Day 9 – What I am still getting in plastic

Dry goods stored in glass jars

Dry goods stored in glass jars

I have been doing really well with my zero waste mission and bringing very little plastic home from shopping trips:

  • I have found toilet paper wrapped in paper.
  • All my dry goods are bought from a bulk store using my own containers.
  • Meat and fish go straight into my own containers.
  • Soap bought loose from Ecostore.
  • Bread bought from a bakers and put in my canvas bag. I also make my own a few times a week.
  • Sushi goes straight into my own container.
  • Bamboo toothbrushes – see photo.
  • Dish-brush – see photo.
  • All cleaning and washing products from the same store as the bulk store, where I take my own glass jars as containers.

But a few things have eluded me -so far.

  • Soy sauce is in a glass bottle but has a plastic lid.
  • Cheese – I must look for a delicatessen where they sell it from big wheels and they cut it for you.
  • Milk – I have found a farmer who sells direct to the public but he is fairly far away and we go through quite a bit.
  • Yogurt – this has me stumped.
  • Toothpaste – still working on this.
  • Shampoo and conditioner – I have found environmentally friendly products at the Ecostore here in New Zealand which I am using (see photo). The bottles are completely recyclable. But, when I run out, I will buy a shampoo bar and a conditioner bar from lush – no plastic involved.
Shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and lip balm from Ecostore

Shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and lip balm from Ecostore

 

Dish-brush from Ecostore and ceramic dispenser for dish-washing soap

Dish-brush from Ecostore and ceramic dispenser for dish-washing soap

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