A More Sustainable Home: Bathroom Edit
Over the last year or so, sustainability and minimalism are two leading themes that have influenced and transformed the consumer market — from supply all the way to demand.
As for myself, I was first (and continues to be) heavily inspired by incredible humans like Lauren Singer from Trash is for Tossers. For those of you who may not know her, she's the New Yorker who made news a couple of years ago for managing to fit years of her trash into a single mason jar. Yes, a single mason jar! If that is not #sustainablegoals then, I'm not sure what is…
Now that I'm back in my usual routine over here in Manchester, I thought that it would be a good time for me to a) resume my no-spend challenge and b) embrace more sustainable options for my little home. Full disclosure: I had to break my no-spend streak back in January to buy clothes for the Lunar New Year. And no, not all of them were from eco or sustainable labels but hey, I'm still working on it. But since I landed back on the 19th last month, I'm happy to report that I have yet to spend on anything that isn't food or drinks. That's a 21-day streak so far, and I have yet to use this month's single non-essential purchase. Yeah, the option is there to keep me sane.
Let's jump straight into it. I originally wrote this as one long post for the entire home but decided to divide and conquer so let’s start with…
T H E B A T H R O O M.
Here's how I'm incorporating more sustainable options:
✔️ Made the switch to bamboo toothbrushes last year! Fun fact: did you know that bamboo is one of the most sustainable plants/materials. It grows up to 3-5 feet per year! And yes, though they are slightly more expensive than plastics ones, I find that it makes my teeth feel cleaner and fresher. More sustainable efforts: switch from ordering via Amazon to buying locally or in-store.
〰️ I'm waiting for my current stock of shampoo, conditioners and body wash to deplete so that I can start using shampoo bars. So this one may take a while because I have A LOT of free toiletries from all my travels. However, I do reuse and refill all those cute plastic bottles for travelling — they’re really handy when you're packing light. More sustainable efforts: let's not buy or take any other shower product that comes in plastic packaging.
〰️ Okay, I really haven't given much thought to how sustainable my toothpaste choices are until this exact moment but I need to go for one of these greener options: 1) three-ingredient homemade toothpaste recipe, 2) Bite the toothpaste bits or 3) metal tube toothpaste.
〰️ Can't remember when but I made the switch to Friction Free Shaving after discovering them online. In a nutshell: they're a cruelty-free, subscription-based razor service for women. The more sustainable option is, of course, to use safety razors but tbh they seem a little scary 🤷🏻♀️.
✔️ I've been using my mooncup for the last 2-3 years and can absolutely say that they have made my shitty periods feel a lot better. I do use them along with pads and panty liners in case they leak (did I mention I get really heavy flows?) so the more sustainable option is to invest in some washable, organic pads or superabsorbent period underwear. As gross as it may sound, I think this would feel SO comfortable.
〰️ Next up is to consider better, more eco options for face wash. I didn't think twice and recently purchased a face wash in plastic packaging 🤦🏻♀️ but, this one is slightly harder as my skin is prone to breakouts. Will be working on this and eyeing to try UpCircle — they're vegan, cruelty-free and they use leftover natural ingredients to make beauty products. How cool is that?!
〰️ I'll be purchasing some reusable bamboo face wipes once my normal face pads run out. While searching for more sustainable choices, I came across TabithaEveCo's organic, reusable, cotton and bamboo makeup pads on Etsy. These ones are especially great because they're imperfect (not perfectly round) which means that they will have gone to waste otherwise.
✔️ I started using coconut oil around the same time I purchased my mooncup which means that I've replaced buying lotions, makeup remover and lip balm for about 2-3 years now. The best part is that I bought one large container (500ml) and I've only managed to use just half!