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Plastic Free July inspires a Plastic Free “making bee”

Take a look around your bathroom and see if how much you can list which doesn’t come in “single use” plastic? Chances are if you use “mainstream” toiletries and bath products they come packaged in some sort of plastic which is designed for the “single use” of delivering that product from the factory where it is made to your body.

Many things which we use each and every day, and probably don’t even think about how much waste we are producing come in “single use” plastic:

  • Soap – usually packaged in plastic or plastic coated paper
  • Toothpaste – Plastic squeeze tubes
  • Shampoos and conditioners –  the majority come in plastic bottles
  • Facial cleansers, toners, moisturisers – again generally plastic bottles
  • Deodorants – Plastic or aerosol cans

While some of this packaging is recyclable, recycling really should be at the end of the sustainable options (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle) we could go on about how bad “single use” plastic is, Transition Gawler is about focusing on what we can do, and what we can do now, so hence why this Plastic Free “Making Bee” was organised.

A group of friends who were inspired by Lucy Dodd’s commitment to take the Plastic Free July Challenge, decided to get together and have a “making bee” to make some Plastic Free toiletries and bath and body Products. The idea behind it was to try to reduce the amount of single use plastic that came into their households from toiletries and bath and body products.

The products made were:

  • deodorant made from coconut oil, bicarb soda, arrowroot flour, and essential oil,
  • Bath Bombs made from bicarb soda, citric acid and essential oils and food coloring
  • Moisturising bars made from Cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil and essential oils
  • Body Scrub made from Epsom Salts, bicarb soda, oil, loose chamomile tea, lime and orange essential oils, citrus zest
  • Face Scrub made from oat meal and essential oils

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Lucy is also planing to make and sell “Plastic Free” toiletries and bath products to raise funds for the 1 Million Wommen Sumatra Challenge which she is participating in. Funds raised will be used to support the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme and to assist 1 Million Women fight Climate Change, by encouraging Australian’s to live a low-carbon life. Lucy is looking to reuse small jars to use as packaging for some of the products, so if you have jars that are around the 1 cup or smaller size, she would appreciate being able to use them, or if you would like to find out what products she is selling, you can find her through the Transition Gawler Chat Group or Contact Us and we can put you in touch with her.

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