Category Archives: Plastic Free Living

When Is A Plastic-Free Aisle Not Plastic-Free?

When Is A Plastic-Free Aisle Not Plastic-Free?

A supermarket aisle in the Netherlands made headlines last month, because it was the “world’s first plastic-free aisle”. I saw the headline, but I didn’t bother to read much further, expecting to see the kind of thing so many times before – neatly laid out rows of bulk bins, where customers can use paper bags… Continue Reading

Is There a “Best” Kind of Reusable Bag?

Is There a “Best” Kind of Reusable Bag?

With more and more councils, states and countries around the world introducing plastic bag bans, the conversation is finally moving towards reusable bag options. Not a moment too soon, either! Yet as with all things, there’s plenty of different options out there, and the choice can be overwhelming. Different people have different opinions about what’s… Continue Reading

Biodegradable Plastic: Is It REALLY Eco-Friendly?

Biodegradable Plastic: Is It REALLY Eco-Friendly?

If there’s one environmental claim that makes me nervous when I see it printed on plastic-like products and packaging, it’s “biodegradable”. Why? Because without context, this label is vague and potentially misleading. A one-word label like this tells us nothing about the true biodegradability of a product. What does it biodegrade into? Toxic or non-toxic?… Continue Reading

What I *Actually* Mean By Living “Plastic Free”

What I *Actually* Mean By Living “Plastic Free”

What if I told you that “living plastic-free” doesn’t actually mean living plastic free at all? Let me explain. A reader of this blog, Stephanie, recently contacted me to share an online article that she had read, and had found rather discouraging. The article opened with the statement “I’m suspicious of people who claim to… Continue Reading

Plastic Free and Taking the Challenge One Step Further

Plastic Free and Taking the Challenge One Step Further

For most of us, living with less waste begins as a personal journey. As we start to discover more about the issues caused by waste, particularly plastic, and the options and alternatives, most of us begin wondering how we can get others involved. Whether it’s our families, our friends, our colleagues, the local school, the… Continue Reading

6 Plastic-Free Alternatives for Shampoo and Conditioner

6 Plastic-Free Alternatives for Shampoo and Conditioner

Last week I wrote about hair washing with bicarb and vinegar, and I promised all the non-believers that I’d follow up with a post about other alternatives to plastic bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Here it is: more ideas to wash your hair without plastic. 1. Bicarb and vinegar. Okay okay, I know I talked… Continue Reading

How I Wash My Hair with Bicarb and Vinegar

How I Wash My Hair with Bicarb and Vinegar

Most people are a more than a little intrigued when I tell them I wash my hair with bicarb and vinegar. (The ones that aren’t? They either say, me too. Or they raise their eyebrows in slight alarm!) Then of course, everyone wants to know the specifics. How does it work? How is it applied?… Continue Reading

How to Buy Milk, Yoghurt and Cheese without Plastic

How to Buy Milk, Yoghurt and Cheese without Plastic

When it comes to dietary staples, some things are very easy to find without plastic or single-use packaging, and others, not so much. Fresh fruit and vegetables? Easy. Fresh bread? Ditto. Milk, cheese and yoghurt? Not so much. One of the most common questions I receive during Plastic Free July is “where do I find… Continue Reading