Plastic-free update and an amazing Rethink bag giveaway

I went to the supermarket today and focused on not buying plastic items. As you can see, however, I still bought some plastic home, though at least it is all recyclable. I bought recycled toilet paper that has a green rating from WWF but is still wrapped in plastic. Also the basil plant is wrapped in plastic as well, I really hate the dried variety and the ones I had in the house have all died so I bought this home too. So how can I get rid of these plastics too?
I did avoid some other plastic though as I didn’t buy any bread as I can make my own. I also picked my own mandarins and put them in my Rethink produce bag rather than just picking up the pre-filled plastic bag; this only required a tiny bit more time to chose my own. I also put in some yummy garlic and cheese bread in one of my produce bags saving another plastic bag. Of course I used my wonderful star and string rethink bags to take all my shopping home in. So I bought home 3 plastic items and kept 5 out of my house. Not too bad.

Now for an exciting giveaway. Thank you so much to the wonderful Rethink for the amazing prize pack they have provided!! Wow so generous. 

Please use the form below to enter. Open to NZ and Australia only. 

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Good luck and thank you again rethink.
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12 thoughts on “Plastic-free update and an amazing Rethink bag giveaway

  1. July 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I take all my fruit and veg to the counted without bags and then pack it into my big reusable shopping bag as they weigh
    Doesn’t Earthcare brand come wrapped in paper? Can’t help with the herbs other than to suggest you grow your own then no plastic and lots of saved dollars!

    1. July 9, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Good for you Jane. Sadly no the Earthcare is in plastic. I think I’ll write to them. In the summer I grow all my own herbs but basil wont grow right now without loads of extra help that I can’t give it right now 🙁 Thanks for your input. Mx

    2. July 10, 2013 at 12:55 am

      I have found a place in town that takes all the plastic so I have a separate bag for this to recycle.I put the loo paper plastic here or in my council recycle bin

  2. July 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I haven’t had to buy toilet paper yet this month so haven’t checked if it is still available but Pak ‘n Save used to sell single rolls wrapped in paper. As much as I love fresh basil, if I can’t grow it I don’t have it. Enjoy it in summer, make pesto and freeze it for a little winter treat and anticipate warmer weather and fresh basil again. You could try growing basil mint. It doesn’t taste exactly the same but copes with winter better.

    1. July 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks Penny I will check it out. Though it is better to use 12 rolls wrapped in plastic or individually wrapper rolls? I know the paper is recyclable and this month is all about plastic free but is the individually wrapped ones a waste of resources? re the herbs my basil mint died too with this cold weather. I’ve used up all the basil I froze for winter and I only buy in season food but when it comes to basil I have a weakness. Have to say this is the first basil plant I’ve bought this winter so not too bad. Will have to grow 5 times as much next summer Mx

  3. Em
    July 9, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I dont suppose there is any basil at your local plant store? I know its out of season, though that brand still grows it- must be hot house? Such food for thought going plastic-free. The toilet paper thing would be hard for us- the brands we like are all wrapped in plastic (earthcare and Purex). Perhaps that’s the next step- asking for biodegradable/compostable wrapping?
    I do the same as Jane at our local fruit at veg as much as possible. We might have to think seriously about reducing how much plastic we buy as well

    1. July 9, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks I’ll check it out they might have some. I know I use Earthcare too I think I’ll write them a letter. Maybe we all should as it seems many of us use this brand. Good on you for using your own bags. They are so fantastic and so easy to use. Mx

  4. July 9, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Madeleine, String bags are the best. I have one I was given in the Solomon Islands in the 1980s. I’ve carted food in it all over the world and it’s still in perfect condition! Talk about an oldie and a goodie. Also I love the way they squish into nothing in your handbag, then expand almost alarmingly as you stuff more and more into them. The checkout ladies’ eyes goggle at the sight. Surely you need three plastic bags for that amount, they think!

  5. July 10, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Hello Madeleine

    There is a brand here in Australia that sells their paper in paper, can’t think of the name, it is made from re-cycled paper as well. It sells in 9 rolls which for our family was not enough. I buy a bigger lot and use the plastic as a bin liner.Our Shire recently started a fortnightly recycling collection and it is amazing what can go in there. They also gave us a “green” shopping bag to use which has come in handy. We very rarely use the bags provided by the shops. More and more shops are getting into not giving you a bag or asking if you need it. Which a few years ago you were made to look like a weirdo if you didn’t want one of their bags.

    Happy days.

  6. July 10, 2013 at 12:53 am

    I check the plastic on loo paper is recyclable and buy a large pack.I take a shopping bag and put all my fruit and veg into that and unload it while asking the checkout person to put it all into that bag.Funny though I have to actually watch them as it is such a habit to use bags they can forget halfway though and you end up with more bags.

  7. Vicki
    July 10, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Pick excess basil in summer (grow your own!), wash and dry leaves, separate the leaves, and freeze them in a lidded container, for use in the winter months (for cooking use only).

  8. Emma
    July 10, 2013 at 6:22 am

    I just found your blog – going to have a good read of it now! And you live in Wellington too, I moved here 3 years ago from the UK and was so disappointed at how unecological NZ is. It is getting better, but very slowly! Looks like you have a great blog.