Gurl, you are already fabulous just the way you are. Don’t listen to the media! Say no to all their silly little products because you are perfect already without them. Not only will it be better for you, but it will also be better for the environment.
If you have every tried to make your own face mask, you may have discovered that you often have some leftover. I came across this problem last weekend when I had made a mask with 1 mashed banana, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp turmeric. I loved it and it worked great, but I didn’t want to waste the leftovers.
To prevent wasting it, take an ice cube tray and fill it with the leftovers, store it in the freezer. Once mine were frozen I just popped them out into a reusable bag. A couple days later I felt like doing the face mask again and I just pulled it out of the freezer and mashed it up in the bowl. You could warm it up, but I found the leaving it cold and frozen was really nice.
Over the past couple months I’ve been working to narrow what I use in the bathroom and try to greatly reduce the waste that I produce. Currently I am still using shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in plastic bottles. But once I finish those I will be looking to switch to things like bar soap and bulk conditioner. For now, these are some simple changes that I’ve been able to make over the past couple of months.
The first thing I switched to were bamboo toothbrushes from the brand brush with bamboo. It was a little hard to get use to the texture of them at first, because I had grow up using hard plastic toothbrushes my whole life. But after a month of using them it was completely normal and now I will never want to go back to using plastic ones. And it seems that my gums are a lot healthier thanks to the softer bristles.
After toothbrushes came lotion. I’ve never been a big user of lotion, but my skin has been a lot drier this year. (Probably due to moving to a drier climate.) For my face I started using jojoba oil that I got in bulk and then I switch to sweet almond oil when I was at home over break. Now I am currently using a mix of the two every morning and my skin has never looked better. I don’t use lotion on the majority of my body, but my feet and legs tend to get dry. So once in a while I try to use some zero waste body butter I made, using this recipe.
The last couple switches only happened over christmas break. For christmas my mom gave me a safety razor, which works wonderfully! And I made homemade chapstick to replace the tube of Burt’s Bees chapstick that I had been using. Then finally and probably my most used and recent switch is a stainless steel tongue cleaner I got for christmas. I use this twice a day after I brush my teeth and I find it way more effective than scraping my tongue with a plastic toothbrush, like I use to do.
Eventually I would like to make my own toothpaste and deodorant when I run out of the ones I am currently using. And I think it would be fun to experiment with making my own makeup. But that is very low priority on my list because I given up wearing make up all together.
Let me know if you’ve been working to switch to a zero waste lifestyle and what changes you’ve made so far.