Plastic takes 500 years to decompose.

A personal mission to cut down on single-use plastics

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This year I’m making more of an effort to cut down on single-use plastics. We’ve seen the impact plastic has on the environment and how it can kill wildlife. We’ve also seen how plastic doesn’t degrade and turns into microplastics found in fish, bugs and our own stomachs.

I’m hoping that sharing what I use personally will inspire others to take similar action. Also, you may be on a similar journey but might have missed something.

Personal Hygiene

I used to use a lot of plastic products for face wash and shower creams. However, I’ve been interested in switching to soap-based products, and my wife found a lovely company call “Little Fox Soapery”. She purchased a gift set that contained face, and body washes, as well as shaving soap. They also have hair and dishes soap which I will be buying shortly.

Another thing I used to use was a plastic body scrub or pouffe. They’re pretty bad for the environment since you can’t recycle them, and are thrown straight in the bin. As an alternative, I have switched to soap pouches. They are 100% plastic-free and made from natural fibres and are therefore biodegradable.

I currently have an electric Oral B toothbrush, and I’m not sure how I can replace this just yet. I could go the bamboo manual toothbrush route, but I don’t want to throw away something I’ve had for over 5 years and is still working as that wouldn’t be beneficial at all.

Toothpaste would be a good one to replace next. I’m thinking of giving the tabs ago, and I have found a company called denttabs. I’ll purchase a month’s worth of them and see how good they are and report back.

Some other ones for me to consider would be deodorant and moisturising cream. At the minute, I’m using spray bottles with plastic tops, and the BullDog moisturiser uses >50% sugar cane as a plant-based plastic. There’s a company called Wild who offer plastic-free deodorant which I’m willing to try. As for the moisturiser, I haven’t found anything yet, but I would love to find an alternative.

Cotton pads are something I almost forgot to add. Of course, the pads themselves are plastic-free. However, they usually come in plastic wrapping, which is bad. To combat this, I have purchased some washable pads made from bamboo. So far, they have been a great alternative, and I recommend the switch.

You might forget toilet roll too because the rolls aren’t plastic, but their packaging is. I swapped to The Cheeky Panda who use sustainable bamboo and is completely plastic-free.

Kitchen Essentials

Currently, I am using washing up liquid that’s contained in plastic. However, I have just purchased a kit from Little Fox Soapery. This kit has a dishes bar soap, and also comes with plastic-free sponges. I have been using plastic sponges for a very long time, so we’ll see how I get on with these alternatives.

In the past, I have purchased knives which had plastic handles, and have a plastic holder. I have realised that these are bad, and I decided to switch to knives with a wooden handle. However, I have found some on Amazon that works nicely, but unfortunately, they came packaged in plastic wrapping, which was a little disappointing. I also purchased a wooden knife block which looks great together.

This experience was similar to our chopping board. I wanted to stop buying plastic chopping boards and switch to a nice wooden board. These can be purchased in many places. Another benefit to wood boards is that they last longer and are thicker.

I purchase my kitchen roll from The Cheeky Panda, and I’m pleased with how strong and sturdy it is. You can now also purchase kitchen roll packaged in a thick paper in supermarkets now, which is great news!

I use Smol products that I have reviewed before Smol Laundry tablet review and Smol 2020 Review for washing up tablets and fabric conditioner.

Food

Most of my food comes from Gousto who are on a mission to cut down on bad plastic and switch to either plant-based or recyclable plastics by 2022. Some of their herbs and veg come in plastic bags, but they are at a minimum. Also, Gousto is great for creating minimal waste because all of the ingredients will get used every week. So even though it’s not a massive win, it’s still better than nothing. I’m also hopeful they can keep to their plastic targets by 2022.

As I’m a gym-goer, I do have protein powders. And, I’m afraid to say, all protein powder comes in plastic containers. However, I get the biggest container I can to ensure the product lasts longer, and I’m therefore not throwing out so many of them. The plastic is also in sturdy recyclable containers. I know it’s not the best solution, but it’s the only good one I’ve found so far.

This brings me to my next problem. I’m afraid to say that I use Huel for my lunches. They’re great for a calorie-controlled diet, but they aren’t great if you’re cutting down on plastic. Unfortunately, they use non-recyclable plastic, but they are constantly researching to find what’s best.

Conclusion

As you can see, going plastic-free isn’t as easy as chucking everything out of the window and starting again. You really have to think about the choices you make and whether it’s the right one for you. You can start cutting down, and the small wins definitely go a long way. None of us is perfect so you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself if you can’t go 100% plastic-free.

I would love to be free of plastic packaging and products one day, but I know I have a long way to go. If you have any ideas and recommendations, then I’d love to hear them. Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.

Smol laundry tablets

Smol 2020 Review

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I have been using Smol products for over a year now, and previously reviewed their laundry tablets. They have added laundry conditioner and surface sprays. Since first purchasing their laundry tablets, I have really grown to love them and the company.

Smol fabric conditioner

When they released the conditioner, it was an instant buy for me. It pairs really well with their tablets and smells fresh. Everything is vegan friendly, and there’s no harm to animals. It was shocking to find most conditioners use animal fat which is actually very grim. Just four squirts from their refillable bottle are all that you need for incredibly smelling washing.

Smol surface sprays

Now for their latest product. Three surface sprays which are a combination of glass, surface and bathroom. All in separate reusable bottles and dissolvable tablets. Upon first purchasing, you will receive both the bottles and dissolvable tablets. Subsequent orders will be the tablets alone.

Firstly, you have to fill each bottle up with warm water, right up to the bottom of the rubber-banded label. Then place each coloured tablet in the corresponding coloured bottle. Each bottle has a label in case you forget which one is which. Once done, you can enjoy using your new sprays.

I have now tried each spray on their corresponding surfaces, and the results are fantastic. There’s no strong chemical smell or horrible residue. All the sprays do their jobs very well, and overall I am delighted with the new line-up of products.

Where and how to buy

Unfortunately, the fab-con and sprays don’t have a free trial you’ll have to take my word for it. If you already use their laundry or dishwasher tablets, then these products are a fantastic addition. If you have yet to use Smol, then they have a free trial on their laundry and dishwasher tablets that you can try. Maybe you’ll grow to like them as much as my wife and I. Click here to take a look at their offerings and buy from them.

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Smol laundry tablets

Smol Laundry tablet review

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My wife and I have been enjoying Smol tablets for 4 months. They’re a laundry and dishwasher tablet service which you can subscribe to, and they’re fairly inexpensive. You can get your first month for free (you just need to pay £1 for delivery), and if you’re unhappy, you can cancel straight away.

When logging into your account, you can update how many days a week you use your tablets. Smol will then work out when the next delivery should be, and you can do this as little or as often as you would like. The tablets are small, but the smell is strong and smells amazing. Their packaging is recyclable and safe for kids. It contains a sealable sticker and two plastic flaps that lock in place.

My wife and I don’t have a dishwasher, but we can imagine those tablets to be just as good. To conclude, I recommend you check out this awesome company, and give the free trial a go. You have nothing to lose, and quite possibly a lot to gain.

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