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How To Reduce Plastic In the Bathroom

going plastic free in the bathroom

Today I have a fantastic guest post from Jai Richard, writer of the blog Tea for Bohemia on the steps she is taking to reduce plastic use in her bathroom.

Like many people, I strive to reduce the amount of plastic that enters my house.  I take my canvas bags to the supermarket.  I don’t buy bottled water. And, on occasion, I have been ridiculed for taking home and washing the plastic cutlery due to be disposed of at the end of a picnic. However, it was only relatively recently that I realised that plastic need not be an unavoidable fact of life should I wish to be clean and smell nice.

For the dedicated, the internet contains a wealth of recipes for cooking up your own soaps or how to boil linseeds to make hair gel. Fantastic! My bookmarks bar is filled with recipes and DIYs that I one day hope to get around to trying. 

However, in all honesty being between houses, with all my worldly possessions in storage, and living in a pimped-up cupboard under the stairs, there is a lot to be said for the convenience of simply being able to buy a deodorant.  As such, I’ve focused on things you can buy rather than make to reduce your plastic load.  

reduce plastic use to go plastic free in the bathroom

After the jump find my suggestions for plastic-free alternatives to everyday bathroom products to make your bathroom a happier place!

Fashion, Life & Style

Stylish Cycling Accessories for Women

stylish cycling accessories for ladies
stylish cycling accessories for ladies

Looking for some stylish cycling accessories? Check out my top picks!

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As cliche as it sounds, I would love to be a Pashley owning cyclist, cruising about in a pretty dress with a bunch of flowers and a baguette in my bike basket.  The reality is that I live in a rural village surrounded by hills and A class roads, which demand to be approached with a bit more vigour that could be sustained on a sit up and beg Dutch-style bike!  Our village is also a popular spot for the local road cycling club, which does a weekly competitive cycle through here.  So it’s pretty much hardcore cycling central over here.

I have a hybrid bike that handles the roads and paths around here really well.  And to indulge in my girly side, a vintage Raleigh road bike from the seventies, which is very pretty, but not entirely practical. I can’t quite get used to the gear lever being on the frame rather than handlebars. It has sadly sat in my shed neglected for quite a while and is in probable need of some TLC.

Instead of digging it out from the shed and fixing it up, I’ve been procrastinating. I’ve been searching the internet for some stylish cycling accessories that are practical as well as pretty.  

Stylish Cycling Accessories

Here are my most stylish cycling accessory finds:

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1. Bike Bell from Etsy* / 2. Bike Basket from Bobbin Bicycles / 3. Pannier Bag from Basil / 4. Bike Basket from Brooks* / 5. Helmet from Bern

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1. Poncho from Otto London / 2. Saddle from Brooks* / 3. Strongman D Lock from Knog (no longer available – try this one instead*) / 4. Reflective Badges from Cycle Chic / 5. Front Light from Bobbin Bicycles

All of these stylish cycling accessories fall into the pretty category.  Some would be nice to have but not essential. However, some accessories are essential.  

The Essentials

Lights (front and rear) are a must if you’re planning on doing any cycling early morning or at night.  As well as being dangerous you can receive a £30 fine for each light that is missing – a total of £60 if both lights are missing.  A good lock is a must, preferably a D lock (some might call it a U lock) as it’s harder for thieves to cut through than cable locks.  Always buy the very best you can afford. I have a Kryptonite one, much like this one*, and it’s pretty heavy duty.

I’d also recommend a bell to let pedestrians know that you’re coming up behind them.  It’s difficult to hear a bike sometimes, and it’s just common courtesy.  Helmets aren’t required by law, but I’d always recommend them (try wearing a silk scarf under your helmet to help banish helmet hair if you’re blighted by it).  And light coloured clothing is always a good idea, especially if you’re cycling at night.

I’ve got tons of cycling tips. Here are some top cycling tips for beginners. Here’s why cycling is good for you, in case you need any convincing. And here are my best autumn cycling tips to keep you cycling throughout all the seasons.

Main image c/o Bobbin Bicycles.