post

Cleaning Up Index

The astronomical spring (Northern Hemisphere) 2016 began on Sunday, March 20. It will end on Sunday, June 1. We celebrate by building a big wicker man and ….. no those days are over. Just a few charred photographs left to remind me. All we do now is have a jolly good spring clean. And here’s how to do it plastic free….

For cleaning products I use a combination of bought and what I have in the cupboard in conjunction with a bloody good scrub… i.e. both chemical and manual cleaning


Chemical Cleaning 
Uses the power of chemicals in a solution to remove soils. Soils in this case refers to stains. You can read how alkaline dissolve fat and  why vinegar works here.

Places to buy and tips on how to make cleaning products here

Mechanical Cleaners
These are the tools used to loosen, collect  and wipe up up dirt such as brushes mops and scouring pads. Often used in conjunction with chemical cleaners of course.

All Posts

Antiseptics & Disinfectants

This post talks about Microbes Antiseptics Disinfectants Alcohol Bicarbonate Of Soda Vinegar Hydrogen  peroxide Soap Essential oils This is an area where you want to do your own research and decide what level ...
Read More

Buckets – metal

Unlike cheaper plastic models, metal, industrial strength, hardworking galvanised products will give you years of service. We work in the building & landscaping trade and use these in preference to anything else ...
Read More

Cleaning Liquid Refills

ECOVER  do all of these products and you can get your plastic bottle refilled. To find where Ecover have a refill station check the  postcode search on their site TOILET CLEANER LAUNDRY LIQUID, ...
Read More

Cleaning Products – Chemical – Buy or make

For cleaning products I use a combination of bought and what I have in the cupboard in conjunction with a bloody good scrub... i.e. both  chemical and manual cleaning. Chemical Cleaning uses the ...
Read More

Cleaning products – refill system

Planet Earth offers a range of household cleaning products with a unique refill and reuse system. It works and has been scientifically tested to be as good as the leading brand. It’s ...
Read More

Dirt, pH balance and chemical cleaning

In this post you cad read about Soils (Dirt) Alkaline Acid Cleaning Dirt, stains and even rusts  are all known  as soils in the cleaning world.  That is as  in soiled rather than ...
Read More

How to wash the pots plastic free…..

By Hand...Sigh Washing up liquid and I use Ecover  in a refillable plastic bottle. I know the bottle is plastic but kitchen? glass? This is a case for reusable plastic if ever there ...
Read More

Laundry – baskets

I love my wicker laundry basket. I have had it so long now I cant even remember where I got it from. It has a cotton liner which is usually in place ...
Read More

Laundry – recycled plastic

This week I will be posting my thoughts on the Ecoforce range of household cleaning and laundry products made from recycled plastic. Eek! Why would a plastic boycott blog trial plastic products? ...
Read More

mop and bucket

 I am something of an old pro when it comes to scrubbing. In my youth I was the cleaner of casinos. I swabbed down the gaming area, restaurant and croupiers changing rooms ...
Read More

Pan Scrub Luffas

The slightly rough texture of the luffa makes it ideal for gentle scouring.  The luffa, also spelled loofah, is the fruit of either L. aegyptiaca and L. acutangula. It looks rather like a cucumber. If harvested young ...
Read More

Pan Scrubs – Coconut

There's a new kid on the block – the coconut fibre scouring pad. It is a tangle of strong matted coconut fibre. It is tougher than the luffa not as brutal as ...
Read More

Pot & Bottle Brushes

There I was happily scouring away when I realised it was taking longer than usual to shift the burnt remnants at the bottom of the pan. When I checked out my little ...
Read More

Rubber Gloves

There comes a time in every girls life when waterproof  hand protection is necessary (just don't ask), and I found myself  searching for plastic-free rubber gloves in a hurry. At first I ...
Read More

Scour, Scrub & Wipe

Although I use natural cleaning products like soap, bicarbonate of soda and occasionally Ecover cleaning products, I prefer not to. Cold water and elbow grease clears most things. I know I sound ...
Read More

Scrubbing away

In my opinion you can use natural products most of the time but occasionally synthetics come into their own. This is especially true if you are cleaning tiles. Here steel scourers can ...
Read More

Soap

 Making Soap  Basic soap is made from lye, oils or fats (animal or vegetable) and water. Saponification When these three are mixed together a chemical process called saponification takes place. The end ...
Read More

Sponge Cloth Biodegradable

Oh joy - just sourced some plastic free sponge cloths. I love these things. Sponge cloths are  extremely porous and great for wiping up water. Plus they dry really quickly. I love my cotton ...
Read More

Sweeping Up

When it comes to sweeping you cant beat a nice wooden brush with natural plant fibres. Why? Natural fibres have less flick than synthetic fibres which means less muck spattering. They collect ...
Read More

Washing Soda

Sodium carbonate (also known as washing soda, soda ash and soda crystals) is the water-soluble sodium salt of carbonic acid. It is alkaline. Pure sodium carbonate is a white, doorless powder with a strongly alkaline taste. Washing Soda or Sodium ...
Read More

Washing Soda, Bicarbonate Of Soda & Borax

When I first went plasticfree I read up on alternative ways to clean online. Lots of people reccomended Bicarbonate of soda, Washing Soda and Borax. So I went out and stocked up ...
Read More

Washing Up Liquid Soap

Soap Flakes I did try to use soap flakes to wash up. I did not find it  pleasant. Yes it cleaned the pots but everything was so slippery that it was a ...
Read More

New Product – Cleaning Products – for home, business and car

A reduction rather than a plastic free solution, this company offer concentrated product in a capsule form that you then dilute in water. Both the capsule and the product that is. The capsule itself is water soluable – hooray no plastic.

From the website…
Wolf Formulations Ltd has developed a wide range of innovative green cleaning products which are designed with a practical single dose water soluble eco capsule concept. The super concentrated eco capsules have the cleaning power of the standard ready-to-use cleaning products, whilst reducing waste and minimising cost. Our range of green cleaning products have been developed to offer complete cleaning solutions for household, motor vehicle and professional sectors.

Cleaning At Work

They do cleaning products for kitchen and bathroom cleaners both for the domestic and businesses market.
Of course keen readers of this blog know we have covered those bases already. .
However it could be a useful option for professional cleaners who need to use or distribute a lot of products.
profi-max_floor
PROFI-MAX Floor Cleaner
profi-max_kitchen
PROFI-MAX Kitchen Cleaner
profi-max_glasswindow
PROFI-MAX Glass Cleaner
profi-max_bathroom
PROFI-MAX Bathroom Cleaner

Washing The Car 

What caught my eye was the car cleaning products. I always use washing up liquid (refillable) a sponge and whenever available, a boy scout…. but I guess purists out there might prefer something more specialised.
AUTO-MAX Car Screen Wash
Car Wash & Wax Shampoo 3x9ml
AUTO-MAX Car Wash & Wax
Car Window & Mirror Cleaner 4x5ml
AUTO-MAX Window & Mirror Cleaner
Car Screen Wash
AUTO-MAX Gift Sets

Not so green?

Sadly the onward packaging doesn’t look so good. It appears to be a hard plastic case? Recyclable? I don’t know. And it appears to vary depending on the product.

Buy Cleaning Products

Being committed to local shopping I prefer to buy that way whenever possible. I would encourage you to do the same. One of the joys of living plastic free is mooching round the local shops seeing what you can source.

If you can’t buy local, please do check the links in the posts.  They link direct  to the suppliers.  Do consider buying from them and support their online businesses.

If you can’t do that then I have put together and Amazon catalogue. Yes I know…

Amazon is a very dirty word at the moment and I thought long and hard before suggesting them.  Heres why I went ahead….. No we are not entirely happy with Amazons recent history. However these links are for 3rd party sellers, we have always found the Amazon service to be good and their packaging usually compostable. In the absence of anything else we feel we can recommend them.

Mop & Bucket

8 Litre Galvanized Mop Bucket 3x General Use Mops & Brushes Cotton Mop Heads 15/16" Size 14 Hand & Power Tools Lily and Brown Cotton Mop with Handle
8 Litre Galvanized Mop Bucket
£7.99
3x General Use Mops & Brushes Cotton Mo…
£9.34
Lily and Brown Cotton Mop with Handle
BM02 Pure Yarn Cotton Mop 225g with Handle Sealey BM05 Pure Yarn Cotton Mop 340g with Handle Silverline 509117 Pure Yarn Socket Mop
BM02 Pure Yarn Cotton Mop 225g with Handle
£8.88
Sealey BM05 Pure Yarn Cotton Mop 340g with …
£11.68
Silverline 509117 Pure Yarn Socket Mop
£3.01
13 Litre Galvanised Bucket
13 Litre Galvanised Bucket
£7.06

