I’m delighted to see friends, from different spheres of life, announcing their intentions on Plastic Free July! It warms my heart. As this is a public blog, many of my friends know I have posted at length about my Zero Waste hopes and intentions!
So, what am I doing for Plastic Free July?
- Use it up challenge for moisturisers. I have a handful of small containers (from flights or samples) of moisturiser. I’m not a regular moisturiser user, so… there’s that! The idea is to get to one bottle, and then refill it (where, I haven’t sorted yet).
Ok a numbered list might have been overkill there!
Let’s revise what changes I’ve made since blogging (and for long term readers, it’s a check in and update on this post). It’s great to see progress in four years (items in italics)
- Joco glass cup for take away coffees daily, upgrading from plastic keep cups
- Glass bottle with silicone sleeve – a bit heavier than the steel one I lost, but pretty
- Bamboo cutlery – always in my handbag, to say no to single use packs. It was a ‘gift with purchase’, which I’m thankful for 🙂
- Bamboo straw – a recent addition to the cutlery in my handbag. Still mastering learning ‘when’ I might need to warn against a straw.
- Fold up shopping bag – also always in my handbag with 3 & 4
- Pyrex glass dishes with plastic lids – this removes almost all my need for cling film or similar disposable
- Hessian bags for grocery shopping (cough… or work out bag. Nothing if not multi purpose)
- Deodorant – years ago I tried Lush and it’s so so, I also found a cardboard ‘pop top’ style deodorant, which is even poorer at odour control. But these two are all I’m using currently
- Shampoo bar from Lush – I do re-use stockings with runs, to hold fragments together
- Lunette menstrual cup – not ideal I have two, but one seemed to cause bad smells
- Cotton buds with cardboard stems – so at least there’s a little less plastic
- Toothbrush – it’s bamboo with charcol bristles
- Bottle brushes – again, no plastic. How often do I was my bottle? Not enough!
- Glass blender – I freecycled a plastic one, then bought second hand a glass one. Small things, but all are minimal waste.
Things I need to work on:
- Toothpaste – or perhaps tooth powder. I want something that works for travel as well as day to day. So far, a powder has seemed a little ‘far gone’
- Conditioner – solids ones are a fail (from my trial), but I can either get a Lush bottle (you can return their containers – not clear if for refill or recycling) or refill at a bulk store
- Dental floss – I tried and failed with silk thread… SInce then, there’s a great company in Germany who provide it in a glass vial, then Dental lace from the US
- Face wash – I have two. One is the biggest I can get (Cetaphil) but the other was a purchase when I forgot to pack face wash
- Body wash – I have one that’s scented; another is an exfoliant
- Razors – one handle, and only replacing the head. Perhaps when I’m through the blade heads, I should look at a plastic free option, but there’s a little fear.
- Freezer food – so, since I’ve been single, I’ve resulted in buying and eating meals ready-to-eat from the freezer. They are cheap. They have more vegetables than I’d otherwise be bothered with. The containers are recyclable, but the soft plastic is often soiled and NOT recycled. I’m icky that I’m this lazy.
Things that are acceptable passes for me
- Band aids
- Medication or painkillers in blister packs
- Ear plugs – I use them for SO long, but they are foam which isn’t recyclable
- Storage of bulk items (flours etc) as they aren’t heated, and 2kg of rice is heavy without ALSO storing it in glass
- Dish sponges – still cut in half to use one for longer. Though I could retry natural alternatives or options
Finally, some things are just building habits. Things like:
- preparing to grocery shop, so taking your bags
- thinking to take a Joco cup for a coffee, or having a sit down coffee
- storing cutlery, fabric serviette and a straw in my handbag with a fold up shopping bag
- planning to refill certain items from a bulk store
- planning when and where to drop off compost at community gardens with compost bins. Thankfully there’s one near the library I go to