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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 and 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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Inhalers Homemade

Seems you can buy refillable inhalers. You soak the cotton wick in essential oils of your choice, put in the ...
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Refill/Bulk/Zerowaste Stores

Bulk buy or refill stores are places you can buy food loose.You take as much as you want/need from a larger ...
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Cleaning products – refill system

Planet Earth offers a range of household cleaning products with a unique refill and reuse system. It works and has ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Lunch box or tiffin tin

Street food in Asia is good and cheap but sadly now involves a lot of plastic. These days it is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Pen Ink refillable

Here is a one of the worlds finest inventions as radical in its time as the computer has been in ...
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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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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.

Natracare Menstrual and Personal Care Products

Are you aware that most sanitary pads are made from approximately 90% plastic? An average pack of sanitary pads contains ...
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Vegware Fast Food Packaging

A while ago I got sent some Vegware stuff to review. Vegware make disposable compostable packaging for the fast food ...
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Disposables

Sometime you need a disposable - wether its a compostable bag for the butcher, biodegradable paper cups for the office ...
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PLA plastic products we use

One type of compostable plastic is made from  Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) Read more about compostable plastics here Composting PLA Plastic ...
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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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Paper Bags

If you want to buy plastic free food you really need to supply your own packaging. This will open up ...
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Straws Compostable

The picture shows a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose (You can watch the video in full ...
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Cutlery – disposable & compostable

Though it's not the greenest option there are times when disposable partyware is the only choice. For our last big bash, ...
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PLA Starch Bags – compostable plastic bags.

PLA starch bags are described as a compostable plastic.Which can be confusing as they are a very different product from ...
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Pots – PLA compostable

These  deli pots are  made from  PLA plastic. This looks and acts just like plastic but is made from corn starch ...
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BLOG STATS As of 01.29.2017 onward have been counting the number people who have read each post. WHY CUT PLASTIC About 100 million tons of plastic are produced each year and much of it is used to make one-use, disposable items. Because plastic doesn't biodegrade these items, though only used for moments can last for decades, centuries, possibly forever. We are creating ever lasting rubbish in unsustainable amounts. It is polluting the environment, maiming even killing animals, poisoning fish and may be poisoning us.

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