• CHALLENGE: Living without disposable plastics for a month

    Hi All! I’m Laura, from Marketing at Pure Planet.

    Starting today, I’m going to try and give up disposable plastic for a month. Through this, I’m going to try and learn just how big my plastic footprint is - and the further impacts of it. If you’d like to follow my journey, I’ll be posting updates of how I get on and the problems I come across.

    If you'd like some more information about what I'm doing, then check out the Pure Planet blog.

    I’d love to hear if anyone has done anything similar, has any hints and tips or just any thoughts on living plastic free. Or if anyone would like to join me then please get in touch. I’m sure I’ll come across some funny situations as well as some difficult ones, so watch this space!

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    First issue: My train tickets for my commute are covered in a plastic film.. Do I still go to work? (The answer was yes. If anything this challenge is going to increase my costs so to work it is)
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  • Hi All! I’m Laura, from Marketing at Pure Planet.

    Starting today, I’m going to try and give up disposable plastic for a month. Through this, I’m going to try and learn just how big my plastic footprint is - and the further impacts of it. If you’d like to follow my journey, I’ll be posting updates of how I get on and the problems I come across.

    If you'd like some more information about what I'm doing, then check out the Pure Planet blog.

    I’d love to hear if anyone has done anything similar, has any hints and tips or just any thoughts on living plastic free. Or if anyone would like to join me then please get in touch. I’m sure I’ll come across some funny situations as well as some difficult ones, so watch this space!

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    First issue: My train tickets for my commute are covered in a plastic film.. Do I still go to work? (The answer was yes. If anything this challenge is going to increase my costs so to work it is)
  • Current thoughts: Wish I'd planned for this more.. What am I going to eat? No joy in finding plastic free pasta. Can I do a month of eating sandwiches?

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    Also just accidentally made myself a coffee from a sachet. Seems a shame to waste it but #guiltcoffee
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  • Current thoughts: Wish I'd planned for this more.. What am I going to eat? No joy in finding plastic free pasta. Can I do a month of eating sandwiches?

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    Also just accidentally made myself a coffee from a sachet. Seems a shame to waste it but #guiltcoffee
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    Have you seen the post on the Pure Planet blog? It's an introduction into why I'm doing this challenge and the impact plastic has globally. Today I was feeling a little smug by finally having sorted out my sustainable breakfast (museli that you scoop yourself into a paper bag) but was foiled by the plastic lid on the almond milk. Basically, I'm toast.

    https://blog.purepla.net/ditching-di...1-1d42dfa2db64
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    Have you seen the post on the Pure Planet blog? It's an introduction into why I'm doing this challenge and the impact plastic has globally. Today I was feeling a little smug by finally having sorted out my sustainable breakfast (museli that you scoop yourself into a paper bag) but was foiled by the plastic lid on the almond milk. Basically, I'm toast.

    https://blog.purepla.net/ditching-di...1-1d42dfa2db64
  • Hi Laura. Great to see someone in the Pure Planet office attempting this challenge! Not sure I'd be able to give up my shampoos and shower gels, what are you planning on doing about this?
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  • Hi Laura. Great to see someone in the Pure Planet office attempting this challenge! Not sure I'd be able to give up my shampoos and shower gels, what are you planning on doing about this?
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    Quite a sad shop in the supermarket yesterday, I think I'll have to start finding other options for dinner. On the plus side, it is very healthy. Even the bread comes in plastic, so I'll have to source my carbs elsewhere. #starvedofcarbs #wheresthepasta

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    Quote Originally Posted by bethmarchant View Post
    Hi Laura. Great to see someone in the Pure Planet office attempting this challenge! Not sure I'd be able to give up my shampoos and shower gels, what are you planning on doing about this?
    Thanks for your comment! I treated myself and went to Lush. They've got 'naked' shampoo, shower gel etc that comes as a bar with no packaging. It's all natural ingredients (including seaweed - took a bit of adjusting to!) and I keep them in tins. Great for putting in hand luggage too as it's not a liquid.
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    Quite a sad shop in the supermarket yesterday, I think I'll have to start finding other options for dinner. On the plus side, it is very healthy. Even the bread comes in plastic, so I'll have to source my carbs elsewhere. #starvedofcarbs #wheresthepasta