Dustpan & Brush

Faithfull BRBASS11 Stiff Bassine Hand Brush Silverline 794337 11 Inch Stiff Bassine Hand Brush HARRIS VICTORY COCO HANDBRUSH -94101-
Faithfull BRBASS11 Stiff Bassine Hand Brush
£1.94
Silverline 794337 11 Inch Stiff Bassine Han…
£2.94
HARRIS VICTORY COCO HANDBRUSH -94101-
Harris Victory PA359H 12-inch Coco Broom with Handle HBC Broom Head - Plain Stock, Filled Natural Coco 10" Harris Victory PA357H 10-inch Bassine Broom with Handle
Harris Victory PA359H 12-inch Coco Broom wi…
£3.62
HBC Broom Head – Plain Stock, Filled Natura…
£6.29
Harris Victory PA357H 10-inch Bassine Broom…
£3.48
Groundsman 13-inch Bassine/ Cane Broom with Handle Lily and Brown 12-inch Natural Soft Coco Broom Faithfull Pine Handle 48In X 15/16In
Groundsman 13-inch Bassine/ Cane Broom wit…
£8.39
Lily and Brown 12-inch Natural Soft Coco Br…
£6.98
Faithfull Pine Handle 48In X 15/16In
£1.44
Silverline 993059 Broom Handle Bracket Metal 26 - 29mm (1-1/8-inch) Diameter Town & Country 48-inch x 15/ 16-inch Threaded Wooden Broom Handle Town & Country 9-inch Medium Head Deck Scrub
Silverline 993059 Broom Handle Bracket Meta…
£4.13
Town & Country 48-inch x 15/ 16-inch Th…
£4.99
Town & Country 9-inch Medium Head Deck …
£7.00
10" Heavy duty bassine bristle hard yard broom head Town & Country 12-inch Soft Broom Head Metal Hooded Dustpan
10″ Heavy duty bassine bristle hard yard br…
£7.49
Town & Country 12-inch Soft Broom Head
£6.99
screw head
Metal Hooded Dustpan
£10.95
2x Metal Hand Shovels Large size Hand & Power Tools Harris Victory Metal Dustpan Metal dustpan and handbroom with natural bristles, red
2x Metal Hand Shovels Large size Hand &…
£8.45
Harris Victory Metal Dustpan
£9.00
Metal dustpan and handbroom with natural br…
Metal Long Handled Dustpan and Brush Strong Lobby Large Industrial Metal Dust Pan and Broom Rolson 60690 300mm Metal Dust Pan
Metal Long Handled Dustpan and Brush Strong…
£34.99
Rolson 60690 300mm Metal Dust Pan
£7.50
post

Kettle

People are always asking about plastic free kettles. There is one very easy answer – get a stove top kettle. That’s it. Spend a bit more and you can get one that doesn’t have a plastic handle. Spend a lot more and you get a kettle you will be handing on to your kids. I am saving up for this one.

Shropshire Made Traditional Kettle

  • Hand spun body and lid with durable hard anodised finish.
    Precision cast spout for perfect pouring.
    The base of kettle is very thick 1/4 inch (6mm) aluminium, we machine grind this flat to ensure rapid boiling on range hobs.
    Hand turned British oak handle & knob.
    Lovingly hand made in Britain.

A stove top kettle for use on range stoves, electric, gas, ceramic and halogen hobs. The perfect companion for country cottages, retro conversions, Victorian kitchens, Edwardian homes, glamping and garden cooking (it complements Netherton Foundry garden hob).

Comes in two sizes and  the packaging is cardboard.

Cheaper Kettles

The downside is they are over a hundred quid. You might want to look at some of the cheaper options below. The cheaper kettles often have plastic handles. Very cheap kettles often warp with time. You need a good heavy bottom!

Amazon Catalogue

Here are some links to products sold on Amazon. Amazon is a very dirty word at the moment and I thought long and hard before I did it. Heres why I went ahead…..

.

Grunwerg Cafe Ole Stainless Steel Stove Top Whistling Kettle 3L HTK-3
Grunwerg Cafe Ole Stainless Steel Stove Top…
£11.82
Wesco Classic Line Stainless Steel 2 Litre Stove Top Kettle, Black Garden Trading Enamel Stove Kettle - Flint Yoshikawa 1 Litre Stainless Steel Fons Drip Stove Kettle
Wesco Classic Line Stainless Steel 2 Litre …
£49.99
Garden Trading Enamel Stove Kettle – Flint
£31.50
Yoshikawa 1 Litre Stainless Steel Fons Drip…
£74.99
post

Tea; leaves, pots and strainers

These days most of us automatically reach for the teabags but is that really the best choice? Certainly not from a plastic free zero waste point of veiw.

Nasty Bags

Whats in your tea bag? Paper and tea you wish but actually no.
Firstly is your bag made from paper? Are you sure? Because when you think about it if it really was made from paper why doesn’t it go all soggy when you submerge it in boiling water?

Well it could be because the actual bag that you thought was paper, does in fact contain plastic and so are only between 70-80% biodegradable.
Then there is the sealing. Wikipedia claims “Heat-sealed tea bag paper usually has a heat-sealable thermoplasti
OR the paper may have been treated with Epichlorohydrin to make it stronger
Andthose bags are so white because they have been bleached with chlorine.

Plastic Free Tea Bags
There are plastic / chlorine free bags out there but they are very expensive and often come individually packed in plastic bags.
You can read more HERE.

How To Use Loose Tea 

So to conclude most teabags are rather nasty, containing both chemicals and plastic. The few that don’t are fearfully expensive and come plastic packaged.
In short, loose tea is a better option. There now follows a guide on how to buy and use loose tea to make the perfect cuppa.

Buy

First you will need to source some loose tea.

U.K. wide

PG Tips are selling tea in a cardboard box. In supermarkets! Way to go PG.

This photo is thanks to the lovely Plastic Is Rubbish FB group who came up with these reccomendations. They are a great source of personal experience and up to date information.

PG Tips is “Unilever is a British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company co-headquartered in London, United Kingdom and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. Wikipedia”

Whittards are. U.K. wide chain that will sell you tea loose.this from twitter
“Hi there, yes if you visit our store with your own container, we can fill it with either tea or coffee.”
They have over 50 shops. You can find one https://www.whittard.co.uk
NB you will have to take your own plastic free or , better still, reusable packaging. See below for links.

“The company was founded in 1886 by Walter Whittard. It expanded in the 1980s and 1990s, and was bought by the Icelandic Baugur Group in 2005 for around £21 million.”

Locally

There are tea merchants who specialize in fine teas. Health food shops also are good for a go.
You can find a list of tea and coffee merchants here.

Loose Food A to Z

Find out if a shop near you sells bulk food loose. This is stuff that that normally comes plastic packaged ie rice, pasta and salt. And yes these shops do exist in the U.K. There’s just not many of them.
Heres alist of towns with shops selling loose food.

You might need to take your own bags.

Pots, Strainers & Balls to you Mrs!

Next you will need a teapot and, unless you fancy taking up fortune telling, something to stop the leaves getting in your cup. You can get great teapots from charity shops. I favor the stainless steel 70s version, good for traveling in the van with. You can get all metal tea strainers if you look. Try the market, Ebay or  Amazon. I am not a big fan of tea strainers. They dribble and you need a saucer to put them on. And you have the icky job of removing the tea leaves from the pot afterwards, a soggy business at the best of times. No, I like these mesh balls. You put the tea in them then put them in the pot. At the end you empty them in the compost bin without worrying about nasty plastic mesh. Easy as!  You can even get some teapots that have integrated diffusers built in.

You can find a full list of loose tea merchants here. If you know of any please leave details in the comments.

Just One Cup?

If you are brewing up for the WI, a teapot is fine but what when you want a quick cuppa for one?
You can get cotton bags that you can fill to make your own reusable teabags but really who can be bothered with that kind of faff.

I have found that a steel mesh single cup infuser works perfectly. It sits on your mug, you fill it with loose tea, let the brew, brew then remove. Really no effort at all and very easy to empty into the compost bin after. Mine was given as a gift but I have found something similar on Amazon

Brewing Up

So now we are good to go. Put the leaves in the pot (or the mesh ball first) add boiling water and let it brew.

and again…

Don’t be so quick to empty the pot. You ca muse those leaves again to make a fresh pot. Even keep them in the fridge and reuse the next day.

When the tea gets a bit weak you can ad a pinch more.

Honestly. I learnt this from the Chinese tea shop where they sell 50 year old tea for a hundreds of dollars a gram. Yes apparently tea, like wine, does improve with age. Who knew?

Milk?

If you take milk, you will need to get yourself a milk man who delivers milk in glass bottles and possibly a milk jug!

More

Find other sneaky plastics here….

Buy Teapots & Strainers

Being committed to local shopping I prefer to buy that way whenever possible. I would encourage you to do the same. One of the joys of living plastic free is mooching round the local shops seeing what you can source.

If you can’t buy local, please do check the links in the posts.  They link direct  to the suppliers.  Do consider buying from them and support their online businesses.

If you can’t do that then I have put together and Amazon catalogue. Yes I know…

Amazon is a very dirty word at the moment and I thought long and hard before suggesting them.  Heres why I went ahead….. No we are not entirely happy with Amazons recent history. However these links are for 3rd party sellers, we have always found the Amazon service to be good and their packaging usually compostable. In the absence of anything else we feel we can recommend them.

Kitchen Craft Stainless Steel Double Handled Tea Strainer- boxed Tea Ball Infuser 2" 18/8 Stainless Steel. Tea Ball/Strainer Mesh Tea Infuser Tea filter Reusable
Kitchen Craft Stainless Steel Double Handle…
£5.50
Tea Ball Infuser 2″ 18/8 Stainless Steel.
£0.71
Tea Ball/Strainer Mesh Tea Infuser Tea filt…
£1.52 – £2.19
Kitchen Craft Le'Xpress Tea Strainer, Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Spoon Tea Leaves Herb Mesh Ball Infuser Filter Squeeze Strainer 2 Cup Glass Tea Pot with Infuser
Kitchen Craft Le’Xpress Tea Strainer, Stai…
£1.65
Stainless Steel Spoon Tea Leaves Herb Mesh …
£1.60
2 Cup Glass Tea Pot with Infuser
£21.63
Glass Stainless Steel Loose Tea Leaf Teapot With Infuser 750ml/500ml --- Size:L VonShef Modern Stainless Steel 600ml Glass Infusion Tea Pot Loose Tea Leaf Coffee Infuser Sabichi 750 ml Glass Teapot with Infuser
Glass Stainless Steel Loose Tea Leaf Teapot… VonShef Modern Stainless Steel 600ml Glass …
£4.99
Sabichi 750 ml Glass Teapot with Infuser
VonShef Satin Polish Stainless Steel Tea Pot with Infuser. Available in sizes Small, Medium & Large Designer White Ceramic Tumbler Brewing System
VonShef Satin Polish Stainless Steel Tea Po…
£6.99
Designer White Ceramic Tumbler Brewing System
£15.00

.

post

Ribbons & Ties

Of course one way to get the most out of your wrapping paper is to reuse it. In which case you done want it torn off. Walk away from the sticky tape and tie your brown paper packages up with  string which can also be reused.

