When I started boycotting plastic back in 2006 I had no idea how pervasive it was. While I was obviously aware that a lot of items were packaged in plastic I didn’t know how many seemingly innocent products contained plastic. Toothpaste for example. Packed in plastic yes I can see that. Contains plastic micro beads. WTF?!!! Glue? Rubbers? Silicone coated greaseproof paper?
Actually learning about plastic was and still is a huge task.
Add that to that the time spent sourcing plastic free products. I started in 2006 when there were far fewer options. Finding alternatives was time consuming. It involved a lot of trailing round shops looking for plasticfree products.
And then when I didn’t find them locally searching stuff on line. In the beginning I actually had to import stuff from America.
And finally when all above failed learning how to make alternatives. Yes I can now make face cream but I am self taught and certainly no expert.
Talking of face cream and other recipes: The information in this blog is for guidance only. None of the recipes or tips in this blog have not been tested on anyone other than me and my husband. I strongly advise you do your own research and proceed very carefully.
Be aware of the risks of listening to someone who
a) doesn’t have any training in this field,
b) most of what they know comes from Google,
That’s me I mean.
Posts may be incomplete, out of date and possibly wrong! Please read on to find out why…
How The Blog Is Written
I started blogging to record my progress, record my recipes and ultimately help others benefit from my experiences. Because that’s what they are, experiences. I learnt how easy it is to make cream – but one pot of Coconut Moisturiser does not make me knowledgeable in all areas of cosmetic manufacture
. That I carved some time out of a working day to record my achievement doesn’t make me a writer. My writing is often rushed. Early parts of the blog were written, sweating my face off, in deepest darkest Borneo back in the day when you had to visit an Internet cafe to get on line.
As I boycott, I learn more and when I find time I update the blog. But it is very much a work in progress. Please feel free to learn from my mistakes but be aware that I too am acquiring knowledge as I go. And that I am an amateur with limited time.
Why is that post so rubbish… and the next one so good?
The plastic free sourcing and post writing process goes as follows
Need to clean the bathroom tiles but everything comes in plastic
Internets says I can use bicarbonate of soda.
No idea what bicarb is but I find I can get it plasticfree from Wilcos
Yes I can clean the bathroom tiles with bicarb
Write a post about cleaning bathroom tiles with bicarb
Finally find time to research bicarb.
Quickly update cleaning tiles post which means it’s is now rather badly put together.
Later find some more time to write up my research on bicarb properly in a separate post.
Uneasy because I am now not sure those bicarb mines are so ecofriendly.
Start doing more research into other alternatives to clean tiles.
Honestly it’s endless. But this accounts for why some posts are very basic, others seem rather cobbled together, some sound doubtful and a few that I am really rather proud of.
Danger In Googleland
Much of my research is done online and the internet is a place full of foolishness. While I try to filter out the more ridiculous claims for alternative products some are very convincing. Many claimed that coconut oil had a built in sun protection factor. It doesn’t.
Take A Chance
And sometimes it doesn’t matter how much research I do it seems there is no clear answer. Is bicarb too rough for teeth? Everyone has an opinion and they are quite contrary. In cases like this it may be that I am happy to take the risk with my home made tooth powder to live plastic free but I strongly advise that you do your own research before making that decision.
Some posts will be out of date. The plasticfree world is moving quickly and new products are coming on the market all the time. The science changes. Recycling gets better but plastic pollution is far worse than we thought.
And yes I do make mistakes. The science of plastic is complex and I am still not entirely sure how you define a chemical.
So I apologise if some posts are scrappy, poorly researched whiffle, if they are wrong or out of date. Take them as a starting point.
Going plastic free means you need to know so much more about the basic stuff that you use, what it is, where is it from and even some science – urk!
So here are links to information about science, green issues and other related subjects that impact on the plastic debate. Plus a look at the alternative products being touted and thoughts on how better they actually are. Read more here…
I have no wish to add to the massive amounts of misinformation out there. Please note I am no chemist, I know nothing of the sciences. Much of the information here has been gleaned from the unreliable Google Mines and filtered through my total ignorance. I think it’s correct. If It’s not please do tell me.
Plastivists united will never have to secumb to icecream in plastic lined tubs that look like card and fool you.
Yes as a slogan it needs some work but here’s how we are going to bring plasticfree to the masses..
I always wanted the blog to be a resource where numerous people could Collaborate on producing the bestest ever data base of plastic free resources for UK plastivists.
So if you want to contribute and I hope you do, please do this.
It’s not perfect but here’s how it works: find a plastic free product i.e. Pasta, search the database or A to Z index to see if there is already an entry for that product. If so, add the details in the comments for that post. You should be able to do this quite easily via any of your social media accounts.
If you have a post on the subject on your own blog please leave a link to your own post again in the comments section.
Plastic Free Products
The easiest way to find a #plasticfree alternative in our huge database of products is to use the search function (#grandmothersuckeggs!) However we have also organised them by other criteria.
By Category Everything from food to Gardening to personal care
By Task Want to know how to wash the pots, #plasticfree? Check out these posts organised by task!
A to Z organised… erm…alphabetically
Towns organised alphabetically that have #plasticfree/ packaging free/ zerowaste shops. Find them here.
Local shops Places selling refills and packaging free food (of a type normally sold prepacked)Heres a list of towns with shops selling loose food.
Supermarkets & Chainstores can surprise you – check out the plastic-free and reduced packaging products here.
WHAT! NO POST? if you cannot find a post about pasta for example, tell me and I will set one up.
Sharing Is caring And with your contributions, posts can stay up to date and we can all benefit from each other’s expertise.
What do you think? Inputs, feedback and thoughts greatly welcomed. Anyone fancy out trying out and commenting on the system?