Living plasticfree sometimes means going alternative. Trying different things. There are many kinds of different alternatives talked about out there in Google land,  some credited with the most fantastic attributes. But before you reach for the bicarbonate of soda and depend only on vinegar to sanitizer your kitchen, it might be worth investigating a little further.

This series of posts looks beyond the claims and tries to assess if these alternatives are indeed that great or even that greener in the long run,

Essential Oils

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Natural fibres & bristles

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Natural V Synthetic fabric

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Fibres & Bristles

A  guide to natural and biodegradable fibres that are safe to compost and can be used and washed without shedding tiny ...
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Things to consider when choosing glass packaging as oppose to plastic What is glass  Glass is made from sand, soda ...
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Vinegar is great. You can use it for all kinds of things and is almost plastic free to buy. Vinegar is ...
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Antiseptics & Disinfectants

This post talks about Microbes Antiseptics Disinfectants Alcohol Bicarbonate Of Soda Vinegar Hydrogen  peroxide Soap Essential oils This is an area ...
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Paper versus plastic versus reusables

So if I don't want to use plastic bags then would I suggest using paper as an alternative? Well actually ...
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Plastic? Rubber? Just plain weird? Used for everything  from ice-cube trays to adult toys to cake tins it certainly gets ...
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Oils, lotions & creams Index

Fats and oils are used to keep the skin supple and prevent moisture evaporation. Many oils and waxes can be used ...
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Raw Materials or ingredients

You might need to make plasticfree alternative products.


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Fatty Acids – Oils, Butters & Waxes

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Essential Oils

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Eucaplyptus Oil

Replace plastic inhalers with a bottle of eucalyptus oil - but be careful, very careful how you sniff! Using Essential ...
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Shea Butter Leeds

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Bicarbonate Of Soda

This one product can replace hundreds of plastic bottles on your shelves. It does biodegrade. However there are issues about ...
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Rapeseed Oil

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Coconut Oil

Is a hard oil which has a very low melting point. When the weather gets warm it will get liquid ...
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Palm Oil

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Hydrogen Peroxide

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Washing Soda

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Bentonite clay was first found in about 1890 near Fort Benton, Montana.

It is derived volcanic ash.

It consist of smectite minerals, usually montmorillonite

montmorillonite is named after a deposit at Montmorillon, in Southern France.

Other smectite group minerals include hectorite, saponite, beidelite and nontronite.

The presence or not of these minerals affect the value of the clay and of course what it can be used for.

From Where

high-grade natural sodium bentonite is found in
western United States in an area between the Black Hills of South Dakota and the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming
the Tokat Resadiye region of Turkey.

Mixed sodium/calcium bentonite is mined in
Greece, Australia, India, Russia, and Ukraine.

calcium bentonite
U.S. Mississippi and Alabama.[2] Other major locations producing calcium bentonite include New Zealand, Germany, Greece, Turkey, India, and China.


Bentonite deposits are usually extracted from quarries.

Extracted bentonite is solid.

It is crushed and, “if necessary, activated with the addition of soda ash (Na2CO3).” Don’t know how or why but soda ash is also known as washing soda. You can read more about that here.

The crushed material is dried till the moisture content is around 15%

Depending on what it is going to be used for the bentonite may be
sieved resulting in granulesor
milled into powder
purified by removing the associated gangue minerals, or
treated with acids to produce acid-activated bentonite (bleaching earths),
treated with organics to produce organoclays.

Fun Facts

In 2011, the U.S. was the top producer of bentonite, with almost one-third world share, followed by China and Greece


Bentonite presents strong colloidal properties and its volume increases several times when coming into contact with water, creating a gelatinous and viscous fluid. The special properties of bentonite (hydration, swelling, water absorption, viscosity, thixotropy) make it a valuable material for a wide range of uses and applications.

“The real benefit of bentonite clay is that it is abrasive enough to remove the plaque but not so much so that it will do damage to your enamel,” Graves says. Like charcoal, it may also help raise the pH of your mouth, making it more challenging for bacteria to grow.
Face masks


See how to make all kinds of plastic-free food, clothes makeup and other stuff 

Other basic products and more useful information that help you live plastic free and information about them can be found here…. 

– useful to know tag.

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2 thoughts on “About The Alternatives

  1. Re : sun lotions : Micro fine Titanium dioxide for so called sun blockers – imagine what effect on your skin Titanium has.
    Best to use pure sheabutter. I have been using it for decades, is available, pure, and has 4 (four) different Vitamins E (Alpha, Beta, Gama, Delta Tocopheryls) plus Vitamin K protects your skin like noone else does. We get it straight from the growers in natural form.

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