Christmas isn’t exactly the time for most people to be thinking about the environment, right? But, in fact, it’s one of the most important times to be taking our environmental impact into consideration, since a lot of our waste is created within the holiday season. So today I thought I’d tell you a little bit about the simple swaps that I’ve made recently to cut down on my own waste. I’m by no means an expert, or zero waste (for now), but these swaps are simple, cheap, and easy!
(This post mainly focuses on beauty(ish) products. A post on kitchen swaps etc is coming soon!)
Shampoo, Conditioner, and Soap Bars
They’re inexpensive, better for the environment, and work just as well as your usual bottled soaps! I’ve only recently swapped over, but I’m already raving about them to everyone I know! I bought mine from &Keep, but you can buy them in my health stores and online!
Reusable Cotton Pads
I don’t know about you, but as someone who wears makeup, I get through a LOT of cotton pads when it comes to cleansing. I used to get through at least 90+ a month, but since swapping to reusable cotton pads I’ve saved so much money. Once used, just pop them in the wash and they’re good as new, and can be used over 1000 times! How great is that?!
Okay, this might not be for everyone, but I wanted to stop buying toothpaste in a plastic tube and these looked interesting to me. You crunch them between your front teeth until they form a toothpaste consistency, then brush away as usual! You can also just buy toothpaste in a non-plastic tube, but these come in a bag made of paper so, for me, they’re super convenient. Again, I bought mine from &Keep, but you can find them everywhere online.
A Bamboo Hairbrush
My old hairbrush finally broke on me the other week, so I decided to replace it with a bamboo brush from Wearth. I’m obsessed with it. It’s gentler on my hair, looks pretty on my nightstand, and is a way more sustainable option than a plastic brush.
I never really thought that much about the amount of waste created by disposable period products until recently, and so I swapped over to an Organicup! It lasts up to ten years and is even packaged in plastic-free materials, which means basically zero waste! I bought mine from superdrug, but they’re available to buy basically anywhere!
Have you bought any of these things before? Would you consider buying them?