This week has been a little easier, getting in to the swing of things. A lovely friend gave me a stainless steel straw she found at Lakeland, planning on making a little pouch for it so I can take it around in my handbag. I managed to find a bamboo toothbrush at Hetu, has nylon4 bristles that do biodegrade. It's proved to be a better toothbrush than the bamboo version I had from Waitrose last year.
I am lucky not to live very far from Borough Market, the butcher and fish monger there both wrapped my purchases in paper - happy not to use plastic. I also found Borough Wines, they have a great selection of wines, including sulphate free natural wines and have a refillable bottle. I'm no wine connoisseur and enjoyed the rose, another great place for sulphate free wines is The Organic Wine Club and they have a brilliant selection, including some excerlent prosecco and one amazing sparkling red. My local farmer's market was another good source of plastic free foods, the olive seller was happy for me to take my own pots. The Old Post Office bakery also have a stall there and their sourdough bread is great, again wrapped in paper, although I have been making bread every week now for quite some time. Started off ok ish with the odd heavy disaster and now the bread works out well, so no need to buy bread wrapped in plastic.
I discovered an interesting shop called Baldwins in Elephant & Castle, I managed to find Bio-D laundry powder (plastic free) and Laundry Bleech (plastic free). A friend also discovered a place in East Dulwich that sells BioD refills, if your interested in trying it and not in SE London their website has a map of places to buy and also refill. Speaking of refills, if you carry a bottle of water and want to stop and top up, there is now an app to help you find a place.
Last week I ordered a dozen mens white handkerchiefs, so I could always have 1 or 2 in my bag and no need for plastic wrapped 'pocket tissues'. Mens handkerchiefs are larger and much more useful than the dainty ladies versions, although do search ebay for super cute vintage children handkies!
Finally, hair care. Lush have a solid shampoo, it works although can be rather harsh as it does contain sodium lauryl sulfate, still searching for a good hydrating conditioned. The lush solid I tried was terrible in terms or ease of use and it just didn't work for my hair or on my dog (she is a cavalier king charles with long ears that need conditioning). Next I tried a conditioning treatment and that also failed, if anyone has any good recommendations for conditioner do please let me know. As a disclaimer, my hair is highlighted and does need a good conditioner to stop it looking and feeling like straw.