Edited By Delfina Rainoldi

To end our mini-series of blogs this month, is an interview with Mother of 2 Loli, who was born in France but has been living in London for 18 years, and her son Noah.

Loli’s experience will show you that being plastic free can be a bit of a challenge sometimes, but once you consciously make an effort to swap things out in your life or actively search for alternatives, then it can begin to flow. This is not a race to perfection, but rather a long journey of making mistakes, learning from form them and also finding what works best for you.  what’s right for YOU to do.

What inspired you to go plastic free… when possible?

I’ve worked over 5 years for a carbon offset provider and gained valuable awareness of climate change/sustainability related issues during that time, and the environmental impact of our consumption choices.

Now, I try to consume sustainably and ethically as much as possible, whether it’s groceries, cosmetics, clothes, etc. Trying to reduce plastic consumption and avoid single use plastic, is amongst others, one of the elements I take in consideration whenever buying a product. I also have 2 kids and feel I owe it to them to make a conscious effort to consume in a more sustainable way.

What challenges do you find when looking for sustainable alternatives?

This is a layered question as it hugely depends on what you’re trying to buy! I moved to a plant-based diet several years ago in an effort to consume more sustainably and ethically, before there weren’t many options for non-meat eaters, but nowadays I feel this is something quite easy to do! We’re spoiled for choice with delicious options available in almost all supermarkets and health shops.

Shopping sustainably however, becomes far more tricky when in search of ethical and sustainable cosmetic products. I’ve tried hard (bar) shampoo to reduce plastic waste within my household but sadly it did not work for me, even after trying many different brands – somethings are yet to be mastered, and this is one of them! I will keep on relentlessly searching for a sustainable solution here.

The last super challenge in the household are kids toys. Most if not all toys are made from plastic, such as Lego and Playmobil, and any alternatives that can be found tend to be quite costly due to the uniqueness of them.

Overall, it would be great to see big Fast-Moving Consumer Goods leaders, supermarkets and large retailers to work together to tackle the problem of a plastic pandemic, but sadly the vast majority of packaging is still plastic and see it being like this for the foreseeable future unless we push for change.

What is your go to alternative to plastic?

I do many things to reduce my plastic footprint both at home and in the school.

  • Refilling containers at a local zero waste shop for most household products (including: dry foods, floor products, multi-purpose cleaning products, soap, etc.)
  • Switch from nappies to a plastic free brand!
  • Bye bye to liquid soap and HELLOOO hard soap
  • Soda stream for sparkling water, when I’m not drinking CanO Water sparkling water
  • Re-usable water bottles for water at home and in school, we always so NO to plastic bottles!
  • Getting our veggies and fruit from a farm or a farmers market – I strongly believe that making more sustainable choices when it comes to what we eat and drink is how we can have the biggest impact, at the scale required to make a real difference.
  • We use non-plastic wrapped toilet paper

What is your go to alternative to plastic at school?

My 8 year old son has a re-useable water bottle and bamboo lunch box – no plastic! Healthy homemade meals/snacks combat the plastic packaging that tends to creep in when buying food at school.

At my daughters’ nursery I provide reusable bags or compostable bags for laundry for her dirty clothes and ask them to not use plastic bags, but sadly they don’t always follow through on that one!

CanO Tips for the home:

  • DIY cleaning products, have a little Ecosia Search and you’ll find a plethora of recipes for DIY cleaning products
  • Natural fibre sponges, coconut scouring pads and natural fibre clothes
  • Tote bags, have them everywhere

CanO Tips for the school:

  • Handkerchief for school!
  • Reusable cutlery and straws
  • Homemade packed lunch/snacks in a bamboo or metal lunchbox
  • Reusable bottle
  • CanO Water for when you’re in a rush and forget your reusable bottle
  • Tote bags… In your backpack!

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