It was really exciting to be asked to join a family with their challenge to reduce their plastics on a budget for the BBC War on Plastics programme.
Their challenges are what many people face:
- Supermarkets sell a lot of fruit and veg in packaging
- They didn’t have a greengrocer in their local town
- They bought things on special offers- 2 for 1s which invariably came in plastic
What did we do to support them?
The first step they took was to do an inventory of their shopping and save all their single-use plastics rather than throwing them in the bin or recycling.
This highlighted the most frequently purchased items:
- Cat food
- Bottled water
Collectively we discussed alternative options in the local area such as a milkman for the milk and canned food for the cat.
We then had a go at making some easy alternatives including some items for the bathroom (although these weren’t in the bin, these are items that don’t necessarily get thrown away each week) .
Items we had a go at making at their house:
- Oat milk – there are recipes to mimic Oatly Barista as after all this is the creamiest
- Crisps – its easy to make delicious crisps in the oven
- Popcorn – quick and tasty and mega cheap because it makes so much
- Toothpaste – so simple, just 3 ingredients
- Mouthwash- it’s the same ingredients just more water
All these recipes were cheaper than buying a shop-bought version.
Obviously they take more time to make then running to the shop but you can freeze oat milk and the toothpaste lasts for a long time.
So whilst some eco- friendly or plastic free items may cost more, there are ways to save money by making your own.
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