Plastic Free July

Have you tried anything new this month for Plastic Free July?

The #plasticfreejuly movement has given us all an extra push this month to do more to reduce our plastic use. We wanted to share with you some of the best ways we’ve found, making simple changes, to create a cleaner world.

In the kitchen

Finally, there are plenty of ways we have tried to make sustainable swaps to our bathroom cabinet contents. We’ve switched to bamboo toothbrushes, made coffee face scrubs, toothpaste and cleansers from essential oils. We’ve also started taking our old bottles of shampoo and conditioner to be refilled at our favourite local health store @insideouthealthreigate. There are refill stations popping up all over the place and you should be able to find one near you. Take a look at the locations for Faith in Nature and Ecover, for example, and find out where your closest one is. We’ve recently also discovered bamboo cotton buds and charcoal dental floss from @worldofbamboo

We are constantly on the look out for sustainable swaps so please tag us in any of your hacks or new plastic free product finds. Let’s all work together to reduce our plastic use.

Let’s start by looking in our kitchens, given that is where the Nourish gang spend most of our waking hours! For storing and covering food, we’ve ditched the cling film in favour of the beautiful and versatile beeswax wraps. We’re using the ones from The Beeswax Wrap Company. These wraps come in different sizes and prints and can cleverly be made into sandwich pouches for on the go lunches. Or they can be wrapped around loaves of bread or cheese, and easily wrap over a bowl to cover leftovers. 

Plastic free July - Nourish

Food shopping

When it comes to food shopping, we understand the struggle to go plastic free. When we’re frustratingly faced with an array of fruit and veg unnecessarily covered in plastic in the supermarket it can be hard to avoid it. Where possible, we like to pick the ones without the plastic. We bring in our own containers for use at the fresh food counters ( which if you check in your local, most supermarkets will now allow). Ordering a veg box is another great way that will almost certainly mean less plastic. We love our weekly box from Riverford which brings us organic, in season veg straight from the farm to our door. But of course if you like the digging, and grow your own fruit and veg, even better.

Bringing up baby

For help in going plastic free with children and babies, we immediately turn to the plastic free guru @mamalinauk. A few of us have recently tried giving reusable wipes and nappies a go. Although daunting at first, they are so much easier than we imagined! Don’t forget, you can start small. Even switching out one nappy a day to a reusable will mean 365 less nappies a year that you are throwing into a landfill until they finally biodegrade in 400 years time!

Plastic toys account for 90% of the toy market which poses a huge problem in that their lifespan is short and are rarely able to be recycled” – @mamalina 

Wooden toys - plastic free july - Nourish

Toys

Aren’t wooden toys just so much more beautiful? The classic BRIO train tracks, building blocks and wooden food sets are definitely our most played with toys. These kind of toys pass the test of time through generations. For gorgeously crafted wooden toys, check out the Scandinavian company Scandiborn. Also don’t forget to check in your local charity shop too as you can often find some gems there!

Food to grab and go

The grab and go lunch is often full of plastic too. You may not know that at Nourish we also have a small food service business. We supply local cafes and health food stores with fresh breakfast pots, salads and treats. We’ve changed all of our packaging to recyclable and/or compostable. It’s also becoming much easier to take a bottle with you and avoid the cost and waste of plastic disposables. Have you tried the Refill App? It’s a really easy way to find out where you can get your bottle refilled for free. There are 20,000+ partners already taking part.

Plastic free July - Nourish

In the bathroom

Finally, there are plenty of ways we have tried to make sustainable swaps to our bathroom cabinet contents. We’ve switched to bamboo toothbrushes, made coffee face scrubs, toothpaste and cleansers from essential oils. We’ve also started taking our old bottles of shampoo and conditioner to be refilled at our favourite local health store @insideouthealthreigate. There are refill stations popping up all over the place and you should be able to find one near you. Take a look at the locations for Faith in Nature and Ecover, for example, and find out where your closest one is. We’ve recently also discovered bamboo cotton buds and charcoal dental floss from @worldofbamboo

We are constantly on the look out for sustainable swaps so please tag us in any of your hacks or new plastic free product finds. Let’s all work together to reduce our plastic use.



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