Or real silk ribbons hand hand died in Scotland using natural dies made from plants grown in the garden WANT SOME!!!!!! Not bought any myself but I bet you could get them in plastic free packaging if you asked. They seems a very nice business.

A bit from the website

I have started to produce hand dyed ribbon using the plants and flowers grown at Mill Pond Flower Farm. We are very fortunate in having a wide variety of mostly native trees and plants with the addition of flowers grown for sale. This gives a great store of material that can be used in dying fabrics and can give a range of colours. The effect of using natural dyes is to give a softness and depth of colour that changes with the light, blending effortlessly with other fabrics and hues.

Buy here

More Ties

Other kinds of decorative, non synthetic, ties can be found on Amazon.  Amazon is a very dirty word at the moment and I thought long and hard before I did it. Heres why I went ahead…..

Daffodil Yellow 100% Cotton Twine - 10 metres cut length by Cranberry Card Company Jute Ribbon 2''X10yd-Red Linen Ribbon, 1 in. x 5 yd., Rustic Wedding, Natural, Package of 12
Daffodil Yellow 100% Cotton Twine – 10 metr…
£2.95
Jute Ribbon 2”X10yd-Red
£30.05
Linen Ribbon, 1 in. x 5 yd., Rustic Wedding…
£62.12
Burlap Ribbon, 2 inches x 10 yards, Rustic, Vintage, Wedding Jute Ribbon Toffee 7/8 Inch by 10 Yard Roll Sold By The Yard Jute Ribbon Brown 7/8 Inch by 10 Yard Roll Sold By The Yard
Burlap Ribbon, 2 inches x 10 yards, Rustic,…
£35.77
Jute Ribbon Toffee 7/8 Inch by 10 Yard Roll…
£3.59
Jute Ribbon Brown 7/8 Inch by 10 Yard Roll …
£3.59
38mm Brown Self Adhesive Picture Frame Backing Tape 50m Roll 60 gsm Eco 15 Luxury 5 Metre French Grey White Heart 100% Cotton Gift Wrap Ribbon Silk ribbon Shibori Katrina x10cm
38mm Brown Self Adhesive Picture Frame Back… Luxury 5 Metre French Grey White Heart 100%…
£1.50
Silk ribbon Shibori Katrina x10cm
post

Candles

Nothing sets the mood quite as well as candles but it is hard to find plastic free candles. Most come in a protective plastic wrap or  bag. However we tracked down a few.

Which Candle?

Parrafin, soy or beeswax.

In the olden days candles were made from a by-product of beef-fat rendering(tallow) which stank and smoked or beeswax which didn’t smell or smoke but was very expensive.Then in the 1820s, French chemist Michel Eugene Chevreul discovered how to extract stearic acid from animal fatty acids. This could be used to make a wax that was harder and burnt far more cleanly.

However the most luxurious and brightest of all candles were made from crystallized spermaceti an oil obtained from the sperm whale. Like beeswax, spermaceti wax had a pleasing odour but also produced a far brighter light. Again it was a harder was so didn’t soften when the atmosphere got hot. Lucky for the sperm whale  who was being hunted into extinction for his light shedding wax, rock oil and its many by-products burst onto the scene. One such by-product was paraffin which could be used to make super-hard, super-bright and, best of all, cheap candles.

Recently, a huge surge in the popularity of candles has led to  new waxes being developed including soy bean wax.

Soy candles are made from a processed form of soybean oil called soy wax. It is very soft so most candles are made in tins or containers. However additives including beeswax, paraffin, or palm wax can be used to make it harder. Additives include: stearic acid, Vybar (a trademarked polymer), mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin wax, ultraviolet absorbers, and bht crystals.

Most candles today are made from one of the following

  • paraffin (a product of petroleum refining);
  • stearin (now produced almost exclusively from palm waxes though initially manufactured from animal fats);
    beeswax
  • Gel Candles produced from gelled mineral oils or synthetic hydrocarbons. They are made in containers.though some are rigid enough to keep their own shape.
  • some plant waxes (generally palm, carnauba, bayberry, or soybean wax);

The size of the flame rate at which the candle burns is determined mostly by the size of the candle wick.

You can find out more about candles here and here.

Candle Types

Taper, Dinner or household candles. The traditional round candles that have to be set in candlesticks or empty wine bottles. Used for dinner parties and power cuts.

Pillar Candles are the modern version. Big and chunky, they are solid and self standing in a variety of sizes.

Floating Candles are designed to float on water.

Tealights are low round candles in a metal container. Much loved by the Ikea crowd. They are used in food warmers or  tealight holders

Container or Filled Candles are non-flammable, heat resistant containers which are filled with wax and  wick. They come in heat-resistant glass jars, tins and less often, pottery.

Votive Candles are come heat-resistant containers often with religious imagery.

Specialty or Novelty Candles come in a wide array of shapes either molded or sculpted by hand.

Scented candles – can be used to create a pleasant ambience or  mask other odours such as cooking or cigarette smoke. They can also be used to keep insects at bay though personally I don’t think they are very effective.

BUY

Basic white unscented candles

Parafin Candles

Bolsius Pack of 6 Household CandlesPrices do a practical range of plain white unscented candles both household & tealight. Last time I looked, so did Bolsius. I have bought both of the above packaged in cardboard from a number of local shops. If you can’t buy them locally you can of course get them on line.

BULK PACK of 14 - Ivory Church Candles (60mm x 152mm)

 

I found some pillar candles on Amazon which look to be plastic free – please check

 

BULK PACK of 14 – Ivory Church Candles (60m…

Vegetable Wax

If you don’t fancy paraffin candles,these organic, vegetable wax candles look plastic free. they are available from Nigels Ecostore  www.nigelsecostore.com and Amazon. Heaven Scent 24 Organic Unscented Tea Lights

Grehom Organic Dinner Candles (Set of 4) – … from Amazon also look to be plastic free!

NB be aware they contain palm oil but sustainably sourced Scented Candles

Paraffin Based

Price Candle PXT011028 Winter Jasmine Scented Tealights, WhitePrices do a wide range scented tealights and candles in a tins and glass jars with fragrances to suit all moods and occasions.  They also do some odour eaters great for eliminating or rather masking odours which work pretty well. These come as tealights, in tins or glass jars and include

  • HOUSEKEEPER~ Contains extracts of Beeswax, Mandarin & Lemon
  • CHEF’S CANDLE~ Contains extracts of Basil, Patchouli & Geranium
  • OPEN WINDOW~ Contains Lily, Violet & Orange Flower
  • Scented Candle In Tin - (Housekeeper) Prices Patent Candles Open Window Jar

I have bought all the above packaged in cardboard. Please be aware that tins ike this are almost always epoxy resin lined which is (yes you guessed), a plastic.

They can be bought pretty much everywhere.

Soy Candles

You could try Foundry Candles   from Oldham Manchester

“The scents of these delightful hand poured soy candles have been captured perfectly in a tin. Aprox 40 hours burning time. All natural ingredients. Check out all the amazing scents!”

Please be aware that tins  are almost always epoxy resin lined which is  a plastic.

There are plenty more up on Etsy but they are eye wateringly pricey. You might be better off making your own. How hard can it be?

soy wax

You can get soy flakes in a reusable cotton bag

  • Only supplied in the re-usable cotton storage sack if purchased from Amazon or Aura
  • Container blend – NO soot or smoke.
  • Achieves a longer burn than paraffin Wax.
  • Easy to clean up any spills with soap and water.
  • Finest quality American SOY WAX flakes.

Aura’s Eco Soy Wax Flakes. A greener way to make quality candles…. These flakes are the finest quality Eco Soy flakes imported from the United States. Superior to paraffin Wax, candles made with Eco Soy will burn longer and be free of soot & smoke……. BASIC DIRECTIONS: Melt like chocolate. Gradually add your chosen fragrance. Add your colour a little at a time. Secure your wick into the desired container. Pour the melted Eco Soy into your container & leave to harden…..Once set – Enjoy your candle!!

Beeswax

Try these from Etsy, they are made in London and  you should be able to discuss packaging with them.

Buy

One of the real joys of buying #plasticfree is sourcing the stuff in local shops. The excitement when you see milk in glass bottle in the newsagents is beyond words.

However sometime you have to buy on line. If so please see if there are links to sellers direct in the post above.

 If you can’t do that then I have put together and Amazon catalogue. Yes I know.

Amazon is a very dirty word at the moment and I thought long and hard before suggesting them.  Heres why I went ahead….. No we are not entirely happy with Amazons recent history. However, we have always found their service to be good and their packaging usually compostable.

If you buy a product via this link we do get an affiliation fee for this. This is not why we do it.

