Moving Out: The Wasteful Reality

There’s nothing like moving out to make you realise how much pointless stuff you’ve accumulated over the year(s). I have moved from Leeds back home and whilst cleaning the house with my friends it was hard to see how much waste originated from a small household. We filled both our rubbish and recycling bins twice…

Week 4 Round-Up: Final Thoughts

THE FINAL (full) WEEK As July comes to an end, I have time to reflect on the tests and triumphs I have encountered whilst attempting the plastic-free challenge. After initial hesitations, it hasn’t been impossible to avoid plastic in some cases. The easiest area I found was reducing plastic waste from my supermarket shop, although…

Sink or Swim: Bathroom Essentials

Toothpaste and toothbrushes are some of the most common items in our daily lives. These are also some of the most harmful, which we use and dispose of continuously. When replaced every few months by the majority of the world, this contributes to a huge amount of waste, that doesn’t just go away but rots…

Storage Hunters

Food storage was revolutionised by cling film, but like most people, I get frustrated with its inconvenient nature which by name clings to the roll and takes ultimate precision to use again. The alternative is Tupperware and while these are handy they can take up a lot of space in your fridge. It may also…

Week 3 Round-Up: Guilty Pleasures

This has been a very exciting week for me as I became a proud graduate of the University of Leeds. It has also been a week off: for keeping up a good diet, not drinking and dedicating a lot of time and energy to actively avoiding plastic. This is not to say that I have…

Super-Market Sweep

NOT SPONSORED BY MORRISONS (Promise) I am pleased that my first plastic-free shops have lasted me over a week. Recently, I needed to do a mid-week shop as I was running out of food for my lunches. Again I went to Morrisons which is purely a matter of coincidence and convenience – as the closest…

Week 2 Round-Up: What’s the Alternative?

It is the end of my second week as a novice plastic-free shopper. I still remain quite confused in my little world of sustainable living and I spend most days trying to locate my position on the plastic-free spectrum. Yet, beyond the distraction of plastic-alternative wonder products, it becomes apparent that this month-long challenge is…

Recycle, Rinse and Repeat: Lush Review

Over the next weeks, I will be trialling several plastic-alternative products to introduce into my daily routine. My ultimate goal is to find products that are convenient to use, easily accessible to purchase, good quality and affordable. I will measure all the products I use within this month, and potentially beyond, under these categories. I…

Week 1 Round-Up: An Undecided Outlook

I have officially been plastic free (give or take one or two items in my shoebox collection) for an entire week. Despite a fear of sounding like an AA announcement, I do consider this as a pretty great accomplishment, especially seeing the sheer amount of plastic that plagues the consumer market. Still, this achievement has…