I am not zero waste; in fact, I am far from it. I give in to the convenience of a supermarket and that often entails waste. I am also not currently personally buying all the food I eat, so that leaves me slightly out of control of my zero ‘waste ish ness’ – or at least for now it’s a good excuse.
That being said, I am dedicated to reducing the rubbish I produce. The zero-waste trend was never supposed to be about a small handful of people doing things perfectly, just as veganism, avoiding palm oil, reducing your car usage or any environmental movement was supposed to be. It’s about lots of people doing things ‘imperfectly’, lots of people making a few simple changes that really can make a huge difference to our environment.
Here are just a few simple products which I now use every day for my care routine which reduce my waste and my carbon footprint. Plus I just really like them.
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I love this slightly less conventional toothpaste, and there are loads of different types and brands out there; powder, tablets, paste. Whatever your preference it’s out there in zero-waste fashion.
An abundance of flavours are readily available, my favourites are activated charcoal and English peppermint. I find charcoal toothpaste really satisfying! But the peppermint gives you that traditional minty toothpaste zing!
I am yet to try any other brand, Georganics is just what I stuck with and with a click it can be ordered off amazon. They are also completely natural – free from chemicals, vegan, handmade in the UK and all packaging is recyclable and biodegradable. Their tooth powders, paste and tablets all come in a recyclable/ reusable glass jar with aluminium lid and the external box is biodegradable.
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They also do mouthwash and dental floss!
I could write a whole article on the environmental impact of plastic toothbrushes and why they should be banished. But In short in the UK alone, there is a potential for 264 million brushes to be thrown away each year. This is assuming toothbrushes are thrown away every 3 months according to dentists’ advice.
Therefore, I believe that switching to a biodegradable toothbrush is the easiest and best way to significantly reduce your waste – and you can get cool kids ones too!
Let’s be loyal and stick with Georganics, they make some great ones. Their toothbrushes are made from sustainable FSC beechwood or bamboo, the bristles are made from BPA free Nylon. Not currently biodegradable (I don’t think – the topic seems pretty indecisive), but they do offer a ‘zero to landfill scheme’ where you can Freepost 10 toothbrush heads back to them. Majority of these wooden brushes have BPA fee Nylon, some appear to claim that these are compostable but others offer a return service for the bristles and they have their own recycling scheme. I think you can get biodegradable bristles when they are made out of pig hair, however, these aren’t vegan and I think everyone agrees a bit of nylon is better than the usual plastic brushes.
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Use an electric toothbrush?
Get 100% recyclable toothbrush heads. Lots of places now take back your toothbrush heads once used so they can recycle them for you.
Soap and shampoo bars
Soap bars have been a thing for a long time now, simply they are much better than liquid soap counterparts.
Did you know that you need 6x the amount of liquid soap to do the same task as a solid zero-waste bar? And it has 10x the carbon footprint of soap bars!
So if bar soap is so great why are we still producing plastic for shampoos and conditioner?? This is a switch I started a while back now when good ol’ lush started producing the goods.
Here’s a favourite shampoo of mine from amazon:
I haven’t used aerosols for a while, and I have felt much better for it. Ever had clogged pores?! Yeah don’t use aerosols, they contain aluminium which is just bad for you. Natural ingredients are both better for you and the environment – you’re not adding to your carbon footprint every time you spray an aerosol. Plus they are really effective.
I have tried roll-on, and bars but I have always come back to one I was introduced to a while back. Its vegan, natural with no aluminium or other minerals and it comes in a refillable glass bottle. Weleda does this deodorant in different scents but I love the sage one. Weleda is a brand I really like and they do lots of other great products – their body oil is awesome.
Need a makeup remover?
Want a moisturiser?
Craving hair conditioner?
Coconut oil does it all, it’s just perfect. Brilliant for sensitive dry skin moisturises hair and if you use it with a flannel or similar reusable cloth, it’s a super-effective makeup remover. Much better than facial wipes, which are wasteful, and they just irritate my skin. Plus you can use it for cooking or making your own products AND lasts forever!
Want to know anything else about the products I use or how I am committed to being environmentally conscious and reducing the amount of rubbish I produce? Let me know!