Ive stopped cooking in plastic. No more Tupperware or cling film in the microwave. I store food in the fridge in old jam jars or ceramic dishes with paper or foil over, and heat in Pyrex if I'm using the microwave.
I've also ditched cling film/sandwich bags I favour of brown paper bags. And I'm going to start buying veg at the market also in brown paper bags.
Me! I have just gone back to the milkman and glass bottles - also means i dont go to the shop and buy loads of extras when i only need milk. So hard though when everything seems to be wrapped in multiple layers.
I’m trying too, I’ve swapped the cat to tinned food instead of pouches and I’ve sewn some washable sandwich wrappers for the kids packed lunches. I also bought a soda stream but I’m no so keen on the taste
Me! I'm using tupperware instead of wrapping things like cheese on cling film (we already had the tupperware so will use until it breaks then get something non-plastic) soap instead of shower gel, cotton buds with paper stems instead of plastic, refuse straws in restaurants/pubs. I am currently debating whether to go for a safety razor, I have been using the BIC soleil disposable ones for years but was quite conscious of how wasteful they are, so I bought a Wilkinson one with replaceable heads but it's useless, doesn't give a smooth shave at all.
We have switched to milk delivered in glass bottles.
And I got an insulated butter dish from Lakeland for blocks of butter - used to have plastic tubs of Lurpak Spreadable... it will be interesting to see if the dish stops the butter turning to soup in warm weather!
Can someone give an honest review of shampoo bars?
Omg, I LOVE this thread. OP, you can switch shampoo/conditioner. Lush do them in bars, and then you only need to buy a metal tin once to keep it in. I've not heard brilliant things about the conditioner but the bars are brilliant. Can't speak for all of them, as it's dependant on what your hair needs.
My favourite find from there - their toothpaste tabs. Little chewable tablets in a bottle that you can take back and get refilled. Yes the bottle is plastic but it's reclycable and reusable
Isn't it just single use plastic that's the problem? I have Tupperware (as if, cheap IKEA version ) but use it endlessly. I won't buy cling film, sandwich bags or straws again. The DC have reusable plastic straws but I've seen glass ones that can go in the dishwasher. I like the idea of the milk being delivered. I will check that out. I do a lot of what's already been mentioned on this thread but plastic is still our biggest bag on recycling day. Any suggestions for contact lenses? I don't want to stop using them but it's not just the lenses that get thrown away but the storage pots and the solution bottles.
I am switching to a bar of soap for the shower, and a natural sponge/washable cotton flannel instead of those plastic sponge things. I have also switched to laundry powder in cardboard boxes.
It's so hard to eliminate plastic, but I am now hoarding every bit of recyclable plastic I can, saving it in the garage and taking it back to the supermarket to put in their carrier bag recycle bins - the stretchy plastic you get on packs of loo rolls, packs of apples etc. It is scary just how much I gather together from one small supermarket shop.
I am also saving every bit of tin foil (from chocolate, yogurt lids etc) as my local supermarket has a metal foil recycling bin too.
When shopping, I am trying to chose recyclable plastic containers but the supermarkets need to get much more on board with it.
I can't use the Lush shampoo bars as I boycott Lush.
Contact lenses are also an issue for me as I use dailies so there's loads of waste but I can't wear glasses in my job
I'm now buying bread at the bakery instead of in bags. It's silly but it gives me such a lovely feeling having less plastic around, don't know why!
Re Tupperware, I'm trying to avoid any kind of food in plastic as I just don't believe it's safe sorry to sound tinfoil hat-like . With the story about plastic particles being found in almost all bottled water, I think it must permeate into food, so I'm trying not to store in plastic and I'm definitely not cooking in plastic.
Jam jars are great! I save them all and store say, half a tin of beans in them in the fridge. Made fer t'job!!
Count me in, like others changed to milk in glass bottles, bread in paper bags (have a reusable bag I take to bakery for other bread). Buying loose fruit and veg, and getting a veg /fruit delivery every 2 weeks from Abel and Coke as use no plastic. Switched back to glass for mayo and ketchup. Boxes of washing powder. Soaps instead of hand wash Refusing straws Reusable cup for coffee,
Really need to take the bathroom which is filled with plastic.
Really trying with single use plastic and have got family on board to try buy snacks that are not in plastic, choose drinks from cans etc. No where near plastic free but trying to make choices ever day that avoid plastic.