So the journey of reducing our plastic has begun, and what an adventure so far. There have been some things that I have found easy to change and source, with a couple of the alternatives working out to be a cheaper option, but there has also been a lot that has been challenging.
What we did to start with was to research companies that do zero waste products and to see if any were nearby. Unfortunately, this is where living in the country has it’s negatives because the nearest one was about an hour drive away. Not environmentally friendly driving a car for that long. Luckily what I did find was that the company I had used before for my Fruit and Veg boxes, Seasons Fruit and Veg, had teamed up with a company called Bamboo Turtle who is a zero waste company. Bonus, I get my fruit and veg delivered as well as the products I want from a zero waste shop all for a mere 99p delivery.
Next, we changed how we bought our milk. Milk and More seemed to be the only one in my area delivering milk in glass bottles. Even local dairies were still using plastic cartons, but these are widely recycled so who knows, we may change at some point, but it will only be to buy our milk from a local dairy and it depends on cost. Ordering milk means that it will be delivered straight to our door as well and once finished we can rinse and leave the empty bottles out ready for the milkman to take them away when our next delivery comes.
When researching online there were quite a few companies that did meat in paper bags or recyclable plastic but it came at a cost. More than what we could do right now. I then realised I had been looking in the wrong place. All I needed to do was to take my Tupperware boxes to the local butcher, or in my case, as my local farm shop was still closed, I went to the Morrisons meat counter and they were happy to use them instead of giving me plastic.
For the final change that we decided to do was to look at an alternative to the toilet paper we were using. This possibly could have held off another couple of weeks, but we do use quite a lot of it, well I do, so I thought why not change it now. A company I kept coming back to was Who Gives A Crap. They deliver to your door in a box bulk recycled toilet paper each individually wrapped in paper. Plus they donate 50% of their profits. We have had our trial pack so far, and I must say so far so good, but I am waiting on our bulk buy to see how long it lasts.
When we decided to reduce our plastic waste it was never going to be an easy ride and we will never be totally plastic free. There are some alternatives that might not work for us or there might not be an alternative at all, but in reducing our single-use plastic such as food packaging is a start and then anything else we can change will be a bonus. You see the whole purpose of this is to help save our environment and if we can make small changes to reduce anything going into a landfill, then it is worth it. Of course, it is not an instant fix, but rather the whole process is a journey in which we have a goal to do the best we can within our own means and we will always be looking at how we can strive to do better.