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10 ways of Eco-friendly cleaning

10 ways of Eco-friendly cleaning

Cleaning is, for many of us, one of those chores we would happily do without. We can spend lots of money on a cupboard full of products which don’t actually get things any cleaner than a handful of inexpensive stock items. Maybe you have other things you’d like to spend that money on, and store […]

Making Plain Yogurt

Making Plain Yogurt

Part of our  lunch routine is to finish with yogurt. This used to be generic fruit flavoured, and has gradually evolved to live yogurt, then plain yogurt with fruit, jam or lemon curd. Plain yogurt is easily obtained in 1 litre tubs (I like Yeo Valley) but even though the tubs are made of recycled […]

The Kitchen Sink

The Kitchen Sink

It’s been a while since I’ve put anything here, but the journey to reduce plastic goes on – always looking for ways that can fit into normality easily and long-term. I have a (slimline) dishwasher, but since installing solar PV panels and adding a widget that uses spare electric to heat water, I find the […]

Making progress?

Making progress?

The Plastic-Less Lent 2018 group has been brilliant and reminded me of things I know are important, and I don’t feel so alone in the struggle. I already get milk in glass, cook from scratch, bake, make bread, minimise use of cleaners which are eco anyway including vinegar; use soapnuts or Ecover powder for washing […]

What matters to you?

What matters to you?

I’ve been thinking about the various things/values that I/we have to weigh up as we work on our less-plastic initiatives. Different people will include different things and put them in different orders. I’ve started with Plastic because it’s what this group is about, but you may have Zero Waste higher up, or lower carbon footprint. […]

Shampoo – the Show So Far

Shampoo – the Show So Far

I’ve been trying to find a replacement for shampoo purchased in bottles or tubes. I’m also trying to wash my hair less often than every other day, so it slows down my experimentation. If it wasn’t for trying to get away from plastic bottles, I’ve found liquid shampoos that suit me. A bar shampoo is […]

Your starter for 10

Your starter for 10

I’m already noticing that both my bin and my recycling area are filling more slowly! And of course the bin is mainly plastic film, and envelopes since avoiding meat trays. We’re fortunate here that the range of goods accepted for recycling is quite large, and there is kitchen waste (collected in starch compostable bags) collection, […]

Shampoo and Brown sauce

Shampoo and Brown sauce

Earlier in the week I got my first soapnut shampoo bar. Admittedly my itchy scalp is feeling much more comfortable with using this (it doesn’t contain any detergent) but my thin, lank hair seems to be weighed down in some way. Other people find their hair feels amazing. Perhaps all the nourishing oils in the bar […]

Supermarket Trip

Supermarket Trip

I normally walk into my nearest supermarket for my shopping, but there are a handful of things I can’t get there. So last week I drove the 5 miles to another shop, armed with my normal set of re-usable bags (the woven polypropylene sort which I’ve had for years) plus a couple of flimsy carriers […]