How to start at home?

Knowing where to start can be overwhelming. When I finally became conscious of how much plastic was in my life, I would feel helpless walking into a shop seeing aisles upon aisles of produce wrapped in plastic. How on Earth could I make a difference and where could I start?

At home?...soap. It can be that simple

1. In the bathroom. Removing liquid soap from your home is an easy and cost friendly way to reduce waste. Using bars of soap are a great way to start! Some people think they can be quite drying on your skin but there is such a huge variation out there now competing against the moisturising liquid soap, with a little effort you can find the one that suits your skin.

  • Soap
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner

Not only is a bar of soap useful for washing your hands but when you find the one that’s for you, you could use it even for shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. I have always used soap for shower gel and have never felt I was missing out. It wasn’t exactly for environmental reasons – I preferred bars of soap for shaving! I’m pretty new to bars of shampoos and conditioners and I love it. But whatever your reason – bars are the way to go!

2. In the kitchen. Here can be a minefield – There are different sprays for wooden surfaces, smooth surfaces, sinks, floors, and so much more. But with a bit of vinegar, baking soda and an essential oil of your choosing to add a scent to it, you can clean all around you.

3. Doing the Dishes. I like to use a reusable bottle that I initially bought – Lilly’s Eco Clean washing up liquid,, with the intention of continuing to use this product. However to refill the bottle you have to buy plastic sachets and is very messy. It is less plastic but I want to move even closer still to zero plastic as possible. So I have changed to Ecover where I can bring my empty bottle into various shops in Cork city to have it refilled from a large container.



So far the places I have found for my refill:

    • Paul Street shopping centre (upstairs)


    The English Market
    The Quay Co-op