I know low-waste is all about minimising your waste and so a low-waste shopping trip sounds like a contradiction but the reality is that we all need to replace stuff from time to time. Here are the results of one of my low-waste shopping trip.
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I have been looking for 2nd hand school bags and kids clothes in charity shops for about 2 months, but no joy! The next best thing for me is to find recycled/ compostable new items at an affordable price, which I was delighted to be able to do.
The first item on the list was a new school bag for my 6-year-old son. I managed to a find one made from recycled PET bottles in Patagonia, which was reduced from €55 to €33.
My next purchase was shampoo bar from Lush for €8.50, which I got in this little paper bag. I’ve used it since and I’m happy to report that it did a great job of washing my hair. The trick appears to be not to rub the shampoo bar directly onto your hair but instead to create a lather on your hands with the shampoo bar first and then to apply this lather to your hair.
My daughter lives in hoodies and leggings so i was thrilled to find that H&M were doing a 3 for 2 offer on kids’ organic cotton clothing. I got two pairs of leggings and one hoodie for €21 euro*.
Before I headed home I treated myself to a lovely slice of cafe in the uber friendly Beanhive cafe. I was impressed to see that the cafe participates in the suspended coffee scheme, which allows customers to buy coffees for those in need and in case you’re wondering; I did buy a suspended coffee!
*Since I wrote this article I discovered that the items made from organic cotton in H&M are actually a blend of cotton and polyester. I’m not sure if you can recycle blended fibres. Yet another thing I’m going to have to research!