I like reading other blogs and recently I can’t get enough of Westywrites. Westywrites is also preparing to give up plastic for Plastic Free July and has started a whole series on going plastic free – hurray!
Each time I read the blog I feel inspired.
Westy started off the series discussing the cost of a sneeze
. I have to admit that I did try using hankies on the kids once, but I made the mistake of holding on to them instead of chucking them in the wash straight away and managed to catch a cold myself pretty quickly. I went back to tissues straight after that, but maybe I need to revisit this situation…
Then Westy wrote a letter
to ask a local shop to stock more products without plastic – what a fantastic idea. I keep thinking I should talk to / write to some of my local shops and I did get in touch with a local dairy farm to see if they could provide milk without plastic bottles – I never heard back though…
Westy swapped hand soap for bar soap
to avoid plastic bottles. I have been using bar soap for a while (and now use it on my hair too!) – it comes in cardboard boxes and is entirely plastic free. Recently in the kitchen I have also started washing up my dishes with bicarbonate of soda, which comes in paper cartons (I do have to admit to buying a plastic shaker for the bicarbonate of soda though, so that when I am pouring it over my dishes I limit the amount that comes out – it will last me for years though and I did buy it in a local shop.. I know a spice jar would have done the job too, but I didn’t have any going spare….)
Next Westy kept a plastic diary for a day
. This is definitely on my to do list – such a great way to work out what plastics I still need to eliminate from my life!
Westy’s latest post is about taking your own bags to the shops
and it really made me laugh, as I have been doing all the same things (although I don’t have those produce bags…).
Westy even helped me out via Twitter, with where to buy some eco-friendly tea towels. People Towels are fairtrade, biodegradable and use eco-friendly dyes – thanks Westy! They are meant to be hand towels, but I’m sure they could do the job. I was looking for some because I have been wearing out my old ones by reusing and reusing them, instead of using kitchen paper – thus avoiding the plastic packaging it comes in and the paper wasted. Someone did comment on my recent post about tea towels with a pattern for making my own tea towels/ cleaning cloths which I might also give a go…
So anyway Westywrites = great blog, especially if you are thinking about giving up single use plastic right now. I highly recommend reading it and following along on the plastic free journey!
Thanks for the inspiration Westywrites!
So far I have given up shampoo and supermarkets as part of My Year of Eco Challenges
and now I’m preparing to give up plastic too. If you have a moment I would really appreciate it if you would consider sponsoring me with an action on my DoNation page
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