iron and Velvet are so grateful for the opportunity to work with so many amazing brands. Which brands have been your favourite this plastic free July?

Disclaimer : Having time, money and living in locations with access to independent businesses all come from a huge position of privilege. We know these options aren’t available to everyone and we would only encourage people to do the best they can.

This quote from Anne Marie sums up our thoughts :

Check out our 100% plastic free and hassle free cleaning products here.

Made In The Midlands

June 17th, 2020

That’s right, we have a blog now ! This will be an extension of our social media pages and will contain all the latest news and insider information. Our aim is for you to get to know us and brand better. Starting with a short bit about us…

We’ve come a long way.

Our company history goes back 30 years making cleaners for industrial purposes in the heart of the UK, the midlands. Years of experiments and research ended up with our latest venture:

The water-soluble sachet.

We combined our personal interests in living eco-friendly, with our years of chemical experience to create Iron & Velvet cleaning products. So they aren’t only good for the environment but can really clean. This in fact is where our name comes from; Iron is a nod to our industrial roots. While velvet represents the new and exciting plastic free journey we are on.

After being manufactured, picked and packed at our factory we send our cleaning products out through the post ready to be pushed through your letterbox.

Once you have our sachets in your house the instructions are simple :

Your cleaning routine can now be 100% plastic free and hassle free. Thank you for taking the time to read our first blog post. Feel free to share it on your socials and leave a comment below letting us know what you’d like us to address on here in the future.

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