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'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.
No matter how insignificant our individual efforts may seem, they do make a difference.
While many of us aspire to the picture perfect lifestyle of the fashion savvy woman who still manages only to create enough waste to fit in a mason jar, most of us aren't there.
I find that sometimes the beauty of perfectly curated Instagram accounts can make it tempting to throw out all our ugly stuff and replace it immediately, which can actually be contradictory to the goal of going zero waste.
Is the world on an irreversible path straight to hell?
I took for granted how many opportunities there are in the course of one vacation to create trash.