These are simple switches you can make to reduce the use of plastic.
Instead of the shampoo in a shampoo bottle, you can use a shampoo bar. You’ll get them in all package-free online shops. You could also look for a package free shop in your city, I am sure you will find shampoo bars there. When you search for them online, try out using Ecosia – a search engine that plants trees and started a whole range of projects making this planet a little greener.
Instead of the single-use plastic razors, you could invest in a reusable razor. If you are interested in how to use them and what has been my experience switching to a reusable razor, you can head to the blog post My experience using a reusable razor.
You could either use deodorant that comes in glass spray bottles – or you could start making your own. You only need three ingredients and it works very well – even better than any I have used before. You can find out how to make your own deodorant in this blog post.
(4) Cleaning Products
Fortunately, one can find more and more ecological cleaning products in conventional supermarkets or also online. Most of them, nevertheless, you could replace – I started using vinegar mixed with water for cleaning, and it works well. Remember: starting a sustainable lifestyle is not about throwing away old products and replacing them with new ones. Use up the cleaning products you already have before switching to sustainable alternatives. 🙂
(5) Toothbrush & Toothpaste & Dental floss
Simply switch to a bamboo brush! 🙂 Once you stop using it, you can put it into the biological waste or the compost. Concerning the toothpaste: most package – free shops stock up on sustainable toothpaste sold in a glass jar. You could have a look there. Alternatively, you could make your own toothpaste mixing baking soda, coconut oil, and a little bit of essential oil – I would recommend mint. If you don’t feel very confident with that solution, you could have a look at your local drugstore, sometimes you find toothpastes that might come in plastic packaging, yet are made of natural ingredients instead of pure chemicals. Those are ecologically not as harmful as conventional ones. Zero Waste (online) shops also stock up on dental floss in a glass jar. That way, you avoid the plastic packaging and reduce your waste.
There are a few options for replacing tampons and single-use pads. You could use a menstruation cup – they come in different (usually three) sizes. You don’t feel it at all (compared to tampons), you can leave it for up to 12 hours and you can do exercise without problem. You could also switch to reusable pads which you can wash and then use again. Same applies to underwear made for menstruating. Two popular brands for those are Thinx and Luna Pads – if you click on the link, you get to their homepages where you will find more information on how they work.
that’s how simple it is – by switching to an alternative and choosing another product, you can considerably reduce your use of plastic and avoid that more plastic ends up in our oceans. In most cases, these alternatives are also much kinder to your body and health – consider the chemical products you use for cleaning your home and switching to natural ones.
Enjoy trying out something new, and if you have any questions, feel free to message me here. 🙂
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