 

Bolsius Pack of 6 Household Candles PRICE'S HOUSEHOLD CANDLES 5PK - 5 CANDLES Sentinel Nightlights X6
Bolsius Pack of 6 Household Candles
£3.98
PRICE’S HOUSEHOLD CANDLES 5PK – 5 CANDLES
£2.44
4
Sentinel Nightlights X6
£3.40
BULK PACK of 14 - Ivory Church Candles (60mm x 152mm) Grehom Organic Dinner Candles (Set of 4) - Ivory Heaven Scent 24 Organic Unscented Tea Lights
BULK PACK of 14 – Ivory Church Candles (60m…
£29.99
These look like they might be unwrapped. Please double check before you buy – then tell me!
Grehom Organic Dinner Candles (Set of 4) – …look to be plastic free! Heaven Scent 24 Organic Unscented Tea Lights
£5.81
Candles Naturally Plant Wax Unfragranced Tealights, Pack of 24, Natural Heaven Scent Natural Organic Jumbo Tea Light Candles - 24 (Long Life 7 hours) Prices Pack of 10 Tealights
Candles Naturally Plant Wax Unfragranced Te… Heaven Scent Natural Organic Jumbo Tea Ligh… Prices Pack of 10 Tealights
£5.24
Price Candle PXT011028 Winter Jasmine Scented Tealights, White Prices Patent Candles Open Window Jar Scented Candle In Tin - (Housekeeper)
Price Candle PXT011028 Winter Jasmine Scent…
£3.13
Prices Patent Candles Open Window Jar
£5.49
Scented Candle In Tin – (Housekeeper)
£6.95
Housekeeper Tealights - (FR441016) Prices Housekeeper Scented Candle in Tin Eliminates Household Odours - TRIPLE PACK Prices open window candle - FR510316x1
Housekeeper Tealights – (FR441016)
£4.95
Prices Housekeeper Scented Candle in Tin El…
£10.99
Prices open window candle – FR510316x1
£13.44
Prices Household Scented Candle in Tin - FR210616 Prices Candles FR541016 Open Window Tealights, Pack of 6, Green Prices Candles FR341016 6-Piece Chef's Tealights
Prices Household Scented Candle in Tin – FR…
£15.33
Prices Candles FR541016 Open Window Tealigh…
£2.48
Prices Candles FR341016 6-Piece Chef’s Teal…
£2.83

 

WASIWAX Handcrafted Wedding Carved Candles (Eternity) Magical Floating Candles - 50 Reusable Floats & 50 Long Burning Wicks fuelled by vegetable oil Clever & Unique Magical Floating Water Candles, 50 Reusable Silver Floats & 50 Long Burning Wicks fuelled by vegetable oil. Wedding Table Centrepiece
WASIWAX Handcrafted Wedding Carved Candles …
£34.90
As these are made in Britain you might be able to ask about plastic-free packaging
Magical Floating Candles – 50 Reusable Floa…
£20.50
Clever & Unique Magical Floating Water …
£20.50
2.5 KILO Eco Soya / Eco Soy Container Candle WAX Flakes - Lovely Alternative to Parrafin Wax 5metre Wedo LX8 (50mm) Candle Making Wick + 50 Sustainers 5 Metres Wedo ECO Candle Making Wick. High Quality - ECO 1
2.5 KILO Eco Soya / Eco Soy Container Candl…
£19.99
5metre Wedo LX8 (50mm) Candle Making Wick +…
£3.09
5 Metres Wedo ECO Candle Making Wick. High …
£2.50
ECO 8 Pre-tabbed Candle Wick - pack of 20 20 Pre Waxed Wicks For Candle Making Teacup / Medium Candles (LX18). 100mm Long.Quantity Jute Ribbon Brown 7/8 Inch by 10 Yard Roll Sold By The Yard
ECO 8 Pre-tabbed Candle Wick – pack of 20
£3.99
20 Pre Waxed Wicks For Candle Making Teacup…
£2.60
Jute Ribbon Brown 7/8 Inch by 10 Yard Roll …
£3.59
Prices Candles Tealights Winter Walk 6 Pack Prices Fragrance Tealights x 6 Garden Lavender Prices Fragrance Tealights x 6 Tea Rose
Prices Candles Tealights Winter Walk 6 Pack Prices Fragrance Tealights x 6 Garden Laven…
£3.12
Prices Fragrance Tealights x 6 Tea Rose
£3.01
Price Candle PXT011005 Pomegranate and Walnut Scented Tealights, Pink Price Candle PXT011012 Fresh Fig Scented Tealights, Purple Price Candle PXT011010 Cinnamon Sticks Scented Tealights, Beige
Price Candle PXT011005 Pomegranate and Waln…
£3.12
Price Candle PXT011012 Fresh Fig Scented Te…
£3.13
Price Candle PXT011010 Cinnamon Sticks Scen…
£3.13
Price Candle PXT011020 Apple Spice Scented Tealights, Red Prices Fragrance Tealights x 6 Peach Blossom Soft Geranium Scented Tealights 6 Pack
Price Candle PXT011020 Apple Spice Scented …
£2.69
Prices Fragrance Tealights x 6 Peach Blossom
£2.99
Soft Geranium Scented Tealights 6 Pack
£3.13

 

post

Buy On Line Plastic Free

One of the real joys of buying #plasticfree is sourcing the stuff in local shops. The excitement when you see milk in glass bottle in the newsagents is beyond words.

But sometime you have to buy on line. And then you come up against the prickly problem of packaging

There is nothing that enrages plastic activist in me more than researching a product that claims to be plastic free and environmentally friendly, purchase online, wait eagerly only to find it comes plastic packed.

Plastic free and plastic reduced products are of course a great step forward in the battle against plastic. But when I am buying a product I want to know how the product is packaged. There is little point buying a wooden comb if it comes in a plastic bag.

If it comes via an online, postal service, onward packaging needs to be stated. I want to know how the product will be packed and the more information the better. Down to what kind of tape is used (whether it is plastic or not) and whether the invoice will be in a plastic bag on the front of the box.

Which is why I like he following companies who offer plastic free products but also consider the onward packaging.

N.B. But no matter what I say, check and double check for yourself. One mans plastic free is another’s little bit of sticky tape.

These guys are super keen plastic free suppliers

Anything But Plastic Online Shop

Anything But Plastic sells alternatives to plastic products in order to reduce everyday plastic consumption and help tackle plastic pollution ...
Read More

Cleaning Liquid Refills

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

Fabric Offset Warehouse

Offset Warehouse is a social enterprise which brings together a huge range of hand-picked eco fabrics and haberdashery, ideal for ...
Read More

Greencane Tissues/ Paper Products

A while ago a company called Greencane sent me some tissues through the post. Not just tissues but toilet paper and kitchen ...
Read More

Handwash

I know a lot of people like a liquid hand wash. Personally I prefer soap but whatever. So this hand ...
Read More

Hodmedods – British Grown Beans, Grains & Pulses

Did you now you can get homegrown British beans, lentils (soon) and even Quinoa. Many of them organically grown…. Introducing ...
Read More

Loose Food On Line

One of the joys of living plastic free is mooching round the local shops seeing what you can source. You ...
Read More

Nottingham The Roasting House – coffee

We're a micro coffee roastery based in Nottingham. We roast all of our coffee in very small batches to order ...
Read More

Soap hard/bar

I use soap to wash my body (I don't like using soap on my face so I cleanse with oil and ...
Read More

I haven’t personally used these companies but they look good….

Loose food Online

Plasticfree pantry is a UK based online shop sells pantry staples including
flour
herbs and spices
Nuts
Dried fruit
Pasta rice and grains
baking ingredients
beans and pulses
Drinks

All loose and plastic free. Well not completely loose. Duh. They have to packaging it somehow so they reuse paper bags, glass jars and compostable plastic.
They will also use your own clean and produce bags. Read more about produce bags here HERE

The onward packaging consists of cardboard boxes and shredded paper is used to protect the goods.
Packaging tape is heavy duty paper. If you want to try, you can buy some HERE
N.B. They reuse boxes so some might come with existing plastic tape.

Visit the website HERE.

personal, General & Household

Sin Plastico
We are a plastic free and zero waste store. That means, we ask our makers and distributers to send us everything in bulk or with the less packaging as possible.
We do use Kraft and corrugate cardboard to wrap and fill the boxes. And even our tape is made of paper and vegetal glue.

They are based in Spain but ship to the UK. They have a great range. Check it out HERE

Based in the UK Is Boobalu with a great range of stuff

You will receive your order either in reused, recyclable or biodegradable packaging. Green mail bags are biodegradable and pink mail bags are recyclable. You can also choose plastic free packaging at the checkout page.


Less Plastic

always either reuse cardboard boxes that have come to us or our friends and neighbours, or use brown paper wrapping with brown paper tape. We pad our parcels with recycled/reused paper or newspaper. Also have you seen our infographic trying to inspire other online businesses to do the same? Visit the WEBSITE

And Keep

Please have a look at www.andkeep.com. Eco-friendly, sustainable and reusable products. Postal packaging is always recycled. I’m a public speaker on plastic Pollution too and passionate about helping people to make more mindful purchasing decisions while helping them on a plastic-Free or zero waste journey. All packaging is paper or cardboard.

Read more HERE

Ingreens

A great selection of stuff can be found HERE
We have asked all of our suppliers to refrain from using plastic when packing our items. In the factory world, poly bags, bubble wrap and stylofoam are commonplace. Understandably the items need to remain intact, yet not at the cost of the environment. So far, all suppliers have accommodated our no plastic.

Your parcels:For months in the lead up to the launch we have been saving packaging and also asked neighbours and friends to donate theirs. We haven’t invested in any packaging yet, when we do, we can assure you it will be from a sustainable source. At the moment, your orders are packaged in a circular economic way, that you can continue.
We make the ‘padding’ from shredding junk mail and books are falling apart.
Paper Parcel tape:We don’t use sellotape we use paper based tape that can be recycled or can biodegrade.

Toys & Crafts

Myriadonline

for toys and craft supplies. Use cardboard and paper packaging including paper parcel tape.

A really lovely shop full of wooden toys and wool felt balls. Recommend you have a look HERE


Makeup

Nuturissmo
“where I get my makeup from, their packaging is all compostable and they sell things like kjer Weiss refillable makeup. Lots of plastic bottles on there too but overall they are a good company.”

I haven’t had time to research this site but it looks interesting and they do consider their packaging. So while not plastic free I have included them as make up is very tricky to find. See for your self HERE

And read more about makeup HERE

 

The P-f U.K. directory

The companies featured in the directory are aware of the issues surrounding plastic and may well post plastic free. Check out the write ups for more details or contact them direct.

Find them HERE

And many thanks to the lovely Plastic Is Rubbish FB group who came up with many of these reccomendations.

Other Online Products

Find by product. Most of the products featured on the blog have an online option to buy. It is always worth contacting businesses and asking if they can post you product plastic free. Offer to cover the costs of a cardboard box if needs be.
Look here for individual products.

We a try to link directly with a business we know and have used but we cannot always do this.
And sometimes cost considerations mean we want to offer a range of options in different price brackets. In these cases we try to find other more affordable on Amazon.

