Now as I’ve said before, I’m not perfect when it comes to this whole low waste thing. I’m trying, but there are a bunch of things I could be doing better but one step at a time, right? No one can do everything and I don’t want to jump on the extremist bandwagon shaming people who use straws and pre-packaged food, etc because people do need that stuff however much ableist people argue it.
I am a member of a couple of low waste facebook groups and the shit some people come out with is just gross but moving on, I have been trying my best to cut down on plastic and just be more eco-friendly when and where I can be.
foam handwash | for about 6 months now we have been using foam handwash in the kitchen and bathrooms, I originally bought a couple of foam hand washes and just kept on refilling them. You only need a couple of squirts of hand wash then top them up with washer, give them a shake and your good to go. A bottle of handwash lasted on average about a week in the kitchen, depending on the brand and about the same in the bathroom too so we were getting through loads, I did make a point of filling it halfway with water to make use of the last 1/4 of the bottle which conveniently doesn’t reach the very bottom of the bottle so they lasted a few more days but in the end it was just ridiculous how much extra plastic we were throwing out. We did trial bars of soap but they are slippy as hell and the kids couldn’t get on with them so this was a compromise that still helps in the long run. I find some brands purposefully have a larger dispenser so the product is used up faster because you absolutely do not need the amount it dispenses, it’s a bit of a con really isn’t it? Anyway, now one bottle lasts well over a month using this method and hands are left just as clean. By doing this in just this short time we’ve saved approximately 40 odd bottles already and quite a bit of money too!
repairing + recycling clothes | clothes seem to rip and tear in this house like it’s going out of fashion, especially Eloise’s clothes. She is forever busting the knees out of her leggings and jeans and ripping them down the middle doing the splits and other crazy contortions and generally being a hooligan but instead of just binning them I’ve been sewing them up or turning them into something else. I have turned a pair of lovely space themed Zara leggings that were torn at the knee into a pair of 3/4 length trousers for Lily and various pairs of shorts for Eloise.
being more aware of packaging | this one is quite easy to do really, for example, I now buy boxes of porridge oast instead of the bags, I make my own bread in between buying loaves, buy loose veg where I can, etc. Also, I normally buy the huge ass plastic things of salt but switched to these glass jars which look a hell of a lot nicer too and can be refilled in the future. I’ve started using Turtle Bags for produce too, I picked up a net Turtle Bag from my local farm shop and it’s brilliant for holding fruit and veg. I use one to store my potatoes in at home too! Just small things like that!
beeswax wraps | i’ve been on the look out for some of these for a while and came across a beautiful little hen print one in my local farm shop and bought it to try! I rarely use cling film these days anyway, in fact, I don’t remember the last time I bought a roll actually as I think it was one of the first things I stopped getting when I started reducing our waste but I’ve found myself needing an alternative so hopefully this little wrap will fill that plasticy void that cling film left in my fridge.
Have you got any tips for being more eco-friendly?