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In this post you can explore the wonderful world of reusables and delve into refills. And when push comes to shove, be directed towards disposables.

Reuse & Refill

I don’t think theres enough said about reusing stuff. By which I don’t mean recycling – recycling is great but it usually means the waste product is taken away then processed into something else. Like a wine bottle – its put in the bottle bank, taken off to the furnace melted down  and made into another wine bottle.

That seems a lot of effort when we could just reuse the old wine bottle by refilling it.I know it sounds a crazy idea but it used to be done. In the olden days people used to reuse bottles all the time. In Italy you take your empties down to the wine shop and they refill them from the barrel.

Alongside reusables there has to be a refill service.

Check out these reusable products.

Carrier Bags reusable

Cotton string bags are fantastic. These are my best bags and I use them most of the time. They have ...
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Chop Sticks Folding

The curse of the plastic chopstick wrapper means that eating plastic-free South East Asian style  can be hard work. So ...
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Christmas Crackers Reusable

As they sound - a cracker that can be used over and over again. Probably not completely plastic free, (those ...
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Cups BYO

Any one lucky enough to see the photos of Vladimir Putin bare-chested in camo  will have some idea just how ...
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Cutlery – travel

The buffet cars on Polish trains are so cute. They are relatively modern but have an old-fashioned feel. Perhaps it’s ...
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Easter

Easter egg makers are far more environmentally aware than they used to be and it is now possible to buy ...
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Glasses / Tumblers/ Pint Pots

When we go travelling, camping, partying or picniking, we take our own steel tumblers for wine and other beverages. They ...
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Menstrual internal protection reusable

Products to deal with menstruation are plastic heavy  ( see some stats). They are made from plastic, come wrapped in plastic, ...
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Menstrual Pads – sanitary towels

There is no doubt that sanitory towels are plastic heavy. Yes you knew they came packed in plastic but did you ...
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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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Produce Bags

Produce bags are reusable bags that (as the name suggests), you put your loose produce in. It means you don't ...
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Razor

Shaving is a big part of almost every adults life wether a beard or a bikini line. Back in the ...
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Straws – reusable

I don't use straws but if I did I would go for one of these. Do note I have not used these ...
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Tiffin Tin

There is some fantastic street food in China but they serve it in polystyrene (styrofoam) trays. So you will need ...
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Water bottles for travelling

I do love our water bottles so much I thought I would write a post on them. Here they are ...
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and these refill services

U.K. water bottle refill schemes

Water Abroad We sterilize our own water using a Steripen …. but when a bottle refill service is offered we will use ...
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Refill/Bulk/Zerowaste Stores

Bulk buy or refill stores are places you can buy all kinds of food like rice, suet, even soup mix ...
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Cleaning products Ecover Refill Liquid Cleaners

ECOVER  do all of these products and you can get your plastic bottle refilled. To find where  Ecover have a refill ...
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Wine

I do have a social life. I occasionally get to  go out to dinner and wine is the present of ...
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Milk Refill Vending Machine

Recently our van trip has been milk free. Seems they don't do milk in bottles in France. But if you ...
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Oil Vegetable Cooking Refill

Vegetable oil is difficult to source plastic free. Buy in glass and the metal caps will have a little plasticized disc ...
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Beer

Of course you can get beer in bottles but those metal caps have a plastic liner or small disc to ...
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Water Refills World Wide

Find out first Of course water in many countries the water is actually safe to drink - you can find ...
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Disposables

Sometime you need a disposable and when you do it has to be compostable.  Here are biodegradable bags for the butcher, paper cups for the office party and plastic free tampons. To name but a few. Find them here

 

 

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