My fridge and bathroom cupboard were pretty bare yesterday because I have been procrastinating on going to the shops for the fear of bringing yet more unwanted plastic into my house. My main concern was that we have run out of shampoo and conditioner and that I was going to have to embark on re-fill products which are available from independent stores, none of the products I currently use though, because they are probably using palm oil or something equally unethical, so don't have to consider single-use plastic either. This means buying "Faith in Nature" or "Suma" or some other vegan, paraben-free products that I am blissfully ignorant about. The consequence of this is that it's expensive and whilst yesterday, I bought 400ml of shampoo and conditioner that was poured into my own bottles, it came at a premium of £4.50 a bottle, so to sustain this regular purchase I have one of two options: Hair-wash less frequently and wear a hat to hide greasy hair or have very short hair (and expense of keeping it short); both these options are feasible but I still have a teenage daughter at home with lovely, long hair who is not going to entertain either of them and those bottles are not going to last two weeks! So I can't see this being a financially viable shampoo-purchasing option; there has to be another alternative. I have downloaded the ingredients to make shampoo and conditioner about a month ago and it's still on my to-do list, if I can't buy the ingredients am I ever going to get around to making the stuff! Anyway, I had a really enjoyable time in the Sheaf Street Health Store in Daventry (I highly recommend), bought some healthy chocolate ;-) and had a long conversion with Shaun, who recommended I join Low Waste Living for Daventry and Towcester Area, a useful source of ideas for low-waste living, but all this, whilst enjoyable and a great way to meet people btw, is very time-consuming and I am concerned that I just cannot fit it all in with everything else in my life, and if I can't then nor will other people. So it must go back to manufacturers who are producing these single-use products to take responsibility.
TRESemme bottles won't even let you take the lid of their bottles, if you want to rinse it out and put it in the re-cylcing bin, you have to cut the top of the bottle off with a bread-knife and if you have ever done this, you will see there is still about a quarter of a bottle of shampoo left in there! The brand name TRESemme is apparently a play on words from the French très-aimé (well loved) and Edna L Emme a highly respected cosmetologist, so surely there's a great marketing campaign to be had here if they re-considered their plastic packaging. There are lots of people out their championing re-filling products, shampoo bars and washing your hair in bicarb and vinegar, so I don't need to re-write it all but lets be honest here, most of us are not going to have the time or the inclination to do this and even if we do, there will be times when we simply can't unless you live your life completely around saving the planet, which again for the majority of us is not going to happen - so the main manufacturers and super markets need to sort it out.......on my to do list, write to Unilever!
I ran out of time to buy food yesterday, except a couple of unwrapped courgettes from a Polish store, which I was offered a bag for! So back to Daventry market for Plastic-Free Friday!