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Joy's Intrepid Adventures into a Plastic-free World. Mission Update 2

27, July , 2015 2 min read 1 Comment


Hello there. Well, it's 1st June and my plastic free efforts have officially started. Actually they started quite dramatically. You see, I ran the Edinburgh Marathon yesterday and then I missed my flight home! I mean, what was I doing??? Lounging around happily drinking coffee when I realised the time. Too late! Anyway, that meant that I spent the night at the airport and awoke to my plastic challenge. Challenge number one - no toothpaste. I had none with me and couldn't buy any - it's all in plastic! Luckily I managed to scrounge some from a friend but it really brought home to me my need to get organised! I also didn't buy some water but got my old bottle refilled, not a very unusual thing to do but still counts.

I managed to get home by the afternoon and as you might imagine I had a serious craving for a lovely easy comforting and calorie rich tea. Oven chips, veggie sausages, peas and gravy was my dream. And a dream is what it was. Oven chips - in plastic, frozen peas - in plastic. Dont be defeated I thought. I managed to run 26 and a bit miles 7 minutes faster than I ever have before and I wont be beaten by packaging. So just a little rethink. Broccoli instead of peas, chips from the chip shop in paper, veggie sausages from a box and gravy granuals come in cardboard - except the lid, that is plastic. I'm going to keep all the plastic I buy and document it at the end of the month. So that lid is the first bit of evidence. Lastly - tomorrows goals. 1, sort out the milk round so the milk comes in glass. 2, find some toothpaste that's not in plastic. Fun. And there you have it.

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17, November , 2016

Have you considered natural beauty products? Not only are beauty products mainly packed in plastic but are also full of nasty chemicals.
There are lots of natural alternatives that you can either make yourself or buy in more environmentally friendly packaging.
Things like toothpaste, face and body moisturises, shampoo and conditioners can be made at home. Internet is full of websites and blogs with peoples “chemical free” journeys and recipes. If you are not brave enough to make your own, there are lots of people who do and sell them.

Tooth powder, natural oils and butters (jojoba, argan. shea butter), solid shampoo bars or “no poo method”, handmade soaps.

I think it’s easier to rid your beauty regime of plastic then to do the same with your grocery shop/eating but well done on your attempts so far!
I have a lovely stainless steel water bottle to carry my water around (although I have not tried to fly with it yet).

Good luck!

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