Where did January go? It whizzed by so quick! We have been really busy as a family and accomplished lots during the past few weeks. My husband, Paul, had a week off work and we have been talking loads about loving our lifestyle and how the changes we plan to make are going to have such a good impact on how we live and how our children look at the world.
It is so lovely being with someone who has the same passions and priorities in life, it makes decisions like adopting a zero waste lifestyle so much easier as we are working as a team.
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I have noted down the swaps we have made during January, if I have missed any I will include them in next months journal entry.
One of our first swaps was toilet roll. I had seen this company ‘Who Gives a Crap’ talked about on Zero Waste Heroes Facebook page and without regret, decided to try them out.
- They only use environmentally friendly materials like bamboo or recycled paper – no trees are cut down.
- They donate 50% of their profits to those in need of toilets built over $1Million so far.
- The packaging is all plastic free and compostable, with humorous comments on some of the wrappers (our daughter loves using the tubes for crafts).
- It is a bulk purchase so fewer trips to the shops.
- No chlorine, inks, dyes or scents.
- It’s fantastic quality and actually works out cheaper for us than our previous brand sheet for sheet.
For us we are converted as it’s a no brainer really. To purchase some of this toilet roll and get £5 off click here.
We were buying bottled water as part of our weekly shop to store in the car for when we were out and about – so going through lots of single use plastic. So one of the first obvious swaps was a refillable water bottle. These Progress bottles are great, they are for hot or cold drinks. These are available to purchase here.
We have used reusable shopping bags for a while now, since travelling around Europe where plastic bags aren’t an option. I purchased this hessian bag recently as it is lightweight and I keep it in my backpack for whenever we need it. £1.99 delivered which I thought was great as I like the slogans on them too. I bought one as a gift bag for my friend who is also making similar swaps in her everyday life – it was well received. This can be purchased here.
We have been using rechargeable batteries for a while now and found Lidl’s ‘ Tronic Eco’ brand – great value. I remember watching them tested against the top brands and they were voted the winners. 1 Tronic Eco battery replaces up to 1000 regular batteries.
When we needed to buy pens, I found recycled paper pens which had eco-friendly inks from The British Red Cross.
After looking into natural teeth whitening treatments we found this brand ‘LiveCoco’ with 100’s of fantastic reviews on Amazon here. It is 100% natural activated charcoal and doesn’t seem to have any flavour. Be careful when you open the pot though as can be messy! We use the activated charcoal using these bamboo toothbrushes from Lavish Essentials. The bristles are 100% biodegradable and the handle is made from bamboo. I love how they have a number stamped on them too so Paul and I don’t get confused which is his or mine.
We have stopped purchasing books now as we borrow over 200 a year between the 3 of us from the library. We do occasionally buy a book in a charity shop if it is one of our favourites with nice binding. Paul found special edition Lord of The Rings Trilogy published from the year he was born.
I reserved Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson from the library. It’s such a good read if you are thinking of reducing waste and clutter in your home. I am only 60 pages in at the moment, so I will do a proper review when finished but Bea is very inspiring with realistic goals. Check this out here. If your library doesn’t have this, you could always pass it on when finished reading.
So, I think that has covered most of January’s swaps. Today we bought ingredients to make our own bread and found a local dairy farm – so hopefully February’s journal entry will involve fresh bread and milk without the plastic 😋.
Have you made any steps to reducing waste this year? Is it something you are thinking about? Please comment below and let me know.
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