It sounds like such a cliche – once you have a child you start caring more about the future. But I’ve found it to be true! I’ve always been quite passionate about recycling and eco-friendly alternatives thanks to growing up in Germany, where these things are quite big. But I have really upped my efforts in the last few months. I spoke about it briefly here, but I want to go into some more detail about the changes we have made. I’ll start with the kitchen!
- Laundry detergent
I’ve been using the EcoEgg Laundry Egg for six weeks now instead of detergent and I love it! I chose the scent-free option and clothes come out clean – that’s it. No smell, nothing. Stubborn stains need some extra stain remover treatment beforehand, but that’s the same as it was with detergent. Extra bonus: because there is no detergent, I don’t need a rinse cycle, shortening the wash significantly! I’ll be getting the EcoEgg stain remover in my next order too, to try and phase out my Vanish (although that stuff works wonders on baby poo stains…)
2. Bamboo kitchen roll
Instead of one-use paper towels I ordered these bamboo towels, also from EcoEgg. They can be washed and re-used. They have been really useful; the only downside is storing them once you’ve ripped them off the roll. We just have them in a pile at the moment, but I might have to devise a box of some sorts
3. Glass food containers
This was a change I made while I was still pregnant – I was getting fed up with how stained plastic containers got and without a dishwasher there was no chance of getting them properly clean. The glass containers are great and fridge-, oven- and microwave safe. What more could you want?
4. Reuseable beeswax food wraps
I love these wraps from Abeego – I ordered the variety pack just to see and will definitely be getting more! They smell divine and are a fantastic alternative to cling film.
5. Bulk-buying washing up liquid
We’ve used Ecover Washing up Liquid for a while, but I couldn’t find anywhere close that would do refills. Luckily I could order 15l of refill online! Poor postman…
6. Reusable shopping bags
Scotland introduced a 5p charge on plastic bags in shops in , following Wales’ example. It has been hugely successful and almost everyone now brings their own bags to the shops. It can be annoying to forget, but I do my best to keep some in the car.
7. Local veg box
We have been getting a weekly box of locally grown vegetables for a while now. It can be a challenge to cook with things you are unfamiliar with and, the box being seasonal, in winter in Scotland you get a *lot* of Kale (which I don’t like…), but it has really reduced the amount of over-packaged, hot-housed veggies from all over the world we eat.
In the future:
- biodegradable bin liners – for the next order of stuff online
- recycled aluminium foil – as above
- try to find a bulk shop for grains etc – Locavore is opening a new, bigger store soon and I am hoping to see the opportunity to buy packaging-free grains and pasta there!