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    • dragonlily
    • By dragonlily 29th Dec 18, 4:12 PM
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    Steps towards zero waste - 2019
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    • 29th Dec 18, 4:12 PM
    Steps towards zero waste - 2019 29th Dec 18 at 4:12 PM
    Through 2018 I have been reading a lot about the impact of our waste on the environment. I have made a couple of small changes but seeing our bulging bins at the end of Christmas isn't good! It is a little odd as once you start thinking about excessive packaging you see just how much of it there is everywhere!

    I don't think I am going to be able to completely change overnight but every little has got to help, and ironically I think old style ways of living, are well suited to doing this. If anybody else is interested in setting goals to work on reducing waste, buying more consciously and generally being fabulous in 2019 do join in. PS - I did a search for a post about this and couldn't see one, so if I have missed it, lmk and I'll move on over there

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    • Nonnadiluca
    • By Nonnadiluca 22nd Apr 19, 2:14 PM
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    If you buy breakfast cereal, the bag inside the box is excellent for wrapping sandwiches, I use them for pretty much all food wrapping - fridge, freezer etc. They are easy to wash up and last for ages, also free if you're buying the cereal anyway.
    • the cross rabbit
    • By the cross rabbit 25th Apr 19, 4:50 PM
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    the cross rabbit
    Today I decided to put a piggy bank in the kitchen to try and curb food waste. Everytime something ends in the bin we have to put the price of said item in the piggy bank. Ashamed to say there is already 4.75 in there. Hoping this (and menu planning) will help us to cut our food waste.
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    • Nonnadiluca
    • By Nonnadiluca 26th Apr 19, 10:34 AM
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    That's a great idea CR, carrot and stick!
    • newlywed
    • By newlywed 27th Apr 19, 11:17 AM
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    I used pure cotton yarn that was for a project never finished, he crochet eye makeup remover pads that then get put in he wash. I also crocheted a net bag to stop them getting caught in the washing machine seal.

    Swapped to making some of my own face creams etc and to a shampoo bar and bar soap. Buy most clothes from charity or ebay.

    Haven't used cling film in ages. But have a long way to go yet... everything from eBay seems to be plastic wrapped, so need to work on it some more.

    Planning to cut up old unwanted sheets for a replacement for paper towels next...

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    • dollypeeps
    • By dollypeeps 27th Apr 19, 12:39 PM
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    Plodding on slowly here.... not doing anything new but still mindful of excess waste and looking for more ways to recycle packaging especially food packaging...

    I measure how successful I’ve been by how often my refuse bin goes out for collection. Last one was 21/3 so every 6 weeks or so.....
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    56B]items decluttered
    • Twiggy_34
    • By Twiggy_34 28th Apr 19, 2:09 PM
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    Nothing new to report here either. However one of the latest tv shows featuring David Attenborough has finally struck a chord with one of my friends.

    She got into bad habits when she last moved and hasn't bothered recycling anything for over a year, depsite comments from me, but now she's back on it with fervour. She's also following my lead and making small changes like switching to bar soaps, I'm sure she'll catch the bug just like I did now she's taken those first steps.
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    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 28th Apr 19, 2:29 PM
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    I've had to shop at supermarkets recently (lots of work travel, dental op) rather than my normal farm shop/health food shop/veg box and cook from scratch approach and have been horrified by the amount of packaging it has involved. More specifically the plastic/non-recyclable packaging.

    While I reuse what I can (mostly for collecting up the other stuff that has to go in the bin), I'm trying to avoid clutter, so keeping it all for other uses at a later date isn't an option.

    Hopefully I'll be able to get back to normal soon.
    • Catbells
    • By Catbells 30th Apr 19, 7:37 AM
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    Face wipes or handy wipes have been massively useful in the past 20 years or so but come plastic wrapped. I wash and reuse them at least once again for tissues, make up removing and so on. Also reuse aluminium foil at least twice before recycling it in my blue bin.
    • Nickitree30
    • By Nickitree30 20th Jun 19, 10:43 AM
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    War on Plastic
    Was wondering if any of you watched War on Plastic on BBC1? Just curious to see if any new members have joined this thread as a result of watching it?
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    • Tink_04
    • By Tink_04 20th Jun 19, 4:52 PM
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    Really feeling shameful about the amount of plastic we have in our homes

    My mission for the rest of the year is to use up everything we have at home and when purchasing new to make sure we are more mindful of what we buy. This will mean we have
    A) less stuff in the house
    B) save money as we are using everything up we have already
    C) replacing it with a better item in the future

    Really enjoying this thread!

