How easy is it to cut out single-use plastic. Could I last a whole month? Probably not. A whole week? Maybe. I intend to find out and I have challenged myself with a week void of all singe-use plastics from 23rd until 30th May.
To prepare I have filled almost every bag I own with produce bags and a couple of Tupperware’s. I have also been carrying around the Bambaw bamboo straws and carry my own cutlery with me everywhere (I just use ordinary cutlery in their own little bag). I have excluded plastic lids from the equation because I found this was just not possible, a lot of my glass jars have plastic lids. I have also excluded plastic lids on cosmetics.
- Toothpaste from Georganics
- Reusable razor from Bambaw
- Toothbrush; bamboo from The Humble Co.
- Moisturiser; I purchased the Susanne Kaufmann body oils when I was out shopping with Anna and have been using them as face moisturisers and have never looked back
- Reusable cotton pads
- Shampoo; I have been using the Seanik shampoo bar from Lush and LOVING IT. It does contain sulphates, just to warn you
- Soap bars; if I am feeling a bit fancy I treat myself to a L’Occitane bar. Otherwise I just use whatever is cheapest in Ekoplaza
- Face soap; swapped my much love La Roche Posay for a face soap from Lush called Movis
- Homemade deodorant. I have been using the Mamalin homemade deodorant recipe and so far I am very impressed. It is a bit crumbly but I think I should have added a bit more coconut oil
- Laundry. I have recently purchased the Ecoegg and I am very happy with it so far (third wash in)
- Cleaner; I make my own all-purpose cleaner and have started adding more lavender oil in to take away the vinegary smell
- Toilet cleaner; For the challenge, I am using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. But does anything beat a good old bottle of bleach?
- DIY kitchen towel made from an old t-shirt
- Loo roll from The Good Roll
- Bin Bags; Ecodis La Drougerie made from 80% vegetable materials
- Washing-up liquid- refillable from Ecover via Ecologish
- Veggies – all from markets/ unpackaged from supermarkets, meaning green leaf is most definitely a market item
- Pulses; only using tins or jars
- Pastas, rice etc bulk bought from Ekoplaza with my own container
- Check out all your local market-style shops. Bringing my own containers, especially bread bags this is something I always get caught out on
I will keep updating this list throughout the week with any new discoveries. Let me know if you have any tips!