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.

Umbra Bubble Glass Foaming Soap Dispenser

I’ve been meaning to write about one of my recent purchases for a couple of months. I was lucky enough to find this Umbra Bubble Glass Foaming Soap Dispenser in my local T.K. Maxx. They were selling them for £3.99 instead of the RRP of £14.99! It’s a fab little device and I thought it could work really well with the Dr Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap I’ve been buying. I’ve found that actually it makes any soap go further, as I’ve recently found some Faith In Nature products in T.K. Maxx and just the tiniest amount of their coconut liquid soap goes on for miles. If I fill this and put it in my kitchen, it lasts for about a month which is pretty impressive since I wash my hands a lot to maintain good hygiene in the kitchen.

I hope you can see from my photos, there is a tiny little bubble symbol about 1cm up from the bottom. This is how much soap you need to put in, then you top it up with water to the top line. I use cooled, boiled water to make sure that no micro organisms multiply. The main container consists of a frosted glass vase-like structure. It has a rubber trim around the base so that it will not slip or tip over. The top is made of black rubber – it’s large and easy to press, even with wet hands!

I am sure that Lakeland usually sell Umbra products too, if you are looking for somewhere else to find them 🙂 I can tell you that I’m on the look out for another couple, to go in my bathroom and cloakroom. I hope to share a few more of my purchases that have enabled me to go Zero Waste or be more economical in coming months. I’m a Minimalist, but there are some purchases that are really helpful on this journey.