I’ve been thinking a lot about reducing waste. You know those people who put all of their rubbish in a tiny jar to show how everything else has been recycled, composted, or reused? I wanna be that person. Alas, I’m not. I’m still pretty unimpressive in terms of environmental awareness. But, you know me, I always think small steps in the right direction are better than nothing. With that in mind, here are 5 little ways I’ve been trying to cut down on unnecessary waste.
Shampoo bars – I get through a lot of shampoo. I love it. I’ll buy multiple bottles at once (although I have calmed down a little recently.) Going through that amount of plastic seemed crazy when I realised naked shampoo / shampoo bars were a thing.
I researched which would be right for my hair, and thanks to Lush having a huge range, I could pick multiple. I’ve been using Honey I’ve Washed My Hair recently which smells like honey and leaves my hair really soft and shiny. It’s so easy to use, and I bought a one off tin to keep all future shampoo bars in. I’m officially converted – less wasteful, vegan and cruelty free, handmade and a gorgeous product. Like, what else could I want?
Crochet cotton pads – I like to crochet. I’m not very good at it, but little simple tutorials like this one are good entertainment of an evening. It hadn’t occured to me how wasteful cotton pads are, I mean, I use 2 – 4 every day on my skin. And I throw them away. And I buy another 80 pack, and do it all again. So, this tutorial from Moral Fibres was exciting. It recommends soft, cotton yarn, and you can keep them in a cute glass jar and throw them in with the laundry to use them again. Not into crocheting? No problem! Reusable pads like these are all over Etsy.
Crochet Loofah – While we’re on the subject of crochet, I found this tutorial, as well. I usually buy loofahs or sponges, always made from plastic, and I always throw them out after a while. So, instead, I tried making myself a loofah out of some yarn. I’ve been using it for about six weeks, regularly putting it in the washing machine, and it’s held up really well. I’m in love.
Reusable Coffee Cup – Everyone knows that using a reusable coffee cup is better for the environment. It’s usually cheaper, too, as most coffee shops offer a discount if you bring your own cup. My issue has always been with finding a decent one.
Either they spilt, they didn’t keep my drink hot, they were awkward to keep clean, difficult to drink out of. They all sucked. I looked up reviews for a foolproof cup, and found the Contigo reusable cup. And I have to say, it’s awesome. I can make a cup of coffee in the morning, put it in my bag, without worrying about it spilling, and my coffee will still be hot (actually hot) at lunchtime. It also comes apart easily so I can actually get it clean. Lovely.
Mooncup – Gonna talk about periods, so if you’re uncomfortable with that, look away! The money we spend on our menstrual cycles is insane. The amount of stuff we throw away – tampons, sanitary towels, over and over again, every month. So spending £20 on a Mooncup didn’t seem like that much, considering I haven’t needed to buy any other product in two years. It’s not for everyone, and if it’s something you’re uncomfortable with even after reading the FAQs, that’s okay! But if you think it could be for you, I definitely recommend it for being more comfortable (I forget I’m using it), long lasting, safer, clean, easy to use and inexpensive.
What are your recommendations for reusing/recycling bits and pieces around the home? I’d love to hear some more!