Amazon is a very dirty word at the moment and I thought long and hard before suggesting them. No we are not happy with Amazons recent history. However, we have always found their service to be good and their packaging usually cardboard and so compostable. Though of course this cannot be guaranteed. You can read more of our reasons in the post

Amazon catelogue here.

post

Office & Electronics

Posts with links to suppliers

iPhone Case

So I was given an iPhone by my very dear kind and generous friend when he upgraded. Never been so ...
Read More

Envelopes

One years worth of junk mail for one person in the US equals about 2 feet. Most of these letters ...
Read More

Highlighter pencils – wooden

Replace nasty, plastic, highlighter pens with fantastic fluero pencils from Stabilo. According to their website the  STABILO GREENlighter proves that ...
Read More

Rubber – PVC free

I didn't know that PVC was found in rubbers but here you go .... from the blurb.... PVC-free thermoplastic rubber ...
Read More

Pencils & pencil sharpeners

The ultimate in plastic free writing but they will fade with time Pencils A really great plastic-free,note taker.... Can be bought ...
Read More

Pen Ink refillable

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

On Line Stores

Check out my  Pinterest board with some links to suppliers. I sourced some similar looking stuff on Amazon below

Recycled Paper Cylinder Style USB Flash Drive (DC-M80): 758958 The cylinder style body of this USB drive is constructed from recycled paper making it an eco-friendly, green product.

Recycled Paper Cylinder Style USB Flash Drive (DC-M80) allwrappedupgiftshowcase.comEdit

Fujitsu Wooden Laptop - The Ultimate Plastic free office item!

Fujitsu Wooden Laptop – The Ultimate Plastic free office item!

Thinksound ts02 8mm High Definition Passive Noise Isolating Wooden Headphone (Silver/Cherry) EiioX Latest Design Fashion Bamboo Cube Mini Red LED Wooden Digital Alarm Clock -Time Temperature Date Display - Voice and Touch Activated Red LED Wood Wooden Digital Alarm Clock DC Input/USB/Battery + Temperature
Thinksound ts02 8mm High Definition Passive…
£39.99
Making smarter choices thinksound headphones are designed with features to reduce its overall environmental impact: Wood…
EiioX Latest Design Fashion Bamboo Cube Min…
£13.59
Red LED Wood Wooden Digital Alarm Clock DC …
£15.00
post

Cleaning Liquid Refills

ECOVER  do all of these products and you can get your plastic bottle refilled. To find where Ecover have a refill station check the  postcode search on their site

TOILET CLEANER
LAUNDRY LIQUID,
FABRIC SOFTENER,
MULTISURFACE CLEANER,
Washing up liquid (other options here)

You can find more about liquid cleaners here including how to make your own

If you cant get to a refill station try getting a refill by post….

Splosh

This is an online refill service. A new way to buy your home cleaning, laundry and health & beauty essentials.
You buy the starter pack which includes a range of bottles and concentrate product. You water down the product and fill the bottles. Thereafter you buy more concentrate on line and refill your bottles as needed.

Some products come in soluble pods which you drop into water; others in plastic pouches which can be sent back to be refilled or recycled. While the refillable plastic pouches obviously are plastic (duh) the soluble pods sound useful.

They supply a wide range of products. But  “currently the surface cleaners and hand washes come in water soluble sachets and the rest come in pouches.”

Splosh also claim that the postal packaging for the starter kit and refills is also plastic free. Though according to some reviews they come with some plastic.

Here’s their mission statement. “Plastic waste is an environmental disaster and we’re committed to reducing it to zero. For each product we’ve designed a refilling system that takes plastic out of the waste stream. For example our pouches can be sent back for refilling and, at the end of their life, we manage their reprocessing into other products”

You can read more about how it works and order products here HERE
If anyone out there has used this product please let me know.

Why This Post Is ….

A little bit rubbish. You are reading a work in progress. Here’s how the blog is written and why we post half cocked.

post

Handwash

I know a lot of people like a liquid hand wash. Personally I prefer soap but whatever. So this hand wash comes in soluble pods that you drop in water and refill the (plastic) bottle provided. When done you buy more via. The website. It is posted to you in plastic free packaging,  (NB according to some reviews they come with some plastic).

Now I think you are meant to buy the bottle as part of the starter kit but I see no reason why you couldn’t just buy the refills and use your own plastic free soap dispenser?

It comes from a company called

Splosh

This is an online refill service. A new way to buy your home cleaning, laundry and health & beauty essentials.
You buy the starter pack which includes a range of bottles and concentrate product. You water down the product and fill the bottles. Thereafter you buy more concentrate on line and refill your bottles as needed.

Some products come in soluble pods which you drop into water; others in plastic pouches which can be sent back to be refilled or recycled. While the refillable plastic pouches obviously are plastic (duh) the soluble pods sound useful.

They supply a wide range of products. But  “currently the surface cleaners and hand washes come in water soluble sachets and the rest come in pouches.”

Splosh also claim that the postal packaging for the starter kit and refills is also plastic free. Though according to some reviews they come with some plastic.

Here’s their mission statement. “Plastic waste is an environmental disaster and we’re committed to reducing it to zero. For each product we’ve designed a refilling system that takes plastic out of the waste stream. For example our pouches can be sent back for refilling and, at the end of their life, we manage their reprocessing into other products”

You can read more about how it works and order products here HERE
If anyone out there has used this product please let me know.

More

Want to know what soap is? How it works? Is there animal fat in there?
Read all our soap posts HERE

Why This Post Is ….

A little bit rubbish. You are reading a work in progress. Here’s how the blog is written and why we post half cocked.

post

Everything Else on Amazon

Being committed to local shopping I prefer to buy that way whenever possible. I would encourage you to do the same. One of the joys of living plastic free is mooching round the local shops seeing what you can source.

If you can’t buy local, please do check the links in the posts.  They link direct  to the suppliers.  Do consider buying from them and support their online businesses.

If you can’t do that then I have put together and Amazon catalogue. Yes I know…

Amazon is a very dirty word at the moment and I thought long and hard before suggesting them.  Heres why I went ahead….. No we are not entirely happy with Amazons recent history. However these links are for 3rd party sellers, we have always found the Amazon service to be good and their packaging usually compostable. In the absence of anything else we feel we can recommend them.

If you buy a product via this link we do get an affiliation fee for this. That’s not why we do it.

Amazon

Why I Often Reccomend Amazon. Even though I don’t want to!
My own plastic-less products have been bought from all over the world. Got a great tin cup in Moscow. Would totally recommend getting one. Purchase details are not much use if you live in Scunthorpe. So I try to include examples of what you could get in Scunthorpe. As I have never been to Scunthorpe this leaves me recommending an online product that will be delivered by post.

While the products look very similar to the ones we use, we may not have actually bought or used these particular items. And we may not have used this particular supplier. Nor can we guarantee they will come free of plastic packaging. It is merely to show what is available.

So while I might feature other suppliers that look interesting, I also try to recommend a company I know. Which tends to be Amazon. For the following reasons: I have always found Amazons service to be good and their packaging usually compostable.

So I have put together an Amazon catalogue featuring lots of plastic free products.
But Amazon?!?
Amazon is something of a dirty word but most of the products featured are not  sold by Amazon but by businesses operating through Amazon. To boycott them is rather like boycotting a local shop because their landlord doesn’t pay tax. I offset cutting plastic trash and supporting small businesses operating under the Amazon umbrella, against the parent company’s ,(Amazon’s), tax evading and low-pay antics. So I will still buy from Amazon while objecting to the business structure that allows this kind of exploitation. Which is, sadly, true of a lot of businesses I use. That said I don’t know how sustainable the smaller online businesses are either which is why I believe so fervently in shopping locally. Get to know your traders!

Affiliation Fees

I get an affiliation fee for promoting  products through. It is so small as to be laughable. I think I have made 40p so far. It certainly does not mean I will be promoting some products at the expense of others or for financial gain. The products promoted are the ones I use or like the look of. Also being an  affiliate allows me to feature product pictures and details copyright free supplied by the company.  Which leads me to

Inspiration

Another reason for promoting products I might not have used is inspiration. It is good to see that it is out there. Use it like a catalogue. I use Pinterest in the same way – you can see my boards here.

Other places to buy

We prefer to go to the seller direct wether on the ground or on line. If you check our own reviews of the products we you will usually find other purchase details. Some of them are in Moscow.

Please note there is a list of UK plastic-less bloggers on the Where To Buy page. Maybe there is someone in Scunthorpe writing about plastic-less products you can buy there. If not, and you live in Scunthorpe, perhaps you could start blogging about it the plastic-less facilities. Bursts into a chorus of “come and join us” Blogging for a plastic free world

And please, if you don’t blog, post your own recommendations in the comments boxes for plastic-less products and places you have sourced.

If you want more inspiration in a catalogue form you might like our Pinterest page.