    Living the simple life
    • dragonlily
    • By dragonlily 25th Jun 19, 7:20 PM
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    Hi, I've watched war on plastic. I was left feeling a bit overwhelmed to honest, it is all so out of control.

    Since I started the thread I am still trying and making little steps like:
    - Moving to a milk man to get milk in glass
    - Getting out the soda stream so we can have fizzy water minus all the 2L plastic bottles
    - Buying cleaning products from Bio D in bulk - not getting rid of plastic but reducing the amount overall
    - Complete stop on ready meals
    - Buying unpackaged fruit and veg from the market
    - Buying a lot less of everything in general!

    Still a long long way to go...... but I keep thinking like on that street on the programme if everybody just reduced a little, and made small changes, the big companies would listen. I think consumer power and choosing who you spend your money with can cast a vote for the world we want.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 26th Jun 19, 6:45 AM
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    Hi dragonlily, it can seem overwhelming, can't it? I live in flats and carefully recycle and have very little landfill waste, mostly recycling and rotables which go to my allotment compost bin.

    By volume, I'd say that the vast majority of my neighbours don't give an F and the (communal bin system) are full of recyclables and even re-usables which rightfully belong in the very many charity shops within 5-10 mins' stroll. I could weep for the waste, sometimes, or grind my teeth.

    What to do? Doing nothing is not an option, for me. Every time we forgo purchasing an item new, we send a signal to the market. Every time we buy that cheap flimsy plastic storage crate (as just one example) which will be broken and in landfill in well under 5 years, we are also sending a market signal.

    We tell the individual store (which may be part of a chain) that the consumer doesn't want X goods. Or doesn't want enough of them to make it worthwhile stocking that line.That gets fed back up the supply chain and these goods do not get created, or get created in much smaller numbers. If you're well on in your adulthood, cast your mind back a few decades, even 20 years or just over and think of things which used to be widely available and which you simply cannot get new any more. Or can only get with difficulty, expense and from a niche producer, not the mainstream.

    I've told myself that I won't buy new plastic articles, so I don't send market signals which are not in line with my values. I have existing plastics, such as my useful collection of L&Ls (all bought in charity shops over the years) and my Add1s sandwich boxes, cast-off from the family home. I use these all the time.

    I guess I could declutter them and make my home look more like something zero-wastey on Instawotsit etc, but these articles were already created and won't go away just because I get rid of them.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
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    • Diana2014
    • By Diana2014 26th Jun 19, 10:26 AM
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    I'd never heard of Ecobricks but, since clear PET plastic bottles are so very easy to recycle, I'd rather they used a different and less or un-recyclable container - eg all those unnecessarily coloured PET bottles that apparently aren't so usable.

    I buy minimal plastic and reuse every container that I possibly can, until it's worn out. Plastic cosmetic tubs are invaluable in the kitchen but are rarely freezer-proof, for instance, although usually microwave-proof. Their lids are useful even after the tubs themselves crack -some exactly fit cat-food tins, for instance.

    So I'm presently more worried about unrecognised glitches in the plastic recycling systems that we already have and are encouraged to use as much as possible. Thanks to the campaigning efforts of Gardeners' World and others, we now know that black plastic isn't recognised by the optical sorters used in automated municipal recycling facilities, so it contaminates otherwise recyclable waste and ends up in landfill.

    Some garden centres will collect black plastic plant pots and deliver those in bulk to the recycling facility (which therefore doesn't have to sort them from other waste) but our local one won't take black plant pot trays, let alone the vegetable trays used by too many commercial suppliers (especially for supermarket sales) or black plastic bottles.
    • Diana2014
    • By Diana2014 26th Jun 19, 10:42 AM
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    I don't buy cheap plastic crates, although the council's food waste bins (which I never need, as I compost all food waste) come in handy for dry storage.

