Zero Waste is not something that happens overnight, it’s a process. It takes time to do your research and find suitable alternatives. I’ve found it helps a lot to focus on one thing or area in your house at a time, otherwise, you can seriously overwhelm yourself which in turn makes you want to give up zero waste altogether.
Zero Waste Beauty
Last year I focused on our bathroom waste. I kept a record of the items that ended up in our bathroom bin and then researched zero waste alternatives. I was particularly inspired by Bea Johnson’s book called Zero Waste Home. Bea takes zero waste to the extreme but she also has a lot of practical tips and tricks in her book.
I finished reading her book last year and now use it as a reference for when I want to make a switch to something zero waste.
Read: Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life – Book Review
Zero Waste Make Up Remover
One switch that I’m particularly happy with is my makeup remover. Previously, I had been using baby wipes, I know awful right! I used them because they were cheaper than makeup remover wipes and they were quick and easy to use. However, the waste in our bin used to really pile up which I hated. That and the fact that baby wipes aren’t recyclable.
Baby wipes were labelled “the biggest villain of 2015” by the Guardian. The wipes aren’t biodegradable which means they often end up blocking up sewers or getting washed up on our beaches. Basically, the world would be a much better place without them.
In my search for an alternative, I came across a website called Cheeky Wipes. They sell washable bamboo baby wipes which I purchased. I use them with my coconut oil.
Zero Waste Body Exfoliator
I have now stopped using any sort of shop bought exfoliators on my body and instead, I just use my *wooden body brush. Not only is it fantastic for your skin but it’s also cheap. Once you have bought your brush that’s all you need.
There are lots of benefits to body brushing including stimulating your lymphatic system, cleaning pores, reduces cellulite and increasing your circulation.
Read: Thrifty Skincare Routine
Zero Waste Hair Removal
When it comes to zero waste for hair removal there are five main options… buy a *safety razor, buy an epilator, buy an electronic shaver, undergo laser hair removal or stop shaving! Personally, I opted for the epilator but oh my life does it hurt!
I have been using it for a few months now but if anything the pain seems to be getting worse rather than better. It does help if you have a bath before you epilate but only marginally. I’m finding myself avoiding it for as long as possible which isn’t really sustainable, especially as we will soon be going into Spring and Summer.
On the plus side, it’s a plugin epilator so I don’t have to worry about battery waste for it. Although we have just purchased a reusable battery unit, which I’m very pleased with but that’s another post.
I’m thinking I may have to bite the bullet and purchase a safety razor although they do scare me. Maybe I could use a combination of the two?
Zero Waste Periods
One of my zero waste switches that I’m most proud of is making the switch to reusable sanitary pads. Granted this one isn’t for everyone but personally, I’d never go back to using disposables.
I have slowly built up my stash and I haven’t used a disposable pad for well over a year now. I have tested a variety of different pads and definitely have my favourites. I’ve also got a wet bag which is great for storing used pads when I’m out and about.
If you are interested in making the switch then check out my Getting Started with Cloth Pads post. Also, I’m more than happy to answer any questions you may have, just leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.
An even better solution would be something like a MoonCup but they are really not for me!
Zero Waste Skin
For my skin, I have stopped using creams and instead, I just drink lots of green tea. Green Tea is known for its anti-ageing properties due to the polyphenol in it which helps to neutralise harmful free radicals which can cause damage to the skin and speed up the ageing process.
When my face is particularly dry, especially during the winter months. I use an oil based hydrating serum which contains Maracuja Oil, Olive Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and my skin feels really nice after using it. It comes in a glass bottle which is recyclable but obviously not zero waste.
All of the above switches I made last year. I think it’s a good start into zero waste beauty but there is definitely room for improvement.
I’ve said before that I want to switch to wooden bamboo toothbrushes but I’m put off by the price. This is where my eco and thrifty head clash big time!
I’m keen to find a good homemade deodorant but one that doesn’t make me sweat. A lot of the natural ones stop the smell but not the sweat. I’m quite a sweaty person and the thought of having wet patches under my arms freaks me out.
At the moment I still use my Maxfactor makeup, it’s the one thing that I’m really struggling to switch. These days I don’t wear makeup as often as I used too but when I do I’m quite fussy and like it to stay on for as long as possible without touchups, hence why I use Maxfactor.
One thing that I am going to switch is my bronzing pearls. My old, shop bought, ones have finally run out and I plan to replace them with cinnamon. It may sound odd but apparently, it works really well and we always have cinnamon in our kitchen cupboard.
I have no doubt I’ll write a post on it in the future so check back soon to see how I get on or ‘Subscribe to my Tribe‘ for updates.
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