Proper Planning Prevents Poor Plastic Performance

I have to confess I’m not just enjoying this #plasticchallenge I’m loving it. In fact, if I’m honest I’m quite addicted to it. When something makes so much sense it’s not hard to make the tricky choices or put that extra time in to find a solution. Here’s some of my efforts this week. It did involve a little pre-planning and did mean an actual trip to the supermarket (online supermarket shopping is not conducive to #plasticfree life), the high street as well as the local market but supporting local shops and finding some easy #plasticfree solutions made it worth while.

Toiletries:

Lush have a wide range of shampoo/conditioner bars, soap paper and actual soap (like we use to use!)

Lush solutions

Lush solutions

Food shopping:

I went to the supermarket for a few supplies. Not 100% plastic free (butter, cheese, beer) and the chocolate had foil which can’t always be recycled but they did let me use my own containers for the meat (but not for cheese weirdly). Found loose fruit & veg but a lot had small plastic stickers on each item…grrrrr…

A small Tesco shop

A small Tesco shop

Bread in produce bag

Bread in produce bag

I asked the bakery in Marks & Spencers to give me one of the breads that had yet to be put in their ½ paper ½ plastic bags. My lovely produce bag then came into action.

Reusable make up pads

Reusable make up pads

These reusable pads are perfect for removing make up/cleansing. Just chuck them in the washing machine.

Milk bottle

Milk bottle

Where I’m staying at the moment has milk delivery in glass bottles YAY!!

Oils, vinegars & spirits plastic free

Oils, vinegars & spirits plastic free

At the shopping mall I came across this place where you can get oils and vinegars and even (slightly dubious looking) cocktails and liquors in glass bottles (or bring your own)

#plasticchallenge

Home made deodorant

Home made deodorant

It actually works! There are lots of recipes for homemade deodorant online and I got to reuse my old plastic deodorant packaging too.

Blueberries plastic free

Blueberries plastic free

I was excited to find blueberries #plasticfree in the market. Another WiseOceans team member has found them frozen #plasticfree too in Booths supermarket

Plastic free sweets

Plastic free sweets

A good old fashioned sweet store gave me a #plasticfree solution for my sweet tooth

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2 Responses to Proper Planning Prevents Poor Plastic Performance

  1. Jaco June 2, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

    Yup, cudos to all who makes the effort to reduce the amount of plastic we use. It is relatively easy for most of us, however, each area/demographical group/culture group/geographical area has its own problems and solutions. It is not enough to do only your own bit, we have to get the lesser informed on board by providing sensible solutions that is of benefit to them.

    • Charlotte Orba June 9, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

      Thank you for your comment. You are right, different groups and areas have different needs and challenges. Some of our team work on small developing island states and living plastic free there has very different issues to living in the UK (or any other developed nation). We work closely with local NGOs where possible to help people and organisations to make sustainable changes and choices that is relevant to them. We also believe that encouraging individuals to make small changes where possible, wherever they live is a powerful tool for change. Your comment has inspired us to write a blog about the difficulties (and also advantages in some cases) of trying to live plastic free in more isolated and less developed countries. Please look out for it…coming soon….

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