How many times you walk into your bathroom and you cannot believe how many products you have? How many times you buy the same products every month when they run out? How much money do you spend every month in toiletries? How much plastic and chemicals are actually used every year to produce the products you are using?
Here some data:
- Around 23,000 tonnes of toothbrushes end up in US landfill every year (a figure that would be higher if more people changed their toothbrushes every three months as recommended),
- 2008, the cosmetics industry created 120.8 billion units of packaging (40% was rigid plastic)
- the average British Woman spends £70.000 on her appearances in a lifetime (£1,352 a year, half on it on face care alone)
What if I tell you that with 10 easy changes you could minimise your personal waste and the use of plastic, save money and the planet at the same time? Sounds too good to be true? Well, it is possible!
- Let’s start with a very easy one: Bamboo Toothbrushes. I have already talked about the Humble Brush, but to be honest there are a lot of companies using bamboo as the main element to produce their toiletries products. Lately, I am buying my bamboo toothbrush from Hydrophil, a German company that ships in all Europe at very reasonable prices. They also have nice bundles with different products and family packs. I particularly like their toothbrush, the brush itself is very strong and it doesn’t break or ruin very easily, the shape of the holder is actually round, super comfortable to turn in different angles whilst brushing your teeth.
- Soap bars. I have stopped using liquid soaps and most important, I have stopped using all those chemicals commercial face care products that promise to change your skin forever but in fact, don’t do anything at all. Oh, that is not true actually, I have used for years scrubs and now my skin is super sensitive in few areas and takes very long time to regenerate, meaning that when I have a pimple, my skin takes weeks to get back to normal.
I also use the same soap for my face and my body now, and my skin looks much better than before. I don’t have a favourite one, I like to try different ones as long as they are organic, natural, fairtrade and gentle on the skin.
- Solid shampoo and conditioner. Even in this case, I have stopped using liquid products. I have never been very good in working out how much shampoo and conditioner I actually needed, so I always ended up using too much and finish the whole bottle in a month…and most of the time there was a lot of product left at the bottom that I couldn’t reach and use.
Now I am usually buying solid shampoo from Lush, which is definitely very good but it can be a bit expensive sometimes, so if you are on a budget and looking for a very nice one lasting like 2 whole bottles of liquid shampoo and with a nice smell of coconut, then you should definitely try Secret Provence Shampoo for dull and damaged hair: it is bio, vegan and free from sulphates, colourants, parabens and preservatives. I personally love it! They have different shampoo and products for different needs and you can find the whole selection here.
- Safety razor. Instead of buying those female plastic razors, you can just buy this one for life and change the blades every2/4 months if need it.
- Reusable cotton pads. Stop wasting your money on the disposable cotton pads and choose the washable ones as the most valuable solution! You can wash them in the washing machine and they last for years. I bought 5 of them for £7 and they are still perfect after months of washing.
- Menstrual cup. Use it instead of tampons and normal sanitary pads during your period….One menstrual cup lasts for years and costs the same as you would spend on disposables in 6-8 months. The average woman uses around 11,000 disposable sanitary products in a lifetime, which end up in the sea or landfill. Pretty impressive, huh?
The most famous one is probably MoonCup, which comes in 2 different sizes but it is plenty of choices out there!
- Solid toothpaste. I am personally trying the solid toothpaste with peppermint oil from LAMAZUNA and I am finding it very interesting. It saves a lot of space, it is practical, vegan, cruelty-free, and the rich formulation that makes up for two conventional tubes of toothpaste.
- Recycle everything and find a second use to things before throwing them away. I am currently using a glass pod originally for a candle, to store my eye pencils.
- Make your own natural tonic. Instead of buying a new one every month from the shops, you can make your own natural tonic at home using not more than 3 ingredients, find my homemade skin tonic recipe here.
- Use lemon juice and coconut oil for your skin care. Lemon juice is very good to help in removing scars and fight pimples, coconut oil can be used as a makeup remover or instead of the normal face cream, it is also very good to calm irritated skin.If anyone of you ladies reading this has new suggestion to add, please don’t be shy: the more we stop wasting, the more we save money and our planet!
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