going plastic free. less is more. zero waste life.
Updated: Apr 12, 2020
Lets just jump right in.... #plasticfree is SUPER TIME CONSUMING and REALLY DIFFICULT in the beginning but as you get used to it and become aware of your ever purchase it GETS EASIER. I am trying daily and will not give up on this mission but I am failing a lot. Here is a list of what I have found for replacements in the bathroom. (always remember you can look up recipes to make your own products too) AND remember to keep using what you already have. Some of these items will last a lifetime or can be repurposed for something else. If you are going to get rid of things please donate to a local thrift shop or shelter.
So, I began in the.. the bathroom. I went through everything. Any product that had chemicals in it that I could not pronounce or I didn't know what it was I gave away and never bought again. Then I went through each item and really thought about whether I needed it or not. Did I actually use it? Does it work the way I want it to? Can I accomplish the same results with another item? This not only helped me to clean out and declutter but also to really look at what I needed? You don't need 4 hairbrushes. You don't need 45 hair clips. You don't need all the products.
And I want to say and I will say over and over. If you already have a plastic brush there is no reason to stop using it just to buy a wooden one. Don't be wasteful just to have no plastic. Which is hard sometimes. I want to look around my house and not even see it anymore. But there are some items that I may be able to use the rest of my life.
Here are somethings that I have not transitioned to yet but will once I run out of the product I already have.... Vinegar, lemon, salt and baking soda for all cleaning. I still have some cleaning products to finish up using but once they are done I will not buy again. If only vinegar didn't come in large plastic containers :( #weneedplasticfreevinegar #plasticfreecleaning #chemicalfreecleaning
Toothbrush- Bamboo with Charcoal Bristles (honestly I have not had good luck with these. They don't brush well, and they get moldy quickly) So, I am leaning towards electric toothbrushes with replaceable tops. Still plastic but thats the best I have come up with so far.
Hairbrush- Wooden or Bamboo. There are so many options.
Hair ties- Organic Cotton (kooshoo - you can make these also) or Old stockings cut up into ties! Metal hair clips or bobby pins.
Deodorant- this is a whole blog post on its own :)
Shampoo- Bars are the first thought but I haven't found one that did not dry my hair out. So, I am gonna stick with Apple Cider Vinegar for now.
Conditioner- See above answer :)
Razor- Wax or Stainless Steel
Makeup Remover - Coconut Oil
Lotion - Coconut Oil
There is so much more... but this is what I have found so far. I will create another post as I learn more and replace items. Also, I think it is really important to point out and remember that you DO NOT NEED all the products. Coconut oil and apple cider vinegar can be used for so much!
Going plastic and clutter free creates a beautiful space.
#simpleandsustainable #makeityourself #lessstuffmakesforcalmerspace #createacozyhome #cleanhometips #clutterfreetips #stuffismakingmestressed #shityoudontneed #bathroommakeover #ecofriendlybathroom #lessplasticmoremoney #saynotoproducts #saynotomorestuff