My bathroom used to be a place filled with chemicals, lotions with ingredients I couldn’t pronounce, and plastic packaged items left right and centre which would only be sent to landfill so I could buy another bottle of pure crap. These days my bathroom still contains the aforementioned items… just a heck of a lot less of them! My bathroom is a reminder that a zero waste lifestyle is a process. It takes time, research and creativity to find what is right for you – especially when it comes to your health and the things you put on your body! I have been able to make a few zero waste switches which I will never look back on, a few zero waste switches that I’m still finding my feet with, and a few zero waste switches that are still but an idea inside my little brain. Enjoy the following tasty zero waste bathroom morsels… (Trigger warning: menstrual cup).
1. Hello safety razor, goodbye plastic razor!
I was gifted a safety razor for my birthday and I freaking LOVE it. It leaves your skin smooth like a dolphin. You will feel like you can walk on water after shaving with a safety razor. You will be able to turn water into wine. I kid. I just want to get across how magical it is. Plus, you wont have to throw out plastic razors any longer! You do need to clean out a safety razor, as little hairs can get stuck between the blade and the head of the razor. The blades also need replacing after a while, however they can be recycled.
I think my razor was purchased from The Shaver Shop.
2. DIY deodorant!
Just today, I used the last of my aluminium filled aerosol deodorant and decided it was time to make my own using a recipe tried and tested by my friend Sally. Now that footy season is over, I can test out home made deodorant without worrying about smelling like a sewer, plus I will be avoiding nasty chemicals, and won’t be creating more landfill waste.
The recipe I was given was:
- 1 cup coconut oil (you may have to melt it)
- half a cup of baking soda
- a dash of apple cider vinegar
I added in some tea tree essential oil that I had in the cupboard. I didn’t wear any deodorant today as I hardly left the house, but tomorrow I will give it a test run!
3. Menstrual cup – aka putting a Juju up your juju (as so eloquently put by my friend Ashleigh HAHA)
Another magical birthday gift. You know you’re best friends when she buys you a menstrual cup. This product is amazing. One reusable menstrual cup will replace the THOUSANDS of tampons I would have used across my pre-menopausal life span. One reusable menstrual cup will save countless tampons from ended up in landfill. Menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone and are far better for body than bleached tampons.
However, I won’t lie – this is one of the zero waste switches I am still finding my feet with. Inserting it was not a problem. Removing it was difficult and scary and I still feel ill thinking about it! I actually resorted to using tampons for the remainder of my cycle and felt like an asshole. However, I will not give up hope. I will build up the courage to use that little silicone vessel next month as I have heard SO many positive reviews!
The brand that was purchased for me was the Juju brand. There are a range of different brands, each with varying models and sizes.
You can take a quiz to find out which cup may be best suited to you here.
4. Package free soap.
I have purchased soap from Goaty Goodness Soaps. I bought the soap made from beeswax, olive oil and castile soap, however if you are vegan, this ain’t the soap for you.
Soap can be bought in bulk from bulk stores such as The Wasteless Pantry, online at Ethique or Biome, or locally at various farmers or makers markets.
5. Exfoliating coffee scrub.
This was another birthday gift. My friends seem to fund my zero waste life haha. This coffee scrub bar was bought from The Raw Kitchen and leaves your skin feeling blessed by heaven’s angels. I love coming home after a long day playing sport and scrubbing the day away. If you work in a cafe, have a coffee machine, or have access to coffee grounds, you could easily make a coffee scrub yourself too.
6. Tweezers instead of getting my brows waxed.
I’m growing up as a millennial in a world where I feel the pressure to have my ‘brows on fleek’ 24/7, bur the truth is, I’m not Kylie Jenner 😦 I used to spend $55 every 5 weeks getting my eyebrows waxed and tinted however I think I am going to settle with plucking the stray hairs myself. I will likely cave and get them reshaped every 6 months or so, but I will definitely avoid the tinting.
7. Moisturiser filled from bulk dispensers into my own container.
I honestly think my legs are made of snake skin. They are so dry so avoiding moisturiser just isn’t an option for me. The best plastic-free and zero waste solution I have found to work for me has been dispensing moisturiser from bulk containers at The Wasteless Pantry. I take my own pump bottle (a repurposed plastic bottle from a previous moisturiser purchased) into the store and fill up the bottle with as much or as little as I need. It is naturally scented with rose petal and is palm oil free.
8. Reusable face wipes to replace baby wipes.
I used to be obsessed with baby wipes. I would use that shit for everything. I made the switch to reusable face wipes pretty early on in my zero waste journey as it just made sense! No pesky chemicals on my face, and nothing but water is needed to clean off make up and oil build up. I also save money as I’m not buying baby wipes every week. I chose to buy the wipes because I am lazy and don’t know how to use a sewing machine, but you can make your own wipes from material purchased from an op shop if you’re handy unlike me.
9. And finally – the items I still use that are not zero waste or plastic-free! (bar the deodorant).
When my toothbrush gets old, I will replace it with a bamboo toothbrush.
In terms of toothpaste, there are some recipes for home made toothpaste. I have made it before and used it for a few days before the jar it was in fell on the floor and smashed. I am a little skeptical about the use of homemade toothpaste so I will be consulting my dentist before making the switch. If I don’t feel comfortable using homemade toothpaste, I will have to settle for toothpaste sold in recyclable packaging.
I used to fill up my own containers of shampoo and conditioner at the bulk store, however I found that the shampoo and conditioner was making my hair so dry and unmanageable. When my shampoo and conditioner runs out, I will try a few homemade recipes for each, or start to buy shampoo and conditioner bars.
Happy end of Plastic Free July everyone! I hope it was amazing.