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Plastic-Free Dishwasher Detergent

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plastic-free dishwasher detergent

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Hello!  In an ongoing quest to try and reduce my plastic usage let’s talk plastic-free dishwasher detergent.

In Fresh Clean Home I show you how I make 95% of my own cleaning products.  This saves on so much plastic.  The other 5%?  Dishwasher detergent and washing up liquid.  Both have eluded me.  Dishwasher detergent in particular.

After trying countless formulations and re-formulations, nothing cut the mustard.  Everything I tried either left a white film on all of our dishes, or a greasy film.  Sometimes, it even left the double-whammy – a white greasy film.  The worst.  The homemade dishwasher powder experimentation era in our house was a grim time.

I sat down and did some extensive research to see where I was going wrong and discovered that pretty much all commercial dishwasher tablets and powders, even eco-friendly brands, contain an ingredient called sodium silicate powder.  Sodium silicate rinses away food and soap deposits and is completely soluble in water.  As a result, dishes always come out clean and streak-free. 

Great, you’re thinking, just add sodium silicate powder to the ingredients of your homemade powder.   It’s not that simple I’m afraid.  Sodium silicate powder is only available commercially.  Its sale is very heavily restricted.  One supplier of sodium silicate powder says “we have a duty to control the supply of these chemicals and any private individual attempting to purchase these chemicals may have their details passed to the police in their area“.  Eco-friendlier shop-bought dishwasher detergent/tablets it is then.  The pursuit of homemade dishwasher powder is simply not worth the very real threat of getting listed as a suspected terrorist!

Eco-friendly dishwasher detergents/tablets are one or two a penny, but eco-friendly and plastic-free dishwasher detergent has proved to be a trickier thing to source.  Even Ecover tablets are wrapped in polypropylene plastic.  Here’s what I’ve found (that won’t get you in trouble with the law):

Plastic Free Dishwasher Detergent

plastic free dishwasher detergent UK

Ecoleaf Dishwasher Tablets (£12.85 for 70*; or £4.99 for 25*) are the only eco-friendlier AND plastic-free dishwasher detergent/tablet I’ve come across.  Made from plant-derived ingredients, the dishwasher tablets are free of phosphates, SLS, SLES, parabens, triclosan and synthetic fragrances.  They are also certified cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.  The one downside is that they do contain palm oil, but as in all aspects of ethical living, it is practically impossible to find a product that is 100% perfect in every way.

Each tablet is wrapped in a water soluble wrapper, that dissolves as your dishwasher starts running.  I initially worried that this wrapper might break down into something bad for the environment, or contribute towards microplastic, but Grist says no – it breaks down to carbon dioxide and water.

The dishwasher tablets are designed to leave your dishes sparkling clean, with a built-in rinse-aid, degreasing agents and powerful cleaning action.  I’ve been using them in our soft water area and I concur – I have found that they perform great on our dirty dishes and glassware, and I’ve had no issues with their cleaning ability.

Other Eco-Friendly Dishwasher Solutions

If Ecoleaf isn’t for you then the only other option I can find is by Faith in Nature.  Here you can purchase a 5-litre pack of dishwasher gel for £38*.  Although in a plastic carton, this is enough for up to 300 washes, which is an eco-friendlier low plastic option if you can afford to shop in bulk like this.  It is worth noting that this dishwasher gel also contains palm oil.

While searching for plastic-free dishwasher detergent I also came across Ecover Dishwasher Powder on Amazon, which is sold in a plastic-free recycled cardboard box.  It’s currently unavailable in the UK but is seemingly widely available in the United States.  When I checked on Ecover’s UK website it wasn’t listed as an available product.  Hence I did the decent thing and dropped Ecover an email enquiring if this was available to purchase anywhere in the UK.

Ecover responded with “At present, we do not have the dish-powder available to purchase in the UK.  I believe the reason is due to popularity.  We do collate customers interest in our products so I’ll certainly pass this on.  Hopefully, the more people who become interested in this product the more widely available it will be.   Thank you for taking an interest in our products.  Best Regards, Kay“.

Here’s Ecover’s Twitter handle – @ecoverUK – and here’s their email address – hello@ecover.com – so, if this is something you would like to purchase in the UK then you know what to do!

