Zero waste bathroom/toiletry essentials or suggestions?
Note: I’m especially looking for things which don’t use plastic in their packaging.
**especially looking for a dark lippie
This company uses plastic-free packaging and recycled paper.
Hoping to use in conjunction with a bidet before month is out. https://us.whogivesacrap.org/
I'm going to try my hand at a DIY because I have all the ingredients at home already (bentonite clay, baking soda, coconut oil, peppermint oil)
But I'm hoping to have a good experience with this toothpaste bar
We also got a waterpik a while ago that functions kinda like floss: https://www.target.com/p/waterpik-cordless-express-water-flosser-wf-02/-/A-49131395?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Beauty%2BPersonal+Care%2BShopping&adgroup=SC_Health%2BBeauty&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9021724&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1247077&ds_rl=1246978&gclid=CjwKCAiAj-_xBRBjEiwAmRbqYq1NKnC5Inz46D4TK-ct__-c3OFeBYvUKla7c8i9mjHBgXY1PolB-xoCGYEQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
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There are some that come in metal tins by several companies... I just really hate that personally.
Try our new soothing vegan peppermint lip balm in these wonderful biodegradable push up tubes! Were all trying to reduce our carbon footprint and plastic consumption, so it was really important to me...https://www.etsy.com/listing/736717988/peppermint-vegan-lip-balm-eco-friendly?ref=yr_purchases
You could use one of those previously mentioned cotton pads to cover it if you're not into straight up metal in your ear.
There are also bamboo q-tips that are totally compostable.
Zero waste, ecological, wood & wire ear cleaner, designed to replace disposable cotton swabs, soon prohibited in the European Union due to its tremendous damage on the environment. https://www.yout...https://www.etsy.com/listing/579200564/zero-waste-reusable-ear-cleaner-handmade?ref=yr_purchases
This is quite a PROCESS
But I want to do what I can to intentionally love this here Earth & make it easier for others to do the same
Here's one & their toothpaste powder.
I've not tried or ordered it but it's another nice zero waste solution https://zerowastestore.com/collections/oral-hygiene/products/charcoal-mint-toothpowder
Your mouth will never feel more clean! Our all natural, zero waste charcoal and mint toothpowder has no triclosan, BPA, or any other nasty chemicals and it is also fluoride free. The baking soda and...https://zerowastestore.com/collections/oral-hygiene/products/charcoal-mint-toothpowder
BUT some DO accept Link &/or have link match! https://beherowastezero.com/zero-waste-stores-in-chicago/
The WasteShed is a nonprofit creative reuse center located in Chicago, we accept donations of reusable art supplies, school materials and office supplies, and make them available to the public for...https://www.thewasteshed.com/
Everytime I chuck something in, I make a note of what needs to be replaced in zero waste form.
This is definitely a process (which btw seems to feel/look a lot like minimalism &decluttering)
Any cheap hose version (that should not cost more than $30 at all) is absolutely fine - until you are ready/able to upgrade to a more expensive/complex one that allows for temperature modification.
Nothing in me sees the value for cost of the Tushy brand though
You can of course grow or purchase your own loofah - but those are always super painful to me.
I love scrubby gloves, and this is the closest eco friendly option I found:
I have a water cooler dispenser that most offices have. I don't get water delivered though. I take the empty jugs to refill at a filtered water station myself
However - this pandemic has me inside chugging water. So.. not super convenient
& though I'm team tap in most situations, I live on the south side of Chicago & I know damn well there's lead in the pipes so. naw.
TLDR: It's in your head; The companies are lying; It's terrible for the planet; No - you chucking the bottles in recycle bins doesn't fix it
1) I consume a lot of alcohol - but bc I don't plan to stop within the next 18 mo;
2) I want to support black&/or latinx&/or woman owned&/or local vineyards &breweries. Suggestions?;
3) Might consider kegs to reduce waste
The best zero waste booze option is probably me making my own hooch, but I haven't done that since I lived in FL.
...Not above running that back though.
I need to sort a zero waste first aid kit.
Will update on these thoughts later.
lots of folks have written about it & later I'll link more but I just want to turn attention to a company that goes out of its way to ensure that its dry food packaging is properly recycled by partnering with @terracycle https://openfarmpet.com/
If your fur baby isn't picky & it's within your budget to shift to lower waste options, it's nice to give it a try
I tweeted things about baby needs in a separate thread that I'll keep there for parenting stuff.
