Firstly a message from ‘1 million women’ – (a brilliant site), on what the EU community are doing re plastic; sorry to be political, but what a shame we are isolating ourselves from them – when they consider eco-policies so well; the Eu has approved a ban in Europe of the following single-use plastics ; namely, plastic straws, plastic cotton buds, plastic drink stirrers, oxo-degradable plastic bags and polystyrene cups. The ban will take place in 2021.
These are some of the ECO products available from Lakeland. https://www.lakeland.co.uk/
Did you know there is an ‘Abingdon Cuts Plastic’ Group that meet monthly?
They are a subgroup of Abingdon Carbon Cutters and are affiliated to Surfers Against Sewage. Their aim is for our town to have (single-use) plastic-free status by the end of 2019. They emailed me and asked if I’d like to attend their meetings, which I will as and when I can.
- The drawstring fruit and veg bags are reusable and the mesh allows air to circulate. However, the site does state that they are made from ‘high quality polyester net’…so I won’t be buying them just yet! They cost £6.99 for a pack of 5 .
- The ecozone nuts are an alternative to washing detergents and are said to be 100% natural and envirotnmentally friendly. But do they do the job, has anybody out there used them? They are priced at £5.99 at 300g.
- The ‘guppyfriend Washing bag’ catches microfibres and microplastics. They are made from a super-fine mesh known as Polyamide 6.6 Unfortunately, it costs a whacking £29.99 to buy.
- The sponge cleaning cloths are 100% biodegradable and cost £5.99 for a pack of 5.
I slipped up a little the other day; Yes! On coffee again – I bought a Douwe Egberts glass jar of coffee, with glass lid, but it has a naughty plastic seal inside the lid.
However, to redeem ourselves, my husband has found a loo paper solution, in the form of Waitrose white bathroom tissue in a cardboard box. Expensive at 85p a box – each containing 65 x 2 ply sheets. He also bought ( in desperation) a toothbrush. The manufacturer is ‘TePe’ and the toothbrush is made using 100% green energy. The toothbrush handle is made from sugarcane and the bristles are bio-based. The toothbrush is said to be 96% biobased plastic, although, crazily enough the packaging is mostly plastic…Hmmm…you win some and you lose some!
‘Who gives a Crap’ is a site dealing solely in providing paper-wrapped loo-paper. (This used to be in every supermarket but I can’t find any now!) I was keen to order some loo-rolls (although the name was a little off-putting!) On going on-line I discovered that one can’t do a one-off buy – you have to choose a regular order option (hmm…for your regular deposits in the throne room).
Anyway, here’s a link to their website: .https://uk.whogivesacrap.org/collections/all