We started all of this before the current chaos, so I’m not sure how helpful any of it is now that we’re in lockdown and all the delivery companies are overwhelmed… but I guess it’s worth being aware of?
Firstly, food; we get milk (and eggs, when there are eggs) delivered from Milk&More, who are local to Oxford. We also get a veg box every other week from Abel & Cole, but I know that Riverford Organics also deliver, and there’s an Oxford-based company called Ten Mile? I think? I keep meaning to ask my colleague about them…
We’re also signed up to the new Club Zero with Abel & Cole; they do reusable, refillable tubs of things! It got a bit derailed by the crisis but they were doing pasta and porridge, with other lines coming.
Bread is coming from Natural Bread; meat from Eadles, who are now doing home delivery. Beyond that, we’re keeping an eye out for options! (I can’t drink at the moment otherwise I’d totally be getting things from the Tap Social, too… just sayin’ for anyone who is drinking! Follow their Facebook for updates.)
On the health side, Who Gives A Crap? do bulk loo roll and tissues, in recyclable packaging with amusing slogans (yes, it’s the small things that amuse me!) For toothbrushes, we’re trying Brush Hub, who use bamboo so the handles are compostable and recyclable bristles, and send you new brushes every month. And Tink is doing lovely handmade face wipes that are washable – based in Bristol, but she’ll post to the UK. She’s also doing face masks at the moment (not virus-proof, but useful for other things!)
Kitchen-wise, we do a vegetable waste recycling bin, and we’ve also got a compost bin. We’ve just started Smol washing liquid as well, and I’m on the lookout for a dish soap. For Bobble’s food, we’re looking into getting a terracycle bank set up locally – and my neighbour sneakily sends their packages to Enval!
Other suggestions welcome… although I appreciate that the current crisis isn’t the best time to be trying new things!