Okay, so this is still a new idea for us, but I’ve started to think of ways to make it work. I’m very fortunate to live in Devon where there is a lot of local produce available unpackaged, so although this is going to be tricky, I’m thinking it will at least be possible.
There is a shop in my local town of Kingsbridge called “Save a Packet” The shop has been there for 20 years and I believe its aim is to sell food cheaply by dispensing of the expensive packaging and advertising which wraps up most of our foods. You can also buy exactly the amount of produce you want, thereby reducing food waste. I imagine that I will source much of my food stuff, and other household products from here.
Various healthfood shops near me sell Ecover products which you can fill up your own containers with, so washing up liquid and clothes washing stuff can be eco friendly too.
Cheese etc can come from deli counters. Hopefully they’ll be open to me bringing my own containers to take them away in.
I don’t wear makeup and don’t even use face products except for occasional argan oil if my skin is feeling especially dry, or French green clay if it needs a bit of an overhaul. I’m thinking I’ll probably just have to forego these luxuries unless I can think of another way of sourcing them, or an alternative solution.
For deodorant I use natural alum crystal. I normally order this online, but I need to think of a way of getting some to me without packaging. I’ll hunt in Totnes, which is a hub of natural products.
It occurred to me last night that toothpaste is going to be tricky. I have tried these horrible sticks before. I have no doubt about their antiseptic properties because they taste so vile. I might have to revisit them, as I’m told you can get used to it and it would dispose of the need to think of a toothbrush/paste solution. Other than that, I might consider bicarbonate of soda, or research what else might be good.
Foraging! One of the best ways to save both money and packaging. I am very fortunate to live in the countryside where I can easily forage for stuff. January probably isn’t the best time for that, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something and I still have some fruit in the freezer from autumn.
Eggs can come from our 3 lovely chickens.
So, I think what I need to do is much more research. I’ll also need to warn various shops that I’m going to be in regularly stocking up from them, but that I’ll be bringing my own containers. I’m sure they’ll get used to me over the month!
My fellow challengee will be doing her challenge from London. I don’t know if that will be harder or easier. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
I’m excited! Life is suddenly like a game.