Lately I’ve been really conscious about the amount of waste, especially plastic waste, I accumulate throughout a year. I mean in my bathroom alone there is waste from my toothbrushes, disposable razors and plastic bottles from my hair products and shower gels. That is a hell of a lot of plastic.
So I figured I would do something about it. Starting with my bathroom, I am trying to go zero waste.
A few months ago I bought a bunch of bamboo toothbrushes fromSave Some Green.
I was sceptical at first whether I would like the bamboo handle or not, especially whilst brushing my teeth. It was new and slightly odd. But I have to say, I actually much preferred it.
Bamboo toothbrushes are a great choice for a number of reasons. For one, it’s one hundred percent biodegradable, unlike every other plastic alternative. Another interesting fact, that I didn’t realise, is that bamboo is actually naturally antimicrobial. This means that theoretically, you won’t have to worry about bacteria growing in your handle. Winning!
My next zero waste bathroom purchase was my safety razor by Bambaw.
This was a scary one for me, because double edge blades look terrifying to use. But once you get used to using them and adjusting the pressure, they work a treat.
Not only is a safety razor more environmentally friendly because the blades can be easily recycled, whereas conventional plastic razors cannot, and end up in our landfills and oceans. But they are cost effective too. The blades can be bought in bulk for fairly cheap, a lot cheaper than one pack of half decent disposable, plastic razors.
My final purchases were shampoo and conditioner bars from Lush. Oh how I love Lush!
They shampoo and conditioner bars are to die for. I’ve used them before and they do wonders for my hair. These glorious little bars can last up to 80+ washes. You would never think that to look at them, but they really can. If you keep them in little tins after they have dried up, they will last a very long time. Another good thing about these tins, is that you can purchase the bars and pop them straight into a tin, without getting any packaging. Zero waste – ya see.
I still have to buy a suitable soap, but I still have a tonne of shower gel to get through first. Waste not, want not. And I need to find a toothpaste I really like, I think I might try the tabs from Lush because the plastic bottles they use for them are recycled plastic, and you can return the bottles back to them once you’re done, which is great.
Never in my life did I think I would care so much about my waste, mainly plastic waste. But since going vegan I’ve found myself caring more and more about the environment and I want to do everything I can to protect and preserve this beautiful planet we call home.
All we can do is our best, and something is always better than nothing. No matter how big or small.
Peace & Love, Sian