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    Quote Originally Posted by bethmarchant View Post
    Hi Laura. Great to see someone in the Pure Planet office attempting this challenge! Not sure I'd be able to give up my shampoos and shower gels, what are you planning on doing about this?
    Thanks for your comment! I treated myself and went to Lush. They've got 'naked' shampoo, shower gel etc that comes as a bar with no packaging. It's all natural ingredients (including seaweed - took a bit of adjusting to!) and I keep them in tins. Great for putting in hand luggage too as it's not a liquid.
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    I'm currently existing on yogurt covered raisins, dried apricots and fruit. Does anyone have any recommendations for plastic free snacks?
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    I'm currently existing on yogurt covered raisins, dried apricots and fruit. Does anyone have any recommendations for plastic free snacks?
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    Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Was there anything you used that you previously didn't realise was plastic? For me it was firelighters - so I found a more friendly and chemical free alternative. Check out this wood shavings and wax combo, it's hands down the best firelighter I've ever used. Also warmed with the wonderfuel coffee logs, made from used coffee grounds.
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    Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Was there anything you used that you previously didn't realise was plastic? For me it was firelighters - so I found a more friendly and chemical free alternative. Check out this wood shavings and wax combo, it's hands down the best firelighter I've ever used. Also warmed with the wonderfuel coffee logs, made from used coffee grounds.
  • This is the amount of plastic that came with some peppers I bought at the weekend. A plastic tray and plastic wrapping. They're Spanish peppers and were not sold as loose items....

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  • Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    This is the amount of plastic that came with some peppers I bought at the weekend. A plastic tray and plastic wrapping. They're Spanish peppers and were not sold as loose items....

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    Wow that's so much extra plastic! I can definitely relate to wanting specific ingredients but not finding plastic free alternatives. Have you tried a farmers market?

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    Reusing paper bags to skip the plastic bakery produce bags in Sainbury's for a morning croissant today. Every little helps, particularly if you can cut out things like plastic bags. I've resorted to pastries for the time being until I can sort out a source of plastic free milk for cereal in the mornings..
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    Wow that's so much extra plastic! I can definitely relate to wanting specific ingredients but not finding plastic free alternatives. Have you tried a farmers market?

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    Reusing paper bags to skip the plastic bakery produce bags in Sainbury's for a morning croissant today. Every little helps, particularly if you can cut out things like plastic bags. I've resorted to pastries for the time being until I can sort out a source of plastic free milk for cereal in the mornings..
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    Dodged the plastic in tea bags by making mint tea straight from the dried leaves. I picked some mint in the summer and aired it in a dry cupboard. Chopped up in hot water works a dream! Sourcing some plastic free coffee is turning out to be a little harder though..
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    Dodged the plastic in tea bags by making mint tea straight from the dried leaves. I picked some mint in the summer and aired it in a dry cupboard. Chopped up in hot water works a dream! Sourcing some plastic free coffee is turning out to be a little harder though..
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  • I think you’re doing remarkable Laura! To do what you’re doing for just one DAY would be a hard task, but a whole month!!!!!!!!!!!! Sadly soooo much healthy produce is loaded in plastic packaging, something has to give soon. Recycling it alone isn’t going to be enough. Well done Laura! Doing great.
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  • I think you’re doing remarkable Laura! To do what you’re doing for just one DAY would be a hard task, but a whole month!!!!!!!!!!!! Sadly soooo much healthy produce is loaded in plastic packaging, something has to give soon. Recycling it alone isn’t going to be enough. Well done Laura! Doing great.
  • Thanks so much Bev! It's great to have your support. There's some definite trying moments (seriously missing crisps!) but I'm actually eating a lot of healthy food as most of the stuff with no plastic is loose veg. I'm learning loads though, and there are plastic free alternatives popping up all over the show! Your comment has really made my day, thank you!!

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    Yesterdays lunch! I'm finally getting the hang of this food thing. Farmer's market ingredients (mushroom pasta with salad) and 'Moist' hummus which they put straight into my container for me. Plus beeswax wraps (a great tupperware/clingfilm alternative) to wrap up the carrot sticks and celery. It's lovely how accommodating food vendors have been to avoid plastics!
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  • Thanks so much Bev! It's great to have your support. There's some definite trying moments (seriously missing crisps!) but I'm actually eating a lot of healthy food as most of the stuff with no plastic is loose veg. I'm learning loads though, and there are plastic free alternatives popping up all over the show! Your comment has really made my day, thank you!!

