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Plastic-Free Life And Ethical Business


Can we live a plastic-free life? That is the question that many of us ask today. After meeting and interviewing several ladies who advocate for low plastic or plastic-free life, I have to say that it’s possible.

In this interview, you will get to know Alexis McGivern, who has been living plastic-free since 2013. She runs No Plastic Please blog (Instagram:
@noplasticplease1). Thanks to her I realized that it’s important to change our habits based on our lifestyle instead of trying to achieve a zero-waste lifestyle from one day to another.

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Copyright: Alexis McGivern

I met Alexis at a workshop organized by Lilly Milligan Gilbert, who is also presenting her ethical and socially-responsible brand in the video. She is a founder of Tallis (Instagram: @thetallis), a Geneva-based brand that makes clothing using responsibly sourced materials in a way that helps avoid waste. Tallis uses reclaimed materials such as cashmere, fish leather and sheepskin to make beautiful knitwear and stylish accessories.

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Lilly Milligan Gilbert, founder of Tallis

Did you know that there are seven types of plastic and not all of them can be recycled where you live? You can see the type of plastic on the bottom of the product and on the picture below.

According to Alexis, it’s worth asking your local recycling plant which types of plastic they recycle so that next time, when you go shopping, you know which plastics to avoid.

plastic codes_currently wearing presents_recycling plastic

When we’re at it: a year ago it seemed impossible to Alex and I to do plastic-free groceries. But with time we learnt some tricks and even if we go to a supermarket, our shopping cart looks different than twelve months ago.

First, we bring our own cloth bags, which are perfect for fruits, vegetables, bread, dry nuts, simply anything which is not packaged. We also learnt that you can ask the person at meat and fish counter to put it in your own Tupperware and most of the time it’s OK. 99% of the time we buy fresh, local fruits and veggies at a farm and meat at a Butcher whose suppliers are local.

Where can we improve? Milk and butter (there is a farm close by that will put the milk and butter in your own glass bottle and Tupperware), toilet and kitchen papers (always wrapped in plastic) and we could buy rice, beans, oil and vinegar in bulk stores. I know that this can be possible only if we organize ourselves to visit bulk stores once a month and do our weekly shopping in our area. This sounds like we will have to create a shopping calendar. 🙂

One thing that bothered me the most was laundry detergent. It’s chemical and packed in plastic. Since I learn to make my own (as well as dishwasher powder) I saved money and feel that I did something for the environment.

You can watch our easy and budget-friendly DIY tutorial HERE.

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