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Eco-Friendly Lunch Supplies For A Zero-Waste Eat

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Hello!  Let’s talk about eco-friendly lunch ideas today.  

I have gotten much better at packing my own lunch for work since going back after being on maternity leave.  However, some of my lunch ware leaves a lot to be desired.  We have a lot of red-stained plastic Tupperware boxes that I’d like to replace with something a bit more durable and eco-friendly once they wear out.

I’d actually like to replace all of our plastic Tupperware as we go with glass and stainless steel containers.  However, at the same time, I don’t want to throw out perfectly good Tupperware, so it’s going to be a bit of a long process!

Eco-Friendly Lunch Ideas

If you’re looking for some eco-friendly lunch ideas too then I’ve put a guide together of some things that have caught my eye over the last little while.

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Reusable Cutlery Set (£12.50)

A pretty little cutlery set perfect for stashing in your bag or in your desk drawer.  There’s no need to buy new though, carrying around some cutlery from home will also do the job.

KeepCup* (£16)

Like treating yourself to a takeaway tea or coffee at work?  Why not invest in a beautiful KeepCup?  Some coffee shops will even give you a discount for using a reusable cup, so over time the cup will eventually pay for itself.  Win-win!

Black+Blum Thermos Flask* (£14.95)

If you’re the thriftier sort, then here’s a stylish flask for your commute or for your eco-friendly lunch.  I’m quite partial to a cuppa on the bus to work of a morning.  So for me, this is essential!  A flask is also handy when you’re having the kind of day that requires a cup of tea constantly to hand, but you don’t want to be walking back and forth to the kitchen every half an hour to make tea.

Black+Blum Thermo Pot* (£29.95)

I have my eyes on one of these stainless steel beauties.  I eat a lot of the previous night’s leftovers for my lunch.  In fact, we’ve got into a habit of making a little bit more dinner so that we both have enough to take to work the next day for lunch.  Sometimes I use Tupperware, and sometimes I use a glass jar to transport my food, but this looks sturdier.  It also has the added bonus that you can heat up your food in the morning and have a hot lunch at work without having to wait in the microwave queue.

LunchBots Stainless Steel Lunch Box (£32.00)

This stainless steel bento box is exactly what I’d like to eventually replace my Tupperware sandwich box with when it breaks.  It looks perfect for an eco-friendly lunch – fitting in a sandwich and a couple of plastic-free snacks on the side.   Get a 10% discount on your first order when you sign up to their mailing list.

Jerry Bottle (£17.99)

Jerry Bottles are the ultimate water bottle.  Beautiful.  Plastic-free.  Leakproof.  And 100% of profits go to funding clean water projects around the world.  On the base of each bottle is a set of coordinates pinpointing exactly which village your purchase is helping to fund clean water in.  Each bottle also comes with a lifetime guarantee.  Water bottles don’t get better than this.

Keep Leaf Sandwich Bag* (£6)

If you don’t like carrying a lunchbox around then a good alternative is a sandwich bag.  This reusable sandwich bag makes for a good eco-friendly lunch alternative to plastic zip lock bags or cling film/tin foil.

What are your favourite eco-friendly lunch supplies?

ps:  you might also be interested in my beeswax food wrap DIY as a homemade alternative to cling film.

Health & Beauty, Life & Style

The Best Plastic-Free Bathroom Products

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Today’s let’s focus on plastic-free bathroom products and toiletries.

The bathroom is a great place to start because our quest to be clean shouldn’t dirty the planet (or something like that!).

 I’ve put together some plastic-free bathroom products and toiletries ideas available for home delivery.  The great news is that interest in eco-friendly products is growing every day.  Therefore, your local shops may have a good selection.  There are also a load of DIY beauty products you can make, such as this homemade facial oil.

The Plastic-Free Bathroom Products

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plastic-free bathroom products

For bathing try these bath Salts* (£5) from Handmade Haven Soaps.  They’re plastic-free and made in small batches. Alternatively, check out my full guide to plastic-free and zero-waste bubble bath.

When it comes to hair washing, then try this Hemp & Honey Solid Shampoo Bar* (£4.60) from Aromawakening.  Plastic-free and free from SLES, SLS, parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance & preservatives.  I also have a handy guide to plastic-free conditioner.  

In terms of hands, I like Friendly Soap* from Ethical Superstore (£2.60) as a really great plastic-free bathroom product.  The ingredients are biodegradable so there’s no waste. Poppy seeds and hemp take the place of microplastics to gently exfoliate the skin. None of the products or ingredients are tested on animals. Meanwhile, the soaps are Vegan certified and contain no palm oil. Check out my guide to sustainable soaps for more ideas.

Plastic-Free Dental Care

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When going plastic-free in the bathroom, it’s worth considering dental care. I’ve heard great things about these bamboo toothbrushes* (£3.25) from &Keep.  Particularly because you can buy different colours allowing you to easily tell which toothbrush belongs to which family member.  They also sell kids bamboo toothbrushes (£3.75).

 So far I’ve sadly found that bamboo toothbrushes are not my bag.  If they’re not yours then the Preserve Toothbrush* (£3.49) from Ethical Superstore is your next best option.  Made from recycled yoghurt pots and fully recyclable, it’s got some mighty fine green credentials.  

For toothbrushing, try this Natural Peppermint Toothpaste* from Georganics (£6.80).  Lush used to sell tooth cleaning tabs in a cardboard box.  However, they’ve now altered the packaging to a plastic bottle for some reason.  I didn’t get on with the tabs – you can read more about the sorry tale here – but this natural toothpaste in a glass jar is a better alternative.

Don’t forget to floss!  The good news is that Georganics Dental Floss (£4.90) comes in a glass jar, rather than plastic.  The floss is also 100% vegan as rather than being coated with beeswax, the floss is coated in vegetable was and essential oils.  Compost it too – pop it in your food waste bin for collection when you’re done.

Plastic-Free Bums

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When it comes to the bathroom, you can’t not mention plastic-free toilet paper. However, this is a complex picture.  Rather than go into it here in great detail, instead do check out my guide to the best plastic-free toilet paper for a comprehensive look at what the best options are out there. I’ve also got an updated eco-friendly toilet paper guide, that comes complete with a spreadsheet if you like that sort of thing.

Primping and Preening

plastic-free bathroom products

When it comes to your hair, I have my eyes on this Wooden Vegan Hairbrush* (£8.95) from &Keep.  Most brushes I’ve found have boar bristles but this lovely vegan one has wooden bristles.

And for hair removal, this Shaving Soap* (£2.95) from Ethical Superstore is a great choice for going plastic-free in the bathroom.  Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, this coffee and cedarwood shaving soap is free from palm oil, parabens, SLS/SLES, phthalates, triclosan.  What’s more, it’s also certified cruelty free with no animal testing.  Handmade in the UK, it’s also packaged in plastic-free recyclable cardboard packaging. I’ve got a whole guide to eco-friendly shaving, so do check it out.

For makeup, try these natural linen and unbleached Make-Up Remover Pads* (£6), again from Handmade Haven Soaps, or make your own!

Have you found any other great plastic-free bathroom products and toiletries?  Do pop them in the comments below!

And enjoyed this post?  Check out my guides to eco-friendly period products, plastic-free conditioner, plastic-free makeup, and even plastic-free makeup remover.