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    The next blog is up! This week is all about food. Ever snacked on a tomato? Check out the latest post on the Pure Planet blog https://blog.purepla.net/ditching-di...2-4cd165a221aa
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    The next blog is up! This week is all about food. Ever snacked on a tomato? Check out the latest post on the Pure Planet blog https://blog.purepla.net/ditching-di...2-4cd165a221aa
  • Can you not get e-tickets or digital? I've used these a couple of times recently and it's so much better than the old type.
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  • Can you not get e-tickets or digital? I've used these a couple of times recently and it's so much better than the old type.
  • Hi @Sibs
    Yes, I've got the same - for a park and ride bus I use the tickets are in an app on my phine. No physical ticket anymore.
    But I don't think the same exists for trains yet? I think that's right. I'm sure @Laura S will know
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  • Hi @Sibs
    Yes, I've got the same - for a park and ride bus I use the tickets are in an app on my phine. No physical ticket anymore.
    But I don't think the same exists for trains yet? I think that's right. I'm sure @Laura S will know
    Community Manager - Pure Planet

  • That's a great idea @Sibs ,thanks! I've since discovered that you can (they're called m-tickets) but my particular train stations don't offer the service yet. Useful for those that do though! Here's the link http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_...es/100261.aspx
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  • That's a great idea @Sibs ,thanks! I've since discovered that you can (they're called m-tickets) but my particular train stations don't offer the service yet. Useful for those that do though! Here's the link http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_...es/100261.aspx
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    One plastic item I can't seem to get around at all - medication. Does anyone have any ideas for this one?
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    One plastic item I can't seem to get around at all - medication. Does anyone have any ideas for this one?
  • Great you’re still doing soooo well Laura! I’m amazed at the positivity from food stores you have received, didn’t imagine that at all, thought they’d be more reluctant, but great they’ve been very accommodating.

    I’ve found myself really noticing the packaging since you’ve been doing this challenge. I recycle, so it’s certainly noticeable just how much unnecessary, excessive plastic and packaging we face daily.

    Re the medication, this one soooooooo bugs me! The amount of paper and boxing for such a small item I require regularly, is truly beyond belief! Unlike foods, it’s not something you can really find a substitute for. It’s like the public are doing their best, no matter how small it seems, to help the planet, but some manufacturers just go for the easy option.

    Crisps too are sooooo my downfall! Absolute addict! Sadly none of that packaging is even recyclable. All the shower gel bottles and toothpaste etc; when you stop and do such a challenge as yours, it really does bring it home just how much work there is to be done.

    Admire what you’re doing, and enjoying following your progress and hurdles.Keep going, Laura!!!!!
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  • Great you’re still doing soooo well Laura! I’m amazed at the positivity from food stores you have received, didn’t imagine that at all, thought they’d be more reluctant, but great they’ve been very accommodating.

    I’ve found myself really noticing the packaging since you’ve been doing this challenge. I recycle, so it’s certainly noticeable just how much unnecessary, excessive plastic and packaging we face daily.

    Re the medication, this one soooooooo bugs me! The amount of paper and boxing for such a small item I require regularly, is truly beyond belief! Unlike foods, it’s not something you can really find a substitute for. It’s like the public are doing their best, no matter how small it seems, to help the planet, but some manufacturers just go for the easy option.

    Crisps too are sooooo my downfall! Absolute addict! Sadly none of that packaging is even recyclable. All the shower gel bottles and toothpaste etc; when you stop and do such a challenge as yours, it really does bring it home just how much work there is to be done.

    Admire what you’re doing, and enjoying following your progress and hurdles.Keep going, Laura!!!!!
  • Thanks so much @Bev ! Your replies really do make my day! It's lovely that so many places have been so accommodating, I agree! Not everywhere is, but generally smaller local places are much better than big supermarkets at it.

