Saturday, 29 July 2017

Plastic Free July: Week 4

We have had such a good week, probably because we haven't really done anything or bought anything. On the whole though, it feels like we can do this. Once our initial pledges are a bit more established, we will be able to move towards becoming more and more plastic free.

Here is how our week looked

  • Avoid lightweight plastic bags, by always carrying reusable shopping bags in the front of the changing bag - Carrying cloth bags in our changing bag and when doing the weekly shop is starting to become a habit now. When I do forget a bag, I either put the shopping in the bottom of the pram or somehow fit it into the changing bag.
  • Avoid skincare products containing microbeads, by looking out for polyethylene, polypropylene, polymethylmethacrylate, PET, PTFE and PMMA. - Instead of buying new liquid hand soap, we have bought natural bar soap from All Natural Soap Co. They smell amazing and I'm so excited to try it out.
  • Avoid buying new cleaning product bottles, either by refilling at a local shop that offers refills or by making our own cleaners where possible. - We bought some Ecover dishwasher tablets, in an effort to use greener cleaning products. Unfortunately each tablet was individually wrapped in plastic and didn't break up and clean the dishes in our dishwasher. We have had to go back to Aldi tablets, while I research making our own.
  • Avoid using takeaway plastic straws, by opting not to use a straw or bringing a reusable straw with us. - Finally no straws this week. Plus our straw cleaning brush arrived. Happy days all round.
  • Avoid using takeaway coffee cups, by bringing a reusable cup or sitting down and drinking from a real cup in the cafe - I haven't even wanted to buy takeaway coffee this week. Just stopping myself for 4 weeks builds that habit.
  • Avoid using takeaway utensils and containers, by ordering less takeaway food, bringing our own containers or dining in - I'm not sure how much we should be congratulating ourselves for not having a takeaway this week, but we have cooked all our own dinners this week, which feels like an achievement after the last month. It's likely that this will continue as we began baby led weaning with Xiaobao today.
  • Avoid using one-use plastic bottles, by no longer buying soft drinks and carrying a reusable water bottle - Another habit that is completely embedded now is carrying water bottles with us every where we go.
  • Avoid using plastic food wrap, by storing leftovers in containers and making my own beeswax wraps - We have stored all of our leftovers in containers this week. I still need to make our own beeswax wraps. 
  • Avoid buying plastic toys, by opting for sustainable wooden toys - Our savings club from Yes Bebe arrived today. Yes Bebe are brilliant, using recycled boxes and paper to wrap their products. Unfortunately some of the products were prewrapped in plastic, but that is a brand/packaging issue, rather than a Yes Bebe issue.
  • Avoid using plastic cotton buds, by buying cotton buds with cardboard tubes - I haven't had to buy any cotton buds this week
Look at all the blue! I'm genuinely excited. We're still working on cleaning products, but as with the rest of this process, it's ongoing. Let's be honest for a moment, if I can do it, any of you reading it can. You really can. I'm not special in any sense. So head on over to my Zero-Waste Pinterest board for more plastic free and zero-waste ideas to get started on your journey.

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