A Rubbish Idea?

Do you know where things actually go when you throw them away? Until last year I didn’t have a clue what happened to my rubbish after it had left the wheelie bin. I assumed that everything that went into my bin was buried somewhere in a landfill site, so was surprised to find out that some waste from the UK (including mine) is incinerated abroad. In West Wiltshire, the contents of our black wheelie bins … Read more

Zero-Waste Birthday Parties

It can feel like a struggle to celebrate your child’s birthday without damaging the environment. These tips will help you to host a guilt-free, low plastic birthday party! Food & Drink: It amazes me how much sweet food is served at children’s parties. Surely a buffet of low quality biscuits and cupcakes within easy reach of youngsters is a recipe for disaster? Why not offer a healthy range of savoury snacks and fruit. This will help … Read more

The Plastic-Free Bedroom

Apparently we spend a third of our lives in bed. When you’ve got a young child it doesn’t always feel like it, but hopefully I will get to catch up on lost lie-ins later on! With so much time spent in bed, it’s important to value the quality of the materials that surround us when we are asleep. Natural Mattresses The Better Sleep Council recommend replacing your mattress after only seven years, and ours was … Read more

Toothbrush Trials (The Quest for an Eco-Friendly Toothbrush)

Toothbrush Trash

If you’re looking to reduce your plastic waste, using an alternative toothbrush is a great place to start. Toothbrushes are so very necessary, and with a world population of around 7.6 billion, us humans get through an awful lot of them! Officials advise replacing brushes every three to four months, so that’s a lot of plastic heading for landfill. It hasn’t always been this way—early toothbrushes were made from chewed twigs, bone and animal hair. … Read more

Join the Washing-Up Revolution

Zero Waste Washing Up

The best thing I’ve done for Plastic-Free July 2018 is switch my household to a zero-waste washing-up system. During the seven years that I lived on my own, I probably only changed my washing-up sponge about twice a year. I’d keep them going until they were stained and disintegrating, sitting dismally alongside my ancient, much-refilled bottle of Ecover washing-up liquid. Nowadays, with a partner and young son sharing the house, I try to keep the … Read more

Super Fresh Mouth

Want to have a fresh mouth without making a mountain of plastic? I’ve been trialling natural mouthwashes for a long time to find the very best! The Green Shopper’s ‘toothbrush trials’ settled my favourite plastic-free toothbrush, and it’s time to up the game with our other oral care products. My household had previously settled on the JASON Sea Fresh* mouthwash and toothpaste, but we are taking further steps to reduce the plastic in our lives … Read more

Plastic-Free Bathroom Swaps

If you want to reduce your plastic use in the bathroom, here’s a list of ten simple swaps to make it easier! 1. Buy your toothpaste from Truthpaste or Georganics. 2. Use a Hydro Phil bamboo brush (the bristles are made with plant based plastic). 3. Buy your floss from Georganics: natural fibre floss packaged in a cute refillable glass pot! 4. There are lots of moisturisers which come in glass pots or metal tubes. … Read more

Spring, Tap, Filter?

Natural spring water is a luxury that few can afford, but I used to use five litres a day. I’d even hand wash my knickers in it. Before you jump to conclusions, I’d like to say that I’m not a diva. For the seven years I lived off-grid on a narrowboat, my drinking water mostly came from a spring that flowed from the hillside into the canal, and I collected it by bicycle every few … Read more