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The concept of zero waste is something that I have been interested in for a long time now, right back to my uni days in Wales. However, I find even thinking about the process overwhelming. I mean where do you start?
When you actually start to take note of how much waste your family produces on a daily, weekly and monthly basis I think you’d be shocked by what you saw.
I’m currently reading Bea Johnson’s book called Zero Waste Home which has really inspired me to give zero waste a go. Her whole philosophy is based around having less stuff so they can feel less stressed, have more time and have more life experiences. It’s definitely a ‘collect memories not things’ kind of life and it sounds wonderful.
Zero Waste Beauty
I have decided to start the process of going zero waste by splitting it into manageable chunks starting with our beauty and health care routines.
I’m also conducting a mammoth decluttering process as I’ve come to the conclusion that stuff stresses me out. So far it’s going really well and I have taken bag after bag to the local charity shops and also sold off any larger items. There is still a long way to go but I will get there eventually.
I bulk buy Epsom salt to use in the bath which is fantastic for relaxing muscles and detoxifying the body. The only other beauty products I use besides that are a moisturiser, eye cream, toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, and deodorant.
I drink a lot of herbal teas which have some fantastic health benefits. Beauty comes from within and all that!
The things that I want to look into next are…
In the UK we throw away millions of toothbrushes every year and as they can’t be recycled they go straight to landfill. They then take hundreds of years to breakdown. Bamboo toothbrushes, however, rot down.
My only problem so far with making the switch is that currently I generally pay £1 for two toothbrushes whereas the bamboo ones start from £2 each!
I need to do some more research to see where I can get them cheaper. I don’t want this exercise to start costing us more money. I also need to find some that only come in cardboard packaging which I can put into our composter otherwise the zero waste side of it is pointless.
Switching from Disposable Razors to an Epilator
This one is a difficult one because I still need to shave my legs; I’m not quite ready for the au natural look just yet! At the moment I currently use disposable razors which, to be honest, are pretty rubbish anyway and you can get through a lot in a month if you are keeping on top of things.
My plan is to buy an epilator to replace them although I am guessing I will need to buy a rechargeable one, if there is such a thing, otherwise I’m then going to need batteries which are more waste!
I also very much doubt I will find an epilator which doesn’t come in packaging which again is more waste. Do you see the issue with this? It’s actually really hard to go zero waste. I suppose I would only buy it once though so if I can find one that just comes in cardboard at least I could compost that.
I have already attempted to go ‘no poo‘ with my hair which was an epic failure! Perhaps I need to do a bit more research into this to see if I can find something that works with my hair. I also currently dye my hair with nasty package, chemical laden, stuff which I’d love to get away from.
Update: Switching to Natural Hair Dye
I recently saw a DIY natural hair lightener tutorial on Pinterest which I’d like to give a go. I can make up the solution at home using everyday household items which is great.
These are the first three things that I’m going to look into and if successful I guess I’ll take it on from there. Possible future things I will look into include homemade mouthwash, homemade toothpaste and homemade makeup.
I am certainly not naive enough to think that we could ever go completely zero waste, we are not that organised, but even if we can reduce the amount of waste we produce by half I think we’d be doing okay.
Image Credit: Sergey Zolkin