Buying your food from bulk bins using your own containers is far from mainstream, but it looks like this could be set to change, with Theresa May now calling for plastic free aisles in supermarkets. In London, there is already a sense that the use of reusable water bottles, shopping bags and coffee cups is becoming more widespread and with the success of initiatives like the Bulk Market in Dalston (soon set to expand), perhaps the concept of eliminating plastic is slowly seeping into the zeitgeist.
If you’re already familiar with the zero waste living movement, started by Bea Johnson, you’ll be aware of the lengths you can go to, in order to eliminate plastic from your life completely. Making your own deodorant may not be on your to do list just yet, but once you delve into the zero waste philosophy, it certainly opens your eyes to just how much plastic we’re all getting through, day to day – shampoo bottles, food packaging, dental floss, takeaway cups – much of which cannot be recycled.
Below are some of the items that will get your started on reducing your plastic consumption and may even save you money.
Reusable shopping bag
Never leave the house without it. Hand Woven Jute Macrame Market Bag £29 from The Future Kept
Reusable coffee cup
Made from tempered soda lime glass and recycled cork sourced from wine manufacturers. Reusable coffee cup small 227ml by Keepcup £22 from Selfridges*
Glass spray bottle
Perfect for homemade cleaning products. Refillable spray bottle from £7 by Etsy seller Kuishi Home*
Washable face pads
Swap the cotton wool and face wipes for washable pads. Organic cotton cleansing pads 5,45 € from Kulmine
Plastic free de-fuzzing for life. Edwin Jagger DE89L Lined Detail Chrome Plated Double Edge Safety Razor £24 from Amazon*
Cloth food bags
Washable produce bags for loose fruit and veg. Purifyou Reusable Mesh Produce Bags (set of 9) £12.99 from Amazon*
Reusable water bottle
Refillable water bottles save you heaps of money (and plastic!) in the long run. Kleen Kanteen Unisex Outdoor Reflect Water Bottle from £26.95 at Amazon*
Reusable food wrap
An ideal alternative to cling film made from beeswax. Abeego Giant Pack Food Wrap £13 from Ethical Superstore*
Because single use plastic cutlery will soon be a thing of the past. Reusable bamboo spork from £2.15 at Not on the High Street*
The stylish way to store your bulk food buys. Alessi Dressed Storage Jar 75cl £26.50 from John Lewis*
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