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Today I will share with you the 7 everyday items I am still buying that comes in plastic packaging or that it is made entirely out of plastic and why.
I’ve been slowly trying to get to 100% plastic-free for a few months now and I have done my best to find plastic-free alternatives, however, there are still some things I still purchase.
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Since I started my zero waste journey, I have found it easy to reduce food waste and I am determined to cut packaging as much as possible for a change.
However, some plastic swaps are still very difficult for me, either for the extra money I have to add to my monthly expenses(plastic-free items can be pricey) or because I can't find a suitable and effective zero waste substitute yet.
Waste management is still an ongoing process for me and it honestly takes a lot of energy and effort.
Packaging waste is the vast majority of plastic waste you can find in my recycling bin, which is concerning since plastic used for packaging can be recycled only up to 4 times.
Alternatives to plastic packaging are still rare to find in my area so in order to reduce plastic waste the only solution is to shop from local street vendors that sell loose food and to avoid buying in the supermarket when possible.
The fact that recycling is not enough to help the environment really pushed me to be more intentional with the materials of the items I buy.
Living without plastic items and plastic packaging is a challenge I am willing to win but it can be tricky as well, especially if on a budget.
Can you relate? Please don't judge!
I had a look online and I could see other lifestyle bloggers are struggling with the issue and here you can see which everyday items they are still by in plastic:
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That's the first category I am struggling to find plastic-free or recycled plastic items that don't cost the earth.
Makeup and cosmetics are by far one of the most polluting industries and I personally found skincare and body care much easier to downsize and to upgrade into more sustainable packaging because it is actually quite easy to find a great substitute to my usual creams and cleansers without splurging too much money.
On the other hand, plastic-free makeup is still a bit difficult for me to try because super drug mascara costs usually around 8£-10£, while the price for a zero waste mascara is sometimes double and that put me off a bit.
Do I really need makeup? I don't need it now that I am furloughed, but I certainly will need it when I am back to work and I am facing people.
I am on the hunt for a good zero waste mascara that doesn't clump and a zero-waste corrector that matches my skin type without clogging my pores as well as an eyebrows pencil.
I would love a zero-waste lipstick too but I still have loads of my old ones to finish up first.
I did my research online but somehow I am still put off of try zero waste makeup: I am a bit scared that it is going to be messy and that I am going to be stuck with a product I won't use.
I have been recommended to have a look at Etsy and the Ecco Verde website and since I need to replace my old mascara I will try one and let you know how it goes.
So far the brand I trust the most is Lush, as the have eco-friendly cosmetic packaging and no waste items in their range. I have been using several of their skincare products and shampoos, so I think I am going to start with the first!
To know more about the items I am using at the moment, visit my SHOP page.
I invested in an electric brush years ago and it is still working so I feel it would be a waste throwing it away to buy a bamboo one. I am going to change the heads, which are made of plastic of course until the brush itself won't break and then I will think about what I am going to use next.
I still buy normal toilet roll that comes with clear plastic packaging from the supermarket because the sustainable options are still very expensive for my budget.
For instance, the plastic-free packaging brand "who gives a crap" is very popular in the UK and they charge 24£ for 24 rolls while I can get 16 rolls for nearly 5£ at my local store.
I love greek/soy yoghurt so much that I find it hard not to buy a pot when I am shopping. When the glass jars are available where I shop I would opt for those, but mainly I can find them in plastic packaging. I would sometimes save the big plastic bucket (1kg) from the recycling bin and use it as extra storage in the kitchen or the bathroom.
Same as the toilet paper. When I am going out I often need a tissue and the cloth ones are not hygienic to carry around nowadays with the Coronavirus thing still going strong.
I am successfully over a paper towel for good now, which is great, so I hope tissues are going to be next soon.
I have tried several natural toilet bowl cleaners in the past but unfortunately, bleach is the only thing that really works for me, maybe because the flat I live in is rather old and anything less powerful just won't cut it.
I definitely use it less than I used to as I know how toxic it is, but I just can't help using it from time to time.
Biscuits with plastic wrap packaging
I don't buy them often, but when I fancy some I still buy the supermarket ones that come in a plastic film. Food packaging is very sneaky because when you shop at the supermarket it is almost inevitable.
I know, I should make them on my own cookies but I am already making my own bread and oat milk several times a week and despite my passion for cooking, sometimes I would like to do something else rather than spend my whole day in the kitchen.
What about you?
Did you manage to find satisfactory plastic-free alternatives to the items I mentioned?
Which plastic things are you still buying and why?
Let me know in the comments below!
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