Ditching Plastic by Wendy Paton

Tonight we had a discussion with Wendy Paton about her journey to ditch plastics. She gave us 40 ideas on what we can do to do our bit for the environment. Here are a few of them.

Look for plastic free packaging toiletries.

There are now a few companies around offering plastic free shampoo bars, toothpaste, deodorant and toothbrushes. You can buy toothpaste in glass jars, or in chewable tablet forms. Also you can buy toothbrushes made from bamboo, and a mineral salt deodorant in the form of potassium alum.

You can also make your own shampoo. Use a tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) dissolved in 1 mug of warm water. Pour this over your wet hair and rinse off immediately. Then rinse your hair with a solution of 1tbsp of cider vinegar mixed with 1/2 a litre of cold water.

In the kitchen.

If you can’t live without clingfilm, instead of using the traditional plastic variety, now there is a compostable option. There are also bees-wax wraps that can be used to wrap sandwiches, bread, cheese and other food that you don’t want to leave exposed. You can even try to make your own.


For washing up dishes, you can use natural sponges made of walnut shells or coconut husks.

Soda crystals are good for limescale removal and toilet bowl cleaning. Use white vinegar for cleaning windows and mirrors. And sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is a good all round cleaner too.

Food shopping.

Try to buy food without packaging. More zero-waste shops are opening up around London, you bring your own containers, and fill them up with the produce that you want to buy. If you are buying meat or fish, also bring your own containers to the butchers or fishmongers, or ask them to wrap it in wax paper.

Feminine hygiene.

There are a few different options here, a menstrual cup, washable sanitary liners with wings that use a popper button to attach to your underwear, or period pants. There are multiple brands offering various versions of all of these products.

Desert Island Discs

Listen to our playlist


Our luxuries
  • Chanel No. 5
  • Dressing Table
  • Sewing Cupboard
  • Bed
  • Recliner Chair
  • Mini Sewing Kit
  • Sun Screen & Parasol
  • Saxophone
  • Gin
  • Paint
  • Ginger Chocolates
  • Silk Sheets
Our reading list
  • Testament of Youth Vera Brittain
  • The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett
  • The Odyssey Homer
  • Expiation Elizabeth von Arnim
  • Wolf Hall Trilogy Hilary Mantel
  • War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Middlemarch George Eliot
  • (Bilingual) Winnie the Pooh A.A. Milne
  • Earth Emile Zola
  • The Story: Love, Loss & The Lives of Women: 100 Great Short Stories edited Victoria Hislop
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy J.R.R. Tolkien
  • My Brilliant Friend Elena Ferrante
  • Learn to play the saxophone (Any)

Hula Hooping With Maz

We had an active session of hula hooping with Maz. We learnt how to correctly control the hula hoop on our waists, and even on our arms!

Here is some extra information from Maz about hula hooping:

HoopTone classes:
Buy your own hoop
https://www.iwanttogotoparadise.com/everything-else/the-ultimate-travel-hoop;9295 (These are the travel hoops we sell. This is an American site, but we have them in the UK too, £35 each + P&P)
Video tutorials by Marawa the Amazing (my troupe leader):


Photos by Tasha Best.