Cleaning Up Index

The astronomical spring (Northern Hemisphere) 2016 began on Sunday, March 20. It will end on Sunday, June 1. We celebrate by building a big wicker man and ….. no those ...
Read More

Kettle

People are always asking about plastic free kettles. There is one very easy answer - get a stove top kettle. That's it. Spend a ...
Read More

Tea; leaves, pots and strainers

These days most of us automatically reach for the teabags but is that really the best choice? Certainly not from a plastic free zero ...
Read More

Ribbons & Ties

Of course one way to get the most out of your wrapping paper is to reuse it. In which case you done want it torn ...
Read More

Candles

Nothing sets the mood quite as well as candles but it is hard to find plastic free candles. Most come in a protective plastic wrap ...
Read More

Buy On Line Plastic Free

One of the real joys of buying #plasticfree is sourcing the stuff in local shops. The excitement when you see milk in glass bottle ...
Read More

Office & Electronics

Posts with links to suppliers On Line Stores Check out my  Pinterest board with some links to suppliers. I sourced some similar looking stuff on Amazon below ...
Read More

Cleaning Liquid Refills

ECOVER  do all of these products and you can get your plastic bottle refilled. To find where Ecover have a refill station check the  postcode ...
Read More

Handwash

I know a lot of people like a liquid hand wash. Personally I prefer soap but whatever. So this hand wash comes in soluble ...
Read More

Everything Else on Amazon

Being committed to local shopping I prefer to buy that way whenever possible. I would encourage you to do the same. One of the ...
Read More

Disposables compostable

Sometime you need a disposable - wether its a compostable bag for the butcher, biodegradable paper cups for the office party or a plastic ...
Read More

Hodmedods – British Grown Beans, Grains & Pulses

Did you now you can get homegrown British beans, lentils (soon) and even Quinoa. Many of them organically grown…. Introducing Hodmedod's “We work with ...
Read More

Pans, cups & kitchenware

BergHOFF 26 cm Earthchef Frying Pan Stainless Steel Ice Cube Tray - BPA Free Metal Paint Kettle - 6 inches
BergHOFF 26 cm Earthchef Frying Pan
£39.99
Stainless Steel Ice Cube Tray – BPA Free
£40.00
Metal Paint Kettle – 6 inches
£3.91
If You Care Baking Sheets Cut Unbleached 24 Sheets THREE PACKS of If You Care Mini Baking Cups 4.35Cm X 4.13Cm 90 Cups
If You Care Baking Sheets Cut Unbleached 24…
£6.99
THREE PACKS of If You Care Mini Baking Cups…
£7.94
If You Care Baking Cups Mini Large Natural Bristle Dish Washing Brush and 2 x Replacement Brush Heads - Stiff Plant Fibre Large Natural Bristle Dish Washing Brush - Stiff Plant Fibre (Pack of 2)
If You Care Baking Cups Mini
£5.83
Large Natural Bristle Dish Washing Brush an… Large Natural Bristle Dish Washing Brush – …

 

 

Cups, Diffusers & Teapots

.

Cups to use for coffee to go, steel tumblers for festivals and picnics, teapots and tea diffusers for loose leaf tea.
Yellowstone 300Ml Stainless Steel Mug Creative Tops Katie Alice Cottage Flower Doubled Walled Porcelain Travel Mug with Silcone Lid Glass Mason Jars
Yellowstone 300Ml Stainless Steel Mug
£6.24
Creative Tops Katie Alice Cottage Flower Do…
£11.50
Glass Mason Jars
Aladdin 31843 Double-Walled Drinking Cup with Handle 0.47 Litres Helikon Swedish Army Folding Cup Camping Hiking Olive
Aladdin 31843 Double-Walled Drinking Cup wi…
£14.49
Helikon Swedish Army Folding Cup Camping Hi…

Kitchen Craft Stainless Steel Double Handled Tea Strainer- boxed Tea Ball Infuser 2" 18/8 Stainless Steel. Tea Ball/Strainer Mesh Tea Infuser Tea filter Reusable
Kitchen Craft Stainless Steel Double Handle…
£5.50
Tea Ball Infuser 2″ 18/8 Stainless Steel.
£0.71
Tea Ball/Strainer Mesh Tea Infuser Tea filt…
£1.52 – £2.19
Kitchen Craft Le'Xpress Tea Strainer, Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Spoon Tea Leaves Herb Mesh Ball Infuser Filter Squeeze Strainer 2 Cup Glass Tea Pot with Infuser
Kitchen Craft Le’Xpress Tea Strainer, Stai…
£1.65
Stainless Steel Spoon Tea Leaves Herb Mesh …
£1.60
2 Cup Glass Tea Pot with Infuser
£21.63
Glass Stainless Steel Loose Tea Leaf Teapot With Infuser 750ml/500ml --- Size:L VonShef Modern Stainless Steel 600ml Glass Infusion Tea Pot Loose Tea Leaf Coffee Infuser Sabichi 750 ml Glass Teapot with Infuser
Glass Stainless Steel Loose Tea Leaf Teapot… VonShef Modern Stainless Steel 600ml Glass …
£4.99
Sabichi 750 ml Glass Teapot with Infuser
VonShef Satin Polish Stainless Steel Tea Pot with Infuser. Available in sizes Small, Medium & Large Designer White Ceramic Tumbler Brewing System
VonShef Satin Polish Stainless Steel Tea Po…
£6.99
Designer White Ceramic Tumbler Brewing System
£15.00

.

straws, cutlery and chopsticks

.

Safesip Drinks Glass and Cups Cover 4 Straight Metal Drinking Straw Stainless Steel Reusable Straws Stylish ref.112.z90/4 4 Metal Drinking Straw Stainless Steel Reusable Straws Stylish ref.112.z89
Safesip Drinks Glass and Cups Cover
£5.99
4 Straight Metal Drinking Straw Stainless S…
£5.49
4 Metal Drinking Straw Stainless Steel Reus…
£5.49
6 Metal Drinking Straw Stainless Steel Reusable Straws Stylish ref.112.z89/6 Kitchen Craft Stainless Steel Two-in-One Drinking Straws / Stirrers- set of two Stainless Steel Zack Vitis Straw Spoon Set/4
6 Metal Drinking Straw Stainless Steel Reus…
£7.49
Kitchen Craft Stainless Steel Two-in-One Dr…
£3.90
Stainless Steel Zack Vitis Straw Spoon Set/4
£12.00
Sustainable Bamboo Drinking Straws - 12 Pack Lifeventure Knife, Fork, Spoon Folding Cutlery Set Travel Stainless Steel Foldable Pocket Chopsticks Silver Tone Pair
Sustainable Bamboo Drinking Straws – 12 Pack
£14.95
Lifeventure Knife, Fork, Spoon Folding Cutl…
£13.89
Travel Stainless Steel Foldable Pocket Chop…
£2.42

Cleaning Up

24" LAMBSWOOL DUSTER Adams Bros - 12" varnished wood handle natural wool Lambswool Duster Feather Duster,18",w/ Hardwood Handle/Gray Ostrich Feathers, Sold as 1 Each
24″ LAMBSWOOL DUSTER
£4.50
Adams Bros – 12″ varnished wood handle natu…
£4.99
Feather Duster,18″,w/ Hardwood Handle/Gray …
£8.75

Out & About

Out & About

Water bottle & purification

Water Bottle & Purification
Steripen Adventurer Opti Handheld UV Water Purifier - Black/Green SteriPEN UV Traveler Mini Opti TRMO-MM-GF Water Purifier Silver / Black Steripen Traveler 3 in 1 Handheld UV Water Purifier
Steripen Adventurer Opti Handheld UV Water …
£70.49
SteriPEN UV Traveler Mini Opti TRMO-MM-GF W… Steripen Traveler 3 in 1 Handheld UV Water …
£45.99
Steripen FitsAll Filter Steripen Classic Pre-Filter Pack Portable UV Water Purifier - White/Blue Klean Kanteen 18oz Reflect Mirrored
Steripen FitsAll Filter
£19.99
Steripen Classic Pre-Filter Pack Portable U…
£59.44
Klean Kanteen 18oz Reflect Mirrored
£22.11
Klean Kanteen Reflect-Mirrored-27 oz / 800 ml
Klean Kanteen Reflect-Mirrored-27 oz / 800 ml
£26.42

Personal Care

12 Pack Ladies 100% Cotton Plain White Handkerchiefs With Satin Stripe Border Foxnovo Dual-purpose Detachable Long Wooden Handle Natural Bristle Bath Body Brush Massager Back Brush Spa Scrubber Kent Handcrafted Half Round Bristle Hair Brush LC7
12 Pack Ladies 100% Cotton Plain White Hand…
£7.72
Foxnovo Dual-purpose Detachable Long Wooden…
£13.99
Kent Handcrafted Half Round Bristle Hair Br…
£27.32
Jellybean Genuine Natural Wood Sunglasses Hand Made Exclusive wooden sunglasses or bamboo Polarized New (Unisex Mens Ladies) Wayfarer Sunglasses UV400 Lense brand 4sold Zebrano wood sunglasses. The frame is made of zebrano wood. / Bamboo wood glasses eyewaer bamboo / unisex / new style fashion design / wayfarer style
Jellybean Genuine Natural Wood Sunglasses H…
£49.95
wooden sunglasses or bamboo Polarized New (…
£25.00 – £28.00
Zebrano wood sunglasses. The frame is made …
£59.95
Wood Sunglasses Skateboard Go Pear wood sunglasses. The frame is made of pear wood. / Bamboo wood glasses eyewaer bamboo / unisex / new style fashion design
Wood Sunglasses Skateboard Go
£69.90
Pear wood sunglasses. The frame is made of …
£49.95

Health & Beauty

3 X SMALL SILVER METAL FILLING FUNNELS Factorykiss 10 Transparent Clear Empty Lip Balm Tubes Containers 5x 10ml Aluminium Lip Balm Pots 10ml Capacity Empty Small Mini Cosmetic/Lip Gloss/Nail Art Pots Tins Jars
3 X SMALL SILVER METAL FILLING FUNNELS
£1.55
Factorykiss 10 Transparent Clear Empty Lip …
£2.82
5x 10ml Aluminium Lip Balm Pots 10ml Capaci…
Natracare Organic All Cotton Tampons With Applicator - Regular 16
Natracare Organic All Cotton Tampons With A…
£2.59
see review on our website http://plasticisrubbish.com/2014/06/26/tampons-with-applicator/

Menstruation

Gladrags Menstrual Color Cotton Pads - 3 - Pack Mooncup Menstrual Cup Size B 1pieces Mooncup Menstrual Cup Size A 1pieces
Gladrags Menstrual Color Cotton Pads – 3 – …
£18.68
Mooncup Menstrual Cup Size B 1pieces
£19.99
Comes in 2 sizes – check before you buy you can read a review on http://plasticisrubbish.com/2010/01/03/lady-stuff/
Mooncup Menstrual Cup Size A 1pieces
£19.99
Natracare Regular Pads Natracare Organic All Cotton Tampons With Applicator - Regular 16 Reusable Hemp Sanitary Towel
Natracare Regular Pads
£1.90 – £18.27
Natracare Organic All Cotton Tampons With A…
£2.59
see review on our website http://plasticisrubbish.com/2014/06/26/tampons-with-applicator/
Reusable Hemp Sanitary Towel
£10.02
Reusable Cotton Sanitary Towel - Flowers & Birds The Busy Woman's Guide to Cloth Pads GladRags Color Day Pad
Reusable Cotton Sanitary Towel – Flowers &a…
£10.02
The Busy Woman’s Guide to Cloth Pads
by Tracy Puhl
GladRags Color Day Pad
£6.53 – £36.53