Have you found any other plastic-free dishwasher detergents?  Or have you been able to make your own dishwasher detergent successfully, without the horrible white and/or greasy films?  If so, you have my eternal respect!  Let me know in the comments below!

Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Zero Waste and Plastic-Free Makeup

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A couple of beloved makeup items of mine have just run out.  A lovely peachy cream blush, and some black eyeshadow that I use to line my eyes.  As much as I have loved these products, they are plastic based, so rather than do the easy thing and replace like for like, I’ve been in prime research mode for the last little while.  This has seen me searching out zero-waste and plastic-free makeup options, to see what’s out there before I make any purchases.

I’ve been down all sorts of internet rabbit holes, and come up with what I believe are nine zero waste and plastic-free makeup brands.  I’ve concentrated primarily on what’s available in the UK because that’s where I live, but I have included two US options for international readers.

Here’s what I found!

Zero Waste and Plastic-Free Makeup

Antonym

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image via Antonym’s Facebook page

Antonym* sells a beautiful range of cruelty-free and ECOCERT certified organic makeup.  Packaged in bamboo and paper, the range is free from parabens, phthalates, sulfates, artificial fragrances, petrochemicals, preservatives and other nasties.  All products are vegan, with the exception of their lipsticks, but not all products are plastic free, so do check before you purchase.

I have only been able to source Antonym on Amazon, but the good news is there is a wide range available on there.

Clean-Faced Cosmetics

Clean Faced Cosmetics* are a US-based zero-waste and plastic-free makeup range.  It’s all vegan, organic and cruelty-free too, and made in small batches by hand.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for elsewhere and don’t mind paying the shipping, then this shop may be the one to visit.

Fat & The Moon

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image via The Future Kept

Fat & The Moon are a US brand that is sold in the UK via the lovely online store The Future Kept.  The makeup range is limited – an eye coal, a lip tint, and a cheek tint, but all are completely plastic-free and made from 100% natural ingredients.

Vegans, note that these products contain beeswax so are not vegan-friendly.

Kjaer Weis

Kjaer Weis*, which is available in the UK via Cult Beauty, sell certified organic natural makeup in beautiful refillable metal compacts.  Even the lipsticks and mascaras are refillable.

Kjaer Weis is at the pricier end of the plastic-free makeup spectrum, but get rave reviews from all around the internet and are truly beautiful items that you will want to cherish forever.  The initial price shock is overcome when you realise that once you’ve bought a cream blush in its beautiful compact, for example, the refills are then £17 cheaper.  You can find out more about the refill system here.  I truly love this refill concept.  One day, when I’m a rich fancy lady, this is what I’m going to splurge on!

Luna Beauty UK

Oxford-based Luna Beauty sells a small range of zero-waste, plastic-free and cruelty-free vegan beauty products.  They also offer a great refill service, where you can send back your empty tins and bottles for a 15% discount on your refill order.

Lush

Lush sell a range of plastic-free or packaging free cosmetics.  From unpackaged lipstick to unpackaged eyeshadow (that apparently also makes a great highlighter) there are a host of products to explore.  With Lush I personally find it easier to browse in-store than on their website.  Just me?

RMS

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RMS Beauty*, again available in the UK via Cult Beauty, sells a beautiful range of plastic-free makeup products, packaged in only metal and/or glass (with the exception of the mascara).  What’s more, RMS pride themselves on using only natural and organic ingredients, sourced from sustainable sources, that soothe and soften skin, and have many celebrity endorsements, including Meghan Markle.

Keeping It Natural

Another US-based shop, Keeping It Natural sell a variety of zero-waste makeup options and refills.  Every item is handmade in small batches to ensure freshness, and contain only natural vegan ingredients.  Eyeshadows, foundation and lip tints are their speciality!

Zao

Zao sells a wide range of certified cruelty-free beauty products in refillable bamboo boxes.  Currently, Zao says all products can be refilled, with the exception of mascara and lipgloss.  Zao state that some of the refills are housed in recyclable plastic so you may want to check this before purchasing.  The very extensive FAQ is a good starting point!

Have you tried any of these brands?  What did you think?  Or do you have any other plastic-free or zero waste makeup recommendations?  I would love to hear!

ps: if you are looking for a zero waste, plastic-free makeup removal option then do try this handy reusable cotton wool pad tutorial!

plastic free makeup guide