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Back in October 2006 we gave up plastic, began sourcing biodegradable alternatives and blogging about it. Things were different then. I was one of the very first plasticfree bloggers, zero waste was barely talked about, even recycling was basic and very few collections existed for plastic.

Finding plastic free on packaged products and food was difficult. Which was why I started the blog. Whenever I found an alternative I wrote about it. My aim was to help others live plastic free and save them the hassle of reproducing my research.
Since then times have changed and for the better. Bamboo toothbrushes once only available from some sandal wearing shop in Germany are now available in Waitrose for heavens sake.

And if you cant fin it in Waitrose, there are several UK based online shops which offer a wide range of plastic free products sent out in plastic free packaging. Which is great but has implications for the blog.

Browse Shops Or Posts

As more shops and online services cater for the needs of the plastic free community it becomes harder to update the blog. Indeed I can barely keep up. So I would suggest you browse both the recommended online stores and and my posts in search of plastic free loveliness

So bearing all that in mind… lets find a plasticfree product.

How to Find A Plastic Free Product

Online Shops

These shops sell plastic free products and send them out in plasticless packages. Find them HERE

Database

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.

Disposables & Reusables & Refills

Welcome to the wonderful world of reusables delve into refills and when push comes to shove, be directed towards disposables.
Reusables
Refills
Disposables

Organised By

Organised by type you can find everything from food to gardening to personal care.
Task  Want to know how to wash the pots, #plasticfree? Check out these posts organised by task!
A to Z organised… erm…alphabetically

By Category

Cleaning Up

It’s boring but it has to be done. How to keep your house sparkling and your laundry fresh with this guide to plastic free Cleaning up.

Disposables & Reusables & Refills

Welcome to the wonderful world of reusables delve into refills and when push comes to shove, be directed towards disposables.
Reusables
Refills
Disposables

Food & Drink

Food and Drink from alcohol to zucchinis, supermarkets to making this is  your guide to eating plastic free

Bags & Packaging – how to get your loose foods homes.
Loose food  shops selling loose, food that normally comes plastic packaged ie rice, pasta and salt.

How to start The three levels of plastic free food
Cookbook  – how to cook!

General & Home Made

General  stuff that multitasks or is difficult to categorise
Homemade sometimes if you want plastic free you just got to make it!

High Days & Celebrations

Index – with links to posts on 
Halloween, Christmas and other Special Days
Valentines Birthday / Mothers / chocolates and flowers kind of day
Wrapping and cards

And more…

Home/Garden/Office

Home and house related
Garden – come and hang out in our virtual potting shed  or have a go at  composting. 
Office – need a plastic free rubber? Give us a try!

Wo/m/animal People & Animals

Fabrics & Wardrobe Index
Personal Care Products
animals & pets

Buy shops
Loose Food Fill
Supermarkets & Chainstores 
West Yorkshire

The Directory

The Plastic Free U.K. Directory lists #plasticfree projects and businesses.  While there are many plastic free initiatives out there  they are often plasticfree by default rather than intention. The people featured here acknowledge the issues of plastic pollution and are taking  steps to address them.

Lifestyle

By Task
Want to know how to wash up plastic free? Can’t be bothered looking through the A-Z index?
Check out these work sheets.
Make Index
Composting – It’s the future
Travel
Back on the Road
How to back pack plastic free

Why Bother With The Posts Then?

Do check the posts as
there are some products there as yet uncatered for,
you get some mighty fine writing
personal reviews of the products.
And often a homemade alternative is offered because there is no doubt that a lot of plastic free stuff is very expensive.

So while solid shampoo from Lush, you might live near a store or you find the smell overwhelming. In which case you will be glad to know that in my experience soap is just as good and watered down Ecover also does the trick. You can easily and cheaply make your own deodorant. Bicarb is not nice to clean your teeth with.

Making Your Own?
Also if you are concerned about waste, glass jars might be better than plastic in some ways but if they are not refillable thats a lot of rubbish. No such thing as a free green lunch sadly.

Love Local
And there are often links to local shops. I really believe that if we loose local shops we will loose a great deal so I do try to promote on ground places

Useful To Know
Interesting facts, definitions and are the alternatives really any good? Read more

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9 thoughts on “Plastic Free Products

  1. You can buy them in a whole range of supermarkets. Guess you missed the some suppliers can be found here link? It takes you to an Amazon store I set up ages ago but no longer update http://plasticisrubbish.com/2013/07/03/say-no-to-disposables/ . It may be out of date but will direct you to other suppliers. You can also try the plasticisrubbish facebook page. Loads of up to date info there. There are also a load on eBay. Thanks for droppping by.

  2. This is so frustrating. Loads of info but you search this blog for one link to a retailer of bio-bags.

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