How to reduce use of single use plastics and how have you done it

I’ve recently discovered the Funky Soap Shop.. For the last 7 months I haven’t bought shampoo or shower gel, just used awesome hand made soap. Honey and Banana, Dandilion and Nettle and Tea Tree shampoo, all of which are amazing and loads better than anything else I’ve ever used (Tea Tree Shower gel used to be my favourite).

I’ve put the soaps into old shaving soap containers which are awesome for this type of thing. That’s also a big plastic saver. Just go old skool on the shaving, with badger hair shaving brush and shaving soap.

These things are definitely improving my life and I’m not using plastic.

The soap is still pretty expensive (£4 a bar but lasts like 2-3 months)…

Winner all round in my opinion!

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A thread where we share plastic saving products could be useful for tonnes of people. Will add a few things to get the conversation started.

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Just saw this on Facebook. Still think that the money they get from this type of advertising should be ploughed into making a better future. At least we can do that here!

Alternative to plastic bags for shopping. Genuinely a good idea!

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@russell @Tom I know you guys have both said you want to reduce your plastic use.

I have found this alternative to cleaning products that we would normally buy in single use plastic containers.

There are soluble tablets (a bit like clothes washing tablets) that you add to water in a spray bottle. We are reusing our old kitchen cleaner bottles. We are just finishing up our last few bottles of the old stuff so will report back on how effective etc they are. They come in multipacks which I guess may be frustrating if you don’t use them all at the same rate but we’re going to give it a try and see how we go!

That’s awesome. Thanks Katie. We’ve (with @beckettcatherine) used It’s pretty good actually. Minerals are used to wash the clothes and @beckettcatherine has been pretty happy with the results…

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@Tom we are also eco egg users and again find it really good. We bought our first one more than a year ago and are just about to replace it as it’s started to smell a it funny but so much chepaer that washing powder/ tablets etc too!
It also does a really good job of getting out whatever mud etc a 3 year old boy throws at it!

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@Tom Any experience of their dryer eggs? Their website claims they should reduce drying time by 28% and therefore reduce your electricity bill. Never sure how to assess the accuracy of claims like that but seems like it could be worthwhile?

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Nah. Never used them.

What I have been meaning to share is that I’m now using soap and shampoo bars instead of shower gel and shampoo. It’s actually really liberating!!!

I used and they have some pretty cool stuff. it’s really expensive but I want to be washing myself with something goood!! And it is and also good value… I use one bar of soap for 6-8 weeks and the shampoo bar lasts for like 4-5 months (but I don’t have much hair).

Anyway, I recon I’m saving 2 bottles a month and I’m getting a better clean. Top tip - use a good container for the soap… makes all the difference. I’m using my old Geo F Trumps shaving soap containers… there pretty good and water tight!

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I like to drink squash but it always comes in plastic bottles. I’ve been saving those plastic bottles for a few months before making a load of elderflower cordial. It’s the first year of doing it at scale (hope to make in all 20 litres) but it’s great to go foraging. Check out a few of the photos.

It should do us for half the year of more and then we can reuse the bottles again! Have a similar system going with jam…

Good recipe here to follow although I do it slightly differently. Happy to give tips! image image image

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Just seen this bamboo tooth brush. £20 for a years supply and each one results in a tree being planted.

Anyone tried something like this?

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Tupperware revolution!

I took my Tupperware out to a kebab house and explained that it would save him money if he used my container than his polystyrene one. He other good thing is that it was more robust - preventing spillage. Thank you Abra-kebabra in Chesham!


Here’s a thread which is relevant to the convo!

The Burger Inn in Chesham was also happy to oblige (pic below) and I’ve also noticed that Waitrose has put up signs stating that they accept your Tupperware. I’ve also successfully used Tupperware at Sainsbury’s deli counter.

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I’ve started buying organic bread in Waitrose as it seems to be the same only place I know of where I can get organic bread in a paper bag! And he whole meal brown loaf is only 30p - that’s a quarter of the cost of other organic loaves available!

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An analytical piece on the long-term effect of the 5p single-use plastic law in the UK.

i just (accidentally) discovered plastic-free tights! decided to try out new brand Snag ( because they have developed new (and seems to me useful and logical) approach to sizing. when delivery arrived today individual pairs were wrapped in tissue paper and all sent together in brown paper envelope. really impressed. haven’t actually worn them yet, but look good and delighted to find no plastic for the first time ever!

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Some good news on the plastics front.

I’ve replaced my plastic shower buff-thing with a flannel


I’ve gotten much better at carrying my water bottle, a set of bamboo cutlery and some fabric napkins with me. I always shop with re-usable bags. I even wash out and re-use ziplock bags much to my families embarrassment. Woven cotton dishcloths for washing up, have recently discovered coconut fibre pads for scrubbing pots. In Vancouver we lived within walking distance of a wonderful packaging free grocery store, you could bring your own containers and bags and fill up on everything from dry goods to hair conditioner to hummous, jam, spices and peanut butter. It was the best, although some stuff was very expensive and the hippy deodorant combined with the refillable hippy clothes washing detergent did add up to my family all smelling a little more human than the usual modern standard. :smile:. It was amazing how much it reduced our recyling and trash output. Oh my days I miss that shop!

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