    The local street market generates lots of perforated plastic vegetable crates, which the council's market recycling collectors are only too happy for anyone to take and use until they fall apart. They're not strong but very useful for some aspects of gardening, especially for storing dry bulbs in the shed or cellar during their off-season, or excess apples etc, carefully wrapped in newspaper and not kept too close together. I've also seen the local community garden lining them with lots of newspaper to use as temporary plant containers, especially when encouraging kids to grow their own. One could grow salads in them, too.
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 30th Jun 19, 8:01 PM
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    So far I have :

    Dental changes
    Bamboo toothbrush, mouthwash tabs, floss, toothpaste is natural brand in plastic though but I was using a well known brand with SLS in, now my toothpaste is chemical free. Mouthwash tabs and brushes bought in bulk, yearly supply.

    [U]Food and drink [/U]
    Lose leaf herbal teas bought independently, mints now organic in a reusable tin,
    Cordials in glass bottles instead of squash, filter coffee is plastic free packaging, tea bags plastic free.

    Laundry and cleaning
    Stain bar, soap nuts, essential oils with no plastic caps, soda crystals, vinegar.

    Bulk buy bio d kitchen cleaner and hand wash and refil old bottles. Buy bathroom cleaner refill bottles as not in bulk yet.

    Use bars of soap for hands and as a shower wash.

    Beauty and health
    Reusable sanitary products, zao blusher and concealer in bamboo packaging and is refillable.
    Cleanser, foot balm, massage oil, nail varnish remover comes in glass packaging. Toner I use floral waters again in glass bottles and can reuse them.

    Shave soap bar, still using up razor and blades then will swap to safety razor.

    Vitamins buy in bulk for year does come in plastic pouches but by buying bulk less waste overall.

    Make own body scrub, air fresheners/room sprays , Reed diffusers.
    Will be making hand cream, nail oil, face mask once I have used my stash up.
    Last edited by Treasurequeen; 30-06-2019 at 8:04 PM.
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    • Mee
    • By Mee 1st Jul 19, 10:27 AM
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    Soap nuts - where to buy
    So far I have :

    Laundry and cleaning
    Stain bar, soap nuts, essential oils with no plastic caps, soda crystals, vinegar.

    Bulk buy bio d kitchen cleaner and hand wash and refil old bottles. Buy bathroom cleaner refill bottles as not in bulk yet.
    Originally posted by Treasurequeen
    Just wondered where you buy or would recommend buying the soap nuts.
    Has anyone tried Greenfrog - Laundry Soapberries?
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    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 1st Jul 19, 11:48 AM
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    I bought soapnuts from Natural Collection Online. however, the inner bag was plastic Also they now provide little zipped bags for in the machine, which come undone. I've bought some that tie instead, which are fine.

    If anyone has doubts about soapnuts, I wash my running stuff with them - and the stuff I had taken away on a work trip had been used for 3 days without washing, and then festered in a suitcase for over 24 hours during the work day and the travel home. It's fine now
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 1st Jul 19, 3:13 PM
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    Since I started the thread I am still trying and making little steps like:
    - Buying cleaning products from Bio D in bulk - not getting rid of plastic but reducing the amount overall.
    Originally posted by dragonlily
    We do this. I looked through my posting history as I was curious. We received 2 5L bottles of the washing up liquid back in April last year, probably opened the bottle in May last year though. We have one full bottle still and about 500ml by my estimation left in the second; the 750ml bottle we decant it into was filled today! This is how concentrated the washing up liquid is. Yes it is just 2 of us but that is crazy. OH does the washing up and he doesn't skimp out on the amount he uses.

    We've started using Loofco cleaning products; washing pads, scrubbing brush, vegetable scrubber and the body loofah. They are compostible/biodegradable and plastic free. The scrubbing brush does have a bit of metal but it can be recycled fully (better to recycle metals than mine new ones and much more sustainable than plastics) or repurposed easily. They come packaged in a sleeve that is recyclable (paper).
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    • pinkladyvenus
    • By pinkladyvenus 18th Jul 19, 7:59 PM
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    Saw this on freegle

    'Ive found somewhere to recycle video tapes. YES! You can box them up and send them to The Butterfly Garden,The Brambles, Bamfurlong Lane, Cheltenham GL51 6SL FAO Chris. His team of volunteers separate all the components of each video. Chris says that, "once separated the components are passed to Printwaste, who are a commercial recycler dealing in a hugely diverse range of materials. They issue very clear guidelines on how to present the product and we comply ensuring that all elements pass into the appropriate channels. The cartridge has 38 bits with cardboard, plastic, steel and film all being in the mix.
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