If you haven’t seen Drowning in Plastic that was shown this week on BBC1, do. It’s a hard watch and shows the horrific scale of plastic pollution that is killing marine life, poisoning rivers and how we are now eating microplastics in our food and the damage it is reeking. Finding alternatives is hard, in our daily lives we are all bombarded by plastics. From our first cup of tea in the morning to closing our eyes, plastics are everywhere – polycotton sheets = sleeping on plastic, it seems to be never-ending.
There are some simple swaps that are low cost and will make a difference, some swaps do require a change of habit or more investment and that does take quite a while to get going.
Having a reuseable bag, rather than a plastic bag. If your up for DIY burdastyle has a good pattern and its so simple. Perfect to make as gifts. I use a basket for food shopping and try to carry a string bag or a homemade bag packed in my handbag for other purchases.
If you drink dairy, try a local milk delivery company – there is also 1 company that does make dairy free milks in glass bottles available from Hetu (always best to call ahead as they sell out so quickly).
Who gives a crap, paper wrapped loo roll. Since buying the first box, been impressed by this loo roll and not gone back to the supermarket plastic wraped stuff.
When I can I use Biodegradable bin bags, I buy them from Baldwins and As Nature Intended (both in store) and am writing to all my local supermarkets asking them to stock biodegradable waste bags.
Try a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush, I bought mine at The Source Bulk Foods and there are lots now available.
Tea there are a few options, PG Tips loose leaf is the only 100% plastic free I’m aware of – unless you have found some. Do comment below if you have. Coffee I tend to go out for and use my insulated cup, found in TK Mazz. It’s not leak proof but keeps my coffee hot and is easy to take around.
I love stationary and this one has been very hard, I’ve switched to a fountain pen with a refillable converter to use bottle ink. I know it can’t be used everywhere, but has solved my daily needs and I love using it.
Switching liquid soap, Baileys Home & Garden have bars of un-packaged soap and it lovely. I tend to buy quite a few bars when I am visiting Herefordshire. There are lots of lovely options.
Cotton handkerchiefs (ebay) rather than tissues, I have found paper tissues in Tesco that are plastic free – but have invested in a dozen and now in the habit of grabbing a new clean hankie every day.
These are just a few suggestions, if you have more do please comment. Would love some skin care suggestions!
All views are my own and i have bought all the items at my own cost.
I have a new instagram for my plastic free journey @my_plastic_free_journey_uk