My plastic free to do list

I was going to do a plastic diary, but I’m just not organised enough to do that.  So I decided to make a list of the items that I regularly buy which come with added plastic so that I know how much work I need to do to eliminate single use plastic from my life.
  • Peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Toothpaste
  • Noodles
  • Pasta 
  • Milk
  • Cheese (although I think I’ve sorted that one…)
  • Frozen peas
  • Rice cakes
  • Rice
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Plastic stickers on fruit
  • Porridge oats ( problem now resolved)
  • Herbs and spices – often come in plastic bags even when in a cardboard box…
  • Tinned sweetcorn (plastic lined possibly and multipacks come with plastic wrapping)
  • Tinned tuna (plastic lined possibly and multipacks come with plastic wrapping)
  • Tinned beans (plastic lined possibly and multipacks come with plastic wrapping)
  • Dishwasher tablet wrappers
  • White vinegar which comes in plastic bottles
  • Nappies (although we are on our way to being finished with them soon(ish)
  • Soy sauce (has plastic lids)
  • Tomato puree tubes with plastic lids
  • Passata jars which have metal lids (are they plastic lined?)
  • Medicines

There are other plastics coming into my household from other members of the household (e.g. students/ my husband) such as

Sustainable gift wrap course
  • Muesli
  • Breakfast bars
  • Sweets and chocolate
  • Pringles boxes (which have plastic lids)
  • Crisp packets
  • Nutella (lid is plastic) 
  • Bread in plastic bags
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel
  • Spray deodorant bottles (lid is plastic)
  • Plastic water bottles
If I think of any more I will let you know!

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  1. Plastic bottles of water have to be one of the worst offenders. I learned about them as part of my degree. The plastic is manufactured in China (carbon footprint), shipped to UK (adding to carbon footprint), transported to Buxton or wherever (more carbon footprint) to be filled with water, then transported to the shops (more carbon), bought by me and transported home (you get the idea). The bottle then ends up in landfill or sent for recycling, often straight back to China, where it is recycled and shipped back to the UK to be filled again with water. An enormous carbon footprint for something as innocuous as a drink of water…

  2. Zoe

    Wow that's pretty terrible – well I am working on the other members of my household! Thanks for the info Sandy.

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