No (plastic) scrubs.

So we’ve been at it again, making scrubs and figuring out how to lead a plastic free lifestyle. Our latest delicious scrub consists of rock salt, brown sugar, lemon grass essential oil a little olive oil, orange rind and some coconut oil.

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We ground down the salt and sugar much finer than we did last time which meant the scrub was easier use and silkier for our skin. Other than the small circular window pictured this rock salt comes in cardboard packaging only.

Here’s Terri grinding away.

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We melted down the coconut oil on a low heat and mixed it in with the olive oil. Both ingredients came in glass bottles but we didn’t manage to find anything locally that had absolutely no plastic packaging – If anyone comes across some please let us know!

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So how did it turn out – well it smelt like a delicious lemon cake so if you prefer something a bit less sweet then I’d recommend reducing the amount of lemon grass essential oil you use. We also found that if the scrubs weren’t kept warm they became pretty stiff which we think might be down to the amount of coconut oil we used – so don’t over do it and try and keep your scrub warm.

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Photo credit: Linda Evans

The loosest screw…

I went to buy screws in Wilkos the other day and found they sell the loose in a ‘Pick ‘n Mix section.

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You’re supposed to fill either a large plastic bag for £2.99 or a small plastic bag for £1.99 with any of the nails in the bins. But if you take your own container (I used my pocket)  – you can avoid the plastic!

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It’s not quite as simple as it sounds – you need to take one of the bags with you to the counter because that’s where the barcode is but if you explain to the person at the til that you want the bag to stay in the shop (maybe even take it back yourself) the hey presto – plastic free DIY!

Recycled rubbish = Solar water feature!

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I’m very proud of one thing in the garden. It’s an almost totally recycled project that we built when we first got our house.

Unfortunately it malfunctioned recently but that gives me the chance to post how I made it.

When we moved in our tiny garden was paved and quite bare. But it had some lovely features or potential for lovely features.

I decided I really wanted a water feature.

But surely I hear you cry, “that’s not very environmental it requires water and electricity.”

I decided that if I could make it with as much recycled material as possible and without using any fresh water or electricity then I could have a water feature.

I needed to do a little bit of thinking.

First we remembered that there was a huge Belfast sink that we’d lent to somebody years before and they hadn’t actually used it.

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So that…

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Gathering up the waste!

We set ourselves the task of collecting any new plastic we bought and used everyday for six days – a task far more tricky than expected. Afters days of weird looks from friends and the general public for obsessively stuffing bits of rubbish into our bags, we’ll now be doing all we can not buy these items in the first place! When we find alternatives we’ll post them on our Plastic Collections page.

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Chatting with the guys making Bristol green…

One of our main motivations for starting Down and Out in Bristol with Plastic was to figure out where our plastic goes after we’ve put it in the recycling. At the Living City talk we found an answer. Green Warehouse is a company that produces waste bins entirely out of recycled plastic. The company operates from an office in Hengrove and prides itself on it its green credentials. Founder of the company Will and his colleagues were kind enough to tell us a bit about what they do and how Green Warehouse works.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Some good tips here, even doing a few of these will make a difference!

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Habits

It’s said you need to do something thirty three times before it becomes a habit. I’ve been wondering how easy it is to break a habit!

Many of our environmentally, negative behaviours are a result of habits.

I’m working hard on reduce.

Recycle is a great word and a good habit but we’ve tried to cut back on many things that are non-essential.

I’ve already mentioned that I don’t like single use water bottles.

Since I decided they were negative I decided to grow a new habit.

I now carry a bottle everywhere I go. This way I can drink tap water that I have or obtain any time.

It’s not the only thing I carry. I also hate single use coffee cups. Though they are often paper based they’re generally waxed or plastic coated. This means they won’t biodegrade.

To avoid using them, I now carry a Keep…

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