Since I decided to kick off this blog project, Mat and I have been brainstorming ways we can reduce what we throw away. He brought up toiletries and cosmetics, which I find a bit daunting to get around, since a) I love products and b) I love packaging.
But in the end I think he's right, and while there's no way I could reduce my bottle and package usage to zero overnight, as with the rest of our lifestyle, we can start with one small change.
Dental care seemed like a good place to start. I did some searching for homemade toothpaste recipes that could be stored in a re-usable jar or container, and I found this one by Wellness Mama, and this one by DIY Natural.
Mat then brought up the question of fluoride - don't we need it for dental health? - and I looked into that too. While research is varied on the necessity of fluoride in toothpaste, Wellness Mama does offer this "re-mineralizing" recipe to create the same benefits as fluoride, though I think the ingredients are slightly harder to come by.
I'll be trying one of these this week, and am actually looking forward to a pretty glass jar on my bathroom counter top instead of a branded plastic tube!
Would you try natural toothpaste? Also, I'm thinking that these bamboo toothbrushes from Brush with Bamboo would be a great purchase as well, since (except for the bristles) they are compostable! They even ship internationally for a flat rate. Bam.
I would argue that replacing all plastic packaging with paper packaging is not a sustainable solution.
While it’s impossible for individuals to save all wildlife from the perils of plastic entanglement, there are little things we can do collectively to help.
Let me blow your mind real quick. Did you know that every toothbrush you’ve ever owned still exists somewhere? Yep. The bathroom may not seem like a tremendous source of plastic in our lives, but when we think about how long it takes plastic to break down, it’s worth it to consider all the bits of plastic that we use every day. Here are four ways to cut down on plastic in the bathroom and make it a waste-free zone.
It’s that time of the year again - Plastic Free July is nearly upon us! Although I try to avoid plastic all the time, I'm far from perfect, and this month is a welcome challenge to step up my game. If you’re just starting to ease into a life without plastic, this can be a great opportunity to see what you’re capable of! The best way to start, in my opinion, is to tackle the “big 4”:
The Norse razor is sleek, lightweight, easy to hold and maneuver, and its shape virtually eliminates the risk of nicks, even in the trickiest places. I don’t even feel the blade when I use it, and don’t have to worry about using too much pressure, as the design naturally protects my skin from heavy-handed strokes.
I'm ashamed to admit to admit, there was a time in my life when I didn't recycle, because I was so confused about which items my curbside recycling service would accept. Afraid of doing the wrong thing, I did nothing. So what can you actually recycle? The short answer: more than you think.
The best way to start reducing the amount of waste you produce is by assessing how much you're actually producing.
The best way to do that? Dig through your trash.
So you've decided that you want to start transforming your lifestyle. You want less clutter, less waste, and more beauty in your day-to-day. You feel awesome for having arrived at this decision, and excited to begin. But you're also overwhelmed by the amount of work and conscious effort it's going to take to achieve it. Where do you even start?
Here was someone who got it! Someone who understood! Hallelujah!
Craig Leeson's film is a soul stirring, shocking, inspiring work, which I think everyone should see.