Plastic free at home

Starting your plastic-free journey can be a daunting and sometimes overwhelming experience, so we’ve put together some top tips of where you can start reducing single-use plastics in your home.

Remember, you don’t have to do everything once. Take each day as it comes and look for alternatives as and when you need them.

Also, you can check out our guide to plastic-free shopping in Frome.

Plastic free bathroomBamboo toothbrush
Switch to a bamboo toothbrush, zero waste floss, plastic free deodorant and recycled toilet roll in paper packaging. Also swap your liquid shampoo and soap for bars. You can even buy Henna bars and powder to dye your hair. If you prefer to stick to liquids you can get refills for hand wash, shampoo and conditioner at Frome Wholefoods. And next time your razor needs replacing, look at good old fashioned safety razors – not only plastic free but a closer shave.

Plastic free periods
There are lots of options available including leak resistant period pants from Modibodi and WUKA, menstrual cups such as Mooncup which you can buy at Frome Wholefoods along with organic cotton tampons, sanitary towels and panty liners. Another option is reusable pads. EarthwiseGirls sell a range of brands, some of which are handmade in the UK.

Plastic free laundry
Many of our clothes contain plastics, try switching to natural fabrics and for the ones you already have use an anti-micro plastic wash bag to catch the escapee plastics during your wash cycle. Check out Guppy Friend to see how it works. Refill laundry detergent and fabric softener at Frome Wholefoods.

Water filter free
Filtering water can be just as wasteful as buying it in plastic bottles. Thankfully water in the UK is safe to drink, filters which have to be regularly changed are an environmentally costly luxury. If you need to purify water try charcoal tablets instead, it naturally absorbs toxins.

Plastic free pets
Instead of buying plastic food pouches, consider using tins or dry food sold in cardboard boxes. Alternatively you can ask the butcher for scraps and take your own container. You can also buy loose pet treats, food and necessities at Moore & Sons seed merchants on Christchurch Street West.  Not Just Pets in Kings Street (also online) sells natural cat litter and you can get dog shampoo refills and treats from Winston James Woof in St Catherine’s. Check out our Pets page for more information.

Reuse, repair and re-purpose
Reducing your plastic footprint doesn’t mean you have to buy lots of new stuff. It’s not about a cupboard that looks good but one that does good. If you no longer need items, consider donating them to charity or SHARE.

Computers, laptops and iPads can be taken to: Frome TechFrome PC Repairs or NTS Computing. Or you can try your hand at mending items for yourself. From electrics to bicycles, Repair@Share can help – they host repair cafes and if you would like to volunteer as a fixer you can contact them here.

Remember, sending broken or damaged goods to charity costs them time and money. Instead, send useless items to Frome Household Recycling Centre.