TK Maxx Zero Waste Finds!

I stop into TK Maxx every now and again; I like a good rummage. I have found all manner of Zero Waste items here. My top tip is to look here for Dr Bronner’s Castile soap – they frequently have both liquid and bar formats. If you’re on a budget, you will find them much cheaper than your local whole foods store. They also often have bar soaps either in tins or wrapped in paper, it just depends how picky about your ingredients you are.

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I recently wrote about how I found these WONDERFUL solid beeswax body lotions in TK Maxx. Actually, I’m gutted I’m about to come to the end of my supply and I haven’t seen them since. Post in the comments if you find any!

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This week I found a lovely scrubbing brush for doing the dishes, made from solid wood and natural bristles. I bought my e-cloths here, although I now realise they’re not as perfect a cleaning solution, as I once thought due to the plastic microfibres released when washing. But they were vastly cheaper than other places.

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I also have some great glass Pyrex dishes with lids, that can go straight from the freezer to the oven or microwave as they are thermal shock resistant. It also means I no longer freeze a lot of things in plastic.

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I also found this wonderful Pyrex baking sheet in TK Maxx. No nasty silicone coatings and best of all, it goes straight in the dishwasher and comes out looking like new! It is slightly heavier than your standard baking trays and you do need to take care putting it in, and out of the oven.

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I frequently see Kilner and other glass storage jars in here. They often have eco-makeup brushes too. They always seem to have cardboard boxes containing sets of essential oils, packaged in glass.

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They also frequently have glass water bottles and always have metal water bottles in stock. I have seen Klean Kanteen’s in here, really cheap! I got my metal one there for about £4, I think. I’ve had it for years and I will likely go back there to get a glass one eventually.

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Oh and I always get my TEK hairbrushes here, for about 1/4 of the RRP. These are solid wood brushes with either wooden or natural bristles. They are amazing and packaged only in cardboard!

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Do you have any great TK Maxx zero waste finds to share? Please share by posting in the comments 🙂 Other people have told me you can also buy bamboo socks here, in cardboard packaging and loofahs which are useful for cleaning your home and your body.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone! I’m excited to see what 2017 will bring.

My New Year’s resolution is to share even more money-saving, frugal, minimalist and zero waste tips with you. Over the past 4 years that have been my foray into this ‘alternative’ lifestyle, we have accumulated over £30,000 by selling our excess possessions, online earning opportunities and matched betting. We have learnt to save money in a myriad of ways, including swapping from supermarkets to local shops and the environment has benefited too, as we have ditched excess packaging at the same time. We cook from scratch almost every meal time, buy second hand items and have learnt how to use coupons and apps to our advantage. I have lots more exciting things to share with you this year, but for today – here is one small thing that has made a big difference to the dry skin during wintertime in our household.

I’d like to share a recent discovery in T.K. Maxx (but also available on Amazon here).

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Bee Bar Lotion – it is completely natural, smells divine and comes in this great re-usable tin. Inside it’s the cutest hexagonal block, wrapped only in greaseproof paper. I grabbed them when I saw them, at only £9.99 each in T.K. Maxx they were comparable with Lush’s massage bars which I normally use as they are completely packaging free. They are made by an American Brand (which I’d never heard of being here in the UK) called Honey House Naturals. It appears they will ship outside of the USA, but can only advise of the shipping and customs taxes at the time of dispatch.

They are utterly portable, great for travel, no chemical nasties and last around 2-3 months.

Do share any great products you have found, as sometimes it’s very hard to come by good zero waste items.