Parties & Celebrations

Flying Bat Halloween Cotton Shopper/Tote Shoulder Bag Wooden Red & White Advent Calendar Fabric House Advent Calendar
Flying Bat Halloween Cotton Shopper/Tote Sh…
£9.99
Wooden Red & White Advent Calendar
£19.26
Fabric House Advent Calendar
DoCrafts Sew & So On Garland Advent Calendar Kit Andrew James Double Walled Insulated Stainless Steel 2 Litre Ice Bucket With Set of Tongs Premier Housewares Sphere Ice Bucket - Stainless Steel
DoCrafts Sew & So On Garland Advent Cal…
£17.54
Andrew James Double Walled Insulated Stainl… Premier Housewares Sphere Ice Bucket – Stai…
£30.99
Stainless Steel Ice Cube Tray - BPA Free 38mm Brown Self Adhesive Picture Frame Backing Tape 50m Roll 60 gsm Eco 15
Stainless Steel Ice Cube Tray – BPA Free
£40.00
38mm Brown Self Adhesive Picture Frame Back…

Garden

Apollo Gardening 9L Traditional Galvanised Metal Watering Can 5L GALVANISED WATERING CAN. 5 LITRE CAPACITY. COMES WITH ROSE. TWO HANDLES. NEW Haws 8.8 Litre Heritage Watering Can - Graphite
Apollo Gardening 9L Traditional Galvanised …
£13.75
5L GALVANISED WATERING CAN. 5 LITRE CAPACIT…
£10.71
Haws 8.8 Litre Heritage Watering Can – Grap…
Haws Metal Watering Can Rose with Screw Thread Haws No 4 Brass Watering Can Rose Tongue Depressor, 6-inch, 11/16 No Splinter, Birch, NonSterile (Pack of 100) Karter Scientific 212T2
Haws Metal Watering Can Rose with Screw Thr…
£6.55
Haws No 4 Brass Watering Can Rose
£12.99
Tongue Depressor, 6-inch, 11/16 No Splinter…
£4.99
Paper Pot Maker & Accessories Gift Set - Great Gardeners Gift Giant Paper Potter Eco-Bags Products, Produce & Bulk Bags, 3 Bags
Paper Pot Maker & Accessories Gift Set …
£11.99
Giant Paper Potter
£15.62
Eco-Bags Products, Produce & Bulk Bags,…
£13.05

Spear & Jackson Traditional Children's Spade Garden Angels Children's Watering Can Pink or Blue Retro Metal Can Fast Postage Garden angels Carbon steel garden hand trowel
Spear & Jackson Traditional Children’s …
£15.49
Garden Angels Children’s Watering Can Pink …
£7.29
Garden angels Carbon steel garden hand trowel
£5.25
Garden Angels 3 Piece Children\'s Hand Tool Set Seed Pantry Chilli Seeds Starter Pack
Garden Angels 3 Piece Children\’s Hand Tool… Seed Pantry Chilli Seeds Starter Pack
£25.00

Office & Electronics

Apollo Stainless Steel Ice Bucket Doublewall Handcrafted Wireless Bamboo Keyboard - Eco-friendly Artis Handmade Bamboo Wooden PC Wireless Keyboard and Mouse - Compact Version
Apollo Stainless Steel Ice Bucket Doublewall
£12.25
Handcrafted Wireless Bamboo Keyboard – Eco-…
£21.99
Artis Handmade Bamboo Wooden PC Wireless Ke…
£19.99
Lerway Bamboo Wood Wooden Tree Pattern Design Hard Shell Cover Case for Iphone5 Generic Real Wood Wooden totem carving Case Cover For iPhone 4 4S Lerway® High Quality Black PC& Black Walnut Natural Wood Wooden Hard Shell Cover Case for iPhone5 5G
Lerway Bamboo Wood Wooden Tree Pattern Desi… Generic Real Wood Wooden totem carving Case…
£10.99
Lerway® High Quality Black PC& Blac…
Genuine Real Neutral Wood Wooden Bamboo Hard Combo Case Cover For iPhone 4/4S Rexel Odyssey Personal Heavy Duty Stapler Silver with a Box of 500 Odyssey Staples Zenith 130001 Plier Stapler Grey Metal Aluminium 548/E for Use with N° 6/4 or 6/6 Staples
Genuine Real Neutral Wood Wooden Bamboo Har…
£5.05
Rexel Odyssey Personal Heavy Duty Stapler S…
£20.70
Zenith 130001 Plier Stapler Grey Metal Alum…
£27.18
Silverline Steel Rule 2pc Steel Rule Set, P5170 Am-smallstore® Handcrafted 100% Natural Wood Skin Iphone 5C Case Cover-Pattern EC5C0025
Silverline Steel Rule
£4.06 – £14.49
2pc Steel Rule Set, P5170
£1.99
Am-smallstore® Handcrafted 100% Natural…
£11.99
LYRA DOUBLE HOLE WOODEN PENCIL SHARPENER 5 Star Pencil Sharpener Pocket-sized Metal for Max. Diameter 8mm Double Hole [Pack of 5] STAEDTLER SINGLE HOLE METAL PENCIL SHARPENER "ALUMINIUM"
LYRA DOUBLE HOLE WOODEN PENCIL SHARPENER
£3.99
5 Star Pencil Sharpener Pocket-sized Metal …
£1.36
STAEDTLER SINGLE HOLE METAL PENCIL SHARPENE…
£1.55
Stabilo Greenlighter Highlighter Pencil FSC Line Width 5.5mm Yellow Ref 6007/24 [Pack of 10] KOH-I-NOOR Highlighter Pencils - Assorted Colour (Set of 6) Stabilo 6007/3 - GREENlighter Bright Colouring Pencils 3 Box
Stabilo Greenlighter Highlighter Pencil FSC…
£14.31
KOH-I-NOOR Highlighter Pencils – Assorted C…
£5.00
Stabilo 6007/3 – GREENlighter Bright Colour…
Exclusive Desktop Tape Dispenser The ProfiLine/ Cherry Rexel Bamboo Letter Tray Natural (100% Recyclable Sustainable Bamboo) Desk Letter Rack, Paper Tray, Magazines Holder. Natural Bamboo Wood
Exclusive Desktop Tape Dispenser The ProfiL…
£34.90
wood & metal tape dispenser – be sure to use paper tape.
Rexel Bamboo Letter Tray Natural (100% Recy…
£18.25
Desk Letter Rack, Paper Tray, Magazines Hol…
£14.69
Jellybean Genuine Natural Wood Sunglasses Hand Made Exclusive Pro-Tec Pure Bamboo Universal Desktop Tablet Stand Compatible with iPad 2/3/4 and Mini - Bamboo Adjustable iPAD Holder / Stand Desktop Organiser. Made of Eco-friendly Natural Sustainable Bamboo Wood
Jellybean Genuine Natural Wood Sunglasses H…
£49.95
Pro-Tec Pure Bamboo Universal Desktop Table…
£8.60
Adjustable iPAD Holder / Stand Desktop Orga…
Umbra Aquala Bathtub Caddy Natural LAPTOP DESK TABLE / NOTE BOOK STAND / BED SOFA TRAY/ Portable Folding Bamboo Table (50x30cm) iPad Stand Holder, Desk Tidy Organiser Display. Made of Natural Bamboo
Umbra Aquala Bathtub Caddy Natural
£45.00
LAPTOP DESK TABLE / NOTE BOOK STAND / BED S…
£19.99
iPad Stand Holder, Desk Tidy Organiser Disp…
Artis Large Chunky Handmade Crafted Bamboo Wooden Calculator Viga Wooden Abacus Lerway 100% Natural Black Walnut Wood Wooden Hard Case Cover with Unique Fruiter Pattern Design for iPad mini
Artis Large Chunky Handmade Crafted Bamboo …
£14.99
Viga Wooden Abacus
£5.99
Lerway 100% Natural Black Walnut Wood Woode…
8GB Samsung Flashitall USB 3.0 Super Speed WILLOW Eco Friendly Wooden USB Flash Drive Memory Stick Great For Wedding Photography Students Teachers Anniversary Birthday Valentine's Day Christmas Children FamilyPerfect Gift Present For Any Occasion 60mm/2.5inch x 20mm/0.8inch x 10mm/0.4inch(H) Red LED Wood Wooden Digital Alarm Clock DC Input/USB/Battery + Temperature 16GB Wooden Leaf USB Flash Drive (Brown)
8GB Samsung Flashitall USB 3.0 Super Speed …
£15.00
Red LED Wood Wooden Digital Alarm Clock DC …
£15.00
16GB Wooden Leaf USB Flash Drive (Brown)
£3.65
16GB Personalised Samsung Flashitall Eco Wooden USB Flash Drive USB 2.0 Memory Stick Perfect Gift For Wedding Photography Students Teachers Anniversary Valentine's Day Birthday Present Brown 2.5Inch/0.5inch 6cm/2cm Big Bargain 3D Wooden Puzzle DIY Building Blocks Vintage Car Models Educational Intelligence Toys for kids EiioX Latest Design Fashion Bamboo Cube Mini Red LED Wooden Digital Alarm Clock -Time Temperature Date Display - Voice and Touch Activated
16GB Personalised Samsung Flashitall Eco Wo… Big Bargain 3D Wooden Puzzle DIY Building B…
£2.99
EiioX Latest Design Fashion Bamboo Cube Min…
£13.59
Mini Multicolor Wooden Monkey Design Bowling Pin and Ball Toy for Kids Rexel Bamboo Magazine Rack Natural (100% Recyclable Sustainable Bamboo) 16 GB USB FLASH DRIVE BRACELET Wristband (LEATHER) BLACK
Mini Multicolor Wooden Monkey Design Bowlin…
£8.47
Rexel Bamboo Magazine Rack Natural (100% Re…
£14.99
16 GB USB FLASH DRIVE BRACELET Wristband (L…
£14.99
Thinksound ts02 8mm High Definition Passive Noise Isolating Wooden Headphone (Silver/Cherry)
Thinksound ts02 8mm High Definition Passive…
£39.99
Making smarter choices thinksound headphones are designed with features to reduce its overall environmental impact: Wood…

