It seems everyone’s talking about reducing plastic waste at the moment. More and more of my customers are telling me that they are trying to avoid single-use plastics. And not before time! It should be a priority for all of us. But it’s difficult when so much of what we buy comes wrapped in layers of the stuff. Sometimes it’s easy to reject the extra packaging, like the myriad plastic bags we’re asked to place our vegetables into, but other times, not so much.
Until now, I’ve been using plastic shrink-wrap to cover my soaps. It has never really sat comfortably with me, but I didn’t know what else I could use. I need to keep the soap clean, protect it from the many fingers it encounters during an average market, whilst still enabling my customers to see it and smell it. There has to be a suitable alternative out there.
So I’ve decided to trial waxed paper, instead of shrink wrap, for my soap. Although I have already made this change in my workroom, it will take a while to filter through to my customers, as the already-shrink-wrapped bars sell and are replaced with waxed paper wrapped bars. I hope it will stand up to the job. (If you like the look of this soap, click HERE for more information.)
I know it’s not perfect
But it’s a start. There are a lot of advantages to the waxed paper. There is much less wastage. It takes no electricity for me to wrap the bars. There’s less chance of waste from me having to re-wrap, which sometimes happens if the plastic splits during shrinking. And if we can tackle to problem at source, reducing the amount of plastic produced by reducing the *demand* for it, that’s got to be a step in the right direction. I’ve got a long way to go, both in my personal waste-reducing journey and my professional one. But I’m working on it.