Updated: Jun 29
First of all, I do not live a 100% plastic-free life. I am not a plastic-free professional. I am a wife to one husband, mother to two boys and servant to three pawsome pups. What I do want to do though, is try to reduce the amount of plastic my family uses and produces through waste. I have been making a conscious effort over the last two years of small manageable steps and am ready to share some of my top tips with you of simple steps to reducing plastic.
Perhaps you are thinking about making a change to your lifestyle or are already well on the road to living plastic-free. Either way, I am sure this post will help you start or refresh your habits.
Even if you change just one thing each month to begin reducing the plastics in your home that will add up to 12 items in a year. That is a great start to make.
When my youngest son was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2016, he and I lived at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff for nine months, as he underwent 7 operations and a gruelling treatment regime. I lived in the parent's accommodation within the hospital, provided for by the charity LATCH.
The flat was home from home, with a laundry room and fully functioning kitchen, but I found myself grabbing take out food and coffee from the cafe and hospital concourse shops when I could and it dawned on me, just how wasteful I was being.
I decided, even in the hospital, I could make some quick and easy changes to my routine to reduce the plastic and waste that I was contributing to.
I bought myself a gorgeous hessian bag from a charity shop to carry my food in, either from the hospital accommodation or from the shops in the hospital concourse.
A reusable metal flask that the coffee shop at the hospital was happy to fill for me with my daily (hourly) caffeine boosts. I also purchased a lovely travel mug from LATCH too.
A lunch bag and reusable cutlery for using in the canteen or with 'take-out' foods that I purchased.
Ryan is still undergoing treatment every three weeks, but we are back to living at home and here are some more of the items I have worked on changing in our family over the last two years.
Wooden and Bamboo Toothbrushes
One Green Bottle
Kaupilka Dishware and Cutlery
Bags for life
Glass Cooking Trays and Dishes
Boxed Laundry Powder
Washable cleaning cloths
When I created my small handmade business I was already well into reducing plastic in the family so naturally wanted to have the same ethos within my business. All my packaging uses cardboard or paper envelopes and I use eco-friendly, unbleached, recyclable tissue paper for wrapping and packaging. I also have a large stock of card stuffing that we had as protective packaging in a Christmas hamper that I reuse in my packaging.
I now also use paper parcel tape to secure my PIP ('pop in post') boxes and also try to reuse packaging where possible that we receive as a family.
National Geographic UK is campaigning against single-use plastics and they aim to prevent 1 billion items from reaching the ocean by 2020.
Their social media campaign #ichooseplanet invites you to make new resolutions such as:
‘Quit drinking...from plastic.’
‘Kick the (plastic) habit.’
‘Lose (the) weight (of) plastic.’
‘Save money, save the ocean.’
‘Lose the (plastic) baggage.’
You can pledge to achieve one or all, in your own time. You can find out more from the Nat Geo website.
Review of PlasticFreeZone shampoo bar
The biggest wow for me has been the switch to using shampoo bars. It took me a while of research to find one I was prepared to try and I came across Trishell's lovely Etsy shop Plastic Free Zone. She has a fabulous range of products to help you reduce your plastic use and I am so impressed with my shampoo bar, I will never return to bottled hair products.
A revolution in hair care
No-fuss, no mess. Simple, solid (SLS free) shampoo does away with wasteful over-packaging and environmental worries in one. Perfect for anyone who loves the planet as much as their hair. Not a gimmick, the rich, solid shampoo bars effectively cleanse and moisturise to leave your hair looking nourished and healthy.
Shampoo bars are economic too as each bar keeps on working, lasting so much longer than a bottle of liquid shampoo. Perfect for everyday use and ideal in the wash-bag for visits to the gym, at the swimming pool or to take on holiday!
Grey / Heat Damaged Hair (white bar)
I chose the white bar a coconut scented solid shampoo bar formulated with plenty of coconut oil to moisturise, condition and add shine to grey, dry and heat-damaged hair.
Choose to receive your shampoo bar 'NAKED' (shipped in a recycled paper bag), or in an aluminium 'TRAVEL TIN' (perfect for travelling, taking to the gym, or for simply storing your shampoo bar at home when not in use).
The first bar I purchased I added the tin option as Ryan and I are likely to spend more time at the hospital and it is perfect for travelling back and forth for treatment.
Simple to use
Rub the bar between your hands to build up a lather and massage from the roots to the ends of the hair. You can also circle the bar gently over wet hair once or twice depending on hair length. Use sparingly - a little rub is all you need! Rinse thoroughly.
In the white bar - Sodium Coco Sulphate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aqua, Parfum, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.
Each bar weighs 50g.
There is a range of bars available for every hair type and full details of each are listed in the details of the products on their Etsy shop.
Pic 'n' Mix Festival Kits
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Over to you…
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