|Bins are plastic, no need for plastic liners|
|Ice scream scoop and zeste|
How does one survive with out bin liners? People get pretty emotional about this one for some reason. Bins are usually plastic anyway - so no need to line them again with plastic. Just place the rubbish straight into the bin, and if you have moist/wet rubbish use newspaper to wrap it in before placing it in the bin. Then empty the whole bin into your large wheelie bin.
I have found I generate less rubbish since I started a plastic free year, and organic waste can easily be composted.
Ecology Provisions range uses recycled stainless steel and natural bamboo (a sustainable resource) and the company has a philosophy of considering every aspect of development and manufacture process of a product in order to reduce the environmental impact of it's products and packaging.
I brought an icecream scoop and a zester - I love the fact the packaging is made from 100% recycled materials, and can be placed back into recycling. The product is even tied to the packaging with brown string - no plastic tags here! They have a lovely earthy look too.
I've been using these for a few weeks now, and they are great. They come in eco-packaging which is 100% recycled cardboard, and there are a variety of cloths for different household purposes eg. windows and kitchen. No chemical detergents are needed and my mirrors and shower walls are streak free. When they are dirty, just throw them in the wash - they last for around 300 washes.
|Handmade soaps that look good enough to eat ;-)|
Delicious package free body and hand soaps can be found at homemade craft fairs, health stores, organic stores, farmers markets and co-ops, but supermarkets often offer no choice but to purchase commercially made soaps in packaging. Luckily a few supermarket soaps are packaged in cardboard not plastic so look out for those ones.
|"Safe" toilet paper - packaged in 100% recycled paper|
Made from 100% recycled paper, are 100% Australian owned and made, not rebleached, no added fragrance, Biodegradable tissue, safe for all systems including septic, and they are endorsed by Planet Ark.
For more information on Safe toilet paper and other great Planet Ark endorsed products visit Safe toilet paper.
|"Aware" garden friendly laundry detergent packaged in 85% recycled board|
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