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Hiya! Looking to reduce my plastic waste just wondered if anybody has any tips or tricks they do that are affordable. I also would like to reduce my overall wastage in general and have taken a few steps over the years to do so. What do you guys do. any tips/tricks or links and photos would be a massive help. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜

lauren958
18 days ago
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lornaae
lornaae17 days ago
  • Have a look if there are any zero waste stores in your area! They are fab as you can buy exactly how much of something you need like pasta, rice, washing up liquid, laundry detergent etc and are often cheaper as you're not paying for the packaging, take your own bottles/containers/jars to fill
  • Reuse jars that coffee/jam etc comes in, would be useful for taking to zero waste shops like I mentioned above
  • Use biodegradable make up wipes, aldi sell some for around 59p, or better still - make your own!
  • Use reusable make up pads (like cotton wool pads) you can buy these on Amazon/ebay/etsy plain or with cool designs, aldi also have recently started selling them
  • Use shampoo bars, conditioner bars and body wash bars, they save so much plastic! And I find they are cheaper as a bar lasts me ages! Again, Aldi recently started selling a set of three for around ยฃ5-6
  • See if you can make any of your own beauty products and cleaning products at home, often they are much more effective and a lot cheaper! You may even have some stuff to make them at home already, check out pinterest for DIY soap/lip balm/face masks/washing up liquid/bathroom cleaner/etc
  • If you order from Amazon, this is how to get them to stop sending your parcels in plastic https://www.scotsman.com/read-this/how-stop-amazon-sending-your-orders-plastic-packaging-2447429
  • Get a reusable fruit and veg bag (or a few) to use when you buy fruit and veg to avoid having to put them in plastic bags
  • Use tote bags or similar rather than single-use plastic carrier bags for shopping - take these clothes shopping too not just for groceries
  • Some plastic can't be recycled in your home recycling bin but can be at big stores or recycling centres, you could save it up and take it to the recycling bins at stores or recycling centres to save it ending up in landfill

If I think of any more I'll add them ๐Ÿ™‚

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lauren958
lauren958
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14 days ago

This is brilliant!! Thank you for all these tips and link! Iโ€™m looking into shampoo bars at the moment and I have learnt that we do Indeed have a โ€bring your own containerโ€œ shop close by so will be popping by there! Thank you x

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lornaae
lornaae14 days ago

lauren958 That's great! No problem - happy to help! Hope you like the bring your own container shop! ๐Ÿ™‚

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lornaae
lornaae15 days ago

This is really useful, affordable and easy switches to ditch plastic https://www.savethestudent.org/save-money/food-drink/reduce-plastic-challenge-save-money.html

While some changes can be a little more expensive than their plastic counterpart, most are cheaper! (For example, I find that shampoo bars, conditioner bars and body wash bars are a lot cheaper - I used to spend a lot more on bottles of shampoo etc than what I spend on a bar for how long this lasts)

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lauren958
lauren958
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14 days ago

I have discovered these shampoo/conditioner bars recently so Iโ€™m looking into them so many about no idea where to start ๐Ÿ˜‚

thank you for the info ๐Ÿ˜

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lornaae
lornaae14 days ago

lauren958 When I started using them I went into Lush and they were very helpful at pointing me in the right direction with what would be best for my hair type. I would suggest that generally any is fine, its a bit of a trial and error as with normal shampoos just to see what you prefer. I guess see if there is a particular ingredient you are looking for, are you looking for your hair to be shiny? If so maybe look at a shampoo with argan oil.

If you are wondering how to use them, google/youtube it, it's very simple and easy to get used to. I wouldn't go back to bottled shampoo! ๐Ÿ™‚

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lauren958
lauren958
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14 days ago

Ah Brilliant thank you!

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RegularComper90
RegularComper9014 days ago

Thought everyone had forgotten about plastic since this whole coronavirus pandemic began. Brexit has certainly been forgotten about.

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lornaae
lornaae14 days ago

Not everyone, I've found it's been easier to cut back on plastic waste as I've more time to pay attention to it and I'm not having to worry about eating on the go (what I wrap my food in to take to work etc)

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lauren958
lauren958
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14 days ago

Im both at home and run a kitchen At work, I am Always looking for ways to help the planet in both. ive definitely not forgotten about overuse Of plastic pandemic or not

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