Plastic Free Easter!

Since I went vegan over five years ago, my biggest obstacle at Easter has always been finding vegan chocolate eggs. I’ve went from barely being able to find one in the shops to having a huge variety to pick from. However, now I can’t help but notice the sheer volume of plastic that they come wrapped in.

We all know how damaging plastic is to our planet. There is no planet B. We need to stop taking the world for granted and start making smart decisions which will not do irreversible damage.

So, if you are looking to buy Easter eggs this year then please think the plastic that you’re also purchasing. To make it a little easier for you, I’ve put together a list of the top five most eco-friendly vegan Easter eggs I could find.

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Hooray! Contact lens wearers can now recycle their lenses

For someone like me who has been wearing monthly contact lenses for around 18 years now the fact there is now a contact lenses recycle scheme is such a welcome announcement.

According to my maths skills, I have probably thrown away somewhere in the region of 450 contact lenses and plastic packages (I’ve rounded the number up to include the extra ones that I used to rip when I first started to use them). That’s a huge amount of plastic that I’ve had to throw away because there was no other solution.

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How to do a plastic free food shop

Did you know almost a third of plastic packaging used by supermarkets in the UK is either non-recyclable through standard collection schemes or difficult to recycle? Then there’s the packaging that can be recycled yet people choose to throw it in the bin instead.

Some supermarkets are taking steps in the right direction. A few months ago, Morrisons announced that all their fruit and vegetable bags will be compostable by spring 2019 and all single-use carrier bags will be removed from the shops by March 2019. And Iceland made the announcement that its bananas will be sold in a recycled paper wrapping instead of plastic by the end of the year.

While these are all steps in the right direction, we can’t just sit around waiting for the supermarkets to change everything for us. There’s lots of ways that we can take control of how much plastic we consume when we shop right now.

  • Take your own produce bags
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My Zero Waste Bathroom // Plastic Free July

Happy Plastic Free July!

I hope that you’re all enjoying the challenge of trying to cut ditch single-use plastics and look for zero waste alternatives.

Of all the rooms in my flat, my bathroom is definitely the most zero waste. It was the first area of my life that I really tackled, and I’m proud that it’s a plastic free zone. So I thought I would share the products I use to inspire you to make some plastic free swaps this month.

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Where To Bulk Buy in Edinburgh | The New Leaf Co-op

Want to know where to bulk buy in Edinburgh?

Well The New Leaf Co-op has all your zero waste needs.

I discovered this shop last year, and these days I can often be found there scooping chickpeas into jars and looking at all the shelves of spices.

The store is open from Monday to Saturday and is the best place in Edinburgh to buy in bulk. The shop sells loose fruit and veg, bread without packaging, and lots of bulk foods including grains, pulses, pasta, spices, herbs, dried fruit, cleaning products, and they have a nut butter machine!!

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Zero Waste Shaving – Safety Razor First Impressions

I’ve been waiting for a couple of months now to use my last remaining disposable safety razors before I could order myself a safety razor. A few weeks ago, I finally finished my last plastic razor so I took the plunge and bought myself a safety razor.

I did a little bit of research and decided to go for the Edwin Jagger DE89L which you can purchase from Amazon here and enough razors to last me a lifetime from Astra here. The best bit about Astra is that the blades come in a cardboard box with the blades wrapped in paper. It might have been more expensive that disposable razors, but that’s the last time I will need to purchase any hair removal products for the rest of my life.

I’m still getting used to using the razor d taking it slow, but so far it’s been a success!

Watch the video below for my first impressions and I’ll be sure to update you as I carry on using it.

Have you tried a safety razor yet? I’d love to know what zero waste hair removal products you use in the comments below.

Zero waste laundry

If I’m honest, I probably didn’t think much about what I was washing my clothes in until a couple of months ago. Aside from looking for a vegan product, I would generally just pick up whatever
washing detergent was on offer. However this zero waste journey has not only made me think about my plastic use, but it’s also made me aware of all the chemicals around me.

A few months ago while browsing in my local health food store, I noticed this bag of Soapnuts or soapberries. I’d heard about them online, but this was the first time I’d found them, so I bought a bag and my washing has never been the same since.

Soapberries are actually a fruit which produces a natural soap meaning you can wash your clothes free of any chemicals, parabens or additives. They’re vegan can be recycled in the compost too!

The ones I have are from Green Frog Botanic and they couldn’t be easier to use. You just put a few shells into a small cotton pouch that comes with them, and you just throw it into the wash. The soapberries shells can be reused for multiple washes so they’re much better value for money too. I also add a few drops of lemongrass essential oil to my wash so my clothes come out smelling good.

I was definitely a little sceptical at first, but my clothes feel great and I know that I’ll never go back to using chemical filled laundry detergent ever again.

So that’s my new way of washing my clothes, and I love it!

I’d really like to know in the comments below what steps you take for zero waste washing.