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Zero Waste Handbag

February 21, 2018

 Since I have been more conscious of reducing my waste, my bag has got bigger and heavier. I'll go through what I always have in my bag in order to reduce my waste during the day. The bag is made from canvas material and I pop it into the washing machine when it gets dirty. It is durable and big enough to fit everything, but not too big that I am weighed down completely. It is also a cross body bag which I find better when carrying bigger loads.

 

 My first item I never do without is my stainless steel water bottle. Plastic water bottles are such a big waste and the plastic is filled with BPA which is a known toxin. Good quality water keeps me hydrated all day long. It's just under a litre so it gets lighter as the day goes on.

I don't like coffee so I never need a take away coffee cup but if you do make sure to remember it!

 

 I will always keep a napkin/serviette and eating utensil in my bag. Even if you eat in a cafe, they may have paper napkins. I have been caught out many times before so this always stays in my bag. Some restaurants don't have reusable cutlery so I always have one handy.

 

Instead of buying packets of tissues just bring a handkerchief. It's much softer on your nose and kinder to the environment.

 

 I use to keep mints or chewing gum in my bag, but now I have some fennel seeds, which are a great digestive add and give nice breath.

 

 I will always carry a produce bag if I need to grab something quickly in the supermarket.

 

 I never go anywhere without a snack as the temptation is too high to buy snacks and pretty much all have packaging.

 

 I always have a shopping bag handy to eliminate any bags from shopping during the day paper or otherwise.

 

 My wallet is handmade with recycled material. I only have what I need; a bank card and some cash is quite sufficient. I also take receipts home with me so that I can recycle the paper.

 

 My phone is a staple like most handbags. The cover is bamboo and I keep it in a felt pouch for extra protection.

 

 I always keep my phone charger with me during the day as my battery is pretty weak.

 

 Lip balm is a necessity for me. This is handmade and in a reusable stainless steel container.

 

 I love my Filofax and write using a pencil. I can compost the surround and I don't have to worry about ink and leakage. I buy the paper every year. It is made from recycled paper and I use it to make new paper at the end of the year. 

 

Let me know if there is anything else you carry in your handbag.

 

Thanks for reading and have a great week.

 

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