    That's fantastic! I'm so glad it's been thought-provoking (making my lack of crisps worth it!) and I'm starting to notice loads of plastic that I hadn't really considered before. Things like washing up sponges! The one I bumped into yesterday was shop-bought pastry. My seemingly quick dessert plan actually turned into having to make the pastry from scratch- the way plastic is currently used is definitely convenient.

    That's not to say it's a requirement! There's loads of exciting alternatives popping up in the news recently. Even plastics made from sustainable resources, like corn starch or sugar cane are becoming more mainstream. These would be useful for things like medication where there's a hygienic storage requirement. It's really frustrating for the time being though!

    I came across this picture online this morning, which is even more frustrating!
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    Don't really know what to do about the crisps for the time being. If everyone gave up a bit of their plastic usage, it would make a much bigger impact than me trying to give up absolutely everything. Using some plastic is obviously okay in day to day life, it shouldn't be a real hardship! Just by cutting out a little bit you're making a big impact. Particularly if you can persuade someone else to do the same, and so on!

    Thank you so much for your kind words, it's so heart warming! Glad to know you're following along the journey with me

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    This week I'm focusing on hygiene and cleanliness. One of the first and quite easy steps a few weeks ago was switching things like shampoo and shower gel. I went to Lush and was recommended some solid bar shampoo, conditioner, and body scrub specific to my hair type. I'm definitely noticing the difference 2 weeks in, and my skin (which usually is defeated by winter dryness) is really happy.

    A happy bi-product of looking for products without plastic is that generally that kind of company offer products with natural ingredients. I picked up a bar of goats-milk-soap at a market and learnt about the great natural qualities that come with it. Same with my seaweed shampoo. The body scrub has little bits of crushed almond shell in, so great natural replacement to plastic micro-beads! And it works well and is a great use for something that would otherwise be waste.

    Soap in bar form also lasts a lot longer than liquid versions! So it'll save me money in the long run. I keep them in containers to make them last longer too.

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  • Thanks so much @Bev ! Your replies really do make my day! It's lovely that so many places have been so accommodating, I agree! Not everywhere is, but generally smaller local places are much better than big supermarkets at it.

    That's fantastic! I'm so glad it's been thought-provoking (making my lack of crisps worth it!) and I'm starting to notice loads of plastic that I hadn't really considered before. Things like washing up sponges! The one I bumped into yesterday was shop-bought pastry. My seemingly quick dessert plan actually turned into having to make the pastry from scratch- the way plastic is currently used is definitely convenient.

    That's not to say it's a requirement! There's loads of exciting alternatives popping up in the news recently. Even plastics made from sustainable resources, like corn starch or sugar cane are becoming more mainstream. These would be useful for things like medication where there's a hygienic storage requirement. It's really frustrating for the time being though!

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    Don't really know what to do about the crisps for the time being. If everyone gave up a bit of their plastic usage, it would make a much bigger impact than me trying to give up absolutely everything. Using some plastic is obviously okay in day to day life, it shouldn't be a real hardship! Just by cutting out a little bit you're making a big impact. Particularly if you can persuade someone else to do the same, and so on!

    Thank you so much for your kind words, it's so heart warming! Glad to know you're following along the journey with me

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    This week I'm focusing on hygiene and cleanliness. One of the first and quite easy steps a few weeks ago was switching things like shampoo and shower gel. I went to Lush and was recommended some solid bar shampoo, conditioner, and body scrub specific to my hair type. I'm definitely noticing the difference 2 weeks in, and my skin (which usually is defeated by winter dryness) is really happy.

    A happy bi-product of looking for products without plastic is that generally that kind of company offer products with natural ingredients. I picked up a bar of goats-milk-soap at a market and learnt about the great natural qualities that come with it. Same with my seaweed shampoo. The body scrub has little bits of crushed almond shell in, so great natural replacement to plastic micro-beads! And it works well and is a great use for something that would otherwise be waste.

    Soap in bar form also lasts a lot longer than liquid versions! So it'll save me money in the long run. I keep them in containers to make them last longer too.

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    Would you switch to a solid bar deodorant? It comes packaging free but is very powdery. It definitely took some getting used to at first but now I really rate it!
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    Would you switch to a solid bar deodorant? It comes packaging free but is very powdery. It definitely took some getting used to at first but now I really rate it!