I’ve been trying quite a few new products in my attempt to replace products in plastic packaging with zero waste alternatives. Some of them have been awful, some have been bearable, but I’ve also found quite a few products that have eclipsed their wasteful counterparts. So, what are some of my current standout personal care items?
Menstruation is one of those things that society is really uncomfortable talking about even though it happens to roughly 50% of the population and is a necessary part of our ability to continue as a species. Periods are at best a minor inconvenience and at their worst, they prevent young girls from accessing education or isolating them from a society because they are seen as “impure.” Periods can also wreak havoc on the planet because of the products we use to manage them. The average person will menstruate for 40 years and use approximately 20 tampons per cycle, a total of 9,600 tampons in a lifetime. Not only is that a lot of waste, it’s also a lot of money. Fortunately, there are a myriad of products on the market that will make your cycle easier on the planet and your wallet.
One of my last swaps in moving towards a zero waste bathroom has been changing over from a plastic razor with disposable razor cartridges to a safety razor. I’ve been shaving my legs for a decade, meaning I’ve gone through hundreds of razor blades that have all ended up in the trash. Not only that, but women’s razor blades are ridiculously overpriced, with a 4-pack of my old razor blades running $16. Obviously, the most zero waste approach to shaving would be to forego shaving entirely, but that just isn’t my thing. So in an effort to shave money and reduce my waste, I ordered safety razor from Wowe. I ordered a razor with a bamboo handle that is both aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. I was particularly impressed with Wowe when my package arrived because everything was packaged in cardboard, proving their commitment to sustainability.
At this point, I’ve tried a few different toothpaste products in the effort to maintain good oral hygiene without throwing plastic tubes of conventional toothpaste. I made my own (which was no good) and also tried the Tooth Fairy tooth powder from LUSH. I didn’t love Tooth Fairy because it was a bit messy to use and didn’t last long enough to be worth the $9.95 price tag. So, on a recent trip to Whole Foods, I picked up the Uncle Harry’s Brushing Soap.
A few weeks ago I ran out of my regular toothpaste and so I decided it was time to give DIY toothpaste a go. As I am still early on in my zero-waste journey, there are still plenty of leftovers from my old lifestyle that I am working my way through, like Q-Tips, conditioner, and floss. These everyday items are convenient, necessary, and have fewer zero-waste alternatives. The first of my “scary swaps” was toothpaste, and unfortunately, my first go at it was a bit of a fail. Read More
A few weeks ago, I wrote about some of the ways that I am reducing waste in my kitchen. The other focal point in my zero-waste journey has been in my bathroom. I’ve been guilty in the past of being a bathroom product junkie, testing out different face masks, shampoos, and liquid body soaps in the hopes of finding the best in each category. I’ve also had a bad habit of not recycling in the bathroom. When bottles ran out I would simply toss them because I was too lazy to rinse them out and place them in the recycling bin mere feet away in the kitchen. I still have quite a few swaps to make in the bathroom (and one swap I will not be making) before I reach my desired goal, but I’m really happy with most of the swaps and they are easy enough for anyone to make. Read More
This may be a little more than you’d care to read, but I’m gonna be honest. I am a sweaty girl. I can put on a shirt when I get ready in the morning and by 9 am when I’m at work I’m keeping my arms as close to my body as possible because I can feel the pit stains forming. So a good antiperspirant is very important to me. A lot of people opt for “natural” deodorants because they don’t like the ingredients (like aluminum) in your typical drugstore deodorant. Not me, I would cover my pits in sheets of aluminum foil if it kept me dry all day. Now, thankfully, I don’t have to do that.