#plasticfreejuly

As promised last month I have researched sunscreen and although I didn’t need it for my holiday, goodness on my return home the heat was such a shock.  So far I have covered up while out and about, although have spend quite a few hours trying to track down sun protection on my local high street.  Plastic free is very hard to find on the high Street and seems to be an online only product, will keep looking!  Etsy as usual came up trumps and I found one made here in England.     HappyNaturalsEtsy    has a SPF 30 – 40 and comes packaged in aluminium screw top pot. Made to order.   Raw Love  is a brand from the USA, it’s a zinc oxide (non nano) broad spectrum with a SPF35.   Cocoalohasurf   all natural & waterproof facial broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen SPF 45, that comes in untinted and 2 other shades.   Shade , all natural sunscreen,  broad spectrum UVA and UVB.  Again it contains non-nano zinc oxide.   Suntribe natural sports & face sunscreen , with an SPF 30 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB.  It is water-resistant, reef safe and contains the least ingredients of any of the products I’ve found – only organic beeswax, coconut oil and non-nano zinc oxide.   Kiehl’s  would also be an alternative, not plastic free – but you can take the bottle/tube back to Kiehl’s to recycle.   

As promised last month I have researched sunscreen and although I didn’t need it for my holiday, goodness on my return home the heat was such a shock.  So far I have covered up while out and about, although have spend quite a few hours trying to track down sun protection on my local high street.  Plastic free is very hard to find on the high Street and seems to be an online only product, will keep looking!  Etsy as usual came up trumps and I found one made here in England.  HappyNaturalsEtsy has a SPF 30 – 40 and comes packaged in aluminium screw top pot. Made to order.  Raw Love is a brand from the USA, it’s a zinc oxide (non nano) broad spectrum with a SPF35.  Cocoalohasurf  all natural & waterproof facial broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen SPF 45, that comes in untinted and 2 other shades.  Shade, all natural sunscreen,  broad spectrum UVA and UVB.  Again it contains non-nano zinc oxide.  Suntribe natural sports & face sunscreen, with an SPF 30 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB.  It is water-resistant, reef safe and contains the least ingredients of any of the products I’ve found – only organic beeswax, coconut oil and non-nano zinc oxide.  Kiehl’s would also be an alternative, not plastic free – but you can take the bottle/tube back to Kiehl’s to recycle.

 

This month I have finally managed to get plastic free  toothpaste ,  mouthwash  & a new type of bamboo toothbrush that is 100% biodegradable.  All found at  The Source Bulk Foods in Chiswick , although you can also find the toothpaste and mouthwash on  Etsy .  The charcoal toothpaste is good and a thousand times better than the first powdered charcole powder I tried, apparently not as popular as the mint and the mouthwash is great, pop a tablet in half a glass of water and hey presto – mouthwash.  Very easy to travel with.  I was chatting to the manager of  Kiehl’s  in  House of Fraser  in Victoria and she told me that they take returns of old packaging to be recycled and very soon will be launching their products in recycled plastic.  It’s a great recycling scheme, would be brilliant if more companies did this and as  Kiehl’s  is owned by  L’Oréal  maybe something all  L’Oréal  brands could be doing.  My search for a good mascara continues and other plastic free alternatives.  I have found a refilable mascara by  Kjaer Weis  and will do more reaserch into the refils.   This is not a sponcered post and all views are my own.

This month I have finally managed to get plastic free toothpastemouthwash & a new type of bamboo toothbrush that is 100% biodegradable.  All found at The Source Bulk Foods in Chiswick, although you can also find the toothpaste and mouthwash on Etsy.  The charcoal toothpaste is good and a thousand times better than the first powdered charcole powder I tried, apparently not as popular as the mint and the mouthwash is great, pop a tablet in half a glass of water and hey presto – mouthwash.  Very easy to travel with.  I was chatting to the manager of Kiehl’s in House of Fraser in Victoria and she told me that they take returns of old packaging to be recycled and very soon will be launching their products in recycled plastic.  It’s a great recycling scheme, would be brilliant if more companies did this and as Kiehl’s is owned by L’Oréal maybe something all L’Oréal brands could be doing.  My search for a good mascara continues and other plastic free alternatives.  I have found a refilable mascara by Kjaer Weis and will do more reaserch into the refils.

This is not a sponcered post and all views are my own.

#plasticfree March

This month saw the launch of PG tipps compostable packaging and completely plastic free tea.  Was so delighted that they launch this so quickly and ahead of the other companies who seem to have such unrealistic long-term plans, PG are also launching plastic free teabags later this year.  If you're not a fan of PG, or looking for loose plastic free herbal teas, head to The Source bulk foods in Chiswick.

I was visiting friends a couple of weeks ago and popped in for a quick look and went back with a shopping list, jars and bags on Saturday.  So much choice from lentils to spices, shampoo to balsamic.   Lots of herbal teas as well as regular tea, flours from regular organic strong bread flour to more unusual flours that can be hard to find.  So we now are stocked up with organic sugar that is impossible to find not wrapped in plastic, peppermint tea and lots more.  It carries a larger range of goods than Hetu and if you can get to West London is a fantastic option.  Also just across the road is a branch of Borough Wines with 6 wines on tap and next door to the source was a wonderful natural and organic butcher.  Chiswick is so lucky!  Finally I managed to find pine resin at Baldwins and decided to experiment.

First I tried the recipe i saw most online, using the same weight of wax to resin with a few drops of jojoba oil.  The equal parts was super sticky and not all that pleasant to touch.  After a few tries I melted beeswax with half the weight of resin and then painted my prewashed fabric using a silicon brush.  I found this was so much easier and they work brilliantly, they are stickier than just beeswax and more like 'cling film'.  Will have another play and use pinking shears to give the fabric a pretty look rather than overlocking I used for mine and will give as gifts.  Enjoyed the 2 YouTube videos below with one how to make wraps and another on how to make sandwich pouches:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax2fwUeO87c]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re5yi6cqheE]

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