Cloth pads are cool and are available from a small black woman owned company at http://FortNegrita.com
Fort Negrita also shares a lot of helpful zero waste info and was my initial inspiration for learning to intentionally live more waste free years ago
As a result - I still have over a dozen unused flex cups. Will gladly mail to you if interested in trying em out
It's silicon, will last years, and came in primarily compostable packaging.
Good LUCK! and open to answering questions about all that here or on IG.
1) Laser Hair Removal. good option - check Groupon for deals
2)Epilators. rechargeable handheld devices that tweeze. Intense. Effective. Best for larger spaces (underarms; arms; legs) and not great for sensitive small spaces (upper lip; bikini)
This is how I was introduced to waxing. It's just Sugar + Water + Lemon boiled together.
Cheap. Easy to make. Also easy to make badly.
PLEASE watch vids & read on - not only making this properly, but using it properly, and storing it properly.
There are lots of different kinds of safety razors available. Some from larger companies, some on etsy from smaller ones. Check them out, read reviews, and consider your needs. I'll link some I've seen with good reviews
to ensure their razors and razor packaging are recyclable.
There are drop off points & mail in options https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/gillette#how-it-works
Same for plastic water filters.
I talked a bit above in this thread about not using bottled water so related to that...
Refuse - ACTIVELY say "no straw/plastic utensils" when ordering food. Contact folks who are shipping & ask if they can use no plastic. If it's in hella plastic - say no
If the shoes aren't in totally shit shape and you still like the style, go support your local cobbler. No need to buy a new pair. Print the wrong thing? Staple em together for a scrap notepad
Be mindful of trying to reduce recyclable waste too.
Does the company have a take back recycling program? Does your artsy friend have a need?
Also the state of the planet is not our fault - So don't feel guilty.
But we can still try to do our part.
Ok that's enough in this thread for today
but if you need to buy new it's nice to support responsible planet friendly companies.
& of course there's always good old craigslist
Advanced Zero Waste Tip:
(eat the rich)
Currently considering my gardening options.
There's more I have to share later about soft plastics but I already have 50lem tabs open atm so... later
AND there's 15% off with code: Shelbi
Nothing is there yet, but I traveled down a deep rabbit hole there. Obviously biking is better for the environment, but I wanna talk about offshoots like the naked bike ride & touring https://twitter.com/hjaybee/status/1254899882298654723?s=20
& I find it funny that we obsess over the "individualism" aspect of cars but then... https://twitter.com/hjaybee/status/1255287466711539712?s=20
TLDR: Lawns are tools of capitalist oppression. Grow food. https://twitter.com/hjaybee/status/1256011110391611392?s=20
This video was pretty helpful and it has a part 2...
- Carbon Offsets CAN help if done responsibly*; AND
- If you are continuing to make efforts to waste less.
* a: with orgs transparent about where money goes; and/or
b: with a local org doing environmental work
These big corporations don't actually care, and you generally can't control (or sometimes even KNOW) where the money goes.
Their calculations show I use less than the average american but, with contributing $11.30/monthly I could reach carbon neutrality.
That means they actually exist BECAUSE OF offset funding
If you find that it's too much to donate, consider also donating your time weekly, monthly, or quarterly by volunteering with them.
Being more conscious of it means you begin to make better small choices - that lead to better general habits - that lead to planet saving patterns
YES (again) we need to take these big companies to task &
YES we need to hold this corporations accountable
Until we see that progress and compliance and change, we can still try to do our part to save ourselves & the future.
I don't know heaps about them, but it's something to know exists https://nori.com/remove-carbon
In Chicago, most soft plastics cannot be recycled using our blue bin system.
BUT luckily, there's an option to find drop off points to bring our soft plastics to be handled responsibly: https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/recycling-bags-and-wraps/find-drop-off-location/
This made me think of other ways to reduce my energy/electricity consumption.
Price difference results pending
If the difference is as minor as I expect, worth it (for me)
This helps to save money + The planet.
They're available at home depot
I had someone ask for extra, and they were gifted to me.
Worth an ask
I'd like to do this indoors, but that requires running the dehumidifier in a specific space + a racking dry situation I've not yet sorted.
Hopefully that'll come.
Plastic itself is not the ultimate evil.
The problem is SINGLE USE plastic.
And general lack of mindfulness and waste.
THEN if you have a friend moving trying to downsize or you find some second hand plastic Tupperware, go for it!!
You don’t have to immediately fit into some minimal glass & wood Instagram worthy aesthetic to do good for the planet.
Only get what you absolutely need that will actuall add value to your life (REDUCE)
Those small shifts in mindset
Make small shifts in behaviour
& make a big change for our world