Shoes

Maasai Treads Men's Castaway Black Denim Flip Flops Fair Trade Recycled Solerebels Women's Homegrown Vibe Flip Flop Womens Fair Trade Handmade Pink Maasai Treads Recycled Tire Flip Flops in Various Sizes
Maasai Treads Men’s Castaway Black Denim Fl…
£21.99
Solerebels Women’s Homegrown Vibe Flip Flop
£15.41 – £16.06
Womens Fair Trade Handmade Pink Maasai Trea…
£17.00 – £18.19
Womens Fair Trade Handmade Chocolate Brown Maasai Treads Recycled Tire Flip Flops in Sizes UK 3 / EU 35.5
Womens Fair Trade Handmade Chocolate Brown …
£16.79

 

Materials

Pack of 12 Men's Patterned Handkerchiefs (HH125) Handkerchiefs by Handkerchief Heaven Pack of 12 Ladies Handkerchiefs 100% cotton with embellishments 100% cotton Japanese Rising Sun Bandana
Pack of 12 Men’s Patterned Handkerchiefs (H…
£10.38
Pack of 12 Ladies Handkerchiefs 100% cotton…
£8.99
100% cotton Japanese Rising Sun Bandana
£2.75
100% cotton Japanese Rising Sun Bandana Silk ribbon Shibori Katrina x10cm large RED cotton bandana scarf BLACK & WHITE PAISLEY
100% cotton Japanese Rising Sun Bandana
£4.49
Silk ribbon Shibori Katrina x10cm
£2.18
large RED cotton bandana scarf BLACK & …
£5.57
Luxury 5 Metre French Grey White Heart 100% Cotton Gift Wrap Ribbon Neotrims Soft Herringbone Weave Cotton Trimming Ribbon, Dressmaking Craft Border. 21 Wonderful Colour Options Available. 16mm Wide, It's Beautiful & Great Drape! Pack of 3 Muslinz Premium High Quality Muslin Squares / Wraps 100% Cotton in Gift Ribbon - Pink, White, Green
Luxury 5 Metre French Grey White Heart 100%…
£1.50
Neotrims Soft Herringbone Weave Cotton Trim…
£3.99
Pack of 3 Muslinz Premium High Quality Musl…
£7.95

Neotrims Soft Herringbone Weave Cotton Trimming Ribbon, Dressmaking Craft Border. 21 Wonderful Colour Options Available. 16mm Wide, It's Beautiful & Great Drape! Pack Of 3 Re-Usable Gift Wrap - Safari Pack Of 3 Re-Usable Gift Wrap - Daisies
Neotrims Soft Herringbone Weave Cotton Trim…
£3.99
Pack Of 3 Re-Usable Gift Wrap – Safari
£5.00
Pack Of 3 Re-Usable Gift Wrap – Daisies
Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Dolls Fabric - berry pink, orange yellow, bordeaux purple and anise on a soft turquoise blue floral-patterned base cloth | 100% Cotton Designer Print | 155 cm (61 inches) wide | Per half metre Fat Quarter Mariko Japanese Garden Black Cotton Quilting Fabric - Blank Quilting
Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Dolls Fabric – berr…
£5.95
Fat Quarter Mariko Japanese Garden Black Co…
£4.40
post

Disposables compostable

Sometime you need a disposable – wether its a compostable bag for the butcher, biodegradable paper cups for the office party or a plastic free tampon. Here are some options. They are all #plasticfree and biodegrade..  Click on the links to find suppliers.

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 ...
Read More

Vegware Fast Food Packaging

A while ago I got sent some Vegware stuff to review. Vegware make disposable compostable packaging from PLA plastic for ...
Read More

Cardboard Cups & Pots

So you find what looks like a cardboard container full of yummy ice cream or you see that your favourite ...
Read More

Disposables compostable

Sometime you need a disposable - wether its a compostable bag for the butcher, biodegradable paper cups for the office ...
Read More

Compostable Plastic Products

Compostable plastics come in various forms and are made in different ways. You can read all about compostable plastics here ...
Read More

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 ...
Read More

Paper Bags

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

Disposable Cups

Disposable cups are made from plastic lined paper, polystyrene or plastic. To make paper cups water proof they are laminated with polyethylene, ...
Read More

Straws Compostable

The picture shows a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose (You can watch the video in full ...
Read More

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, ...
Read More

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 ...
Read More

Pots – PLA compostable

These  deli pots are  made from  PLA plastic. This looks and acts just like plastic but is made from corn starch ...
Read More

Important

All of the above are certified compostable. They break down naturally. They have to meet certain enforceable standards to be classed as compostable. You can read about composting standards here.

Buy

Being committed to local shopping, I prefer to buy that way whenever possible. I would encourage you to do the same. One of the joys of living plastic free is mooching round the local shops seeing what you can source. But sometimes you can’t buy local so I have put together an Amazon catalogue. of independent sellers operating through Amazon.

Amazon is a very dirty word at the moment and I thought long and hard before suggesting them.  Heres why I went ahead….. No we are not entirely happy with Amazons recent history. However, we have always found their service to be good and their packaging usually compostable.

If you buy a product via this link we do get an affiliation fee for this. This is not why we do it.

If You Care Paper Snack and Sandwich 48 Bags (Pack of 6, Total 288 Bags) 100 x Brown Kraft Paper Food / Sweet / Mushroom Bags
If You Care Paper Snack and Sandwich 48 Bag…
£22.20
100 x Brown Kraft Paper Food / Sweet / Mush…
£0.71 – £11.61
5 Litre x 180 bags Compostable Bags - Biobag Kitchen Food Waste Caddy Liners 5 Litre - EN 13432 - Biobags 5L Bin Bags with Composting Guide Ban the Plastic Bag: A Community Action Plan for a Carrier Bag Free World All-Green 6 Litre Biobag Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners Food Waste Bin Liners, 150 Bags
5 Litre x 180 bags Compostable Bags – Bioba…
£13.49
Ban the Plastic Bag: A Community Action Pla…
by Rebecca Hoskins
All-Green 6 Litre Biobag Compostable Kitche…
£10.99
BioBag Dog Waste Bags On Roll (2 rolls of 20 bags) , 40-Count Bags (Pack of 5) by BioBag 25ml Clear Biodegradable PLA Pots with Lids x 50 (Food/Craft/Storage Containers) Biodegradable Tableware: Wooden Forks Pk 100
BioBag Dog Waste Bags On Roll (2 rolls of 2…
£61.80
25ml Clear Biodegradable PLA Pots with Lids…
£4.99
Biodegradable Tableware: Wooden Forks Pk 100
£4.80
Biodegradable Tableware: Wooden Knives Pk 100 Wooden Dessert Spoon Disposable - 100 Pack Luckies Brown Paper Lunch Bag
Biodegradable Tableware: Wooden Knives Pk 100
£4.55
Wooden Dessert Spoon Disposable – 100 Pack
£5.19
Luckies Brown Paper Lunch Bag
£9.16

 

post

Hodmedods – British Grown Beans, Grains & Pulses

Did you now you can get homegrown British beans, lentils (soon) and even Quinoa. Many of them organically grown….

Introducing Hodmedod’s

“We work with British farms to source a range of top quality ingredients and delicious foods. We’re particularly interested in searching out less well-known foods, like the fava bean – grown in Britain since the Iron Age but now almost forgotten – and black badger peas.
THE GREAT BRITISH BEANS PROJECT
We founded Hodmedod following the successful Great British Beans trial project to stimulate and assess demand for indigenous pulses.”

So far so fantastic but it gets better…

Plastic Free Packaging

“Many thanks for your enquiry.

Using recyclable packaging is something we feel very strongly about and we are avoiding plastic where we can. We are aiming for all plastic-free packaging.
So far all our 500g packs of dried pulses and grains are packed in compostable plant based cellophane.
At the moment we are still struggling to find a compostable sticker adhesive, but you can peel off the sticker and pop the rest in the compost.
most bulk bags are paper
our packaging puffs are compostable non-GM maize.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer this for our snack range which are packaged in impermeable packaging and resistant to break down from the oils within them and no biodegradable packaging we are aware of fulfils these stipulations.”

Heres the product range but do check the site as there may be more by now

Pulses & Beans
Yellow Peas split
Green Peas, Split
Fava Bean split and whole
Carlin / Yellow / Blue Peas,
Red Haricot Beans

Lentils coming soon

Quinoa
Wholegrain White Quinoa

Grains
Spelt,
Emmer,
Einkorn,
Naked Oats

Flaked & Puffed Grains
Quinoa Flakes,
Quinoa Puffs,
Naked Barley Flakes

Seeds
Camelina Seed

Buy from the Hodmedod’s website

More

Buy Local, Buy British
Check out other British based stores and products HERE

Other options for loose beans include

Wholefood Market a supermarket chain
Weigh & Save shops a UK franchise
And other loose food outlets as listed below

Loose Food A to Z
Find out if a shop near you sells bulk food loose. This is stuff that that normally comes plastic packaged ie rice, pasta and salt. And yes these shops do exist in the U.K. There’s just not many of them.
Heres alist of towns with shops selling loose food.


Packaging

While these shops provide bags and they are almost always plastic ones. You will need to take your own plastic-free /reusable bags.

More Food

Check out the tasty food index to find lots of plastic-free GRUB yum yum!