new year challenge | 2018


This isn't sewing, but thought I'd share what a few of my friends and I have decided to do in January 2018.  Instead of a dry January and attemps at a healthy detox, we have decided to do a plastic detox.  It was sparked by the WI's plastic soup campaign [plastic soup], its such a huge topic and seems to be in everything - what could we possibly do.

The first change I  made is no take away/disposable  coffee cups (i do fail at times) and asking for a mug/cup instead.  One Starbucks branch have charged me more and I have questioned why, no answer given (kensington high street branch).  Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall did an amazing job at raising awarness of the coffee cup, well worth reading if your interested

The second change I made a few weeks before Christmas was to not buy plastic wraped toilet paper.  I discovered a company called Who gives a crap via Kate Arnell's youtube channel & blog, great to watch as full of ideas.  WGAC rolls are wrapped in paper, our box had 48 rolls and only had a little tape to seal the box.  Its soft and quality and would reccomend it.

Just before Christmas my toothpaste ran out, I found a natural toothpaste in Holland & Barrett and at the time it must have been on special offer as I didn't pay the listed price on their website.

IMG_2056  As someone who loves Pearl Drops or Colegate whitening - both very much plastic, this is a huge change. Some toothpaste also contain microplastics, there is a good website where you can look up items that contain microbeads and Polyethylene (PE).  Will be looking at others - although this pot is probably going to last at least 3 months, if not longer.  It's a powder, you are supposed to take a pinch into the palm of your hand and then with a damp brush mix.  Only did that once as way to messy for me and grey dust went everywhere.  On the plus side, it does clean my teeth very well.

Single use or plastic bags in general a huge problem and the Welsh assembly stopped the use of them.  It took a short while, but things do seem to have changed there.  I visit Monmouth regularly and take along my cloth bag or my favorite basket bought from Didier & Dandelion in Monmouth.  I'll be sharing a pattern hack of the Burda Style Charlie reusable grocery bag.  I have made mine with bias binding on the raw edges, slightly slimmer handles, french seams for strength and the small pouch has a drawstring closure not envelope.  It scrunches up so neatly and easy to carry around in a handbag, rucksack or briefcase.  Made quite a few as small gifts.  And finally

beeswax wraps DIY

My WI made beeswax wraps and will hopefully very soon be selling them on Etsy.  We used local London beeswax, although any food grade beeswax works.  There are lots of tutorials around here are 2 ONE TWO.  The wax wraps work really well, covering food instead of cling film.  Cheese doesn't sweat, its non toxic and just need to be wiped down to clean.  If washed they loose the wax, but the fabric can be recharged by adding more wax.  One tip, we used an iron wrapped in tin foil as it it so much easier to control.

I'm going to try to post a short catch up on my progress once a week, though out january and hopefully find my way through the maze.  If you have any tips or things you do, please do let me know!  I also have a pintrest board on plastic free things I find.