plastic detox

establishing habits and routines

I have been trying to carry on with my #plasticfreeJanuary and when items need replacing have sought plastic free when i can.  I had tried BioD and wanted to see how well other brands worked.  While searching came across Mangle & Wringer, natural, non toxic cleaning remedy. The bathroom balm is brilliant, easy to use, works so well and not a spray in sight.  The laundry powder and bleach made washing whites simple and the natural bleech can be used all over the house.  The items were well packaged and plastic free, just delighted and will carry on using this.

I’ve also making the change from pump liquid soap to bars of natural soap, the bars i found are from Baileys Home and Garden in Ross-on-Wye.  Really lovely soap and have no packaging, making them a fabulous zero waste purchase.  My second delivery of Who gives a crap arrived and is a brilliant plastic free product, although the box is huge!  Gradually finding new products, cotton floor cloths to replace old well-worn microfiber cloths (Baileys Home and Garden).  Labour and Wait also have a good range of natural cleaning products.  And with all this cleaning my poor hands need a little care and pampering, found a plastic free intensive shea butter cream at L’Occitane.

If you have any plastic free tips, do share!

I have bought all these products and this is not a sponsored post.

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Tea and crafting with friends

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Last week I sent a few hours with friends and other ladies learning how to paper cut at Tea & Crafting in Covent Garden.  There was lots of tea and coffee and cupcakes galore to keep us going and a great treacher who showed us the basics and then helped us along the way.

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The crafting space is lovely, with walls full of makes, from giant arm knitting to tiny strawberry pompoms.  I did manage to finish my cut, using on of the templates provided and so enjoyed the process.

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I’m certainly going to try paper cutting again, practice will help my technique, below is what one of my friends made – all hand drawn and no template used!

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I need to work on my technique and going to use some Etsy templates I have found, there are some truely amazing artists there who sell paper cutting templates and also artist who sell there fabulous original works.

sewing

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This month has been super busy work wise and I haven managed to do any sewing for myself, just a little knitting in the evenings.  With the first huge project this year I have used 2 downloadable PDF patterns from Black Snail Patterns, I don’t usually make up PDF’s as a rule, but these shapes were perfect starting point shape wise.  They worked out in the end, although I did give up on the instructions completely with one pattern – sometimes things just get lost in translation.  I also choose 2 other pattern companies I have never used before, Folkwear and Sense & Sensibility I bought via a brilliant pattern company called Habithat.  These patterns were brilliant and thoroughly recommend them, below are 2 sneak peeks of a s&s blouse and a hack of a Folkwear during construction.

I’ve had to do a lot of research for this project and dived into Downton Abbey on DVD as well as books and searching for original clothes from WW1.  The costumes on Downtown were wonderful and it has been a joy to watch again.  I visited the Imperial War Museum for the first time and spent a day looking at the collections and in the research library, the V&A collection was also a huge inspiration and a place I love to spend time.

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bottom row from the left V&A collection, Downton Abbey & vintage photograph.

I hope to be able to show photographs of the collection I made, the actors start rehearsing next week and I can’t wait to see them in action.

 

plastic detox

#plasticdetox | what I learnt in January

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I thought I’d round-up on January’s plastic detox and what I’ve found easiest to do and what I am planning to keep doing.

Plastic in tea bags was a major shock, always thinking they were biodegradable and finding out we had been drinking tea infused with PVC was shocking.  I have been trying various loose teas including herbal and will keep on with this, Brew Tea is delicious.  At home the charcoal filter is working well and I’m going to continue using these.  Finding plastic free fruit and vegetables at a good price was trickier in a supermarket,  OddBox has been brilliant and also seen our meals change as we use the different vegetables that arrive.  Switching to a milkman was the quickest and easiest swap of all, we now have milk and juice delivered in glass bottles. Milk & More is online and so easy to use.  I’ve also been baking our own bread on Sunday’s and find it relaxing kneading/bashing the dough, also have no plastic waste – so win all round.  In the kitchen I’ve also started using a compost bin (luckily our council has a curbside collection) and this has cut down the amount I place in the general rubbish, also noticed our recycling bin is a lot less – so gradually making headway there.  I have to use bin bags and have switched to a biodegradable version from Baldwins.

Flora, Poppy & Lurpak have all had their food changed and they don’t seem to mind, Lurpak took the change from pouches to tin’s trickier.  And I guess like most pet owners we are nothing but slaves to their total happiness.  The dogs love the Lily’s Kitchen and even though I thought the cost was high, have worked out that buying direct with a huge bag, makes the cost the same if not a little less than their original food – just this is plastic free and compostable.  As a result of the changes with pet food I have been shopping in Asda, the tinned cat food is so much cheaper there.  Noticed they have quite a few loose vegetables and herbs, more than Waitrose & Sainsbury’s. If I buy something that does have plastic wrapping I fold it up and send it back to the chief executive with a polite letter asking them to consider using biodegradable packaging.  Not had a reply as yet.  Find this method easier than dumping the plastic bags at the till and may have more of an impact with the decision makers rather than the poor cashier who doesn’t have any say on how things are run.

Plastic free cleaning has been a curve, not keen on the vinegar & water smell.  I have switched to Bio D and plan to use refills of the washing up liquid and the laundry powder works really well, as with all the Bio D, they contain no harmful ingredients and are Cruelty Free.  In terms of bathroom cleaning I haven’t swapped anything as my regular cleaner lasts a long time (bathroom Method), have stopped buying bleach for the loo and planning on experimenting with loo bombs.  Think the box of Who gives a crap loo roll will keep us going for months and definitely recommend it.

Bathroom cupboard wise things have been changing slowly, after my cleanser ran out last week switched from a plastic pump to a glass pot with metal lid and its lovely.  Different as it’s a balm not a wash, I use home-made muslin cloths to remove and definitely recommend this.  Also switched my moisturizer  close to the beginning of January from plastic pot to glass pot, although it does have a plastic lid.  If only Waitrose would consider putting the baby bottom butter in a glass pot!  Using an amazing bamboo toothbrush with compostable bristles and it is doing really well, I found this at Hetu.  Finally switched from a plastic razor to Edwin Jagger British made metal razor that uses old-fashioned razor blades, looking into the recycling of the blades.  Switching from liquid soap has not happened as yet, I use large bottles and the solid soap I’ve tried from lush hasn’t been all that great.  Will start switching and experimenting, Dr Bronner liquid soap was recommended to me, although this again comes in plastic bottles.  Shampoo & conditioner has been an ongoing challenge, one suggestion from Kate Arnell from Eco-Boost was to buy a bottle of shampoo from her hairdresser and they then refill there on – great idea if your hairdresser will do that.  Will keep on the search, so far all none plastic options from Lush have failed on my hair.

 If you have any tips at all, or products you’ve found that work for you, do get in touch!  Anyone found an eco pair of tights?

If you’d like to try Who gives a crap plastic free loo roll – here’s a code to get £5 off https://www.talkable.com/x/jeecau

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